I’m not sure how many people actually think about this, but does anyone else wonder what happened to Valerie’s mom? Since we never see her in the show I assume she’s not a part of Valerie’s life because there wasn’t an off-screen story behind why it was just Damon and Valerie at home. I might have mentioned it in another post before, but I’m not really sure…
Anyways basically I’m trying to decide whether or not Mrs. Gray left the family when Valerie was a little girl or passed away either tragically from an illness or an accident. To be honest though I’m kinda leaning towards the first option because having her pass away seems a bit too easily dismissed or cliche you know? But having her still be alive could make for some good drama, especially if Damon just never told anything Valerie anything about her mother apart from her just being ‘gone’ which could be interpreted several different ways and after that he did his best to raise Valerie by himself as a single parent.
So here’s what I’m thinking:
Option 1: Mrs. Gray was a workaholic and barely home anyway so eventually she and/or Damon decided to file for a divorce for the sake of their daughter when they realized she needed at least one of them to fill the parental role in her life properly and Damon was the only one who really qualified.
Option 2: Mrs. Gray was angry with how busy Damon used to be developing security systems all the time so she left him and their daughter behind to teach him a lesson about valuing his family more. Or maybe Mrs. Gray did originally take Valerie with her too but she was too young to remember her dad asking her mom to give their daughter back to him at least so he wouldn’t be alone, promising to do better for her at least.
Option 3: Maybe Damon and his wife just grew apart and weren’t happy anymore so she left one day and never came back.
Option 4: Going a bit darker, maybe Mrs. Gray started to get lonely since Damon was busy all the time and left with another man, or if she was caught they filed for divorce because he knew it was unfair to push her to do something like that or he wasn’t making her happy anymore and wanted to set his wife free to live a happier life.
Option 5: Maybe Mrs. Gray was a pretty cunning business woman and never loved him at all and just got close to steal company secrets, even after getting married and having a daughter with him. This could go the route of her falling for him for real but getting caught in a lie or she embraces it and admits she never loved him and leaves them.
Option 6: Maybe Mrs. Gray joined the army or navy to get away from her family so she and Damon are technically still married but he doesn’t want to talk about her since she abandoned them.
And that’s about it as far as random scenarios, it might not be a big deal and I’m kinda just spitballing ideas but I’d love to hear some feedback! What do you guys think should be the backstory of Valerie’s mom? Should I paint her as the bad guy,someone lonely that just left the family, or a selfish woman who was only thinking about herself? I’m open to any ideas!