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The Vampire Diaries- Dead Man on Campus (5×08)

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Damon really cannot catch a break. He goes from dealing with one villain to the other, when all he really wants to do is drink copious amounts of top-shelf liquor and make-out with his girlfriend. Not so fast though. He’s been assigned to interrogation of Dr. Wes, who turned Jesse into a vampire. But not just any vampire; a vampire that feeds on other vampires. Dr. Wes comes from a long line of scientists trying to create a ‘breed’ that doesn’t feed on humans.  That’s a twisted idea. Someone feeding on someone of their own kind. Oh, did he mention their also much stronger than regular vampires Damon. As Jesse was digging into Damon’s neck, Elena came to the rescue and did the only thing she really could to save her boyfriend. She stabbed Jesse in the back and killed him.

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Caroline disappointed me with her reaction towards Elena. I understand that she really liked Jesse, but pull yourself together girl. There was nothing else Elena could have done at this point. No chances she could have given him. If he didn’t feed and kill on Damon, he would feed and kill you! It just isn’t good for anyone. I don’t think she was all that mad that Jesse died either, her feelings of hate are surfacing towards Damon and at this point, she should lay it to rest. For one, she was dating Tyler who treated her life crap and left town. She than proceeded to fall for THE most evil hybrid, Klaus. Than she and Tyler broke up and he went on to New Orleans to get revenge on Klaus and kill Hayley. Yeah, not any better than Damon darling. At least Damon owns up to his diabolical ways, but listens to Elena when she says don’t kill the doctor. That obedience is precisely what got him in trouble!!

Dead Man on CampusElena found out a little bit about Aaron’s past and realized his legal guardian was Dr.Wes, which means killing the only family member he had was out of the question. She also discovered that his parents were mauled by “bears” on a camping trip. The rest of his family was mauled by “bears” on a camping trip. Which to me, means that Dr. Wes is the Augustine vampire as well as this scientist doctor trying to get rid of the species as a whole. On the Halloween episode, he came dressed as Jekyll and Hyde. As story goes, the genius doctor uses his other side to test out experiments. Good and evil. Split personality. Aaron will become a key ingredient in stopping Wes and saving Damon, who starts recalling that he too was a test subject for the secret society back in 1953. He thought it was extinct, but as he’s caught off guard, Wes breaks free from his restraints and sets off the alarm that automizes the room with vervain. He ends up locking Damon in his old torture cell, where he’s going through some PTSD memory flashbacks. Um, what the hell!?

640px-Dead_Man_on_Campus_-_Elena_and_AaronThe other brother is also suffering some major PTSD as he feels like he’s drowing over and over again, and destroying reading couches and shot glasses, while he’s at it. That’s when fate decides to bring the two destined dopplegangers together. Or maybe it was just the bourbon. Whatever. Katherine is the queen of PTSD, I mean homegirls been through a lot in her life. She vows to help Stefan get through it, but with Katherine everything comes with a price. She summons her daughter Nadia and uses Stefan as the bodyguard in order to help Matt get rid of the traveler invading his body aka Gregor an old friend of hers. She explains that travelers are like pesticides that take a place in your brain. After calling him forth, they make the discovery that after Silas was killed, Gregor’s mission was to kill Katherine. In turn, Katherine used his precious knife, knowing it was the only thing to kill a passenger (her father was a passenger) and stabs Matt. (No worries, she killed Gregor but Matt will be fine).  Good for Matt, bad for Katerina and Nadia’s relationship, as her mother just killed the love of her life and there’s no going back from that.

ijMy disappointment continued when I listened to Katerina’s suicide note to her daughter and she stood at the top of the clock tower ready to plunge to her death. What happened to the girl that ran for 500 years from Klaus. Who got her baby taken from her at birth and watched her whole family get slaughtered! Her life has been hell, yet she got through it. Why? Because she was a vampire and she was invincible. Now as a human she’s weak and scared and loosing everything that makes her the badass Katerina Petrova. She doesn’t want to suffer and look weak, and she’s just scared of time taking her life. She’s a control freak. Thankfully, right as she’s about to hit the cement ground, Stefan catches her in his arms. What could have been a setup for a romantic kiss between dopplegangers, leaves Stefan telling her, ‘You’re Katherine Pierce. Suck it up,” and Katherine falling in love with him all over again. I think in this moment,  Stefan saw a little bit of the girl he loved way back when and my theory that Stefan’s actual doppleganger fated love isn’t Elena, it’s Katherine, is so on point. I’m definitely shipping these two!!!!!!

The-Vampire-Diaries-Season-5-Episode-8-Video-Preview-Dead-Man-on-CampusAs the anchor between both worlds, feeling everyone pass through you is kind of a downside. Yet Bonnie’s finding the positive in this situation and coming to terms with it. The trade off is worth it, she gets to be with Jeremy, the man she’s falling madly in love with. So what does it matter if right before they do the dirty, she see’s Jesse standing above the bed waiting to cross over. RIP Jesse. Its a little bit of a privacy issue, but everything comes with a price. Jeremy should understand her ability to see ghost’s as he’s been in that boat before. So stop worrying and complaining Jeremy and enjoy the ride of your beautiful witchy, ghostly girlfriend with a hot new, badass do’. Also, the fact that Bonnie can see both sides allows me to think that we haven’t seen the last of Jesse the Ripper, just yet. (Haha get it? Its a Full House joke. God, did I just reveal my age?!)


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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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