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The Vampire Diaries- Homecoming

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“U know what never gets old? Revenge.”
This show is more intellectual then inception as the schemes are schemes within schemes. Nobody can be trusted and at this point, anyone can be dead in a heartbeat.

 

The episode starts off with Stefan calling Klaus to tell him Micheal is dead. Since his is still compelled to Klaus he cannot lie so everything he says must be true. For the plan to fully be put into motion Micheal offers to be staked. Elena must do this because the dagger used would kill any vampire right after they killed an original. This shows Micheals dedication to killing Klaus as he puts his trust into the three to bring him back to life. This information is enough to lure Klaus back to Mystic Falls. As everyone is getting ready for homecoming, because yes amongst all the craziness happening, they all still have time to attend homecomig, Klaus floods the gym and moves the whole party to Tyler’s house, yet this isn’t homecoming anymore… it’s a celebratory wake.

 

In order for the plan to be successful, the plan must be executed without error. There is no room for screw ups and nothing can be left to chance. Damon comes up with a plan of his own, that he does not Elena be a part of. Elena makes Rebekah believe that they are friends, and then stabs her in the back… Literally. One down, one to go. In order for this scheme to work they need to involve the least amount of people, and only to people that are truly commited can be trusted not to mess anything up. Although Rebekah helped them out, opened herself up to Elena, and lured  Klaus back just to drive a stake through his heart, her loyalty was still weary so she had to be silenced. Stefan also had to be silenced. His loyalty and sire to Klaus could pose as a problem because one wrong lie and the whole plan could be messed up. This isn’t to say that silencing Stefan couldn’t have been done in a less painful manner, but it is Micheal. He has no remorse for people.

 

But who are we to think that we can fool Klaus, a powerful hybrid who has been up to no good and running for 1000 years. He is always one step ahead of everybody and and he definitely knew they were up to something. He warns Tyler that all of his friends shouldn’t try anything crazy tonight because his party is armed with hundreds and thousands of loyal and sired hybrids, that will kill if anyone tries to harm him. Tyler not being able to help himself from doing what Klaus says stabs Caroline with vervain and makes Matt take her far away from the party to ensure her safety. He knew that if she found out her friends were scheming to take on Klaus she would have tried to help and risked her life. Klaus would have no problem killing her and Tyler wouldn’t be able to do anything to stop him.

 

Suddenly one of the hybrids goes to tell Klaus that he has a visitor by name of Micheal. Seperated by a clear door Klaus wont come out to face his father, and Micheal cannot enter the premises. He starts provoking Klaus to come face him and stop being a coward. Klaus tells him that he can watch his hybrids rip him to pieces but little does he know they are part vampire and have been compelled by Micheal. He even threatens to kill Elena and when Klaus calls his bluff he stabs her right in the back which leaves Klaus vulnerable- the perfect chance for Damon to drive the dagger through Klauses heart and close this chapter forever. As Elena, who we realize was Katerina the whole time gets up, Stefan runs and pushes Damon off of Klaus leaving him to kill Micheal and ruin the only weapon left to kill a hybrid. Holy Shit. At this point in the episode I was so shocked and frieghtened that I thought it was over for everybody. How the hell can they seriously get out of this one? Klaus won again. He always wins and he is going to want revenge on every single one of them.

But never fear, this is Vampire Diaries so of course there’s going to be tons of more schemes involved. Mad at the world Damon drinks his sorrow away wondering how the hell it all went wrong and why Stefan would screw this up. This moment between Elena and Damon would have been perfect for a kiss but of course the writers wont let that happen no matter how badly Elena wants it this time. They are interrupted by a phone call from Katerina who is on the run, as always. This time though she had an agenda of her own and she’s not alone. With Katherine you never know whose side her loyalty is on. Sometimes she sides with Damon, sometimes with Stefan, and sometimes she does her own goddamn thing, but no matter what, she is always there when they need her, and has no problem saving Elena’s life.
Why the plan went soo horribly wrong? Katerina posing as Elena ran and fed Stefan blood and pep talked him into stopping Damon from killing Klaus. Why? After she had a brief conversation with Klaus at the party he told her that if any of them even try to kill him he has insurance that the minute he dies, so will Damon. They have wanted to kill Klaus for 500 years, but this way they loose a friend and a brother. She needed Stefan to let his humanity through at least for a little and care enough to save his brother. I wonder if they plan on telling Damon this part of the story or are they going to let him sulk and feel like a complete and utter failure?  The show has really been focusing on this unbreakable bond of brother hood. No matter how much you hate your sibiling or how much they screw up, they are still your family and you still love them.

 

In the end we see that Stefan is putting his freedom to good use. He calls his good friend Klaus and tells him that there is nothing better then revenge, as Klaus realizes that the coffins with his family members have disappeared right along with Stefan and Katerina. Does Stefan not realize that by doing this he is jeopardizing Elena and Damons lives again? Who is in those coffins besides Elijah… they have so many? Is there yet another way to kill Klaus that none of us knew about? Does Stefan even care about Elena anymore or has he accepted that she is better off with Damon? She would have been crushed if anything happened to Damon. Can’t blame the girl, if they killed off Damon I would have probably stopped watching all together. I have to give it to the writers though; the plotlines in season three are bloody brilliant. They have me fooled and gripping the edge of my seat at every freaking minute.

 

Other Thoughts

-Where was Alaric. For someone who prides himself on vampire hunting you think they would ask him for help. He would have enjoyed this.
-Did Jeremy go on vacation? We haven’t seen him for two episodes after he broke Bonnies heart, was an asshole about it and left.
-They really need to get Matt more involved with the show or just kick him to the curb.
-Now that Caroline and Tyler have broken up, will Tyler go completely off the rails and obey Klaus?
– Anyone planning on waking up Rebekah? She’s going to be pist as hell! Especially because she never got to go to that damn highschoool dance.
Memorable Quotes
-Stefan: Well don’t look at me. I’m just in charge of getting him back here.
-Damon: Cause vampires are usually so reliable.
-Stefan: I’m 162 years old and I’m going to a homecoming dance. I need better ties.
-Stefan: If I look at your track record at homecoming dances I’d say it’s pretty tragic.
-Caroline: Quit hanging out with Rebekah the evil blood slut.
-Tyler: If I’m sired to anybody its you.
-Rebekah: Embarrassing story, this is my first high school dance.
-Elena: I’m so sorry I cant leave anything to chance either.
-Damon: In the back. Harsh.
-Damon: I’m not judging you. Very Katherine of you.
         -Elena: Not the way to make me feel better about myself    
                  Damon.
         -Damon: It was a compliment… Sort of.
-Tyler:  But I’m not throwing it Stefan. Im just doing what Klaus wants.
         Stefan: what do you mean?
         Tyler: Its not a party. It’s a wake.
      Caroline: Our sired friend Tyler thought it was okay for his master to throw a party.
      Stefan: Family? You mean the people you cart around in caskets?
      Klaus: Seems the homecoming queen is still among the living which means Rebekah isn’t here. Where is she?
      Damon: You couldn’t just break his neck?
o  Well it certainly occurred to me.
      Klaus: I compelled her to go to church and pray for your friends.
      Damon: Heres my RSVP. Hybrid.
      Damon: As a host, you should know these hybrids don’t make the best first impression.
      Damon: Your not suppose to witchy migraine me.
o  Bonnie: Your not suppose to kill Tyler!!
o  D: He tried to bite me…
      Micheal: You cant kill me.
o  Klaus: But it’ll make a hell of a party game.
      Micheal: Who do you have other than those whose loyalty you forced? No one.
      Micheal: Your impulse Niklaus has been and will be the one thing that keeps you from truly being great.
      Damon: She ran for the hills like usual, and who could blame her.
      Elena: We’ll survive this. We always survive. Trust me.
o  Damon: We’re never getting Stefan back you know that don’t you?
o  E: Then we’ll let him go ok? We’ll have to let him go.
-Katherine: Care enough to save Damon’s life cause I am going back to that party and I am seeing this plan through. Klaus will be killed and we’ll have our freedom but then Damon will be dead. Your brother will be dead Stefan unless you care enough to do something about it.
– Katherine: I wasn’t just trying to save Damon’s life Stefan. I was trying to save yours.
         -Stefan: Come on Katherine, you don’t care about anyone but yourself.
         -K: You and I both know that that’s not true. I loved you. I loved Damon too. Humanity is a vampire’s greatest weakness. No matter how easy it is to turn it off it keeps fighting its way back in. Sometimes I let it.
-Katherine: You had a good plan and that’s high praise coming from me.
-Stefan: I wonder Klaus, for someone whose been one step ahead for a thousand years, were you prepared for this?


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Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity

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Paul Wesley opened up in an interview with SiriusXM Urban View’s “The Mike Muse Show” about his bond with Ian Somerhalder and toxic masculinity all while encouraging men to be emotionally vulnerable.

Acting in a popular teen drama, Wesley experienced a lot of pressure to perform in his career-defining role as Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, saying, “You spent your whole life hustling as a young actor, trying to get to that next thing, this, that, you never really enjoy it because you’re always putting pressure on yourself.”

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Virtual Reunion

Ian Somerhalder (left) and Paul Wesley (right) on The Vampire Diaries. Credit: The Cw/ The Vampire Diaries

However, through this opportunity, he met Ian Somerhalder, who played his on-screen brother Damon Salvatore. He recounts the moment they formed a bond and brotherhood over a night of shared bourbon and cigars.

“I just remember, first of all, we were on this journey together on this show, ‘Vampire Diaries,’ and it was such a huge sort of grind for us emotionally, physically…And that was a moment where we sat down and just were like, wow, this is so cool. We’re so lucky. How great is this? We’re having a cigar, we’re in a castle in England, and we’re on this great show. And that was a real moment of kind of gratitude and connection that we had with one another that I kind of think really stood out for both of us. We talk about that a lot.”

The duo have team up to create a special bourbon called “Brothers Bourbon.”

Wesley went on to emphasize the importance of vulnerability and true masculinity, especially coming off a role that put a huge focus on his looks and heartthrob capabilities, 

“I would encourage to any men listening to have emotional vulnerability with your friends. I think it’s really positive for the world, honestly,” Wesley said. “I think masculinity is a beautiful thing, but I also think part of masculinity is just being vulnerable and it’ll help people in whether it’s their careers or their personal lives.”

“I love it when we drop that machismo, that act, and we can sort of talk about things like real men.”

He continued: “It’s such a stigma, isn’t it, that men need to be tough? And you can be tough and you can still be a man and you can still be sensitive and talk about your feelings and open up with others. I love that. I love it when we drop that machismo, that act, and we can sort of talk about things like real men, frankly..I love that, man.”

The full interview with SiriusXM Urban View’s “The Mike Muse Show” airs Sunday, August 29 at 11:00 am ET.


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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. 

Why Don't They Want Me Back?

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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