Last week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (before the season finale), “The Walking Dead,” saw the return of many characters that have died over the past 4 seasons, including the one and only Alaric Saltzman. Here are a few reasons we think they should keep him around…permanently.

Damon needs his drinking buddy

Damon Salvatore Alaric Saltman Dalaric The Vampire DiariesThe epic bromance between Alaric and Damon was one of the most tragic losses when Alaric was killed in the season 3 finale. Damon has just not been the same since he lost his favorite drinking buddy. He needs his best friend around to talk through things, and as he and Stefan are all tangled up in the love triangle with Elena, someone outside the family would be preferable, not to mention the already strained relationship between the Salvatore brothers. Besides, no one is equal to Damon in terms of wit like Alaric, and there has been a significant drop in the number of stunning one-liners.

Elena is all alone

The Gilbert Family Jeremy Gilbert Elena GilbertIt didn’t really hit us what Elena not having ANY family really meant until she was filling out her graduation announcements in last week’s episode, “The Walking Dead.” Caroline is filling out batch after batch, while Elena looks on appearing quite bored. Seeing the one and only announcement for her family friends in Denver really drove home the fact that she has no one left. If Alaric were to return to the land of the living, Elena would have a guardian figure back in her life, and we think it would do a lot to help bring her back to herself. Plus, Elena could really use a male figure in her life that isn’t romantically interested.

Adult supervision required

Alaric Sheriff Damon The Vampire Diaries AdultsLet’s face it, these kids are leaving high school, but with the exception of Sherriff Forbes and Bonnie’s parents, there is a severe lack of adult supervision in Mystic Falls. It would just be nice for the gang to have an adult presence that they can go to for advice when the craziness of their world gets to be too much for normal friend advice. Alaric filled that role exceptionally well before White Oak stakes and Original family drama got involved, so there is no doubt in our minds that he could easily slip back into it once again.

Colleges need teachers, too

Alaric Saltzman The Vampire Diaries Matt Davis teacherSince Matt, Caroline, Elena, Bonnie, Stefan, and Rebekah are going to be graduating (we hope) in tonight’s finale, a few of them are bound to be looking forward to some sort of higher education. Since Alaric died last year (for all intents and purposes), he can’t just show up at Mystic Falls High and ask for his job back. They know he died. However, we could see him sliding in to teach Professor Shane’s classes at the local college quite easily, as he has his own unique look on the supernatural world and would have a lot to teach. Plus, who wouldn’t sign up to be taught by this guy? He’s not exactly hard on the eyes…

Romantic Separation

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One look at the picture above, and you start to think about all of the people that have dated or flirted on this show. There is a giant romantic entanglement going on and it would be nice to have someone objective to shed a little perspective on whatever developments may be coming up next. Outside of obvious triangles, there has been hints toward further developments that could make this whole romance business a lot more complicated (Steroline? Carolaus? Mabekah?). Plus, we love hearing Alaric’s snarky one-liners when people are acting ridiculous.

Do you think ‘The Vampire Diaries’ needs Alaric Saltzman back? Why?

The Vampire Diaries season finale airs tonight, May 16 at 9 p.m eastern.

The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

How excited are you for ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’?

Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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