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The Vampire Diaries- Graduation (4×23)

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“Do the thing your most afraid of. “

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All is fair in love and war. Especially on the Vampire Diaries Graduation day… A day of happiness, memories and looking towards the future. Congratulations Mystic Falls graduates. But realistically speaking, this had to be the weakest season finale of all, maybe because I was kind of confused and expected many loopholes to be left resolved. Unless I’m still in utter shock over what happened and by the end of this review, I’ll be screeching “OMG” like a five year old, which is what my boyfriend expected when I called him at 8:01 today.

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With all of the scary vampires and witches back from the dead I kind of thought they would be up to way more trouble and vengeance. Kol’s attempt at killing Elena was pretty pathetic, Connor didn’t get past shattering the windows of Mystic Grill and the witches didn’t step an inch near Caroline before Klaus showed up and blew their heads off. Obviously, the dead people are dead because they were to weak to survive the living. That’s it.

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This finale focused a lot on relationships and finally making things happen for certain couples. Klaus came back to wish Caroline a happy graduation. He gave her the present that he knew she would accept; he let Tyler back to Mystic Falls. Seems only fitting since he’s leaving to New Orleans to cause havoc and raise a werewolf/vampire baby. Maybe this is his way of keeping the secret from Caroline. Nevertheless, I am a Tyler and Caroline shipper, but something about Klaus has me. When he said that Tyler was her first love, but he wanted to be her last, no matter how long it took, showed me that maybe Klaus is the one for blondie after all.

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Rebekah’s had a tough season as the original vampire whom everyone hated and Matt’s had a tough season being human. Yet, there’s something so pure about being the only human on the show. Rebekah has been trying to find that simplicity and pureness in herself all season. Despite the extreme situation they found themselves in today, Matt on a bomb that would detonate and shatter him into a million pieces, they made promises to each other that are leading them into a path of love. Eventually, I think Matt will turn into a vampire for Rebekah, but their love is so high school and pure, its adorable.

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Now, the biggest question of all. Who gets the girl? Elena started off season one as a miserable human, found love with Stefan and spent (or should I say wasted) three years of our lives, contemplating whether she loved Stefan or Damon. She loves Stefan for sure, she gave him the cure because he is the only one that deserves to start over. He deserves a life with someone that isn’t Katherine nor Elena. You could kind of tell by the way Elena was worrying about Damon and his werewolf bite (that mimicked him almost dying in season 2 where they first kissed and gave Delena fans hope) that her mind had already been set. And it was. She loves Stefan but she’s in love with Damon. Damon is completely wrong for her. She’s completely wrong for him. But somehow their right for each other, they challenge and complete each other, and they are finally, and officially boyfriend and girlfriend. No other brother. No sire bond. Nothing can come between them. Damon got the girl. Despite my love for shipping team Delena, I can’t help but feel bad and sorry for Stefan who doesn’t deserve to get hurt this way. He’s dedicated his whole life to this girl, who chooses his brother. He decides to start over and leave town because what else has he got. Too binge and become ripper Stefan? He lost, despite having fought for her to the very end.

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And when I say nothing can come between them, I truly mean nothing; not even Katerina. Being an immortal vampire wasn’t good enough for her, she wanted immortality. When Bonnie failed to deliver that to her, she decided that killing Elena was the answer. Selfish, I might add. Yes, Elena took the Salvatore brother’s away from her. She also made Elijah turn against her. Everyone loves Elena. Everyone hates Katherine. But in retrospect, Katherine killed Jeremy. All the bad things that have happened, have been because of Katherine. So I thoroughly enjoyed the epic girl-on-girl fight between the dopplegangers. After a season of debating who will get the cure, it turned out that the cure was never really a blessing but a curse if it got into the wrong mouth. With a stake to her throat and about to get her heart pulled out of her chest, Elena shoved the cure into Katherine’s mouth and forced her to swallow it. Have a good human life Katherine, she uttered and for that moment I bet she felt infinite. You wanted immortality, well we don’t always get what we want. But I’m sure it will be amusing seeing Katerina suffer and than try to get turned again.

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But I’ll say the saddest part had to be Bonnie. Finally, all of her friends were happy, well sort of. Destroying that happiness was not something she intended on doing. In a subtle way, she said goodbye to everyone she cared about and cherished her last few moments as a high school grad. Than it was off to the tough work. When she brought up the veil, she realized that her spell to save Jeremy’s life had worked despite the fact that she died. She had brought Jeremy back to life. But with every spell comes a consequence and with every life, an ending. Jeremy was able to see ghost’s before so he is still able to see her. I’m sure killing off the only witch on the show isn’t in the cards for the writers, so they must bring back Bonnie in season five by allowing her to communicate with Jeremy to get rid of Silas for good or to find Stefan’s whereabouts. Hopefully, with Jeremy able to see ghost’s again, we don’t have to say goodbye to Ric forever just yet. By resurrecting Jeremy, she allowed Elena to come full circle. She got her humanity back, she stopped grieving, she broke the sire bond and could evaluate her life more clearly now, which is all any of us really wanted for Elena anyways.

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Unfortunately, you know there has to be a twist. A spell only works, as long as the witch that cast it is still alive. There has to be a balance in nature. When Bonnie died, the spell she cast on Silas to be stone and drained of blood had dissapeared. The rules of death are always the same. In order for Silas to live, someone must die. Silas created the spell of immortality 2000 years ago. He needed a shadow; a doppleganger. The ending of the finale was a little grey and left up to ones own interpretation, at least until next season. What I think is that Silas and Stefan are doppleganger’s and Silas wanted to be killed so he could go be with his one true love. With Bonnie dead, the only witch left from the Ketsiah blood line, he realized that he must become immortal. In a sense, I think Silas knew all along about the doppleganger and he created that years ago as a safety net in case this ever happen. When he stabbed Stefan and locked him in a tomb, he asked “Do you know what its like to starve for 2000 years.” He knew that by letting Stefan die slowly, he could resotre nature’s balance, take over his life and identity and live forever. That is until someone realized Stefan wasn’t really Stefan and somehow figured this out.  I just feel bad for Stefan. Everyone’s going to think he left town so no one came looking for him, no one will know Bonnie died so they won’t think that there was a problem with Silas, his heart was broken by Elena and now he’s drowning in a tomb still alive. Dude has got it bad.

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The twist and turns never stop coming with The Vampire Diaries. Everyone is on a new path in their lives, but it was good to see that all the friends that have long left this world are still around on the other side trying to guide others as they watch them screw up their lives. If only death was inevitable for the good, that way Alaric could still be around to have lunch with Elena and Jeremy or to keep Damon from screwing up with the girl he finally got. If only Lexi could have stayed so that she could have prevented Silas from killing Stefan. If only Bonnie could have saved Jeremy without dying and getting rid of Silas for good. We wait for the next couple of months for season 5 and contemplate where we will pick up when we once again come back to Mystic Falls. Its been a good run, see you next fall!!!!!

Memorable Quotes

  • Elena: I kind of missed the deadline being an emotionless bitch.
  • Stefan: And Damon, I’m not happy about Elena. But I’m not, not happy for you either, I just wanted you to know that.
  • Alaric: You got the girl.
  •         Damon: I got the girl.
  •         Alaric: Now don’t screw it up.
  •         Damon: With you looking over my shoulder how can I?
  • Stefan: What if Elena was the one?
  •         Lexi: She was and she will always be an epic love. Contrary to popular belief there are actually multiple “ones.” Especially for a vampire. The only way to find another is to let go. Move on.
  • Damon: I wanted to apologize.
  •          Elena: good
  •          Damon: Let me finish, I said I wanted to. Than I realized, I’m not sorry.
  •          Elena: You would rather die than be human and you expect me to be okay with that?
  •          Damon: I didn’t say you were suppose to be okay with that I just said I’m not sorry. But you know what I really am. Selfish. Because I make bad choices that hurt you. I’d rather die than be human. I’d rather die right now than spend a hand full of years with you, only to loose you when I’m to old and sick and miserable and your still you. I’d rather die right now than to spend my last final years remembering how good I had it and how happy I was because thats who I am Elena and I’m not going to change and there’s no apology in the world that encompasses all the reasons that I’m wrong for you.
  •         Elena: Fine. And I’m not sorry either. I’m not sorry that I met you. I’m not sorry that knowing you has made me question everything and that in death you’re the one that made me feel most alive. You’ve been a terrible person, you’ve made all the wrong choices and of all the choices I’ve made, this will prove to be the worst one, but I’m not sorry that I’m in love with you. I love you Damon!

 

 


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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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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand

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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Welsey reveal bourbon name

During the WizardWorld-hosted virtual reunion for the cast of The Vampire Diaries, the Salvatore brothers, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who played Damon and Stefan Salvatore, respectively, revealed the name of their joint bourbon brand. 

The brand is called “Brother’s Bond,” Ian revealed, adding that it pays tribute to the alcoholic drink that bonded their characters on The CW series from 2009 to 2017. 

“Here it is. Our passion. Our baby,” Ian wrote on Instagram. 

“Time, quality, and passion distilled for you and me,” he added adding that anyone over the age of 21 can go to brothersbondbourbon.com to sign up.

The duo announced that they were developing the liquor in September of 2019.  “Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming! @paulwesley and I have been working our asses off with our incredible team to make this happen,” Ian wrote on Instagram at the time

During the Twitch stream on May 27, the actors revealed that they’ve been developing the taste from the ground up and ensuring it was smooth and sweet on the palate.  

“Every single aspect of this we designed ourselves,” Somerhalder said during the virtual reunion, which also included Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), among others. 

“This is our baby,” Ian said from his Airstream. He explained that the bourbon is a culmination of their hard work and journey together.

If you were a fan of TVD, you know that bourbon bonded the brothers and defined their kinship. They may have disagreed on a lot, but they always agreed on bourbon. 

It’s unclear when the brand will be available in stores, but we’ll update as soon as we find out! 


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