The post-Elena era has started and while I thought that the show would ultimately fail without its leading lady, it has proved me wrong. The season 7 premiere of The Vampire Diaries started off strong, giving us a season 1 feel. If this momentum keeps up, this might be the shows best season to date.
We kick things off with a flash forward to 3 years from today. Damon is “dead” in a coffin and Stefan wakes him up because someone is coming for them. Later at the end of the episode, we see Damon finally rise from the dead pretty pissed off that his bro woke him up before Elena returned to life. Clearly, Damon didn’t handle life without his GF well. But Stefan had a good reason. In the shadows comes a woman with a vengeance. Damon states “she’s back” and we’re left assuming the worst of what could have happened to get these two bros here. Wild guess- the “her” is their mother Lily.
Back to present day, everyone is missing Elena in their own way. The only thing they all have in common- they’re constantly writing diary entries to their friend so she doesn’t miss a thing. Hey, the show is called The Vampire DIARIES right? It’s an ode to Elena’s diary writing in season 1, which I’m totally down with.
Anyways, the heretics have come to Mystic Falls, but so far they haven’t been posing a problem because Lily has been keeping them locked up to teach them control. That quickly changes when one of the heretic, Valerie, gets hit by a car and left for dead by the “high” teenage drivers. Taking matters into their own hands, she grabs her “sisters” lovers Nora and Mary Louise and they dig in on the youngins, leaving quite the mess.
This means, Stefan, Caroline and Matt, who is about to become a police officer, take matters into their own hands. When Lily leaves to meet Enzo in New York, they devise a plan to blow up the house of the heretics. Unfortunately, they underestimate the power of the heretics and they retaliate during Matt’s police academy graduation by starting a fire and killing hundreds of graduates… Matt’s friends.
The only alternative; strike up a deal with the heretics and get everyone out of town. Matt takes charge and evacuates the town of Mystic Falls, blaming some explosive piping. The whole scene is pretty depressing and yet another example of how these people always have to fight for their home. Stefan agrees to let the heretics feed on any humans that did not take the warning and skip town. That’s the scene we saw in the season 6 finale- Matt patrolling a deserted Mystic Falls!
Meanwhile, Bon Bon, Damon and Alaric are taking over Europe! The trip is just a bunch of day drinking as Damon and Alaric both try to get over their failed relationships. And Bonnie, well, she’s just the chaperone of two grown men. Nothing to see here. However, Alaric has been playing fake-drinking the whole trip. He goes to see multiple “psychics” to connect to his dead-wife, without any luck obviously. We later find out he has some kind of stone and he’s going to try to bring Jo back from the dead. Whaaaat.
The stone is going to be a huge point in the season, or at least a couple of upcoming episodes because Lily is actually looking for it and she wants Enzo to help her find it. She claims its a family heirloom, but won’t specify what it is used for. Enzo initially tells her he won’t help her, but after Damon and Bonnie team up to kill one of Lily’s favorite heretics, Enzo sides with his “sire” and captures Caroline.
Damon and Bonnie do return to Mystic Falls by the end of the episode and I’m super excited to see more of their interactions on screen. I loved them together in the prison world and now that Damon only has Bon Bon, I feel like it will be even better. Their “relationship” started off strong this season with Damon debating if he should save Bonnie from a car, which would kill her and bring Elena back. He did save her because she’s his best friend! Then the two go all “Bonnie and Clyde” and cause havoc in town because they won’t just sit back and let their home be taken from them! Heck yes!
As for Caroline and Stefan, they’ve been “awkward” ever since Stefan professed his love to her. She’s been putting him on the back-burner to give herself time to grieve her moms death but she eventually realizes that the only happiness she has left is Stefan. So she goes in for the kiss and it’s a lot less “omg” than I thought it would be. As much as I want to be, I am not a Steroline fan. I think they would be so much better as friends. But I wonder if this means they’re going to write in Candice’s pregnancy in the show. And if so, how will it be possible? Will Stefan be the dad?
What did you think of the premiere of season 7? Are you upset Elena is gone? Will you keep tuning in? What will Lily do to Damon when she finds out he killed someone in her family?
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!
Is Netflix’s ‘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!
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.
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#SweetMagnolias is set in a fictional town called Serenity. Sheryl Anderson repeated, throughout the shooting of the show, that it was important that everyone might see themselves in Serenity. I like that idea more than ever these days—Serenity not just as a place, but a state of mind. The show drops on #Netflix in just 5 days on May 19.
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.
Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand
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.
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Here it is. Our passion. Our baby. Ladies and gentlemen please meet, Brother’s Bond Bourbon. Time, quality and passion distilled for you and me. We appreciate your support more than you know. If you are 21 years or older in the United States or legal drinking age in your home country please Go to: Brothersbondbourbon.com to sign up. We can’t wait to share with you! Please share this website address with friends and family. Let’s bond. Love, Ian and Paul
“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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