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The Originals- The Brothers That Care Forgot (2×08)

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The return of baby Hope is underway as Klaus tries to convince his brothers Kol and Finn to turn against their mother and join his side. 

Rebekah Returns: Rebekah makes an appearance after realizing that Esther has finally located her despite a powerful cloaking spell.  She’s the only daughter that Esther hasn’t tried to convince to give up her vampire ways and start over. It seems it wouldn’t even be that hard considering Rebekah was the one after the cure back in TVD and she’s always wanted a normal life. A return to innocence would also allow her to have the family she’s always wanted. That fire has been refueled by little baby Hope, who she wouldn’t mind keeping as her own. Esther is getting ready for her daughters decision by doing a preparation spell on Cami, leaving incision marks down her spine, making her a vessel for the moment Rebekah is ready to embrace her new life. Auntie and Hope go to meet Elijah and notice that he’s got a binge-eating problem. Turns out mommy dearest did affect Elijah, bringing out the worst in him. Now, he’s pretending to be noble and feeding on innocent people, instead of just compelling them away. A massive killing like that is bound to attract mommy’s attention, which is dangerous for Hope. Fearing for the child’s safety, she snaps Elijah’s neck and calls Klaus for back-up. 

The Curse of the First Born: During his negotiations with Finn, Klaus finds out that his youngest sister Frea didn’t die due to a plague. Instead, she was sacrificed by their infertile mother who made a deal with her powerful sister Dahlia. The promise however, also required her to give up the first born from every bloodline. That’s why she returned and tried to kill Hope. She wasn’t being evil, she was trying to protect them all from Dahlia, who was bound to return for vengeance if the child was alive. Well, what everyone doesn’t know is that Hope really is alive. I’m not sure if Klaus believes Finn’s story, or just thinks the brother is totally brainwashed by their mother. Either way, he fears for his daughter especially since Esther now knows where Rebekah is. He gathers the troops, who all have reason to try to take down Esther, and goes to get his daughter. I’m betting next weeks finale will be super powerful. The family is finally reuniting, just in time for the holidays.

Hayley the Alpha: A reunion with her daughter will be problematic for Hayley, who has taken on quite the role in the Alpha community. The wolves are upset that an insider betrayed them and took down Vincent. Hayley and Jackson think this is the perfect time to turn their fear into freedom, freeing them from the control of the witches… aka Esther. Unfortunately, Jackson can’t seem to find a way to rally the troops. That’s when Hayley finds the silver lining: the unification ceremony. Back in the day, alphas from different clans would marry the alpha of another pack, so that they could inherit their specific strengths and become super powerful. It became irrelevant however because over the years, the bloodlines mixed and wolves all had the same powers. Until Hayley came along. She’s a hybrid… half vampire, half wolf, who can control when she changes. She’s not a prisoner of the full moon. If she were to get married to Jackson, she could free them from the werewolf curse and the witches control. They wouldn’t need the moonlight rings anymore… they’d be free and strong. 

There’s just one catch. The unification only works if the  marriage is legit– honored and respected. It has to be a real marriage for the rest of their lives. Is Hayley really up for committing to a man she doesn’t want to be with for the rest of her life? She grapples with the decision, ultimately deciding to lead her people. The wolves are motivated and excited for a change. Jackson proposes to Hayley, without a ring, and for a minute, it seems like this might actually work. For a minute. She goes to tell Klaus and Elijah about her plan and is taken aback when he informs her their going to see their daughter. Seeing Hope will definitely put a strain on her decision. Plus, when she realizes whats happening with Elijah, she’s going to want to help him. She won’t be able to stay away from him for long. Her bravery and courage will ultimately end up disappointing her people. Also, will Klaus be totally ok with Hayley turning all of the wolves into hybrids? That was his thing… now it’ll be everyones thing. I’ve got to say, I’m super excited about this storyline. 

Davina’s Need to Kill Klaus: Does anyone actually remember why the little witch hates Klaus? I mean, I know he’s done his fair share of bad things, but everyone has somehow been able to forgive and forget. But not little witch. Marcel informs her that Kol never stole the white oak stake from her, which is a relief. However, Marcel gave it back to Klaus, where it belongs. He also went behind her back and turned Kol over to Klaus. He tells her not to do anything stupid and just hang out with her good pal Josh. He tells her all about his new kind-of-boyfriend Aiden and she tells him to invite him over so she could meet him. When he comes by, she leaves the guys alone. They share their first magical kiss, before realizing Davina played them and escaped. She went to her witchy lair in the cemetery and did a spell to create some black tar that she then drank. With confidence, she went to Klaus’s, snapped Marcel’s neck and then taunted the original hybrid calling him weak, until he eventually fed on her blood, which was poison. Kol was definitely proud of her channeling dark object, but unfortunately wasn’t on board to help her kill Klaus. He decided to join his brothers side in the fight against their mother. All this time, Kol has never really been loyal to Esther, acting out in hopes of getting attention and finding his place in the family.  Sure, Klaus is a pain in the ass, but everyone needs him to defeat Esther… and eventually Michael, who seems to be hiding somewhere plotting for the perfect moment to strike. 

Esther is now left without any allies. Finn has been locked in his coffin, temporarily at least. Kol has sided with Klaus and joined the fight to defeat Esther and save baby Hope. Although I don’t think any of them really know what their up against. If they thought Esther was scary, wait till we meet Dahlia, who I have a feeling will make an appearance during the finale. She’s going to want that first born and Klaus will do everything to protect her. So will everyone else. 

What do you think? Will Hayley actually get married to Jackson? Will she be the person to save Elijah from himself? Will Davina and Kol finally kiss? How do they plan to bring down Esther? Sound off below and see you next week for the winter finale loves! 

 

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

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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

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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)

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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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