TVD returned this week… the final home stretch before Nina Dobrev leaves the show for good. Was anyone else watching with a broken heart and a bittersweet taste in their mouth? How can I enjoy the love between Damon and Elena when I know she’s going to leave him, leave me, leave us in just a few weeks. It’s just not fair!
Julie Plec asked fans how we thought Elena’s storyline would end and from where we stand now, it seems that Damon is going to give her the cure and she’ll forget everything and go on her merry way. I mean, last week Bonnie gave Damon the cure. This week, Mama Salvatore asked Elena if she ever thought about being human again. You could tell she did but she didn’t want to say. When she found out Jo was pregnant with Alaric’s baby, it really hit her. She would never have a baby… a family. It would just be her and Damon in one place until people began realizing that they weren’t getting older. Than onto the next living place. But for how long? We as humans want to stay young and live forever, but that’s the biggest curse in the world. Staying young while everyone around you gets old and dies. What do you even do for an eternity? And then there’s that whole humanity switch thing. One flip of a button and you have the power to kill hundreds of people. Your technically a monster, but holding it all in.
All valid points Ms. Gilbert. When she finally told Damon her feelings, he truly realized what he had to do. He had to offer her the cure. When he kissed her forehead and told her he loved her, that was part of Damon letting her go. Just warning you all, I’m going to cry like a baby when that goodbye episode comes.
But, before we get all mushy, there was another problem lingering in Mysic Falls… Caroline and Stefan were still rippers and they were feeding on everyone in the town. Truthfully, one episode of Caroline and Stefan sans emotions is fun. More and it gets extremely irritating. Like, why are you torturing your friends? Poor Matt. He’s the only human in this town who has come literally so close to dying pretty much every episode. Can they give him a break. He was training for the police force with Tyler this week when they accidentally walked in on Caroline and Stefan’s karaoke party. Caroline, being ruthless, made her ex’s play the Caroline game. Whoever got a question wrong died. In the end, both of them were about to become supper but Tyler decided to be brave and take up Caroline. Unfortunately, he failed and accidentally stabbed Matt.
Thankfully, Damon came to the rescue just in time. See, he motivated Mama Pope to turn Stefan’s humanity back on. It was his only shot really. Sadly, it also involved some honest truth from the mom that he thought died. And despite having more than 100 years to deal with her death, it was still hard for him to hear that she in fact didn’t love them anymore and never wanted to come back for them after finding out they had turned into vamps. Even worse? When he asked her to save Stefan, he had to tell her what to say so she sounded motherly. God, this woman might be worse than Klaus, Silas and all the other evil demons put together. No soul. These dudes both have mommy issues!
Seeing his mother did snap Stefan back to reality and he went on to find Caroline, who had escaped because she knew once Stefan was back to his old self, he would try to turn her. It should be fun trying to watch him pretend to still be the ripper next week in order to bring old Care-bear back.
While all this is going on we were introduced to a new breed of vampires… or should I say hybrids. The Heritix. Damon revealed that he had given over the ascendant to his mother, but Jo was like “no dude you need to get that back before the next solar eclipse because her friends cannot come out.” The heritix are the 6 people Lily constantly calls her family. They’re also the people she wants to go back to the prison world to rescue. Oh and did I mention they’re all probably feeding on Kai, who is also stuck in the prison world with them.
Why are the so dangerous? They’re vampires and witches. Not possible you say? Well think again. This is TVD after all and here, everything is possible. In the 1900’s Lily fell in with this group, who wanted to kill the Gemini coven. They’re sypheners like Kai, which means they steal powers from a magical source. Lily turned them, which means as vampires they constantly have a source and can syphen magic at any time making them hella powerful and hella dangerous. She describes it as psychotic Kai with a natural thirst for blood. Yep, I’m terrified!
This means, Lily has been playing her son all along. She wanted to get out of this “prison world” so she pretended to be good. Then she made Damon promise he’d help her get her friends, finally pushing him over the edge with that Elena comment until he handed over the ascendant. She’s evil! She’s trying to build an army and go on a ripping spree again. Will they be able to stop it? Or will Elena sacrifice herself to save everyone including Jo’s baby. Now that would be something wouldn’t it?
Meanwhile, Enzo proved that you should never take him out to sea. We also dove into his background a little bit more and turns out, he actually knows Lily. She’s the vampire that turned him and saved him from dying of consumption in 1903. Although, did she really give him an out as a vampire? That’s to be determined. However, he seems to hate her enough not to hand over Sarah Salvatore to Damon. But, plot twist, Sarah is on vervain and ties up Enzo because she thinks she can get revenge. Oh but another plot twist, she can’t and Enzo plans to turn her and send her off to the South Hamptons until she begs him for a chance that Lily never gave him. She promises not to visit the Salvatore’s and he sets her free. But really, do you think Sarah will stay away with all her new found knowledge of vamps, special hearing, the healing ability, speed, agility, etc. Nah!
Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’
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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