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The Vampire Diaries- I’d Leave My Happy Home For You (6×20)

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So a lot went down on this weeks Vampire Diaries. Just two more episodes until Elena is gone for good and well now she’s human.

Yes, Elena finally took the cure without a minute of hesitation. I guess now we all know how she really felt about being a vampire. It’s so crazy to me that one would give up living eternally, never getting old and pretty much being invincible to live a normal human life. Granted, you can have kids when your human but honestly, if I were to chose, I think I’d want to spend the rest of my life with Damon. Especially considering there’s probably 0.5% change that he will actually take the cure and turn into a human with her. Are you crazy? It’s Damon Salvatore. He loves being a badass vamp. And besides, what would he do without the ability to compel someone.

The minute Elena took the cure, all of her memories came rushing back in as Alaric’s compulsion wore off. She remembered every kiss, every touch and every convo with Damon. Unfortunately, that meant the bad ones too. She remembered talking to Damon and asking him to take the cure and become human with her once before. Damon tells her that was a long time ago and that things changed, but did they? She’s not going to allow him to take the cure unless he’s 100% sure. Otherwise, he’ll regret it and just feel resentment towards her. And who knows how he’d lash out as a human, considering he’s been nonchalantly killing people for like 150-years. And, logistically speaking, if Damon does become a human and Elena really leaves the show, what fun is that? It cannot happen. My guess, now that she’s human, he’ll wipe her memories and she’ll be on her merry way to live a normal life with Matt, who really needs to leave Mystic Falls before he develops a drinking habit.

Another downside of being human? Having absolutely no power to defend yourself. In the couple of minutes that she’s a human, Elena gets attacked by Lily, who is pissed off that her family has been taken from her. You can thank Damon and Bonnie for that. She snaps Damon’s neck and goes after Elena, who bravely fights through all of the memories flooding in to crawl through a tunnel under Mystic Grill and escape. Oh, she also stuck a pin in Lily’s eye. Brownie points for not being squeamish as a human. I’m really upset Lily’s rage ruined what would have been really interesting vampire-human sex. We’ve seen it with Stefan, but never Damon.

But before cures were being taken and mothers were unleashing their inner demons, the night started off with a bachelorette and bachelor party for Alaric and Jo. Jo, the pregnant bride, obviously couldn’t go HAM, so still-vampire Elena compelled the restaurant owner to close up early and let them pig out. Honestly, fantastic bachelorette party. Unfortunately, when she left to cozy up to Damon, raging Lily came through to show Bonnie just how made she was at her for destroying the ascendant. Bonnie is a strong witch, but she’s not quick. Lily threw utensils at her and punctured her throat. As Bonnie lay bleeding out, Lily was about to attack Jo until she screamed out “I’m pregnant.” Lily backed away and wished her luck with the twins. Yeah, I said twins.

At this moment, Alaric was enjoying his bachelor party house rager, which involved a bunch of his underage students, not sure why. Matt got really drunk off of a thousand dollar bottle of whiskey and was spitting out words of wisdom which included telling Ric to take his wife and unborn baby and get the heck out of Mystic Falls before one of them gets hurt. Honestly, this might be the smartest thing Matt has ever said. But, there’s just two problems. One, what makes him sure there aren’t vampires, witches, hybrids, etc. outside of Mystic Falls? Clearly there’s a whole war going down in New Orleans so this must be a thing right. In that case, is anywhere safe?

And second, now that Jo is having twins, she basically needs to make sure there’s absolutely no way that Kai can get out of the prison world. If he finds out about her twins, he’ll want to kill him. Otherwise, the twins will merge on their 18th birthday and one will replace Kai as the leader of the gemini coven… not something he wants. Jo doesn’t even want that to happen and so in order for her whole family not to find out she’s bearing twins, they need to leave town. Highly unlikely considering Kai is in his prison world feeding the hybrid vampire witches and hatching a plan back to the present world where he will for sure wreak a lot of havoc.

As for Lily, she was finally captured by Stefan and Damon after she turned back into the ripper and ate a handful of people. Stefan still truly believes he can bring his mom back, the one that used to love him, but she’s convinced that poor woman is completely gone. She doesn’t even want to be her. Even worse, she plans to find a way to bring back her real “family” and show her son what devastation means. Can someone remind me again why we can’t just kill her? And Enzo is pretending to be the third Salvatore brother now and hoping to help care for mommy dearest.

If I had to predict, Kai will find a way back with the hybrid vamp witches. Damon will want to keep human Elena safe so he’ll compel her and Matt to get out of town, maybe go join Jeremy. Maybe they’ll even go with Alaric and Jo, although I feel like they will be sticking around to help get rid of Kai. Also, if they leave, there is no more show. Maybe Tyler will tag along with Matt and Elena because he’s not happy in his police schooling and he’s still scared he’ll kill someone and trigger his werewolf curse. What do you think? How will Elena’s epic sendoff occur? And does this mean the end of Delena? Because I’m sure Damon isn’t turning into a human, although it was really romantic of him to want to give up his eternity for one life with her.

Will Caroline find her way back? Is there a chance for Steroline? Will Bonnie help defeat Kai? How will this chapter of TVD end?


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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.”

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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. 

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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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