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The Originals- Wheel Inside the Wheel (2×06)



More Mikalesons… more problems. This episode of The Originals was exactly what I was waiting for all season. It provided me with a reason to care about anything Esther, Klaus’s need for revenge, the fight between vampires, wolves and witches. And it revealed that there is someone more powerful dealing the cards that Esther’s playing into…. another sibling! Things are finally starting to pick up! 

Elijah was on the sidelines as Esther took to her other son to try to find a way to persuade him into giving up his violent and hybrid ways. Her guilt was getting the best of her and she wanted to offer him a chance to start over– as the wolf he was always supposed to be. Flashbacks provided a lot of answers as to her motive.Despite popular belief, Esther never gave up on any of her children. She almost wasn’t able to have children. Trouble conceiving made her turn to  estranged sister and powerful witch, Dire, for help. After much begging, Dire agreed to help, but all magic comes with a price. That price was high and we soon find out it plays a key role into Esther’s return and hope at making amends.

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Esther explained that she cheated on Michael because she was distant from him after the loss of their first daughter Frea. Hard to believe but Michael was actually a legit human back in the day, distraught by the loss of his child. The rift between them made Esther fall in love with another man– Klaus’s father. She knew if Michael found out, he would destroy both her and the child, so she let him believe that it was his son, forbidding the real dad from every taking care of his son. The news is sad, but Klaus isn’t phased. Esther wants to offer him a chance to start over as a wolf, living out his life properly, but he’s not falling for it. That’s when Esther sets her second plan into motion. She tells Klaus that he can go get his brother now. Whatever voo-doo magic, brain changing shit she was doing to him is over now. Klaus rushes to the cemetery to find Elijah and runs into…. his father. Bam… you didn’t see that coming did you?

His father, Hansel, was actually helping Hayley that night. She had gotten wind that Oliver was being executed at midnight for helping her and Marcel free the young children from enacting their werewolf curse. She ventured to meet Jackson, hoping to convince him to become the alpha for the pack, but instead got denied. Hansel, his mentor, offered to help explaining that he hated vampires, but he would never a wolf be killed by a witch. What a noble man. This however, was all part of Esther’s plan to get Hansel to the cemetery, where she knew he would run into Klaus. Unfortunately, Oliver died anyways, so it really was all a rouse, but his death motivated Jackson to step up to the plate. He’s going to try to regain control of the wolves again! 


At first, Klaus thought his father was another one of Esther’s illusions. When he realized he wasn’t, he turned him away saying he didn’t want anything to do with him. Why? We know he resents his real mother and Michael, but why would he hold anything against Hansel–the father eager to actually get to know his son. Is he scared of getting disappointed? Hurt? Is he just in shock? Seeing his father for the first time and realizing he might actually be able to have a normal relationship with him must be a lot to take in. Maybe he needs time?  Or he knows that this is all Esther’s doing and he won’t let her have that satisfaction. 

His hatred for his mother is fueled by the fact that she declared war on his family. It wasn’t enough that she ruined his whole life, she wanted to kill his daughter too. There’s no making up for that now… What kind of mother does such things and than tries to get a second chance?  Klaus vowed to hunt and hurt for eternity. He was so close to killing her but he knew that she would just jump into a different body–that it wouldn’t really fix anything. The violent monster she created wasn’t going to stop. Her presence actually encouraged his behavior. Many people view Klaus as a monster but his reasons for being that way are completely justifiable. Family. The people that actually give that word meaning.. not the bloodline that’s done nothing but resent him his whole life. 


Esther’s story runs a little deeper however and I guess there’s a part of me that also understand why she’s doing what she’s doing. We finally saw the all powerful witch break down…and for good reason. In order to have kids, she had to give up her first born child Frea, and the first born from every generation to come. Esther never wanted to destroy Klaus’s daughter, but she had no choice. If Dire knew the baby was alive, she would return and as Esther puts it “come for us all.” She’s been doing these “evil” things to protect her family. Won’t it be quite the surprise when Dire shows up at Esther’s door to collect because newsflash: Hope is not dead. That’s one thing Esther failed to see coming…. she clearly underestimated her son. I’m totally intrigued by the return of an even bigger evil… that has more power than Esther and wants Klaus’s baby. And the revelation that the baby is still alive. That will make for quite the season!

originalsCami realized that her mentor and advisor, Vincent, was actually inhabited by Finn Mikealson, using her to dig up dirt on Klaus. Thank god she didn’t actually tell him anything that mattered. Marcel was helping Hayley try to rescue Oliver, so he needed a distraction for Finn, the organizer of Oliver’s statement execution. That’s where Cami came in. She met up with Finn to apologize for how awkward things got earlier and proceeded to ask him personal questions about his family and relationship with his brothers. Finn began catching on, but Cami played it cool, secretly reaching for her knife but using psychology tactics to explain why she was suddenly asking all these private questions. It seemed to work. Her “date” with Finn ended on a good note and she explained that she was his “blindspot” because he trusted her. Somehow, I’m not convinced Finn actually believes Cami. He’s not stupid and if she’s involved with both Klaus and Marcel, there’s a good chance that she knows who Vincent really is. This might go south really fast, putting the blonde in some mighty danger.


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Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’



If you’ve been waiting for the day where Klaus Mikealson strolls back into Mystic Falls to pay his daughter, Hope Mikealson, and the Salvatore School — which he helped fund — a visit, well, don’t get your hopes up. 

The first two seasons of Legacies have given us some grade-A guest stars from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals including Aunt Freya (Riley Voekel), Kai Parker (Chris Wood), and Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig).  We even briefly saw Lizzie and Josie Saltzman’s birth mother Josette (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). 

But as for baddie Klaus Mikealson, the man who brought him to life, Joseph Morgan, doesn’t think he’ll ever reprise his role again.

And turns out, he has a really good reason!

TV Guide caught up with the actor to talk about his Peacock show, Brave New World, and when asked about guest starring on The CW teen drama, he bluntly and rapidly shut down the possibility.

“No never, never. You’re never going to see it.” Morgan said. “You can hold your breath as long as you want. You know why? I have The Originals box set on my shelf, and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s five DVD sets that are a complete story from beginning to end of this guy, Klaus Mikaelson — well, starting back in The Vampire Diaries Season 2. So I just feel like to come back as a ghost or a flashback or something, for me, that journey, that story has ended. That’s the complete story, and it just doesn’t feel right to me to do that.”

As much as we’d like to see Klaus in the flesh again, you have to admit that’s a satisfactory answer. It shows that Morgan cares enough about the character not to reprise him without a purpose or taint his legacy. 

Klaus Mikealson’s story came to a fitting end in the series finale of The Originals when he redeemed himself for the greater good and sacrificed himself alongside his brother Elijah to save his daughter. Since then, Hope has carried on his legacy; his memory lives on as she mentions him pretty often and channels what he taught her to protect her friends and fight off a plethora of demons and monsters. 

Morgan added that he felt like series creator Julie Plec understood where he was coming from. 

“I think Julie [Plec] feels the same. It just feels like it would be strange, like a little forced,” Morgan continued. “Like I’m coming back just so we can see something else of him, but when we see it we go, ‘Ugh, that was it?’ And I don’t want his legacy to be, ‘Ugh.’ I don’t know what the scene could be that it would be exciting enough and epic enough after the journey that he’s had.” 

Morgan may get a pass, but Candace Accola surely doesn’t.  We’d love to see her reprise her role of Caroline Forbes considering she’s raising two daughters with Alaric but has yet to pay them a visit or help out with the school! Don’t let us down, Caroline! 

The fact that she is still alive in the supernatural world and has such close ties to Mystic Falls but yet never comes to visit doesn’t paint her in a great light! 

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The Originals’ Claire Holt Welcomes First Child With Husband Andrew



Claire Holt Gives Birth

Welcome, James Holt Joblon!

Claire Holt and husband Andrew Joblon welcomed their first child together.

The Originals actress shared a picture of her little man on Instagram writing, “Everything they say is true. There is no love like it.”

In the photo, James is wrapped in a hospital blanket and peacefully sleeping in his momma’s arms.

Pregnancy has been a difficult journey for Holt who suffered a miscarriage and underwent a consequent dilation and curettage procedure just seven months before she became pregnant with James.

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As I inch closer to my due date, I often find myself reflecting on the incredible capacity of the female body. I cannot believe that I’ve created, nourished and housed a little human! It hasn’t been an easy process – I’ve cried many tears and cursed my aching body countless times. However, I have never loved or respected myself more than I do now. This #internationalwomensday is a particularly meaningful one for me. I am truly in awe of all those who have taken the journey of motherhood before me, and I feel so excited to be joining their ranks. I’m also reminded of the incredible strength that women possess, which extends far beyond having children. Every day I see examples of kind women, passionate women, intelligent women, driven women. I am endlessly inspired by ladies I know and love as well as by those I’ve never even met. Thank you to all the women in my life – and to women everywhere – for never ceasing to amaze me.

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In October, she announced her pregnancy writing:

“My heart is bursting. I’m so happy to share with you that we are having a baby! It still doesn’t feel real. These past few months have been filled with excitement, anxiety, tears, joy, uncertainty but most of all gratitude,” she wrote alongside the pregnancy announcement.

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My heart is bursting. I’m so happy to share with you that we are having a baby! It still doesn’t feel real. These past few months have been filled with excitement, anxiety, tears, joy, uncertainty but most of all gratitude. You never forget the deep pain of loss. It dims with time but it informs many of your experiences. Our loss earlier this year was the darkest moment of my life. Yet, it made me infinitely more thankful for the precious baby growing inside me today. I want to take a moment to acknowledge all those struggling with miscarriage, infertility or any of the difficulties that come with bringing new life into the world. I know that these announcements can hurt. I’ve felt it all. My heart is with you and I pray that our story gives you hope. Thank you all so much for your love and support – I can’t wait to share this journey with you.

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She also reflected on the miscarriage writing, “You never forget the deep pain of loss. It dims with time but it informs many of your experiences.”

We’re so happy for Claire and Andrew!

Sending congrats and love to the family!

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Legacies – Mombie Dearest (1×06)



Legacies Mombie Dearest

Alaric has faced dragons, gargoyles and dryads, but the most threatening and terrifying monster was his late bride.

No, not because Jo herself was scary but because whatever resurrected her was hoping to use human emotion to pry the knife from Ric.

Of course, Ric is a vampire hunter with years of experience under his belt so, despite the jarring visual of his late fiancee standing in front of him in her still-bloody wedding dress, he didn’t fall for it immediately.

I’m proud to say he initially pointed a crossbow at “that thing” before slowly warming up to the idea that maybe it was really Jo.

However, at no point did Ric let his guard down because he knew that eventually, the true monster would come to light.

And boy, the zombie did.

The zombie knew that there was no way it could fool Ric so it latched onto Josie, the twin most interested in connecting with her birth mother on her 16th birthday.

Josie, who is named after Jo, was drawn to her birth mother because as she mentioned, she’s never found much of herself in Caroline.

That isn’t to say that she doesn’t love her mom, but Lizzie has always been more like Caroline, which us OG TVD fans can attest to.

Thankfully, we also know that Caroline grew out of the insecure, mean-girl shenanigans so there’s hope for Lizzie. More on that later.

Sadly, Jo’s bonding time with her mother ended with her getting buried alive. Not ideal by any means, but at least her friends Penelope, Hope and M.J all came to the rescue.

They fought through what looked like an episode of The Walking Dead before M.J could hear Josie’s screams and dig her up.

Thankfully, she was wearing Hope’s necklace, one that makes quiet things loud.

It’s poetic actually to see how many people want to help Josie free herself from Lizzie’s shadow.

Despite Penelope’s toxic attitude, she really does have Josie’s best interests at heart and seeing how she almost lost her, the two reconnected romantically.

What does that mean for Rafael?

As for Lizzie, she needs a major attitude adjustment.

Yes, seeing your birth mother in the flesh may come as a surprise but her hostility was not necessary.

Admittedly, she was being protective in order not to get hurt, but there’s nothing to blame or hate your “bio mom” for. It’s not like she wanted to die and never be a part of your life!

Secondly, everyone is right — she’s a terrible sister.

Lizzie takes Josie for granted which was more noticeable on this episode than ever before.

Her only priority is herself; she wanted to get the guy, she wanted to be happy, and Josie was only deserving of the “consolation prize.”

She didn’t even notice Josie was missing from the party until Rafael hurt her by telling her that he wasn’t interested in a relationship with her despite their hook-up from the previous night.

And only after she felt hurt did she even notice her sister never showed up to the party!

With the Gemini Curse creeping up on them on their 22 birthday, these two really have to find some common ground otherwise Josie doesn’t stand a chance next to the dominant twin.

I know Penelope wanted to prove to MJ that Lizzie was a terrible person but until Rafael showed up, it seems like she was really going to give MJ a chance.

Unfortunately, it’s because of girls like her that the good guys never win. MJ was so smitten with her, he knew everything about her down to her favorite song yet she still chose the “good looks” over the guy who went above and beyond to treat her like a princess.

Now that Rafael was honest with her, she’ll likely pursue MJ, but I sincerely hope he treats her the same way she’s been treating him.

Thank u, next!

I’m glad Rafael had a heart-to-heart with Hope and admitted that he wasn’t completely over his girlfriend’s death.

It was a bit concerning that he just fell for Josie instead of mourning his girlfriend. However, his hook-up with Lizzie and his desire to “be there” for her now makes more sense.

He’s trying to ease his guilt.

Their friendship is surprising but when Landon’s personal life comes into play, specifically his connection to the knife, Rafael will be a good contact for Hope.

You could probably tell from my reviews that I haven’t really been too keen on Legacies. I just couldn’t get into it because it was lacking the magic that both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals had.

They say it usually takes about four full episodes to really fall in love with a show. Mombie Dearest was the one that changed things for me.

It’s the most fun I’ve had watching an episode which I think mainly stems from the fact that it evoked so many of the emotions I’ve felt while watching the Vampire Diaries.

I was crying the same way I used to back in season one.

It could be because there were so many references to the sister shows — Jo, Caroline, the curse, Stefan Salvatore, the debutant ball, Hope’s aunt — but this episode just had the Mystic Falls vibe. The friendships are falling into place, the characters are being fleshed out and the main story-arc is promising.

I knew it was impossible for Jo to stay especially because she’s a witch who believes in the natural order of things, but I so hoped they’d find a way to keep her around.

It would have added so much to the show.

It was also hard to say goodbye to her again. I can’t imagine having to do that shortly after meeting your biological mom, but at least Josie and Lizzie got the opportunity.

As for Ric, it was definitely heartbreaking to see him lose Jo again, but the moment provided the closure he never had. After sixteen years, he was able to let her go knowing she was in a better place.

And I’m obviously still holding out for Caroline’s return. She’s bound to make a few visits considering, as we predicted, she’s traveling the world in hopes of finding the cure to break the Gemini Curse.

I wonder when they’ll tell the twins about that.

And if the knife possibly has something to do with it!

What are your thought on “Mombie Dearest?” Are you Team Josie or Team Lizzie?

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