I wanted to address a niggling thing about the Xmas Special. I know they're all tired and starving(and Carm has caused a mob), so tensions are high, but it bothered me that Laura kept making snarky comments about Carmilla being a vampire. One of her brilliant qualities is her open acceptance of Carmilla, which is obvious through the season. But even at the end when she is saying Carmilla isn't bad company to have for Xmas, shes adds "for a vampire." It just felt a little out of character.
Since when are vampires supposed to be a bunch of schmoopy lovey-dovey pussy cats who are just misunderstood and certainly don’t mean to do bad when they murder people to sustain their undead lives?
Laura’s comment is just that. She’s acknowledging that Carmilla is not a cute fluffy kitten with bad teeth, but rather a ferocious monster who could snap and maim someone at any moment. As evidenced by what she did to Mama Klaus. This is Laura not forgetting that Carmilla is a vampire. Granted, a vampire on the leash of adoration and amorous intentions, but a vampire none the less. A murdering, survives on blood and death and destruction, vampire. This is Laura respecting who Carmilla is by drawing the comparison between how vampires canonocly are understood and how Carmilla behaves around her. This is Laura being cautious as her father taught her and understanding that a trapped wild animal is still a wild animal, even if it may appear docile.