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The Vampire Diaries- Because the Night

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“Don’t underestimate the allure of darkness. Even the purest of heart are drawn to it.”
Lets take a walk down memory lane. The Vampire Diaries takes New York. And not in the fashion I imagined. This was not a romantic getaway for Damon and Elena but rather Damon’s continued hunt for the cure and Elena’s attempt at fleeing from the brothers who are trying to help her. This proves that he really is a good guy. I can’t say despite his love for Elena cause its thanks to his love for Elena that he wants to help her and fix her. Stefan isn’t the only one that has been through a “humanity off” phase in his life. We got a little bit more insight to the Damon that turned off his humanity because of Katherine and understood a little deeper the impact that Lexi had on Damon’s life. We always thought she was Stefan’s friend, but for awhile she tried helping Damon. Ultimately, it led to her death in season one. Damon knows that once you get that humanity switch back on, you will regret everything you’ve ever done while you were on your evil binge so he’s trying to make Elena understand that despite how good she feels with everything off, she can’t live this way. The theme of “what goes around, comes around” is largely at play in this episode. Karma’s a bitch, right Damon?


Elena is over it all and this makes for an interesting pairing; a power team if you will. Rebekah and Elena, the two that hated each other. Now, with Elena’s humanity off, their kind of badass together. Clearly, without Elena sired to Damon, she doesn’t really care about him at all. She tries to manipulate him with the same tricks that Damon used on others back in the day. She lets Rebekah snap his neck and steals his car to go hunt down Katherine. So from my understanding, Elena wants to find Katherine before Damon or Stefan do, so they don’t get the hands on the cure, while Rebekah wants the cure for herself. Obviously Damon’s little pep talk about how great it is to be a vampire didn’t really work for Rebekah, who wants to have a family. Despite being a vampire for so long, she really has dreams and hopes for herself that go beyond being a strong and eternally young vampire, that can’t really be killed. Yeah, I’m not sure what she’s thinking either. 


Klaus and Caroline; will they ever get together?? Klaus’s statement about the darkness being alluring to even the purest of hearts applied a whole lot to this episode. Caroline thinks so highly of herself and so low of Klaus. Sure, he’s had his fair share of wrong-doings and he’s a pretty evil guy, but he’s also been alive for decades and he’s learned not to take anyones crap. He made Tyler leave and that has to do more with his love for Caroline and want to be with her than it is because of the fact that Tyler made it his life’s mission to kill him. Everyone at some point in the show has made it their life’s mission to kill Klaus. You don’t see him throwing everyone out of town. But Caroline’s strong suit is being judgmental. She’s the reason 12 people, or rather witches, died. Of course, she couldn’t let Bonnie die. It’s her best friend. But she killed the 12 people to complete the triangle and give Silas the power to unleash all hell on earth. 


By doing this, we also got to see that there is someone more powerful than Klaus roaming the streets of Mystic Falls now and that Klaus does in fact feel fear when it is present in his life. Klaus must now make a decision; protect himself or protect the others around him. His sister is the one with the lead on the cure. The cure is all that Silas is missing in his plot to destroy the other world. Will Klaus sell out his sister in order to keep his life? Or will this be a case of what goes around comes around and Klaus will run, leading into the first episode of “The Originals.” As excited as I am for the spin-off show it means that Klaus and Caroline won’t be and that makes me kind of upset. Yet, it sets up the scene for a possible Caroline and Stefan relationship. Unless Damon and Stefan are able to get the cure before Elena and Rebekah and they force it down Elena’s throat. Than the Stefan and Elena relationship will once again dominate. If they don’t get the cure, but are able to turn Elena’s humanity on, she will once again be sired to Damon and they can live happily ever after. But are any of her feelings and emotions even real at this point??


Why doesn’t Bonnie remember anything? Was this the work of the witches, who tried to clear her from expression and possibly succeeded? Or was this Sila’s plan all along? But if Bonnie doesn’t remember anything, and everyone else does its kind of a weak plan, right? I mean all the bad things Bonnie has done have been erased from her mind. Yet, Silas doesn’t need her help anymore. He has everything he needs to execute his plot. Maybe this is his way of keeping Bonnie safe? But if he does need Bonnie again, and the witches erased her memory, maybe she isn’t capable of expression anymore? Bonnie’s character has taken a dark turn this season and I’m kind of annoyed that she’s just being used left and right by people without any control. Come on girl, you are a witch. You have more power than half those people in Mystic Falls. If you use it properly, you could really do some damage. The whole idea of being a victim is what I consider Bonnie to be and I know she’s stronger than that.


So basically, Damon got played. He’s on the outs with Elena who outsmarted him. She teamed up with Rebekah to hunt down Katherine and get the cure. Next weeks promo’s look awesome as evil Elena face evil Katherine in a curly hair vampire show down. Yeah, it will be epic. Will Katherine give the cure to Elena? Will Damon and Stefan be able to trace her? What will happen with Klaus and Silas? Will Silas get to the cure first? Silas and Klaus are two people that Katherine is completely afraid of. If they are able to get to her, than its over for the girl. Both brothers failed in their missions today, which brings them closer together. Do you think there is even a point in Elena trying to get a relationship back with either brother. Their so far down this rabbit hole of “he said, she said, he did, she did” that its kind of pointless. Elena’s a mixture of both brothers as a vampire, but with her emotions off, she doesn’t really care for either one. And if Silas succeeds, what will happen when all the supernatural creatures are brought back to earth? Can we really see the return of Jeremy? Is this the reason Klaus will flee Mystic Falls? Will all the people he’s killed and scorned come after him?? Until next week folks!

Memorable Quotes

  • Will: You’re the serial killer aren’t you? Son of Sam.
    • Damon: Son of Giuseppe, but close enough.
  • Damon: You wanted out, I got you out. You wanted to feed, I brought you to a city sized buffet.
  • Stefan: Where is she now? 
    • Damon: She’s out exploring.  Maybe she’s eating a hot dog.. vendor.
  • Rebekah: You’re playing him.
    • Elena: No he’s playing me. I’m just returning the favor.
  • Rebekah: You just made me miss the old Elena.
  • Lexi: Because you loved her and love is the most powerful emotion.
  • Caroline: Do you even know how to read a map?
    • Klaus: Yes. And you know who taught me? My friend Magellan.
  • Damon: You really think that was going to work? The sex, the temptation, the booze? Are you kidding me? I invented that trick.
  • Damon: Everyday your like this is a day you might do the one thing you can’t take back.
  • Klaus: You look like your in need of comfort. Why don’t you go find someone less terrible. 



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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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