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?
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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