Kai Gets a Merge Makeover on 'TVD'

What happens when a decent witch merges with his sociopathic brother? Apparently, you get a redeemable villain. At least, that's what Thursday night's Vampire Diaries episode "The Day I Tried to Live" seemed to imply. Now that Kai has merged with Luke, he not only absorbed his magical powers, but also his ability to process emotions like love, sadness, and even guilt — all feelings Kai was unable to experience before. So does this mean Kai will no longer be TVD 's big bad villain? Given his actions throughout the course of this week's episode, I'd say his storyline is certainly headed in a more positive direction.

Not only did he want Elena to deliver a letter to Jo, apologizing for what happened to Luke, but also did everything in his power to try and get a message to Bonnie in the prison world. Even when Liv tried to kill him and he was half dead, that didn't stop him from attempting to stop Bonnie from killing herself. Now granted, he's still got that sarcastic charm and jerk-like tendencies that we've grown to love/hate. (Sound familiar?) However, his drive to kill is no longer appears to be there, as much as he may want it to be. He couldn't even bring himself to kill Liv, who was trying extremely hard to kill him.

This presence a huge change in Kai's personality, but one that I'm not too sure I'm that thrilled with. I mean, he just made such an incredible and unique villain. I was kinda hoping we wouldn't have to say goodbye to that. That being said, Chris Wood, who plays Kai, has done a phenomenal job with this character, so I'm anxious to see how he'll handle such an extreme shift. Stay tuned, folks!

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