In The Vampire Diaries' final season, Stefan (Paul Wesley) kills Enzo (Michael Malarkey), ultimately ending their tumultuous relationship. The brutal nature of Enzo's death leaves fans wondering why Stefan killed him and what it means for the show.
Stefan and Enzo's relationship was never a good one, and their hatred for each other was obvious from the moment they met in season 5. Enzo dies in a particularly gruesome way - Stefan rips out his heart right in front of Bonnie, Enzo's lover and a powerful witch in The Vampire Diaries.
Enzo's death is motivated by Stefan's desire to protect the siphoner twins, Lizzie and Josie. However, the consequences are cruel, especially for Bonnie. She had planned to use the vampire cure to make Enzo human again, allowing them to have a future together. Sadly, Stefan's actions shatter these dreams.
Although Enzo has died multiple times, it is in season 8, episode 11, that Stefan kills him off for good. His humanity turned off under the influence of Cade, the creator of Hell, Stefan is given a choice - kill Elena or 100 people with questionable pasts. Stefan changes the lease of the house where Enzo and Bonnie reside, preventing him from entering. And right after Bonnie gets the cure from Elena, Stefan mercilessly rips out Enzo's heart.
Stefan's act is driven by his determination to get to Elena, whom he holds partly responsible for his strained relationship with Damon. Enzo's death has a lasting impact on Bonnie and Stefan. It takes away Enzo's chance at a human life and leaves Bonnie with the pain of lost love.
Ultimately, Enzo's death serves a purpose. Without it, Bonnie wouldn't have used the vampire cure on Stefan, leading to his redemption and peace in the afterlife. Enzo's death becomes a vital part of Bonnie's character development and her release of power. Although his death deeply affects fans who loved the character, it was necessary for the story.
The decision to kill off Enzo was not taken lightly by The Vampire Diaries writers. They questioned whether they went too far, but ultimately believed in the impact it would have on the narrative. Enzo's death showcases the reality of life and the pain that comes with it.
Enzo does make one final appearance in the series finale. Bonnie finds herself in another realm, where she is greeted by Elena who believes Bonnie to be dead. Enzo appears and guides Bonnie back to the land of the living, providing closure to their storyline and bringing some tranquility to Bonnie's life.
In the end, Enzo's death and subsequent reappearance were important aspects of The Vampire Diaries. They added depth to the characters and their stories, creating emotional resonance for the viewers. Although Enzo's death was tragic, it served a purpose in the grand scheme of the show's narrative.