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The Vampire Diaries- Heart of Darkness

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“You want the answers to my darkest side, your going to have to tap into yours.”

Did everyone see that kiss! You know the kiss seen round the world. That beautifully epic moment where for the first time ever, Elena throws herself at Damon after an eternity of escalating sexual tension. It was even more beautiful when in the midst of all the passion she actually looked at him and although she isn’t certain of her feelings, her eyes confirmed that this was the man she loved.  I mean really, its astonishing that it took the girl so long, but she finally let her emotions shine through. This trip was a test, not just Stefan’s test, but her test. For the longest time it has been pretty obvious that she is in love with Damon. No matter how much she wanted to deny her feelings, there was always something between them. She has been putting them aside because of her “duty” to Stefan; that loyalty that she believes she owes him. Rose summed it up ideally though. Stefan is safe and he will always be there, as her shoulder to cry on, a comfort, or a sweet goodnight kiss. Damon is dangerous, challenging, unexpected and adventurous. He is the guy that will make her want to live, or die (and I mean that in the best sense possible, because if she wants to be with him forever that is ultimately her only option). 



There is nothing more Damon wants than to be with Elena but can you blame the guy for being a little standoffish and distant. He has been a pawn in her little love trio game for too long now. He could keep making decisions for her but he always does! He always makes the first move or tries to push her in the right direction. In order for it to be real and truthful, she has to make the decision no matter whom she hurts in the process. For now all she’s doing is hurting herself and confusing everyone around her. I mean did you see Jeremy when he caught them making out? Homie had no idea what was going down. And the reason she is so negative towards the idea of being with Damon is that every time she even mentions doing something with Damon everyone is so angered and appaled. When the people she loves start accepting that she has finally fallen for Damon, she will be more open to the idea. Either way, once you really get to know Damon you get to appreciate the good qualities he possesses, which make him just a bit better than Stefan. 


In the midst of a confusing love story the writers were actually capable of including a compelling storyline. Without the last stake, the destiny of all the vampires lies within Alaric’s alter ego. A part of me kind of believes that Ric enjoys being evil and he is fully aware of his actions. As gruesome as it was to access his alter ego, it was even more disturbing to see that Esther is still up to no good. She blatantly lied to her loving and naive daughter in order to execute her plan to kill all her children. What kind of mother does that? Maybe she really was dying and maybe it was just a game, but she pulled a Klaus maneuver and placed herself in Rebekah’s body. Whats more dangerous than a psycho, anti- vampire killer with a stake to erase vampire existence, is witch with a vengeance. At this point, it doesn’t even matter if Stefan or Damon figure out who turned them or if Klaus stands in their way because once Rebekah (aka original mother) does what she needs to do, everyone will be dead. And seems that we cannot rely on Alaric because it doesn’t look like he’s coming back anytime soon.



Which really brings us to one question, how the hell are they going to get out of this one. The problem has been eliminated for Caroline and Tyler, but now the focus is solely on how to save each and every one of the vampires. Although the goal this past season has become to kill Klaus,  I doubt anyone will actually go through with the plan. Truthfully, he has become more of a buddy than a foe and once this disaster is over, Tyler and Klaus will duke it out for Caroline’s love. In the meantime, Matt will continue to stay irrelevant until Rebakah snatches her body back and falls for the good boy that has no magic and is not immortal. Bonnie and Jeremy will have some sort of reunion, tragic or happy, but I’m leaning more towards tragic since Bonnie’s still pretty depressed about her mother’s departure. Elena’s inner conflict between Damon and Stefan will continue to grow until she see’s Damon’s naked body again and realizes that he is the one. Only 3 more episodes till the season finale folks. Lets make this good! 


Memorable Quotes

  • Elena: He thinks I have some unresolved feelings for Damon.
    • Ric: Do you?
    • Elena: I guess thats why I’m going on this trip. So I can figure it out.
  • Damon: I like that confidence Stefan. I don’t share it, but I like it!
  • Damon: Sorry, you might get the girl but you lose the edge.
  • Rebekah: I don’t understand what my brother see’s in you.
    • Caroline: Maybe he sees a challenge. You see unlike some people I don’t sleep with everyone I make eye contact with. 
  • Damon: What good is you dying and coming back to life when you cant talk to a ghost when I need you to.
  • Damon: Didn’t you find it weird that you made a friend so fast? Have you met you?
  • Matt: It’s sad that you can’t just get a ride from school without thinking theres some ulterior motive. 
  • Ric: What drives him, is me. 
  • Esther: No one should live that long.
    • Rebekah: I haven’t lived at all.
  • Elena: Why dont you let people see the good in you?
    • Damon: Cause when people see good, they expect good. I don;t want to have to live up to anyones expectations.
  • Elena: Wait here.
    • Jeremy: Why so you guys can make out some more?
    • Damon: Don’t be a dick. Listen to your sister. 
  • Elena: Stefan thinks I have feelings for you.
    • Damon: Do you?
    • E: I don’t know.
    • Damon: I guess you thought this trip would help you figure it out. Maybe you thought I’d screw it up and I’d make the decision for you. Am I wrong?
    • E: Its what you do Damon. You sabotage things. I mean think about it. Every time theres a bump in the road you lash out. 
    • D: What if I didn’t? What if there was no bumps? I’m sorry Elena but this time I’m not going to make it so easy for you. This time your going to have to figure it out for yourself.
  • Rose: Don’t tell them I’m here. They had a fight. I know you want to stop it, protect her from it but your young. You don’t see what I see. It’s not just that she makes him a better person because she does. But he changes her too. Damon challenges her, surprises her, he makes her question life, beliefs. Stefan is different. His love is pure; he’ll always be good for her. Damon is either the best thing for her or the worst. 


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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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