Why former Vamp Diaries star found supernatural soap 'frustrating'

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Feb 20, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

It’s not uncommon for fans to debate the merits of a television show’s storylines, but now one former Vampire Diaries star is chiming in about his “frustrating” time on The CW’s hit supernatural soap.

Matt Davis, who played the character Alaric Saltzman, was killed off from the show in season three. Why? Partially because he didn’t like the direction in which the writers were taking (or not taking) his character.

Here’s how Davis explained it to TV Guide:

"I had my creative differences along the way with the character, and while [producer] Julie Plec and I are dear, dear friends, she knew that. I'm very opinionated and when you're put in a position where you're getting the story lines that are not necessarily what's cranking at the back of your mind or digging at the potential of your character and you have to sit on your hands, that's frustrating.

And being a secondary character is equally frustrating. So Julie saw a really great way to wrap up my character, which was in alignment with the end of my contract, and I couldn't have hoped for a better execution for winding down Vampire Diaries and segueing into Cult."

Though he’s not on Diaries anymore, Davis has set up camp at The CW. The network has always had a penchant for digging back into its stable of popular actors with new projects, and the mystery series Cult is no different. Davis stars in the new show as Jeff, a journalist investigating the show-within-a-show.

What do you think of the direction of Vampire Diaries the past few seasons? Was it the right call to kill off Alaric?

(Via TV Guide)