His marriage looked strained in the flashbacks so it will be interesting to see if this new reveal that Isobel left him (and cheated on him with Damon) to be a vampire will help him move on or keep him in a revenge holding pattern. I thought his confrontation with Damon over Isobel in A Few Good Men was heartbreaking. PrincessLucky said it best in the episode thread
it's refreshing to see a human be so determined and ballsy and willing to do everything to avenge his wife, stupid as it may be. It's not his fault he doesn't have super powers, and just because Damon can overpower him it doesn't mean that he should just grin and bear it. Sure, he could stand to formulate a better plan (understatement), but Damon's taunting was clearly meant to provoke him into attacking, and Damon was totally waiting for him. So he fell into Damon's trap because he was obviously too angry to think straight. And the fact Damon essentially lured him in is what makes me consider his death a straight-up murder, no self-defense involved (no need to defend someone who can't touch you). That said, Alaric did know deep down that Isobel was turned and that she possibly wanted to be turned, so I agree there's an interesting parallel between him and Damon.
I think his trip to Damon's could also be seen as suicidal. He went there armed with just a stake? Damon was right, Alaric already knew everything Damon told him, he just couldn't handle it. So the question is, how will he react to all of this, to these reveals that his wife cheated on him and left him. He has spent, presumably years, mourning her and trying to avenge her, only to find out how pointless that was. She did give him a parting gift in the form of the ring, so there was clearly still some love there, but it's almost beside the point. She couldn't have just left him, she had to violently "disappear" leaving him with all this baggage. The parallels between Alaric/Isobel and Damon/Katherine are obvious and while Damon responded with drinking and sorority girls, I don't think Alaric will respond in quite the same way because while their situations are similar, the characters couldn't be more different.
There is also some major chemistry with Jenna, though he did blow her off twice in the last episode (although both times it was understandable). I hope that the two of them can make it work, because I am way to invested in this character and just want him to be happy.
This thread also needs a clever title, I am no good at that...so suggestions?
Edited by Ghanima, Mar 27, 2010 @ 3:57 PM.