I’m so surprised but I’m enjoying TVD so much without Elena in the picture. With the main girl gone, Damon has more time to form new relationships with his besties Bonnie and Alaric (who always got each others back), get his bad ass on, walk around naked and flash his junk at people (you know you liked it Bon Bon) and just generally, concentrate on things other than Elena… even if he’s doing it all just do get her body back from his evil mother.
We kick things off with a flash forward and surprise, this time we see big shot Tyler driving around New York city. Stefan calls him and Tyler is like “no dude, I’m not calling Caroline for you,” so I guess this seems to be a thing. I’m going to assume Val is the reason why future Caroline hates Tyler. Also, Stefan doesn’t know whoever is after him and Damon also shot Caroline down. Anyways, Stefan says that his “mark” is opening back up, which is apparently a bad thing. Then he takes his diary and blows up his precious car, possibly because it’s being tracked. The main question here is- who is after them and why? Is it Jo? Alaric? Did the raise Julian (we’ll get there) or is it Lily?
In present day, Bonnie is dealing with flashbacks from the phoenix stone. We’re not sure what it’s really capable of yet except for the fact that while it exists Bonnie sees visions of people dying and being marked with an X. We also know Alaric didn’t get rid of it as promised and found out that when you place it on a dead person, they come back to life… like zombies? As if we didn’t have enough supernatural stuff in Mystic Falls. Oh and whoever messes with it gets cursed with death, so there’s that. Ric lies about destroying is because it’s his only hope to bring back Jo. Damon knows, Bonnie doesn’t but she finds out when they go to find Oscar, a free-spirited heretic who is in Florida. Lily tasked him with the mission of finding Julian, her old lover, but he was enjoying the freedom, the escorts and the booze a little too much to be contained. When he tries to syphen the visions from Bonnie, he steals the stone, but Damon isn’t about to let him get away. He needs hime to wager a bargain with his mother- he gives her Oscar in one piece and she hands over Elena.
That won’t go over well however because when Damon isn’t looking, Val sneaks in and kills Oscar. Literally rips his heart out because she knows he found Julian and she can’t risk Lily finding out and bringing him back. The moves seems extreme, but Val has every right- she hates Julian, who I am assuming is her brother. We get her story through flashbacks and find out she was basically Stefan’s first love and the girl he lost his virginity to. Sorry Caroline! Val knows the worst type of torture to Stefan’s new gf is the mental one, not the physical one so she tells her their history. Lily sent Val to check on her son, but she fell in love with him. Julian made her leave and the night they were all supposed to get on a ship to Europe, Val sent Stefan a letter saying she was coming back to him. When she was going to leave, Julian caught her, found out she was pregnant with Stefan’s baby (UHM PREGNANT) and beat her until the baby died and she was unconscious. He then turned her into Lily and said he found her that way so obviously she was grateful. They boarded the ship to England and Val decided to drown herself, but she woke up in the bathtub with Lily’s blood in her system and turned into the first heretic. Honestly, it’s some deep and compelling stuff. I might despise Val in present day, but her story was really messed up. Will she come between Stefan? At this point, he doesn’t even know he was going to be a dad one day. Will Caroline tell him?
Lily really loved Julian but I doubt he became any better with time. What really happened to him? Why wasn’t he part of the family? Where is he know? Will Lily think Damon killed Oscar? How will she react- she’s obviously still got a good side and enjoyed bonding with Stefan, the son she clearly loved more. She was so happy to create a relationship with him, she even let Caroline go. Will all of that go to waste? Will Stefan get sucked back into her life and turn on Damon for real? Will Ric bring Jo back to life? And who will pay the price of messing with magic? And why was Lily after the Phoenix stone?
Season 7 of TVD is shaping up to be the best one yet- next to season 1 of course. Sorry Elena, but you can stay in a coma for a couple of more years. We’re doing just fine here in Mystic Falls.
Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity
Paul Wesley opened up in an interview with SiriusXM Urban View’s “The Mike Muse Show” about his bond with Ian Somerhalder and toxic masculinity all while encouraging men to be emotionally vulnerable.
Acting in a popular teen drama, Wesley experienced a lot of pressure to perform in his career-defining role as Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, saying, “You spent your whole life hustling as a young actor, trying to get to that next thing, this, that, you never really enjoy it because you’re always putting pressure on yourself.”
However, through this opportunity, he met Ian Somerhalder, who played his on-screen brother Damon Salvatore. He recounts the moment they formed a bond and brotherhood over a night of shared bourbon and cigars.
“I just remember, first of all, we were on this journey together on this show, ‘Vampire Diaries,’ and it was such a huge sort of grind for us emotionally, physically…And that was a moment where we sat down and just were like, wow, this is so cool. We’re so lucky. How great is this? We’re having a cigar, we’re in a castle in England, and we’re on this great show. And that was a real moment of kind of gratitude and connection that we had with one another that I kind of think really stood out for both of us. We talk about that a lot.”
The duo have team up to create a special bourbon called “Brothers Bourbon.”
Wesley went on to emphasize the importance of vulnerability and true masculinity, especially coming off a role that put a huge focus on his looks and heartthrob capabilities,
“I would encourage to any men listening to have emotional vulnerability with your friends. I think it’s really positive for the world, honestly,” Wesley said. “I think masculinity is a beautiful thing, but I also think part of masculinity is just being vulnerable and it’ll help people in whether it’s their careers or their personal lives.”
“I love it when we drop that machismo, that act, and we can sort of talk about things like real men.”
He continued: “It’s such a stigma, isn’t it, that men need to be tough? And you can be tough and you can still be a man and you can still be sensitive and talk about your feelings and open up with others. I love that. I love it when we drop that machismo, that act, and we can sort of talk about things like real men, frankly..I love that, man.”
The full interview with SiriusXM Urban View’s “The Mike Muse Show” airs Sunday, August 29 at 11:00 am ET.
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.
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.
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.
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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