The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is a supernatural drama on The CW.
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Bill Forbes (Jack Coleman) was married to Liz Forbes but the couple divorced after he revealed that he was gay. He appears in several episodes in season three after learning that their daughter Caroline Forbes was turned into a vampire.
Season 7 Controversy
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Less than a month after a pair of controversial deaths on The 100 (another CW show) and The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries also succumbed to Dead Lesbian Syndrome in episode 7x16 "Days of Future Past", which aired April 1, 2016.
In response to the The 100 controversy, Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec spoiled the deaths of Nora and Mary Louise in a blog post before the episode aired with a preemptive apology to fans:
I recently became aware of a conversation taking place in the television fan community about a story trope the writers and I were unfamiliar with, but one that has clearly touched a nerve. Part of this particular trope involves the statistically high death count of lesbian characters in television. As you can imagine (SPOILER ALERT), I was immediately concerned that our next episode featured the deaths of Nora and Mary Louise, the betrothed Heretics. Unfortunately on The Vampire Diaries, death is the probable outcome for nearly every character who passes through our universe. However, we realize we may have unintentionally offended as we sent this couple to meet their tragic fate. The conversation around this issue encourages me and hopefully the entire television landscape to do better on a larger scale as we all set out to tell stories that honor and are inclusive of the LGBTQ community. Thanks to the fan community for starting a dialogue and raising awareness, and reminding us that we as writers have a voice that allows us the freedom to help make this world a better place.
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