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The Vampire Diaries- I’m Thinking Of You All The While (6×22)

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I definitely balled like a baby during the season finale of TVD. This was Elena’s big sendoff. #GoodbyeElena was trending on Twitter and I was mentally preparing myself all day. But unfortunately, I give the finale a B-. For one, that wasn’t the Delena end I always hoped for. Julie Plec said it would be epic and it wasn’t. You know what was epic? Every other Delena scene. I felt a little a little out of place seeing Elena and Damon dance around the street because it so didn’t fit who they are as characters. You know what would be great? Elena and Damon starting a family. Moving on.

I will give them this- the Bonnie and Elena connection was brilliant. Never would have thunk it! How many times has Bonnie sacrificed herself and her happiness for Elena. It’s time she gets some payback. Although, with what Mystic Falls has in store next, I think being in that tomb in the Salvatore crypt might be the safest option. At least Elena will catch up on her beauty sleep. But jokes aside, Kai is seriously psychotic.

This weeks episode picked up right after the blast… and there were a ton of casualties. A whole coven actually, including both Jo and the twins. That was honestly depressing and so not deserved. Seriously, Alaric has been through so much and now that he’s finally picked up the pieces, he gets knocked over again. When he put the gun to his head, I didn’t have a valid reason to make him stop. Thankfully, there were no bullets. When Kai killed himself, the whole Gemini coven died with him and that also included Liv. She woke up next to Tyler, who was also dying from the explosion. They exchanged heart felts I love you’s and then she made Tyler kill her in order to enact his werewolf curse and save himself. If he turned, he wouldn’t die. She gave him a second chance at life and I’m fairly certain he won’t waste it. Although seeing him kill his own gf was honestly brutal and one of the most painful TVD scenes yet. I can’t imagine how he had to feel going through that. But with all the pain from both Alaric and Tyler, I felt like we got jipped on seeing them suffer, solely because the main focus was Elena. He did however bite Kai with the wolf venom, which might have been the smartest thing he’s ever done.

Kai left Bon-Bon a message on that lovely camera from 1994. In it, he revealed his plan and explained why she’s still alive- in order to punish her for banishing him in the prison world, he sired her to Elena. When Elena fell and hit her head he put a spell on her new, precious human body. As long as Bonnie lived, Elena would stay asleep (a la Sleeping Beauty). Kai visited Damon in the hospital, where Elena was “recovering” because vampire blood no longer worked on her since she took the curse. Seriously, Bonnie really is the root of all of the bad things happening! Damon refused to help Kai recover, but that seemed to be all part of his plan.

When Bonnie visited him at the church, she thought she could overpower and kill him, but he outsmarted her realizing a werewolf bite was only magic and could easily be healed with magic. Oh and did I mention Kai is now a heretic just like Lily’s “family” which meant he had double the power. He threw Bonnie against the wall so hard, she was as he called it “croaking.” Damon came to save her but when he realized she was dying, he said I’m sorry, kissed her forehead and left her to die. Bonnie was like “WTF” Damon I thought we were friends, but I believed in him. I knew he wasn’t that person.

And I was right. Damon knew Kai wanted him to struggle between saving his gf or saving his best friend and he didn’t want to feed into his pleasure. So when Kai let his guard down and believed Damon had really left Bonnie to die, he snuck up behind him and chopped his head off. Seriously! Why couldn’t anyone do that episodes ago? Damon made it seem so easy. Thank god for stealth mode. Does this mean Kai is really gone for good? I liked the psychopathic sarcasm that he brought to the episodes, but he had it coming.

Then, it was time for the goodbyes. Each and every character took a turn holding Elena’s hand and getting sucked into her fantasies one last time before they locked her away, including a surprise return from brother Jeremy. Each fantasy was special in it’s own way as well. She brought Caroline and Bonnie together one last time and asked Bonnie to lift the pillow feathers like she did in season one. Tears. She told Matt she saw him as a cop protecting people like him, human and moral, from the monsters. She told Alaric to drown in the sorrows and rise up from the ashes. She told Tyler to move away and find whatever it is that he really wanted… cause let’s not forget this is also his last episode. She told Stefan to be happy and that she’d see him again soon.

It was sad mostly because Elena wanted a human life, but instead got put in a fricking casket while her friends lived out their days. When Bonnie would die- 60 or 70 years from now, Elena would also wake and be reunited with her love. But honestly, that’s a long time. Thank god Damon never took the cure and stayed a vampire. At least one day, they’ll reunite and maybe then we’ll get the Delena scene we’ve all been waiting for. Bring back Kevin Williamson please! For now however, I’ll take the romantic goodbyes, kisses and attempt at saying goodbye… although who is ever ready to say goodbye to the ones they love?

Caroline and Stefan also shared a moment. She questioned whether or not he’d be okay now that his soulmate was as good as dead and he made a profound realization. He did love Elena, but not more than he loved his brother. They had a good run but she didn’t come into his life to be his soulmate, she came to be Damons. She was merely an accessory to show Stefan that there was still good in his brother… to reunite them. He needed Damon more than he needed Elena.  And with that, he told Caroline a list of things that she changed about him and promised to wait around until she was ready to be with him. Romantic. Both Salvatore brothers are waiting around for their women… granted Stefan will probably wait a little less.

Trouble is also brewing in MF however and we now know what next seasons villains will be- heretics and Lily Salvatore. When she struck her deal with Kai, she offered him some of her blood so he could die and be resurrected. In exchange, he was to bring her vampire-witch family to this world. At first she thought he betrayed her… but when he was killed, the cloaking spell was lifted and Enzo and Lily found her powerful and crazy family.

Once Bonnie sealed Elena’s crypt so that no one would break in and suck the curse out of her we saw days, months and years go by. Then, the final cliffhanger…. a destroyed Mystic Falls. Matt is driving around as a cop looking disappointed while Damon hangs out on top of the clock tower, a place he once chilled with Elena. I’m not sure what this means, but I’m assuming the heretics are to blame for the destruction and when we pick up again, the main question on everyones mind will be how to kill them and how to get rid of Lily. Sorry boys but she’s just not the mother to spare!

What did you think of the finale? Did you think it was a just goodbye to Nina’s character? Were you content with the Delena scene? Are you glad Julie and Caroline killed off half the cast? Share your thoughts with us!


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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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