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The Vampire Diaries- For Whom the Bell Tolls (5×04)

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What a tearjerking episode!!! I was bawling my eyes out sporting ugly face between chuckles and my boyfriend sitting next to me was like, “This isn’t real,” to which I replied, “These are my friends!” Because for real, these are people I’ve come to know and love and Remembrance Day is a very emotional time in Mystic Falls, especially considering how many people Damon and Stefan have killed.

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Stefan’s memory: Stefan doesn’t remember anything, but he sure knows that he’s interested in Elena. As she  leads him around Mystic Falls trying to show him things from the past, he starts falling for her and she starts kind of missing the old days with Stefan. I was worried this show might take the usual route and have Elena want to get back with Stefan after realizing how horrible she is for hurting him, but when he leaned in to kiss her, she stopped herself and muttered, ‘I’m with Damon.’ Atta girl!!! That unfortunately lead Stefan on a spiral out of control. His hunger and need to feed took over him and his victim was unfortunately Caroline’s new crush study buddy, Jamie. Thank god for Caroline coming in the nick of time to tell Stefan to control himself and feed Jamie her blood. But something odd actually happened! Stefan was able to feed on a human and not go into full blown ripper mode. Which means that his brain wasn’t wired to be an bloodaholic maniac, making it just a side-affect of his memories. Huh… Interesting. The memories that Stefan obviously doesn’t want back after burning all of his journals and moving out. Also, this opens up the door to a Stefan and Caroline relationship considering he doesn’t get his memory back. They’ve always been really good friends and those usually make the best couples. But would Elena really ever allow that? What about Jesse and Tyler? Blondie’s got it going on.

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Damon and Matt: Meanwhile, Damon found out that Bonnie had tied and embraced Jeremy in a awkward, but totally bro-ey hug which made me melt, while Matt was filming himself to find out what was happening during his black out periods. He made the discovery that there is some kind of demonic Czech man in his body that threatened to slice his throat if he didn’t protect some sword. Gypsy hoarders these days, getting way too out of control! Unfortunately, all these problems everyone has could be solved with the help of a witch. The witch that everyone just found out was dead.

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Caroline and Jesse: Caroline was in a bit of a pickle with her study buddy, whom she kind of had a thing for and who kind of kissed her during their study session. Ahh. Young love. Can you blame the girl, she spent all summer pining for her boyfriend who rejected her calls and deferred from his first semester in college.  So of course, luck would have it that the minute she fell for someone else, or someone else became interested in her, Tyler would swoop back into town looking hella good with his tux and white rose for Bonnie!!! Now Caroline has a lot of explaining to do and so does Tyler. Like where he’s been! Clearly it isn’t with Hayley, whose pregnant in New Orleans. And he doesn’t have to run from Klaus anymore, since he’s got a lot of other things on his plate right now!!

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The evil campus doctor: We’re slowly creeping back to the hot but suspicious teacher back in college, that closed the death of Elena and Caroline’s roommate by declaring it a suicide when it was obviously a vampire attack. So what does this guy know? Why did he want to talk to Elena before she left?  Why did that girl know Elena’s dad? I mean is that thought not at all lurking in her mind? All we know for sure is that he knew Elena’s dad, he knows about the existence of vampires, and he’s using Jamie to get some info on the two girls. Like when Jesse came back from the Mystic Falls party he checked his vitals, determined that there was vampire blood in his system and proceeded to kill him, turning him into his own vampire. Possibly for studying and examination?? Is he some kind of Dr. Jekyll? Poor Jamie. Getting involved with Caroline cost him his whole college career and a lifetime inner turmoil and revenge!! But he’s also a more suitable candidate for Caroline and I’m sure that will have a huge affect on her relationship, if Tyler even decides to stick around this time.

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RIP Bonnie: But what TVD knows how to do best is funerals. Gosh. The feathers. The grimaur. The pom poms. I can’t!! Despite knowing that in some way, Bonnie will be alive and human again, this funeral was truly sad because it was saying goodbye to one of our own. A girl so noble she sacrificed her life so that her best friends brother could live. And what made this funeral much more hitting was that Jeremy could see her, and he could tell them everything she was saying. Like how happy she was that Elena was happy and that Caroline decorated the heck out of her dorm room or how she would have responded 300 times to Matts emails. Gah! In honor of Bonnie everyone. The greatest Bennett witch that ever lived! And poor girl is stuck on the other side by herself with no way of moving on. My theory is that they will somehow put the veil down and replace Bonnie with Ketsiah. Just as soon as they locate her.

 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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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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