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The Originals – Haunter of Ruins (4×03)

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The Originals have made it very clear that the new season will be very, very dark. I’m talking child sacrifices and witchy evil taking on NOLA dark. But I can’t say I don’t love it – the struggle for power between Klaus and Marcel storyline has gotten old. And with the introduction of a new powerful Mikealson that’s probably a SUPER hybrid – combination of werewolf, vampire and witch (we just don’t know it yet but come on) – we have all this new material to work with.

It all kicks off with Vincent trying to burn the journal with the serpent sigil that we saw kidnapping children in the quarter and also, Hope drawing. The journal is some sort of instruction manual from his past that harbors some seriously dark magic. So dark that Vincent hands the book to Marcel and tells him if he ever comes looking for it to kill him immediately.

Marcel and Vincent then join forces to try to find these children, telling welcome-face detective Will to stay out of it. We’re then given a series of twisted and troubling flashbacks to a time when Vincent and Eva were married and expecting a child. She wanted to leave NOLA because of the power struggle between Marcel and the witches but Vincent was not ready to give up his hometown, once a joy for witches to live in, to the vampires.

Vincent believed he found a positive sign when a journal, written in his handwriting, appeared on his table. Seriously, he should know better than this right. The darkness is strong though and Vincent enjoys his little power trip, even asking Eva to help out so that they could be STRONGER together. I guess there’s a reason she was weary of getting too involved with dark magic… she’s crazy and the minute she gets just a taste, she goes all in. I’m talking child sacrifices for this journal crazy.

Vincent and a team of powerful witches tried to cleanse Eva from her demons but turns out, she became ONE of those demons. Props to the writers for including a floating, exorcism scene – I’m surprised this is one of the first.

As for the child, Vincent has no idea what happened to it but it was never born because of Eva’s darkness. Did she sacrifice it? Does it have something to do with the sigil that’s returned now? Was the child born and in NOLA but Vincent doesn’t know? My guess is that the latter is true.

The reappearance of this book means the darkness has come for NOLA, specifically Vincent, it’s “sort-of” creator. The lines here are hazy but all you need to know is that it definitely wants him for something that also involves five children. Vincent and Marcel find four of those children at the Strix mansion being possessed and controlled by some creepy dude who recognizes Vincent. As they try to kill him he exclaims that this darkness wants to be fed and I’m assuming that means by these magical children since it’s draining life from them. Thankfully Vincent knows a spell and is able to free the kids.

They soon realize that the fifth talisman belong to Hope, one of the strongest witches NOLA has ever seen. It’s uncertain how creepy dude got his hands of one of her things since for the past 5  years, she has been living under a cloaking spell with Hayley but he did.

At the same time, Hope tells Klaus that she’s feeling ill and senses something bad is happening, as blood begins dripping from her nose. Klaus cries out to Hayley for help because seriously, ONE DAY of peace is just too much to ask for.

Soon they get a letter from Vincent who tells them that he knows what’s wrong with Hope and needs them to come back to New Orleans, a place that Marcel banned the whole Mikealson family from. Despite his hatred for Klaus and company, Marcel has a soft spot for children and knows he has to help them. You know the Originals couldn’t stay out of New Orleans for long. Well at least our favorite threesome – Klaus, Hayley and Elijah.

As for those children that the darkness wants, well it seems like it will stop at nothing to get them. Their ambulance is stopped by police officer Will, who kills the driver and then steals the children. Um, when did Will turn evil? I’m half liking this and half not… Cami would be SO disappointed. But this is what happens when you stay in NOLA… seriously why does anyone stay in NOLA!?

While all of this is happening, the Mikealson’s are back at Hayley’s home where Klaus orders one day of peace with his daughter. Klaus doesn’t make his request peacefully and that’s the first impression Hope has of him. Frightened by his presence, she retreats to the garden. Seeing how scared his daughter is, he immediately thinks Hayley has been telling his daughter horrible things about him but she assures him, she’s just a sensitive little girl whose “prince” just became real. She needs time to process and come around to him.

Klaus attempts to connect with his daughter again, this time with a more timid and welcoming attitude and she responds by offering him a canvas and a paint brush. All the drama aside, there’s something so charming about seeing this powerful and mostly dangerous being so calm with his daughter. Things get even cuter when they finally open up to each other with Klaus telling Hope stories of his upbringing. She proves that she didn’t inherit any of her father’s dark traits, showing true kindness to a wounded butterfly and using magic to heal him. Are we sure this is Klaus’s daughter you guys?

While Klaus is having a bonding day with his new #1 girl, the rest of the Mikealson’s are getting restless. Kol is getting antsy knowing that even when he’s free, he’s still stuck in a house with his siblings, and not doing some good in the world like he knows Davina would be doing had she gotten a second chance. Honestly, it’s hard for me to believe that Kol would be doing anything worthwhile. Later we see both him and Rebekah hop into a stolen car and head for a Saint Tropez, looking for a new life without always having to save Klaus.

Things are different for Elijah. He admits that he’s always wanted “more” and now that he isn’t tied to Klaus, he can have it. Except that there’s still something keeping him tied to his brother – Hayley. She will never be able to shake Klaus because of their daughter, which they both need to protect.

She makes it very clear though that despite Hope, he’s the guy who occupies her mind all the time. She didn’t go to such great lengths just to save them for Hope, she wanted Elijah back for her own selfish reasons. As a thanks, he decorates the outside with lights and expensive wine, which they don’t drink because they end up in bed together and it is SO HOT. Get it.

Meanwhile, Freya cannot just chill out for a moment. She’s keeping busy by draining venom from Keelin, who is still chained up in the barn. Seriously, I always thought Freya was the good sibling but her need to keep her family safe from Marcel’s bite is kind of making her a crazed-witchy woman. Hayley isn’t comfortable with keeping one of her own kind chained to help the vampires and with Elijah’s permission, sets Keelin free. This causes a huge argument between him and Freya, who just can’t let Keelin go, so she hunts her down again and strikes a deal. Earlier Keelin told her that she was able to suppress her werewolf healing powers using medicine. Freya wants her help using that medical expertise and her magic to suppress Marcel’s traits and kill him once and for all.


Turns out, Marcel has been making an enemy out of the wrong Mikealsons. I think Freya is getting way over her head and in the end, neither Klaus nor Elijah will let her go through with it. Although weakening Marcel is a different story because it would mean they could gain control of the quarter again and finally go “home.”

I have to admit, this was a fantastic and strong installment and revamping the series with a jump forward has helped immensely. Now…. when is Caroline coming to NOLA to become Klaus’s new love interest?

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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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