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The Vampire Diaries- Age of Innocence (7×03)

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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.


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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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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand

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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Welsey reveal bourbon name

During the WizardWorld-hosted virtual reunion for the cast of The Vampire Diaries, the Salvatore brothers, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who played Damon and Stefan Salvatore, respectively, revealed the name of their joint bourbon brand. 

The brand is called “Brother’s Bond,” Ian revealed, adding that it pays tribute to the alcoholic drink that bonded their characters on The CW series from 2009 to 2017. 

“Here it is. Our passion. Our baby,” Ian wrote on Instagram. 

“Time, quality, and passion distilled for you and me,” he added adding that anyone over the age of 21 can go to brothersbondbourbon.com to sign up.

The duo announced that they were developing the liquor in September of 2019.  “Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming! @paulwesley and I have been working our asses off with our incredible team to make this happen,” Ian wrote on Instagram at the time

During the Twitch stream on May 27, the actors revealed that they’ve been developing the taste from the ground up and ensuring it was smooth and sweet on the palate.  

“Every single aspect of this we designed ourselves,” Somerhalder said during the virtual reunion, which also included Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), among others. 

“This is our baby,” Ian said from his Airstream. He explained that the bourbon is a culmination of their hard work and journey together.

If you were a fan of TVD, you know that bourbon bonded the brothers and defined their kinship. They may have disagreed on a lot, but they always agreed on bourbon. 

It’s unclear when the brand will be available in stores, but we’ll update as soon as we find out! 


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