Vampire Diaries Michael Malarkey on Enzo’s Past & Nina’s Future!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // April 18, 2015

Michael Malarkey, Enzo, The Vampire Diaries

Michael Malarkey talks about Enzo’s past and Nina leaving The Vampire Diaries!

After two seasons on The Vampire Diaries, we finally got a glimpse into the background of Michael Malarkey’s character, Enzo, in “I Never Could Love Like That.” Turns out he has a strange connection to the Salvatore family!

Michael revealed that before they shot the episode he didn’t really know much about Enzo‘s backstory, or how he became a vampire. It turns out his human character was very different from his vampire character.

Enzo grew up in an orphanage in England, a lost soul without a family.

Michael on the younger Enzo

His accent was a little more London, and over the years, he had been trying to better himself. So when we do see him, he’s a little bit more well spoken. He’s a lot more fearful and scared of dying. It’s an interesting dynamic to play him while he’s younger.

Like Lily, played by Annie Wersching, Enzo was dying of consumption, tuberculosis. When he met Lily on the docks he was trying to board a ship to America, but when the captain tore up his ticket, Lily fanged him and took Enzo onboard where there was a doctor who said he had a cure. Turns out the doctor was a charlatan, so he became Enzo’s first meal.

Michael reveals Enzo and Lily’s relationship begins as a maternal one, where she takes him “under her wing.” In the present day, they’ll develop more of a kinship as he confronts her about the things that happened on the ship. He hinted that the door is being left open for a possible romantic angle, “There’s definitely a chemistry there that is deep-rooted.”

He think this might be a possible storyline they’ll explore in season 7 of The Vampire Diaries. This will definitely be an interesting situation with Damon and Stefan if this happens.

As for the other Salvatore family member, Sarah, where once he wanted to corrupt her in order to get revenge on Stefan, he decided he was needlessly endangering her life and started to feel remorseful about it. While she went on her merry way at the end of the episode, a relationship between the two of them could be another storyline they explore in season 7.

By the end of the season, he says Enzo’s “deep-rooted feelings of loss and trust issues” will come out and he’ll have to deal with them. Everything has to do with Lily, so we’ll see the strong connection they have.

Julie Plec, co-creator and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, says she “fumbled the ball” by having Enzo focus on making life miserable for Stefan. It was a futile storyline, but this new one with Lily pushes his character into different layers of connectedness with Damon and Stefan that he’s excited about.

While his relationship with Stefan will change, he still thinks “Stefan’s a d—“! Since he was locked up as an Augustine vampire for so long, he fixates on little things like vendettas. Part of this is because he was abused and tortured in the past. He feels it was justified, but it finally got to a point where it was time to move on. As Michael says, “We’ve explored it. Let’s move on to something else.”

As season 6 draws to a close, Enzo will still be an outsider who doesn’t participate in things like births, deaths, or marriages, but he’ll slowly become part of the group because of Lily.

Michael on Lily and the Salvatores

It’ll be an interesting dynamic now with this strange triangle between him, the Salvatore brothers, and Lily, and the different pulls that are happening to him because of it.

Although Michael talked about Nine Dobrev leaving the series, he didn’t say how her character will be leaving.

Michael on Nina’s future

She wants to move on and do films and do other stuff. She’s still young, and I think it’s the right decision for her to go right now. It’s something she had decided she wanted to do ages ago. She knew she had a time on [her run on the show]. There’s been a lot of speculation about why she’s done it, but I know it’s literally just for the same reason any actor would want to leave a show: To move on and do other work. The best thing about our job is we get to live in different characters, in different worlds, and meet new people. That’s exciting. For someone who’s in her position, she’s still young, she’s entitled to do that. We’re going to miss her, but I think it’s the right thing for her.

While Nina’s leaving may be the right thing for her, what impact will it have on the series next year? Will Steroline take on more of a storyline? What about Bamon? How much will Alaric, Jo, and baby Saltzman be a part of it? Will next year be the last? Should be interesting to see what happens when The Vampire Diaries returns for season 7!

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