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“I think we just found Katherine.”
If its one thing the Salvatore’s cant do, its take a hint. How many times must Elena push them away for them to finally just give up? I get it, being persistent may hopefully help Elena turn her humanity on. But in the meantime there are going to be many casualties.

I’m not complaining cause the more the brothers bond over Elena’s “problem” the snarkier their comments get toward each other. The love just keeps bursting. Unfortunately, the thing with Elena is that she isn’t blind to just how far away from herself she’s really gone. She enjoys being the “bad bitch.” Yet, this episode compared that she doesn’t stand a chance next to Katerina.

Katherine’s presence makes any episode worth watching because Katherine is brilliant. After 500 years of running, you kind of have to be, but still she plays rough. She found herself a small little town and compelled all the people in it to allow her to feed on them. She even compelled one of the towns folk to hold onto the cure for her. The trick that the people had no idea who Katherine was, if they weren’t looking directly at her was very crafty. When Rebekah spoke, the townsfolk had no idea who Katherine was. When they saw Elena they remembered everything. But Katherine hasn’t changed much anyways. Her disregard for any living or dead creature beyond herself is still present. She’s up to her old manipulation. She’s using Elijah, well rather his feelings for her, to have him bargain with Klaus. She has the cure only because its her guarantee at finally bargaining a deal with Klaus to set her free. I’m not sure why she’s still so scared of Klaus. He hasn’t been on her case since like season 2. He has much bigger things to worry about at this point. If she had known he needed the curse to survive though, she wouldn’t have let Elijah just walk away with it. At this point no one needs the cure more than Klaus, whose being sabotaged by Silas. 

It was really interesting to see the levels of hierarchy that played within the trio this week. Elena is obviously lowest on the chain. She may be a bad ass without her humanity, but compared to the other two, she was like a rabbit amongst tigers. She couldn’t even fool Elijah into thinking she’s Katherine because she lacks that Petrova spunk. Katherine is bigger, better and stronger than Elena, but not when Elena has her sidekick, Rebekah, an original. When it comes to brains though, Katherine has each and every one of her steps planned out. I was actually quite shocked to see how quickly Rebekah took the “cure.” Despite how horrible being human is made out to be, she really just wants to live a plain Jane lifestyle. It didn’t occur to her that the cure could have been fake or spiked, she just went for it. I was also surprised by Elijah and his dedication to finding the Katerina he fell in love with. So many years later and he still has hope that he could flip her switch back on.  It might have worked though because by the end, it really seemed like she turned a new leaf by giving Elijah the cure and letting him do with it as he pleased.  Will he give it to his sister, who really wants to be mortal, or return it to Klaus and ask for Katherine’s freedom? He would be stupid to trust the broad, no matter how reformed she says she is.

While Katherine was doing some soul searching and trying to make amends with the people she “loves,” Elena was just downright over it. She made it clear that she wasn’t standing for any of this feelings crap, and she wasn’t about to turn her humanity back on. This carefree life has gotten the best of her. Even Elijah’s speech about compassion couldn’t convince her. Damon won’t stop fighting because he just want’s Elena to feel again and hopefully feel for him. Stefan won’t stop fighting because he feels personally responsible. Yet after repeating history time and time again, Stefan has the right idea of just letting it all go and living life up. What’s the point of all their hard work when it just goes un-appreciated? Skip that Mystic Falls mumbo jumbo and go travel the world. At this point how to you go back to pretending none of this happened? That Elena didn’t snap your neck in New York, that she didn’t toy with your feelings, that she didn’t steal your car, that she didn’t kill people just for the fun of it. Yeah I’m talking to you Damon. 

Silas is one scary and powerful creature. With the ability to become anything and anybody, while getting into people’s minds is cryptic. He had Klaus convinced that a piece of the white oak ash was stuck in his body and was killing him slowly. From the promo’s I had hoped that Klaus was shirtless for a much naughtier reason and Caroline wasn’t trying to teach him a lesson, but tit for tat. Silas also took over Caroline’s body (or was it just a hallucination) to scare Klaus into doing what he wanted, which leaves us wondering how else can he manipulate the rest of the gang? Caroline (the real one) came to Klaus’s aid and  got his mind off of the pain, which ending up being all in his head. Their heated argument and the tension between those two. Whew is it hot in here? I longed for Klaus to just grab her and kiss her, but i’ll be patient. She’s still trying to bargain for Tyler’s freedom. Clearly, its not an easy thing to do. If Caroline (whom Klaus loves) can’t seem to convince him, I don’t see how Elijah could. Except for the fact that Elijah has the cure, which is the one thing keeping Klaus safe from Silas. Although if Silas were to kill Klaus, everyone he turned would also die with him. Silas would than do his spell that destroys the other world and everyone would come back to life. Doesn’t it all come full circle? Yes, I assume there is a catch.


All in all, the episode was a nice little reunion. The cure is like a hot potato, bouncing from one person to the next. Each person has motives and ulterior motives for taking/ giving up the cure but its ultimate destination; Klaus. They also have so sides to them, you could literally peel them back like an onion to uncover new personality traits. The plot with Bonnie was left untouched. For all we know she’s sitting at home with her father clueless about anything that’s happening.  Elena cannot be saved, although the episode implied that the brother’s wont try until they succeed. Katherine is back and I’m glad to say that she is still way better than Elena at life. The plot line with the cure is slowly starting to fizzle out. Either Silas gets it or he doesn’t. What else could possibly happen? With all the originals back in town, I sense the pilot is coming up really soon. Possibly when the show picks up April 18? Prom is a big time in a girls life, especially when you’re a vampire. Caroline will definitely plan a kick ass prom, but who will she go with? Klaus? Will Elena take both Salvatore brothers? Will Rebekah finally get to go to a school dance properly? Festivities are usually a time when things really hit the fan in Mystic Falls.  The possibilities are endless, just as long as we don’t end up with a dead prom queen.

Memorable Quotes

  • Rebekah: Why are we stopping?
    • Elena: We searched three cities in the last 24 hours. I’m sick of top 40 radio and I smell like leather. 
  • Rebekah: Conniving little bitch compelled the whole town!
  • Damon: Remind me to send her some mini muffins.
  • Damon: Screw the mini muffins, I’ll get champagne.
  • Damon: Elena without humanity is a stone cold bitch and I won’t trust her till we get the old Elena back.
  • Rebekah: I couldn’t agree more. You’ve chosen a beautiful place to die.
  • Katherine: So sad for the boys though. Their special snowflake of human frailty; gone.
  • Damon: That guy got his neck snapped in New York and this guy is royally pissed off.
  • Rebekah: You’re loosing your touch evil one.
  • Caroline: Oh you do have a heart. Oh my bad its just a bloody rib.
  • Damon: Wow a quilt and a fish aquarium. Who the hell are you?
  • Damon: Did it ever occur to you that your not that deep?
  • Damon: Sorry Rebekah didn’t have a pony to distract her.
  • Elijah: It’d be a shame if the world lost a soul as compassionate as yours.
    • Elena: Your compassion is a gift Elena. Carry it with you always and forever.
  • Katherine: Oh come on she could use a nap. It must be exhausting being me.
  • Damon: I had a moment of weakness Stefan. Thats my thing. Its like me and you falling for the same girl. Its our thing.
    • Stefan: Was our thing.
  • Elijah: You don’t have a smart brother. Turn’s out I’m just as stupid as the rest of you. 

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Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity



Paul Wesley

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.”

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Virtual Reunion

Ian Somerhalder (left) and Paul Wesley (right) on The Vampire Diaries. Credit: The Cw/ The Vampire Diaries

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.

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



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. 

Why Don't They Want Me Back?

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’



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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