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The Vampire Diaries- Bring It On

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“I don’t know maybe this is the better version of me.”
Today’s episode felt like I was watching an edition of Vampire Gone Wild! I always knew the cheerleaders had pep in their step, but Elena had an overload on tonights episode of The Vampire Diaries. This is a huge change from the emotional and needy Elena that we are accustomed to seeing every Thursday night. This girl had edge, spunk, and she was just a little scary. Didn’t you think so? Her level of aggressiveness and spontaneity exceeded Katherine’s a bit, and that’s saying something. But of course, she doesn’t like being compared to Katherine, despite her desperate attempt to drop her clothes in front of her ex and her current boyfriend. Who could blame her she’s living young, wild and free.


As always Stefan wanted to control the ripper that was seeping through Elena’s seams. As a ripper himself, he knew exactly what would happen the minute she turned off her humanity. But I don’t think he understands that at this point, Elena has got nothing. She’s lost her whole family, including her brother and burnt her whole house down. Girl has nothing keeping her down anymore, no pun intended. Yet when you start seeing worry lines on Damon’s face, thats when you know things are getting slightly out of control. Being a badass vampire is one thing, but abusing those privileges, especially do the people that have been by your side through everything is another. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Yeah, I know how dumb that sounds in context but go with it.


Now, I like Caroline. I believe that in all honesty she has progressed relatively well as a character. This weeks Elena was like that friend that tells you the truth when she’s drunk; no boundaries. She rejoined the cheerleading squad, per Caroline’s help. Who knew Caroline still had time for the cheer squad? Than she fed on the competition, followed by a deliberate attempt at dropping Caroline on her “thick head” before revealing that this was all part of her master plan. She than hurt Caroline’s mom and almost bit her. Than when she Caroline was trying to find her and help her, a girl fight escalated; a complete 360 for Elena. She threw jabs at Caroline trying to convince her to turn it off so she doesn’t feel the pain of Tyler leaving her or doesn’t feel guilty for thinking about Klaus. You know, as much as I hate to say it someone finally did tell blondie the truth. And if it wasn’t for Stefan and Damon, she would have staked her own best friend. Isn’t that exactly what Elena hated about Katherine and the vampires? How they killed the people she loved with no remorse? Well at least I thought so until Elena cleared up her behavior for me by justifying her actions with the fact that Damon tries to kill Stefan in pretty much every episode.


I have a couple of questions regarding Elena’s sudden abandonment of feelings and humanity. For one, is this how you break the sire bond? It seems to work like compulsion and although Elena listened to Damon, it was like she was pretending so she could go through with her plan and feed on cheerleaders that didn’t have vervain in their systems. But than later on, she ended up listening to Damon anyways. Is she just following his lead because of her own free will or does this sire bond really exist? Second of all, she has no feelings, but she does feel? She gets angry, she feels amazing, she still has feelings for Damon, she gets jealous. She told Stefan that he needs to move on because she feels nothing for him but than got jealous when he was having fun with Caroline, while denying her jealousy. She technically still has feelings, she’s just pretending not too. Putting that aside, how will they turn her feelings back on and bring her back to the old Elena? Stefan still has hope for her and even possibly for the relationship that they had, by getting the cure for her.


Which was Damon’s job. On his hunt for the cure or should I say the hunt for Katherine (whose gotten exceptionally good and running and staying hidden) he encounters Rebekah, who also wants the cure for herself. By the end of the episode neither of them really care to find it anymore. With Damon’s help, Rebekah realized that being a vampire was better than being a mortal and getting fat and old. And obviously Damon will not be doing his job since Elena has convinced him that he actually likes her better this way. When she explained that he always wanted to be with her but was scared of what she would think about the bad things he was doing and now she didn’t care cause she did them too, I almost jumped in the van with them. So of course, they run away to New York to have some fun, far from brooding and fun sucking Stefan. See, alone crazy vampire Elena scares me, but paired up with Damon I’m buckling up for the ride. This power duo is bound to be a whole other level of excitement. Go team Delena! But I must wonder who is Will and why is he so important to Damon that he referred to him as one of life’s biggest mysteries. I guess we will find out next week.


So while the love birds are leaving their problems behind to go live life, Stefan has made the discovery that the empty blood banks in the hospitals surrounding Mystic Falls must be the doing of Silas. I hoped that when Rebekah told Damon she found Shane dead on the island, he would make some connection to the Shane that was brainwashing Bonnie, but than I remembered what does Damon care? As of right now Bonnie is in grave danger and no one knows it. No one is even worried about her absence from school.

Since Tyler’s on the run and his mother and father are both dead, he left the house to Matt. In the care package he sent, he wrote a letter to Caroline saying that he won’t ever be coming back as long as Klaus is alive. Which basically means forever, since he’s you know, immortal. This might be a motive for Caroline to try and find Katherine and get the cure. Meanwhile, Klaus is playing house with werewolf Hayley. She’s the reason that Katherine has the cure (making deals with the devil is her strong suit obviously) and since Katherine want’s to use to cure on Klaus, he needs Hayley’s help to find her.  This story line also allowed us to see Klaus get nakey nakey and do some dirty for the first time ever! About time!! We’ve seen the intensity of vampire sex, now its time for some hybrid-werewolf sex. I’m going to assume this is happening sans the emotions since Klaus still wants to be with Caroline and Hayley has her eye out for Tyler. She also wants to find her family and Klaus happens to know a werewolf brood that was located in Louisiana that had the same identical birthmark as Hayley. Obviously, this family will play a role in the new spin off show- The Originals, which Klaus and Hayler are both going to be a part of.  So than maybe they will actually become a real couple. Who knows?


Memorable Quotes

  • Stefan: We’re going to loose her Damon.
  • Stefan: Her humanity is off. She’s basically numb to everything that makes her who she is. 
    • Damon: She’s a vampire.
  • Damon: Being undead gets you down? Voila! Vampire prozac.
  • Damon: I know its controversial Stefan but people actually like to have fun.
  • Damon: I can’t believe your making me say this. Show some restraint.
  • Damon: I just made a list called things you suck at.
  • Elena: As soon as the queen backs off everything will be fine.
  • Rebekah: You’re like Sherlock Holmes with brain damage.
  • Stefan: When in doubt manipulate people with sex. You know thats the same trick Katherine used to pool.
  • Elena: Look at you, your whole world revolves around me. Maybe your the one who needs to turn it all off.
  • Stefan: They’ll drink all the booze and get bored or Damon will come home and kill all of them.
  • Damon: Life sucks when your ordinary.
  • Damon: Under any other circumstance this would be a major turn on.
  • Stefan: Even when I was at my worst Elena didn’t give up on me, so we can’t give up on her. 



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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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