quick post because i was rewatching the scene
i know a lot of people were bitching about the way damon killed kai in 6x22 because kai, who has always seemed like he was one step ahead of damon, was literally beheaded by him, only this time as a vampire/witch hybrid. “shitty writing” because kai stans are mad. i get that. at first glance, it does look like shitty writing, but once you really think about it, it’s not.
first off, kai is new. we know from the past 6 seasons that vampires get stronger with age. whether or not that makes them more stealthy, i dont know, but kai was a new vampire. he probably didnt even know how to use his vampire senses yet. we didnt seem him vamp speed, we didnt see him feed except for off his father (and that wasnt even real feeding). if you ask me, kai only became a vampire to be able to kill his coven yet still stay alive. i doubt he really wanted to be a vampire, therefore he probably doesnt know how to be one.
next, and this is probably my biggest point, as we’ve seen over the seasons vamp hearing isnt something that naturally happens. they dont live their life hearing every. single. thing. as seen in 1x09, 2x05, 2x21, etc, etc, vampire hearing only works when the vampire is focused, relaxed and straining to listen. in 2x05, caroline had to brush her hair from her ear and really focus to hear what was going on, same with jenna in 2x21 (who was also new.) they have to try to have vampire hearing. kai was right in the middle of the sentence when damon killed him. there was no way he could have been straining to hear if damon was coming back or not.
there is also the fact that he truly believed damon had left, picked elena over bonnie, which is not a crazy thing to think. and the fact that even though he healed the werewolf bite, he might have still been weary, or hungry.
either way you look at it, i can obviously understand why kai stans are mad that damon killed their fave, but calling it shitty writing is just biased and you’re not really seeing what happened. damon, a 163 year old skilled vampire snuck up on kai a 2 hour old vampire in the middle of a sentence? that’s not unrealistic. that’s not shitty writing. that’s totally believable.
not trying to hate on kai, or kai stans. not trying to defend damon either. just rewatching the scene and realizing that yeah, it’s pretty realistic.