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The Vampire Diaries- I Know What You Did Last Summer (5×01)



It took me four season’s to finally get the Damon and Elena happy ending and now I feel bad that she feels guilty and dreaming about Stefan. God, us girls can never make up our minds. But yeah, that’s what all the shrieks were about today if you didn’t know. The Vampire Diaries has premiered for its 5th season and boyyyyy do we have a lot to talk about!!


Lets start with the Damon and Elena dynamic. One word- sex. Cause that’s all it really is. There’s a little of the mushy gushy stuff, but ultimately Elena is living in this carefree bubble of getting it on with her hunky older boyfriend, than going away to school where she giggles at the thought of a boy even flirting with her. Definitely not the Elena we remember from last season. Nor the Elena so madly in love with Stefan. And while its so refreshing, I do feel a little bad that she’s feeling guilty about Stefan. She’s dreaming about him and has a feeling that something is wrong and he’s probably using his powers to let her know he needs help.

College roommates!!!! The bond between Caroline and Elena is going back to that close friendship back in season one now that their going to be dorm buddies. Their going to be like Sherlock and Holmes on campus.  Funny how these two are the only ones who even made it to college. Poor Matt. Many shows fail after the cast graduates high school, unable to make the transition to college life. I feared that might happen for TVD, but can breathe easier now knowing the college story is just as compelling. Right off the bat, the fact that the two vampires who didn’t even think they’d make it to college, get a roommate. Yeah, hows that going to work out? But than, the roommate drinks vervain? And she’s suspicious of them not being able to get into the house. Now I do think Caroline was just a little too paranoid and who could blame her? They’ve had a tough year. But I don’t think their roommate was aware that they were vampires, nor that she was even drinking vervain. It was a setup. By who? Well that remains a mystery. A compelling one at that. Could the school know a bit more than their letting on? Could it be the new guy that invited them to the party? All I know is I’m totally pleased with the fact that while the girls are a couple of hours away from Mystic Falls (population: supernatural creatures) the supernatural activities don’t stop happening!


Katerina as a human is probably the greatest thing to watch. She’s hit the lowest of lows and while she want’s to think that she’s still all high and mighty, she’s really just experiencing the shitty situation most of us common folks like to call life. Damon, as usual, is her lifeline. But she’s got an advantage and a reason for Damon’s support, which could be weary at times. Silas has been chasing Katerina ever since he was woken and able to take on different personas. Now with her being mortal and Silas able to walk around as Stefan and compel a crowd of people to do as he wishes, she’s pretty much screwed. Damon is also not the best bodyguard and its not his fault. He’s got his priorities together. In order for him to find out where Stefan’s body is, he needs to turn Katerina in to Silas.


Lets just dive into the whole Silas mess. When we left off we were introduced to Silas, whose shadow self, aka doppleganger looked just like Stefan. (And yes, I can teach Damon how to spell doppleganger.) After locking Stefan in a coffin and throwing him off the waterfall into the water, Silas was able to return to town posing as Stefan. That is until he placed his arm on Jeremy, who told Damon that it in fact wasn’t Stefan but Silas. Bonnie, whose dead but hasn’t crossed over, was able to confirm the info to Jeremy. Silas is using and abusing his powers all over town, compelling the crowd to find Katerina and killing people/drinking their blood. Its a little worse than when we first met Klaus, but its delicious because its all done in Stefan’s really hot body.


Bonnie’s also dealing an uphill battle. While her friends are all going to college and living their lives, she’s dead, talking to her ex-bf, who looks pretty crazy every time he talks to her. It sucks that he’s the only one that can see her and she doesn’t want to tell anyone she died. With Silas in power, everyones kind of doomed, especially Bonnie who has to watch as Silas slashes her father’s throat and kills him to ensure everyone understand his power.  This really was such a heartbreaking scene, as any scene with parents usually is.


Lastly,  Matt Donovan might not be the only human left in Mystic Falls. When the premiere first starts we see that Rebekah and Matt have been getting their freak on traveling all of Europe together. Really, I love these two as a couple. Matt deserves a good girl. Err, I mean can I really say Rebekah is a good girl after she was having a threesome with him and another girl? Probably not, but you know what I mean. Well, be warned folks! Dont ever get involved in a three way with someone you don’t know well. While Nadia stole all of Matt and Rebekah’s belongings, she was able to track Matt back down from Amsterdam to M.F and return his ring. Than, to everyone’s horror, he was attacked from behind by some guy putting a spell or curse on him. His eyes turned pitch black as if to signify a demon entering his body. Okay. I know that M.F has werewolves, hunters, vampires and ghosts, but now demons? Where is this storyline even going? I’m so confused, yet so indulged!!!


So just to break it down, while Elena is loving college, Damon has a lot on his plate and he’s trying to keep it all hush hush from his lover so she can finally have a normal college experience.  Ha, think again. Elena and Caroline will be dealing with vampires/vampire hunters on campus and their mysteriously bitten roommate who may or may not have something do with her father. Ok, speaking of, her father died in the car accident on the bridge. Was her roomate her long lost sister or something? Why was she her roomate? Why was she killed by a vampire? Why did she have a picture with Elena’s father? What is going on?!?! I need answers. Someone get Julie Plec on the phone. I need answers!!!!

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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’



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’



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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Sweet Magnolias

Is Netflix’s ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Filmed in Mystic Falls?



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!

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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