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The Vampire Diaries- 500 Years of Solitude (5×11)

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“If a girls got to go, it might as well be glamorous.” 

fwe500 years is a long time to live and apparently, for Katherine Pierce it’s still not enough. The 100th episode of TVD did not disappoint, as it was jampacked with the return of familiar face, hook-ups, break-ups and the eerie feelings that people may never change. Most of the episode focused on Katerina’s retribution… or lack of. Watching Katerina lie on her death bed, hair gray and aging by the minute was depressing because sometimes, it seemed like she would be deeply missed.  The writers did a fantastic job of balancing the positives and the negatives in this case. Just as I started feeling bad that she was dying, Damon would bring up one of the morally horrible things she’s done and suddenly, her death seemed like a blessing. In the end, the devil doesn’t take the bad. And it’s really been a trip trying to get rid of Katerina who constantly has unfinished business. Once again, she has found another loophole to death! This time, its by transferring herself into Elena’s body. A trick only a traveler can accomplish to preserve themselves from death! (More details to come further down.)

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Lets talk about the happier times though, when Elena was still Elena, whose been mending her broken heart after Damon dumped her. Both of them were thoroughly depressed by the situation, drowning their sorrows in bourbon and muffins. While the two remained on un-speaking term, Elena and her ex Stefan also had a cute bonding moment when they were being cursed and chanted at in Czech by the travelers. Despite their little quibber after Elena found out Stefan slept with Katerina they managed to make up and Stefan even offered her some advice about never giving up on Damon and never letting him give up on her. First off, Elena doesn’t have the right to be mad at Stefan. He can sleep with whoever he wants too. Especially since she went off dating his brother. But it is adorable that the two can still get along and that Stefan can still be cordial and loving towards her.

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Caroline on the other hand is a hypocrite. Day in and day out we’ve seen her torment Elena for her choice of dating the “bad brother.” She was ecstatic when she found out her broke up with her and even recited his breakup speech about how he’s not good enough for her, to her. And than what does she do? She sleeps with Klaus, the father of all evil! Whose also the father of Hayley’s soon to be baby… So yeah, maybe she should have thought that one through. Anyways, it was something I was secretly holding out for for the two of them. They’ve always had this connections that Caroline masks by hatred and disgust. When Klaus came asking for the truth, I thought maybe she would tell him off again. But no! Instead she finally caved and went after what she wanted. Thankfully, he promised that after this, he would never come back again. Which is good news, since Tyler just made what seems like a permanent return home. Did you see the look on Car’s face when her ex-beau walked in? Wait till he finds out she slept with his ultimate arch-enemy. You know, the one who killed his mother. Do you think Klaus knew Tyler was coming? After all, Rebekah did bring him as a parting gift for Matt, which means she let him out of the rotting basement in New Orleans. Maybe we’re giving Klaus to much cred here. Maybe this was his plan all along!!

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As it is the 100th episode, obviously bringing together the whole cast was a must. But it wouldn’t have been that special if it wasn’t for the reason they were all being brought together. A drinking celebrating Katerina’s life… or death. Each and every person that participated had something to add– something terrible that Katerina did to them once upon a time. It was a spiritual gathering, which than escalated to a reunion with the dearly departed. For the first time since season 1 we saw Vicky. Apparently, since Bonnie’s the anchor, she regularly gets to spend time with Vicky and since Jeremy is a ghost, he can also see the dead whenever they appear. I’m surprised Vicky gets along so well with Bonnie and Jeremy didn’t spazz out when she appeared given their history. Also making an appearance was Ric, who reminded everyone that he was constantly watching over. He wasn’t about to leave everything under Damon’s supervision. Jenna and John Gilbert also made appearances, but only in Katerina’s hallucinations. Thankfully, Elijah’s visit was also a hallucination. An outcome of Damon messing with her mind as a form of last minute revenge, which also shows how much of a hold she still has on Damon. Be damned Katherine! Even on her deathbed, Katherine can be evil and her bit of payback for Damon’s invasion of her dreams is to dream about the time she first laid eyes on Stefan. This was her attempt at proving to Damon that the doppleganger fate is real. If this is true, Damon’s really got to work on getting Elena back. Thankfully, he has Stefan’s blessing!!!

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As most remembered her for the evil and horrible things she did in order to preserve herself on earth, she was suffering recalling some of her most painful and most important memories of her existence. We saw her remembering the day she gave birth to Nadiya. This was also the moment she had to give her daughter up as a 17-year old girl. No DNA needed to prove that Nadiya is actually her child though. The way she sabotaged Elena and Stefan for something she wanted really made it perfectly clear.  She than recalled the time she came home to Bulgaria, to find her whole family was slaughtered by Klaus. The only person who really cared about Katerina and wanted her to go peacefully was Stefan, who for a moment took away her pain. Did she deserve it? Probably not only because she never stopped being Katerina. She never actually felt bad for the pain she inflicted on other people. Stefan was ready to let her go. He had come to terms with the fact that she was dying. But Katerina never did. She needed to save herself; to preserve herself, so she put herself into the only person that looked like her. Her doppleganger. Now, she has a chance to live another eternity as a vampire and she can get to know her daughter finally.

Well, that’s what she thinks. But I’m sure people will soon realize that Elena isn’t actually Elena. One thing that gives it away is the fact that Bonnie didn’t actually see Katerina pass on. She sort of did, but it wasn’t her time yet, so she came back to life. The boys will definitely be onto her. Especially cause they’ve been trained to see right through her. On a side note, what did the travelers want with the buckets of doppleganger blood? Was it just a distraction for Elena? Will the blood help Nadiya and Katerina kill Elena so Katherine can stay in her body forever???

Quirky Quotes

  • Nadiya: Trust me, Katherine Pierce will not die from a heart attack.
  • Damon: I can hear you dumb ass!
  • Matt: We’re going to need more booze.
  • Caroline: She did kill me. Weirdly, I’m better off.
  • Elena: I think my mind just exploded

 


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Why Caroline Forbes Never Needed a Man on ‘The Vampire Diaries’

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Why Caroline Forbes Never Needed a Man on The Vampire Diaries

This is a story about a girl named Caroline Forbes. 

Caroline is not the same woman she was when The Vampire Diaries first premiered in 2009. 

In terms of character growth, the vapid perfectionist — brought to life by the impeccable Candice King — underwent the biggest evolution in the show’s eight-season run. 

Though she was introduced as a shallow, oftentimes insufferable teen, with time, she blossomed into a strong-willed and impressive young woman who knew what she stood for and always stuck up for her friends.

Most of all, she grew into a fiercely independent. 

She was no longer the girl that needed a man to feel a sense of worth — a stark contrast from the Caroline we met on The Vampire Diaries Season 1, who looked for love in all the wrong places. 

In those early episodes, Caroline was a control freak who took on as many extracurriculars she could squeeze into her schedule (head cheerleader, in charge of dance committees, town activities, and more) to be the best.

Deep down, however, she was insecure and sought validation from the opposite sex, and then blamed herself when she didn’t get it. Not being “the best” made her feel worthless.

We saw that on full display on The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 1, we saw that a smitten Caroline tried to date brooding newbie Stefan Salvatore. When he told her it would never happen and chose Elena instead, Caroline was heartbroken and drowned her sorrows. 

“How come the guys I want never want me?” she asked Bonnie before wallowing in self-pity and emphasizing that she was never good enough.

Teenage Caroline was a bit neurotic and even downright mean, as she lashed out at everyone around her, including her closest friends. Her toxic behavior was mostly fueled by insecurity and jealousy. 

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While these characteristics undoubtedly gave the character substance, they also gave her something much more important — room to grow. And that growth was wonderful to watch over the years. 

Elena was always put on a pedestal, but Caroline was a constant work in progress, which leaned in her favor as it allowed her to flourish and surpass her story arc.

On the road to becoming your best-self, hardships are unavoidable, and Caroline went through her fair share. 

Her eventual complexity, good nature, and thoughtfulness made her a far better lead than Elena. Upon Nina Dobrev’s departure, she (along with Bonnie, who also deserved better) carried the series. 

Since Caroline’s self-esteem was effectively shot, she became the perfect target for any man who would give her even a smidge of attention. 

Damon Salvatore was the first to prey on and manipulate Caroline for selfish reasons. 

And it didn’t stop at Damon. In those early seasons, Caroline dated nearly every single man in Mystic Falls — Tyler, Matt, Klaus, Stefan, and Alaric, along with supporting characters like Liam and Jesse.

While the relationships usually progressed naturally, it was obvious that Caroline was trying to find herself and fill a void. 

Through these relationships and the subsequent heartbreak, she was able to grow into a strong woman. 

That strength was always within her; she needed help finding it. 

Caroline was “revamped” — pun intended — when she turned into a vampire. Again, she was the victim of someone else’s selfish games, but it was a turning point for her and, quite honestly, the best thing that could have happened to her character. 

Her transition wasn’t wasted or used simply for plot development as she found both physical and mental strength while gaining a new outlook on life. 


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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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Is Netflix’s ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Filmed in Mystic Falls?

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Is the town of Serenity in Sweet Magnolias Filmed in Mystic Falls?

The small town of Serenity, filled with Southern charm and people who know everything about everyone, is one of the main character’s in Netflix’s new Hallmark-esque series Sweet Magnolias. 

Based on Sherryl Woods’ novel, the series, starring JoAnna Garcia, focuses on family, friendship, careers, and picking up the pieces for three lifelong 30-something friends who decide to convert an old home into a spa. 

Small towns are a huge draw for TV shows, and Serenity has already drawn comparisons to other iconic and quaint towns like Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls.

However, it should be compared to one supernatural town instead! 

While there’s nothing supernatural about Serenity, if you found yourself waiting for a vampire to walk through the town square as Garcia’s Maddie is cooling off after a meeting with her lawyers about a divorce, you’re not alone. 

If the town looks eerily familiar (almost like you’ve been there before and lived there your whole life), it’s because you have… well, at least if you’re a CW fan! 

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Fans of  The Vampire Diaries and Legacies will recognize that Serenity is Mystic Falls! 

In that same spot when Maddie comes to terms with the dissolution of her marriage and is consoled by her best friend Helen Decatur (Heather Headley from Chicago Med) on Sweet Magnolias Season 1 Episode 1, we’ve seen Damon and Stefan Salvatore come to blows and the Malivore pit open up. 

The episode even gives us a glimpse of Mystic Falls’ Founders Bell.

Serenity and Mystic Falls overlap even further as the restaurant previously known as Mystic Grill (a popular hangout in town for Elena Gilbert and friends) was turned into Sullivan’s, Dana Sue’s (Brooke Elliot from Drop Dead Diva) restaurant! 

Mystic Grill is also home to a museum of TV memorabilia and show costumes (and there’s plenty of Mystic Falls TVD fan tours) called The Alley, so it’s likely it will soon feature pieces from Sweet Magnolias. 

While Sweet Magnolias was a cute series, it was hard for me to get fully invested because I kept getting thrown off with Mystic Falls being referred to as Serenity! As much as I want to like Serenity, it will always be Mystic Falls in my eyes. 

Of course, Mystic Falls is a fictional town (though, it’s very real if you ask any TVD fan), set in Convington, GA located about 30 miles from Atlanta. 

We’re not surprised Sweet Magnolias used the town as their backdrop — without the vampires, werewolves, witches, and doppelgangers, it truly is charming in that Hallmark kind of way.

Sweet Magnolias is currently streaming on Netflix. It also stars Chris Pine (American Pie), and Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101).

If you’re looking for some sweet “comfort food” to pull you away from reality, Sweet Magnolias is definitely your cup of iced tea. 


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