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The Vampire Diaries- Death and the Maiden (5×07)

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Damn you Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson for making me shed so many tears during last nights episode!!!! The threesome love triangle between Ketsiah, Amarra and Silas finally comes to a tragic end (thank god), while Stefan, Bonnie and Katherine are left to deal with their futures. And they don’t look too bright.

As Stefan regained all of his memories, he was put into a state of panic and torture. He was basically having flashbacks of being stabbed, locked in the coffin, and drowning over and over again. Anyone would feel out of their element with that haunting them. He figured the only way to get over all of it was to kill Silas, which was obviously not in Elena’s best interest as she was put all her faith into the warlock to bring Bonnie back. So plan B right? Silas wants to kill Amarra. In order to keep the other world in order, the gang needed to keep Amarra alive, in order to still have a chance at saving Bonnie. But with Silas backing out of his promise how do they do that?

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Its safe to say Amarra is a little delusional. Crazy pants at its finest. But being turned to stone and left to suffer for 2000 years can probably do that to someone. Or maybe its the fact that she has one foot in the real world and one foot on the other side, causing her to see and hear everyone and everything. Which means, that she can hear and see Bonnie and she might be able transfer the anchor job to Bonnie, which would let her be ‘alive’ again. But in order to complete this, a very powerful witch is needed. Knock Knock Ketsiah. Knowing that Damon has Amarra in his possession, the tortured witch obliges to do the transference spell, relying on the power and energy of the three dopplegangers, Amarra, Elena and Katherine. But of course, things get real messy, real fast.

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Silas has been through a lot and he’s waited 2000 years for his one true love, only to have her betray him and take his cure. So we meet a sarcastic and vengeful Silas, this week, which I admit is such a fun role to watch Paul Wesley in. But he’s also on a serious mission and that’s to kill Ketsiah. He intervenes with Ketiah’s spell, blowing the fuze box and knocking out the power.  Things can get really weird in the dark, really fast.  Stefan kidnaps Amarra in order to lure in Silas and kill him.  But Silas is busy trying to put an end to Ketsiah’s irrelevant life, which he would have succeeded with, if not for Elena, who so desperately wanted Bonnie, that she made the witch continue the spell until her last breath.

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Silas’s reconciliation was such a heartwarming, but bittersweet scene to watch. It was like Romeo and Juliet!  Two lovers who are destined to be together but have had every obstacle come between them. Yet, their love is so strong that they still love each other 2000 years later. At this moment, we have come full circle with Silas’s character, finally seeing the softer side of the evil and powerful Silas. When villains are introduced, they come in with such revenge, but in time we learn that the only reason they are villains is because they’ve had such a tragic past. Silas tries to kill Amarra, to  put her out of her misery, but is unable to harm his one true love. He’s interrupted by Stefan, who really care that’s he’s ruining a moment. His rage allows him to stab Silas while he’s getting his brain fried by him. Anger is power. And just like that, Silas is no more.

But a spell is still in progress and Amarra needs to be alive in order for the transfer. When Damon finds Amarra, she has stabbed herself in order to spend all of eternity with Silas. Tragic right? Damon tries to keep Amarra alive for another 5 minutes, until the spell is complete but you can’t stop death and just like that, Amarra joins her love.

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There was a lot of ‘I love you’s’ exchanged this week, and one of the most powerful ones was between Jeremy and Bonnie. Figuring that the spell wouldn’t work because of Amarra’s death, which would get rid of the other side entirely, Bonnie came to say goodbye to Jeremy. He finally confessed his feelings for her and right as he did, Elena and Caroline were able to see Bonnie. The spell was successful!!! The best friends were reunited and the two lovebirds, who didn’t even let death separate them, were finally able to share their first kiss, which was odd considering both of them are technically dead and cheated death to come back to life. But of course we know the one simple rule of magic, it comes with a price. That price? As the new anchor Bonnie would feel every supernatural soul that died, because to get to the other side, they would go through her. And it would hurt a lot. So much for a normal life right?

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People in Mystic Falls are really bad at keeping promises too. After successfully completing the spell, Katherine was awaiting a spell to stop her from aging. She was told by the doctor that she had a good few months before her time on this earth was up. Obviously, that doesn’t work for the 500 year old vampire turned mortal. I previously questioned why she didn’t just get turned into a vampire and this week I got my answer. Apparently anyone who has taken the cure, could not hold down vampire blood, making it simply impossible for them to be turned into a vampire again. So the next best thing? Magic. But Ketsiah refused to complete a spell that was not in line with nature. She would not extend someones life, when the person was suppose to die. She already made that mistake once. Unfortunately for Katherine, Ketsiah sliced her wrists and died in a weird euphoric state muttering things like ‘I won. True love pervails. And we will be together for eternity.’ Seriously, if you look up crazy bitch in the dictionary, it’s this one. If you think about it, its actually really a sad situation for Amarra and Silas. They both died thinking they would be together. Love pervails right? Wrong! What Amarra wasn’t aware of before her death is that the anchor was transferred, causing her to pass on, but locking Silas and Ketsiah in the ‘purgatory’ Bonnie was stuck in.

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All right, so all three gone from that triangle. Now the real problems set in. Stefan is still upset with Damon and Elena for not being the two that found him and got him out of that coffin. Despite killing Silas, he continues to have flashbacks that give him wicked anxiety and cause him to have problems functioning in society. Bonnie is going to be haunted by the dead, which will keep her from leading a normal life, while Katherine is dying as her age is finally catching up with her. Her daughter has been kind of stalking her down in order to recreate this mother/daughter bond, but Katherine knowing she has a limited time to live, has pushed her away and told her she would rather die than spend any time with her daughter. Harsh, but I believe she has good intentions. She doesn’t want to get too close to her and have Nadia bring her hopes up, just for her to lose Katherine in a month or so. But now that Caroline knows Katerina has a daughter and she will eventually find out about her limited life span, they’ll have Bonnie perform some anti-aging spell. I mean, they can’t let Katherine die right?


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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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