The Vampire Diaries Spoilers

Vampire Diaries EP and Zach Roerig Analyze Matt's Daddy Issues, Preview His Emotional Road to Closure

After seven long seasons, The Vampire Diaries has finally reunited Matt Donovan with his estranged father — but their road to recovery is only just beginning.

“Giving Matt those answers — Who is his father? Does he even exist? Why did he leave? — was important to us, because it was a dangling thread we’d never been able to tell a story about,” executive producer Julie Plec explains to TVLine. “I swear, all Zach Roerig does this season is cry, at least in his first few episodes.”

Adds Roerig, “Everyone has always wanted Matt to find some closure — with Penny’s death, or Vicki’s death, or even with the Elena thing at the beginning of the show — so he can finally understand why everything happened. … Matt’s a good dude, so I’m sure it’s hard for him to think, ‘Why wouldn’t my dad want to be a part of this? I’m badass!'”

Friday’s episode, during which Matt’s dad finally began to comprehend the depth of his suffering (“How did it come to this?”), marked the beginning of a long journey for the Donovan men.

“It’s sad if you think about everything Matt has been through, and that’s ultimately what he has to make his dad understand,” Plec explains. “It’s not just that he left, but the life he left Matt with took such a turn to sadness. That’s been the biggest struggle Matt’s had to fight against growing up.”

Roerig also extends kudos to the casting department for placing Joel Gretsch (NCIS, Witches of East End) in such a pivotal role.

“[Joel] could be my real dad, it’s crazy,” he notes. “He was born in Minnesota, not far from where my father was born in Minnesota — and the skin tone, and the eyes. He’s also just a really good dude and good actor; we really clicked and bonded well. … I like the idea of Matt not being a bastard. Whether it was tumultuous, or whatever issues there were involving his abandonment, at least people know that this is Matt’s dad — proof of his genetics. Maybe it’ll help Matt solve the mystery of why he feels so compelled to stay in Mystic Falls.”

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6 Comments
  1. M3rc_Nate says:

    This is a bummer (for me at least) for the last season to focus so heavily on Matt. Since day one he has been a giant whiny you-know-what. I think he has smiled what…fives times the entire series? He’s got a whiny sad face and a whiny voice on the show. He is one of if not the weakest characters in the series IMO so to focus on him in the finale season…mistake IMO.

  2. Liza says:

    I said it before – EXCELLENT casting with Matt’s Dad! The actor is great and they look like they could actually be related!!!

    I am glad Matt is finally getting some meatier storylines in this final
    season. Like so many of the secondary characters on this show, his talents have been wasted for years with long absences and not much to do. Same with Tyler Lockwood and they brought him back for a pitiful and lame death.

    Go Matt!!

  3. Chelsey says:

    Well, since the past 3 Seasons have bored us so much the ratings have dropped because former fans just couldn’t take how they destroyed this once GREAT SHOW with it’s constant forcing of boring Delena, boring brother/sister thing of Stefan and Caroline.
    Matt has always been a great character who always seemed to have gotten s hit on. Like so many times they would give him a good story line then poof it was gone just as fast as it started. Hope they actually let this story line have more than a couple of scenes.

    As for what this show could do to bring back fans and allow this once GREAT SHOW end on a high note:
    Bring back our hot/mess/mant ram/flirty/tough SINGLE and ready to mingle Damon
    Wake Stefan up and have him realize that HE and ELENA are each others true Loves and get back together
    Send Caroline to be with Klaus
    Let Bonnie have a normal, stop being everyone door mat witch
    Give Matt the woman and family of he deserves
    Alaric and his kids should just go live in a different State and have him teaching/normal life with his kids

    End the how on a high note

    • Take a look at the number of comments. People aren’t interested in Matt. Elena/Delena have been gone from these seasons, not an active couple because Elena has been sleeping. So they haven’t been existing or interacting in current day tvd. Hasn’t done jack to help the ratings. Stefan just isn’t as popular as Damon. Any love interest for Stefan wouldn’t help at this stage, he can’t carry it alone. Heck they deleted Delena by removing and changing Damon’s memories. Still didn’t do jack to help the ratings. Single evil flirt Damon still isn’t as popular as Damon in a relationship apparently.

  4. Martin says:

    I’d love to see them bring back Matt’s mom for at least one episode before the show ends…..she hasn’t been seen since season 1. Also, love the actress

  5. JJLantern says:

    Now that I have decided to believe Tyler is still alive and the whole gang is working together to bring down the sirens (that is why they are all acting so weird and there are so many holes in the story), I can LOVE the idea of bringing in Matt’s dad. I believe he is going to be at the center of all of this. Remember that Sybil and the tuning fork artifact came from Mystic Falls in the first place. And that Matt’s dad had the other artifact the sirens were looking for. Yep, Matt and his family are finally going to be very significant and tied into this whole thing. Right now they don’t trust him and Matt has to put on a big show and lie to him. But in the end Matt and Damon will have been working together and will both be heroes as they should. Yeah!