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

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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! 

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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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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand

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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Welsey reveal bourbon name

During the WizardWorld-hosted virtual reunion for the cast of The Vampire Diaries, the Salvatore brothers, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who played Damon and Stefan Salvatore, respectively, revealed the name of their joint bourbon brand. 

The brand is called “Brother’s Bond,” Ian revealed, adding that it pays tribute to the alcoholic drink that bonded their characters on The CW series from 2009 to 2017. 

“Here it is. Our passion. Our baby,” Ian wrote on Instagram. 

“Time, quality, and passion distilled for you and me,” he added adding that anyone over the age of 21 can go to brothersbondbourbon.com to sign up.

The duo announced that they were developing the liquor in September of 2019.  “Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming! @paulwesley and I have been working our asses off with our incredible team to make this happen,” Ian wrote on Instagram at the time

During the Twitch stream on May 27, the actors revealed that they’ve been developing the taste from the ground up and ensuring it was smooth and sweet on the palate.  

“Every single aspect of this we designed ourselves,” Somerhalder said during the virtual reunion, which also included Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), among others. 

“This is our baby,” Ian said from his Airstream. He explained that the bourbon is a culmination of their hard work and journey together.

If you were a fan of TVD, you know that bourbon bonded the brothers and defined their kinship. They may have disagreed on a lot, but they always agreed on bourbon. 

It’s unclear when the brand will be available in stores, but we’ll update as soon as we find out! 


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