Damon made a big decision this week on The Vampire Diaries that really affected everyone in the show. But before he laid down to rest for 60 + years with Elena, he had one final thing to take her of – kill Rayna.
Rayna we know is on a mission to kill off Stefan. Last week, Damon sought help from the Armory, which he was warned was a dangerous place. Eventually, he decided to take matters into his own hands without any help from anyone; it was the least he could since he kind of owed his brother one and he was done risking peoples lives to fix his mess.
So how did Damon get his hands of the vampire huntress? With a little help from Matt Donovan, who has a skewed perception on the battle. He’s fighting against vampires but helping his friends who are vampires although he’s only helping Damon because of Stefan. Poor ole Matt.
Damon decides the best course of action is to just kill Rayna over and over again. And when Bonnie tells him that she’s only got 8 lives, well the solution seems simple. Until of course Enzo tells Bonnie that after the 8th life Rayna dies permanently and so do all the vampires she’s ever stabbed with the sword. Not good.
Damon begins digging up Rayna’s dead body while she begins dying and Stefan does also. Thankfully, he’s successful in digging her up and giving her mouth to mouth but the minute she does come back to life, she becomes even stronger than before. Just as she’s about to kill Damon, the Armory’s army comes guns a blazin’. So technically, Damon’s plan isn’t 100%, but it works for now because Rayna cannot cause Stefan anymore harm.
This isn’t a solution for Stefan who clearly doesn’t want to move to Dallas to be with Caroline because the mark on his chest will always put her little babies at risk. Valerie makes him realize that he also doesn’t want to live a comfortable and normal life. Jobs? Bills? He’s a vampire for godssake! Unfortunately, when he asks Caroline to run away with him to Europe, she refuses to leave the babies. Will they work out? Nope… but we already know they don’t because flash forward 3 years and Caroline never wants to hear the name “Stefan Salvatore” again while Stefan kisses Valerie. Oj. I guess he finally took Klaus’s advice and let Care-bear go?
Meanwhile, Bonnie checked out of the hospital and returned to the Amory for some answers, despite Damon’s original warning. That’s where she learned all about Rayna, but also, she was summoned there because Enzo’s family wanted her. What do they need from Bonnie Bennet? And is this how she falls in love with Enzo? Or is it because she has no one else since Damon actually went through with his plan to desiccate in the coffin next to Elena?
Damon really isn’t as tough as we all think he is. The pain of losing Elena became to unbearable so he chose the easy way out – to sleep through her time away. Obviously this was influenced by the thought that he only causes everyone around him pain with his bad decisions. Stefan didn’t want to let his brother go through with it, but Damon set his mind to it. He wrote Alaric and Bonnie a goodbye letter, but of course, Bon-Bon showed up to see if Damon was really going to leave without saying goodbye.
I think one of the most beautiful things on the show is Bonnie and Damon’s friendship. The bickering, the mean-spirited jokes- they all exist because they are best friends. So when she didn’t get a goodbye, she was furious. So furious she made sure the last thing he remembered was that he hurt her. Tough.
As for Matt, his new girlfriend finally inspired him to take a stance – either he’s with the vampires or he’s against them. He chose to save his town of Mystic Falls and go against all the vamps, including Stefan, who he kicked out of town. You go Matt for standing your ground but honestly, shitty moved. The vamps may have pushed him around a bit but honestly, he should be glad they always had his back and even allowed him to stay a human all these years. But unfortunately this all leads up to where we are 3 years from now.
Rayna has escaped from Armory somehow and she’s after Stefan once again. She takes the two people he cares about most – Damon, who he awoke from his catnap, and Caroline, who she uses as bait on national television. When Stefan goes to save her, he’s injected with drugs by Matt, who is working with Rayna, although she tells him that his mission is done after this. Also, Matt was clearly not 100% on the whole “I hate vampires thing” because he actually lets Caroline go instead of killing her. Weak.
When Rayna finally comes face-to-face with Stefan she offers him a plan B – he doesn’t have to die… he can switch places with Damon. And the most shocking part, the switch-up was Damon’s idea. After all, we all know that mark was originally meant for Damon anyways.
So will Stefan once again give up his life for his brother? Or will he let Damon die so that he could live happily ever after with Valerie?
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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