While it’s not uncommon to see the same actors popping up in all your favorite TV shows, we’ve noticed a bizarrely wonderful trend happening on a few of our favorite young adult series: A very familiar faces making a lap as a mom on each show the past few years, thanks to the insane talents of Susan Walters.
Back in Season 1 of “The Vampire Diaries,” Walters guest starred as Carol Lockwood, wife of the town mayor and mother to the un-triggered werewolf teen, Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino). Later in the series, she became mayor herself — before being tragically murdered by Klaus (Joseph Morgan) to the creepy tune of “Have a Merry Little Christmas” in what was one of the show’s most shocking deaths.
We didn’t have to say goodbye to her for long, since she took up residence as Lydia Martin’s (Holland Roden) mother on “Teen Wolf,” where she’s alive and well and trying to make sure Scott (Tyler Posey) and his pack graduate despite missing dozens of classes every year.
Here’s where it gets even crazier. Remember that short-lived CW show “Star-Crossed,” about aliens assimilating on Earth? Walters made the rounds there too as Maia, mother of two Atrian children, Roman (Matt Lanter) and Sophia (Brina Palencia).
Finally, she recently made her debut on “The Flash” in Season 3, as Caitlin Snow’s (Danielle Panabaker) predictably cold and distant mother, Dr. Carla Tanhauser.
It’s probably asking way too much to invent a universe in which all of these characters are actually related, but we’re going to try anyway.
Obviously Maia fled Louisiana and got plastic surgery to blend in as a human after hearing that an alien invasion was headed for earth on “Star-Crossed.” She figured California would be a great place to start over, so she moved to Beacon Hills and had Lydia, who is none-the-wiser about her mom’s alien identity.
After Lydia graduates high school, Maia — now Natalie Martin — heads to Mystic Falls, where she settles into a quaint life with the town Mayor as Carol Lockwood.
Her untimely demise at the hands of Klaus is all for show, since everyone knows that Atrians can breath underwater, so while Klaus thought he was drowning her, she was actually just waiting for him to get bored and leave.
Realizing she has to flee from Klaus, Carol Lockwood changes her identity yet again and decides give back to society as a scientist, Dr. Carla Tannhauser. She soon has another daughter, Caitlin Snow — whom she sees so rarely because hey, this lady has four kids living all over the map. You’ve got to work for it to snag her attention.
We’re sure we could even rope “Teen Wolf’s” Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) into the mix somehow, seeing as Walters is the real life wife of his onscreen dad, Sheriff Stilinksi (Linden Ashby)!
Hopefully one day, all of her kids can meet up and save the world together with their various superpowers. Until then, we just wanted to salute this reigning queen of scary moms for troubled teens.
“The Flash” and “Vampire Diaries” airs Tuesdays and Fridays respectively at 8:00 p.m. PT/ET on the CW.
“Teen Wolf” returns for its final season Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9:00 p.m. PT/ET, on MTV.