TV Staff Selection, Take 8: Damon & Alaric for Most Dynamic Duo!

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Who comprises TV's Most Dynamic Duo? That's what we're asking readers to vote on, and it's also the case taken up by various members of the TV Fanatic staff. So far, articles have been written that made the argument for...

Now, Editor-in-Chief Matt Richenthal is here to explain why Alaric and Damon from The Vampire Diaries deserve your vote. On what grounds? He explains below...

Damon Salvatore and Alaric Saltzman face a few obstacles in this poll. They lack the fun sexual tension of Kate Beckett and Rick Castle. They are not featured in practically every scene together, a la Shawn and Gus or Mike and Harvey. They are not related, like a couple of rugged supernatural hunters.

But I'm here to say these supposed drawbacks are precisely what make The Vampire Diaries duo so dynamic. The chemistry between Damon and Alaric has been so apparent from the beginning - their scenes so hilarious and their connection so unlike any other on television - that they've evolved into a bromance not even Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec could have seen coming.

I mean no disrespect to any other nominees, but the writers of Bones and Castle, for example, clearly planned to tease the ties between their leads from the very beginning. They scripted storylines specifically to brings these tandems closer; to pull them apart; to play around with viewers' emotions; to keep fans invested in the core relationship of the show. And, hey, that sort of plotting has been done for decades. It makes for great television.

But, in many ways, we've been manipulated to root for these duos. The same cannot be said for Alaric and Damon. I do not have it on any authority, but I'd be shocked if producers saw this unique friendship coming. Remember: Damon turned Alaric's wife! These two were set-up to be rivals...

... but something simply popped between the pair right away, as a begrudging respect developed between a vampire and a history teacher who thought his mission in life was to hunt vampires. As a result, we're now treated to just the right amount of Damon and Alaric. They share maybe one or two scenes together every couple weeks, which only leaves viewers wanting more. I couldn't have been the only one afraid the friendship was over after Damon killed Alaric - seriously, think your duo has been through a lot? DAMON KILLED ALARIC! - only to giddily witness the following exchange:

Alaric: You’re going to recycle that same crap-ass apology you gave to Mason Lockwood?
Damon: Yeah, well. I didn’t mean it with him. | permalink

Cue sheepish smile across Alaric's lips and cheers across Vampire Diaries nation. Case closed. Bromance intact. Your vote required now: Who is TV's Most Dynamic Duo?

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Castle and Beckett - Castle

Brennan and Booth - Bones

Harvey and Mike - Suits

Shawn and Gus - Psych

Troy and Abed - Community

Tony and Ziva - NCIS

Emily and Nolan - Revenge

Reese and Finch - Person of Interest

Sam and Dean - Supernatural

Dan and Chuck - Gossip Girl

Rizzoli and Isles - Rizzoli & Isles

Alaric and Damon - The Vampire Diaries

Kensi and Deeks - NCIS: Los Angeles

Max and Caroline - 2 Broke Girls

Chuck and Sarah - Chuck

Total Votes: 55799

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.