Steve McQueen’s grandson Steven R. McQueen has been on the CW’s hit series The Vampire Diaries since the show started back in 2009. At first he felt like a background character, and I swear, he was like a “red shirt” waiting to happen. (Red shirt is Star Trek jargon for expendable.)
But as the seasons went on, he slowly became an integral part of the story and last year, it seems, he became a vampire hunter. And I swear, between seasons, Steven R. McQueen hit the gym every day of the break and bulked up to an impressive visual of a human.
But the other week, we watched a very powerful moment in show when this super vampire sucked him dry and snapped Jeremy Gilbert’s neck. Jeremy promptly dropped to the ground like a sack of potatoes. Wow, a shocker if you ever saw one. It was subtle and quiet. There wasn’t even any kind of struggle or fight.
So the question begging to be asked and answered, the same one I’ve received in my inbox a few times myself, is Jeremy dead? Or “Is Steven R. McQueen leaving The Vampire Diaries?”
There are various answers to this question, and I believe I might have the answer, but to answer it or not, either way could be considered a spoiler. I stepped into that void region known as spoilers to see what I could see.
So I warn you, my dear reader, that Vampire Diaries spoilers could be forthcoming. If what I’ve seen is accurate.
If I’m right, these could be SPOILER potentials…
In a few articles, it’s noted that Elena snaps and breaks down with the death of her brother. His death will destroy her. He was the only connection to humanity she really had left.
Nina Dobrev who plays Elena, says it will really change Elena.
But we’ve been fooled by “death” before in this and other shows. And I’ve been fooled by treacherous showrunners and misleading interviews about characters.
A few years back Supernatural‘s showrunner Sera Gamble gave an interview that said they have a great story arc coming up for Jim Beaver (Bobby) in the upcoming seasons. And then they killed him off within a few months of that sound bite. Boy did I fall for that one! After that, they talked about his leaving the show and how he was shocked. Not more than a month later, his ghost was back.
So I tread lightly when it comes to various pieces of news.
But if this is Jeremy’s send off, it feels short-sighted. He seemed to be just developing into a bad-ass character and never quite got there. So having him killed off in mid-journey felt like it could have slighted fans.
Kat Graham (Bonnie) said that a significant death will occur this season. This sure did seem like it.
I am also taking a step back and thinking to myself, that the word “death” could just mean that moment when Jeremy’s neck is snapped. I mean egads, how many times did Alaric die? Or Stephan or Damon? Cripes, everyone seems to have died at one time or another in the series… well, except that Klaus’s brother definitely looked like he died, died.
But will Jeremy do “the gasp” as I call it and come back to life? I ask that wondering if there’s a hunter’s magic that protects him or if he has one of the hundreds (exaggerating) totems that keeps people from dying?
But what I do know, or see, is that over on IMDb, Steven R. McQueen’s filmography / resume indicates he’s going to be in four more upcoming episodes of Diaries:
- “Stand by Me” (21 February 2013) – Jeremy Gilbert
- “Bring It On” (14 March 2013) – Jeremy Gilbert
- “American Gothic” (28 March 2013) – Jeremy Gilbert
- “The Originals” (25 April 2013) – Jeremy Gilbert (This is the spin-off episode for the new show called by the same name)
Are these appearances as a ghost or is he really kicking it? The dates seem sporadic which has me believing this could be ghostly appearances by McQueen and his character truly is dead. In which case, I would be incredibly disappointed. He was coming into his own on the series. Or maybe he too goes into hiding, like Tyler did.
I see no other upcoming news for roles for Steven in any news pieces or websites or resources I have. But then again, well, I guess the fact of the matter is that “time will be the telling factor” in this matter.
I hope he’s not dead. The Vampire Diaries just won’t seem the same without him.
UPDATE 4-7-13: This article was originally produced on February 20th, 2013… and take not that above I noted that there will be four more appearances by Steven after his death. (OK, sure, the dates might have been off, but the primary part is that he would be in additional episodes. TV Line (4-5-13) is saying they got got an exclusive that Jeremy will be returning to the show later this season. But they surmise an interesting idea or two. Will it be Silas looking like Jeremy? Or Bonnie talking to his ghost? Just saying…