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The Vampire Diaries- Fifty Shades of Grayson (5×10)

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Can you believe we have to wait till January 17 for new episodes of TVD? How ridiculous! And especially after a midseason finale like that! Did anyone see that ending coming? Also, what a wickedly creative title!!!

We learned about the Augustine vampire in further detail this week and got some more info about the members of the secret society.  The Augustine vampire is Enzo, the schools test subject for hundreds of years. And Damon’s relationship undoing apparently (I’ll get to that later).

lDamon’s been in this cell before, so he’s got the whole escape thing down. It only took him like a day this time, compared to last time’s five years and a dead friend. Or so he thought.  With his freedom, it was time for operation save Elena. First he had to find her. Grabbing sidekick Stefan the two embarked on a journey to track her down by using Aaron as bait. Unfortunately, Wes proved not to care about his nephew allowing him to be sacrificed for “science”, but it did lead Damon to a discovery. His face to face meeting with his demon, or should I say friend, Enzo. Not a good reunion for either of them. But despite being set free for the day, Enzo was still on Wes’ time as he was injected with poison that would kill Enzo if he didn’t kill Damon and come back to the lab. Truthfully, I’m kind of shocked that Enzo even has the will to live anymore. If that was my life, I’d rather just die.

klnMeanwhile, Stefan’s making progress trying to find his ex-gf, whose tied down as one of Wes’ test subjects. As she hallucinates, she begins to recall the room she is in. She figures out it is her fathers old practice. The basement she used to be banned from. Wes begins explaining that all of the stuff he’s learned about vampires he learned from her father. Even though  the stories portrayal of Grayson Gilbert as a doctor who used science and vampire blood to save people, I was utterly disgusted by what the society was doing. Science doesn’t mean hold people against their will and torture them. Additionally, Wes is the type of person that only sees vampires as monsters and their not. When we see him trying to inject Elena, we don’t think of her as a bloodsucking creature, we think of her as a girl whose life kind of screwed her over and left her broken. But she doesn’t deserve to die. Its sad to think that the people her father used to operate on are the same creatures she is now. Would he have shunned her and treated her like a monster?

,jbIn the end, Damon ends up saving Enzo by injecting him with “anecdotes” found in Wes’ lab. Maybe its his conscience (the one he doens’t want to admit he has) or maybe he’s just a good person. One of Damon’s flaws is that he can’t physically admit when he’s been sad or hurt. When Enzo asks if he ever thought about him and how he left his friend to die, Damon responds with no, I just turned off my humanity. Come on Damon, its okay to admit you feel guilty and like an asshole. His response obviously set Enzo off, and he called him a monster that ruins people. Unfortunately, Damon doesn’t see the good in himself. He this to heart and breaks up with Elena. He doesn’t want to ever change the good in her, but he knows he won’t ever change. He won’t ever apoligize for killing people, getting revenge or being an ass. Even though Elena fights back stating that she loves him for who he is, Damon knows he has to let her go. And its tragic. I mean grab some tissues ya’ll. This is one couple that really understood each other without words. How can he just do that to her? She’s really just having a tough day!!

kbjStefan was Elena’s knight in shining armor but did he make it in time? Right before he figured out where she was and came to save her, Wes injected Elena with his new concoction, which was designed to make her salivate at the smell of vampire blood. He’s trying the same thing he tried on Jesse but with Elena and in a different way, that doesn’t take as long. But did Wes actually inject her? She didn’t mention anything to either of the brothers. And when Aaron came to kick Wes’ ass for ruining his life and being a crazy psychopath, he picked up that injection needle and took it with him. Why?

jkkjBut the two aren’t soul mates anymore because Stefan is smitten with another doppleganger.  Sure, the whole thing between Stefan and Katherine could have been a one time thing, but I think it was more than that. The way he looked at her when she stormed out and hit a wall. The way he looked at her when she tried to hide her imperfections and age (look at that gray hair!!) by sarcasm and a snooty attitude. He loves her. They have this passion and understanding that him and Elena didn’t have. So when she asked Stefan if he would ever look at her the same way he looked at Elena, I think the answer is yes. In time. I mean, Stefan’s right. One hundred and forty seven years is a long time and you can’t just forgive someone in one night. Even if they are dying. But um hello, IT’S KATERINA AND SHE’S DYING. Can someone cut her some slack?

kujShe vulnerable, weak, but in love.  Despite initially saying that she didn’t want to put herself in a travelers body, Katerina seaked out Nadia’s help and agreed to it when she saw that Stefan still believed she could be redeemed. . But her times run out. Just as she made the realization that shes a fighter and doesn’t give up, her heart gave out.  We know from previews that she isn’t dead just yet, but unless they find a way to change her into a vampire, homegirl is on her deathbed. I don’t know how I feel about Katerina being played by someone else though, so I hope Stefan finds the answer and saves the love of his life.

kgjNow that Elena and Damon are over, the probability of her wanting to get back with Stefan is high. If Katerina survives, there is no way she’s going to let that happen. But if she doesn’t, well he’s fair game. And we all know how much Elena likes switching up Salvatore brothers. The show has a lot to play with now. They can take Elena’s relationships either way. They can leave Stefan with Katerina. They have the storyline of Elena and Aaron, who ended up beating up his uncle and standing up for the vampires probably after Stefan admitted, we’re not all the same. Enzo is still alive, so he probably has some catching up to do with his only friend. And lets not forget the people who weren’t in the episode, Bonnie, Jeremy and Caroline. Plus the travelers!!!  There’s enough story lines here for another season ya’ll. But to hold us over till January, lets all think of our favorite moments with Katerina Petrova. Sound off here!


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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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