This weeks episode of The Vampire Diaries hit me like a bus man. I did not see any of that coming. So Julie Plec, Caroline Dries, I applaud you for getting out of a slump and turning season 7 around to be one of the best ones to date.
We’ve learned some pretty interesting things about the flash forwards in the beginning of the episodes. In 3 years, Bonnie and Enzo are dating. Someone is trying to kill Stefan, so he raises Damon from his “nap” to help him out, and Alaric has twins. Up until now, we didn’t know who he had kids with or who his fiancee was. The logical thing to assume would be that Alaric fell in love with the “new” Jo… until Damon came to his house inquring about his fiancee, Caroline. YES Ric and Caroline are engaged! Now before you go asking the who, what, when, where, why…. it all does make some sense by the end of the episode. We are seriously all about the wild, twisted couples on this show aren’t we?
Jo doesn’t live. Spoiler alert. Sorry. The woman inside Jo was named Francesca and her only purpose in this whole season was to really give Ric the proper goodbye with his wife. So while he was getting closure, Valerie, who was holed up with him and Stefan’s new squeeze decided to watch some of Ric’s wedding video. The chant the Gemini coven was performing after Kai stabbed Jo wasn’t to send him back to another prison world, it was to save the twins she was carrying so that the Gemini line would continue once everyone was killed. Valerie decides to do a spell to track the twins and they lead right to the inside of the house. Better yet, right to Caroline. YES, Caroline is carrying Ric’s twin babies! Holy bananas, raise your hand if you saw that coming! No one? Cool. Me neither. Caroline is just as shocked as everyone else because um she’s a vampire and she can’t have kids, but somehow, this is happening. Why Caroline, I mean aside from the fact that Candice Accola is really pregnant in real life and they had to write it in the show somehow. (Coolest real-life turned TV-pregnancy by the way.)
The timing is also pretty interesting considering Valerie is reliving the loss of her child and Stefan just found out he got her pregnant and could have been a dad. How will he react to finding out that his girlfriend will technically be a mom to kids that aren’t his. Will this be the wedge that comes between them? Will she suddenly fall in love with Alaric because of this? Gah… so many mixed emotions. Will Stefan go back to Valerie? Or will she loose it and is she the one hunting them?
Stefan’s new realization about what could have been also drives him to the point of becoming a ripper, without the blood lust part. Basically, he just wants to rip Julian to shreds for what he did, but there’s one thing standing in his way- Damon. Damon doesn’t know about the could-have-been baby and has his own agenda. He wants to make Lily pay for taking away Elena from him by giving her the man of her dreams and then killing him when she’s finally happy.
Eventually, Stefan stabs Julian and the recently resurrected vamp catches on fire, but Lily barges in and stops it. Can anything ever be easy around here? She’s obviously pissed at her sons because she thinks they are doing this to punish her, but she’s taken aback when Julian goes into full on rage mode and almost kills both Stefan and Damon. She lets them escape claiming that seeing her sons dead isn’t what the “new” Lily wants and it kind of upsets Julian. That’s not the woman he fell for… but he’s also different.
He admits he hasn’t been feeling like himself since coming back to life. I guess being dead and trapped in a stone that makes you think your psycho will do that to you. But Valerie was right about one thing- he’s really good at convincing people to get do what he wants. He tells Lily that he’ll get back on track, but her sons will keep coming after her so he needs a spell to protect him. A spell everyone in the family must participate in. Something tells me, this is going to end badly and eventually, Lily will want to take him out herself. Also, will we ever find out why Julian was trapped in that stone in the first place?
Meanwhile, Bonnie gets a little flirty with Enzo to help him make Lily jealous. Lets call this the beginning of Benzo! The fun stops when she encounters a waiter who is compelled and intent on going to the high school. Inside the school, she and Matt find a classroom full of students attached to feeding tubes, completely hypnotized. I would even say rotting away. Is this Julien’s doing? We know he has a bad effect on people, even convincing Mary Louise to get her groove back and feed despite Lily’s strict orders. Who else would go against Lily’s attempt at peace?
Next week is Thanksgiving, but something tells me, the family dinner will not be pleasant. Aren’t you happy your family is normal?! Will the Salvatore bros end up killing Julien? Does he have something to do with what is happening in 3 years? How will Caroline tell Stefan she’s pregnant with twins?!
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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