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The Originals- Ashes to Ashes (2×22)

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I like to call this episode “Klaus’s Epic Takedown.” Nothing is impossible for the hybrid, who is literally a genius at outsmarting people.

We pick up the finale right where we left off last week. Klaus is hoping to get linked to Dahlia, while Cami tells Elijah that all his wrong-doing was part of the plan to save his daughter.

Rebekah wakes up in her own body, woohoo! It was so nice to see Claire Holt for a brief episode again. Despite her justified anger towards Klaus, she’s the only real mediator between the brothers. Especially now since Elijah is actually mad at Klaus for the first time in his life. He did after all kill his lover Gia and place Hayley and the wolves under the werewolf curse. Shitty even if it was in order to save Hope.

Klaus waits until Dahlia completes the linking spell and then daggers himself. They both fall into a deep sleep, which buys everyone some time to get accustomed with Klaus’s plan and get Hope to safety. Cami tells them their original weapon against Dahlia wouldn’t have worked, hence Klaus’s plan. They had all but one ingredient, the blood of the witch that she loved most. It wasn’t Freya, it was her sister Esther, who betrayed her by marrying Mikheal and having the Mikhealson clan. In order to defeat Dahlia, they must resurrect their mother from the dead… and there’s only one person that can help them do this- Davina.

Davina is obviously not interested. She became leader of a coven so she could resurrect the love of her life, Kol. She only gets one shot and she’s ready to tell Rebekah when she comes to ask for the favor. Unfortunately, Davina may be powerful, but she isn’t bright. While she’s breaking Rebekah’s bones, Elijah switches out the ashes, so when she does complete the spell, Esther rises from the dead. I have to say, it’s kind of nice to see Esther in her old body again. She’s much less threatening than the other witchy Esther.

This happens just as the dagger melts in Klaus’s body and Dahlia wakes up, unlinking herself from Klaus and running away with Freya and the white oak stake. She stole a drop of Hope’s blood so she also needed everything to complete her ritual and steal the baby’s magic. Thank god this happened because if Freya were to have stabbed Klaus, she would have killed him permanently and wiped out everyone he’s ever turned, which includes Marcel and a ton of TVD characters I’m sure.

Klaus comes to battle Dahlia, bringing along Rebekah and Elijah. Even when the siblings disagree and hate each other, they still have each others back. The famly theme is one I die for in The Originals! They bring along a chained Esther, hoping that the sister who hurt Dahlia will be able to distract her long enough for them to kill her. Unfortunately, Dahlia is smart and shatters the white oak stake into a million tiny pieces which she shoves down their throats with a flicka the wrist and the siblings begin burning from within. Plus, she wants her dear sister to watch her children die. All this because of a grudge from literally hundreds of years ago. I found myself screaming let it go to the television multiple times throughout the night.

And despite everything Esther has done to her children, she knows she must save them from her sister. She apologizes to her  and says watching her kids stand by each other no matter what proved to her that she should have done the same with her sister. As the two embrace, Klaus daggers them both and their taken to what seems to be heaven, or a dreamlike state, where their both young again and can start over together. Just like that the Mikhealson’s are officially orphaned and we can be sure, their parents are never coming back again. Thank god!

But, while Hope is back in the arms of her daddy, things aren’t completely perfect. They’ve all risen from the ashes, but things are still falling apart. For one, Elijah has finally left his brothers side. You push and push until you finally push someone away. But, after meeting with Hayley during a full moon, she asks him to promise her he’ll stay around for Hope. She cannot only know Klaus. Here’s to season 3 finding a way for Hayley to get back to her human form yeah?

Freya is definitely replacing Rebekah in the family. She broke free of her captor and finally proved to be trustworthy with Klaus. Plus, she gave Rebekah a chance to get back to the witch body and live the life she’s always wanted. Maybe she’ll even have kids now!? Although it was sad to see her part ways with Marcel, who really is her one true love but can’t give her what she wants. Hey, at least he’s getting back his city right?

As for Klaus, he might have lost some family members along the way, but Elijah returned and his baby girl was safe. Yet despite everything, he still wasn’t able to tell Cami how he feels and left her waiting for god knows what once again. For such a demonic and vicious monster, Klaus is such a p***y. Right?! I hope in season 3, Cami finally tells Klaus to get it together or she leaves town and stops getting hurt by being the vampires human bait.

And while everything seems good, there’s always another threat brewing around the corner. This time it’s Davina, who swore to create an army to stand up to the Mikhealson’s and destroy them once and for all. They’ve used her too many times and have taken away her happiness- a chance to resurrect Kol- yet again for their selfish reasons. Vincent warned Cami that Davina was going to rise up as the most powerful and the darkest of them yet and I totally see it happening. And honestly, you do you boo. The Mikhealson’s need to get it together and stop thinking they’re most important. Although Vincent did have a point, if she does bring back Kol, he will always choose family first, regardless of his love for her. He’s a Mikhealson right? And she’s definitely not the same, innocent witch she once was.

What did you think of the finale? What would you like to see happen in s3?! Are you excited that Freya was promoted to series regular? Will you miss Rebekah? Will Elijah become Klaus’s number one enemy? Will Klaus learn to love? Will they bring back Kol? Will Hayley ever get to be human again and a mother to her baby girl? Will she finally get a chance at real love with Elijah?!


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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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