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The Vampire Diaries- Into The Wild

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“I know you’re in love with me and anyone capable of love is capable of being saved.”
The gang hit the road this week in search of the cure. What they found out instead is that they had been lied and tricked into the whole trip. Back in Mystic Falls, Klaus proved to be more necessary than some could imagine, even behind an invisible cage.



From the beginning Damon and Elena got together, I knew it wouldn’t be long until they broke up. With the cure within close reach, the question whether Damon would take the cure to become human becomes more pressing. Elena really wants to become a human, since she’s never really been much a supporter of vampirism. If she becomes a human, her brother wont want to kill her anymore, she can have a family and break the sire bond. The latter is what Damon fears. He fears that if the sire bond is broken than Elena won’t love him anymore and will have an anti Damon attitude towards him as in previous seasons. This situation could go in both ways. We have been told that her feelings for Damon aren’t a result of a sire bond, their just heightened when she becomes a vampire which means that she really does love Damon. But Damon has faced so much rejection, I think her love disappearing would crush him. Plus, he’s really not the type to stick around when things get tough. If you look at it from Damon’s perspective, why would he want the curse? Its obvious that a new vampire would want her old life back and given the chance, she’ll take it, but an old vampire like Damon, he’s used to this lifestyle. He likes this lifestyle. He’s eternally young and handsome. He can die multiple times and come back to life. He’s stronger than most. He’s got special powers. He’s been able to live through decades. He doesn’t know what humanity is.  He’s become a new and improved version of himself. Even if the sire bond didn’t break Elena’s love for Damon, do you think Damon would be the same person once he wasn’t a vampire? Pre vampire days, he was much more a softie than Stefan ever was when he was with Elena. Would she still be in love with that guy? It would be like a guy she doesn’t even know. And than when Elena described the life that she wanted them to have together, it was obvious that the guy she wanted to be with was not who Damon really was. We’ve come full circle once again. Damon is the fun one, the one that she feels free and adventurous with. Stefan is the sensual and perfect boyfriend type. It seems the story line is definitely going to push her back into Stefan’s arms, but the question is will they be free for her?


Things have definitely been heating up with Rebekah and Stefan. See Rebekah’s kind of a character you love to hate, but actually just want to hug. She’s been through a lot with family and men. As an original vampire, she’s the only one that ever wanted to be normal; to feel love, to go to a school dance, to be treated like a princess and not stabbed in the back by everyone multiple times (literally). With Stefan around she basically has that. She can open up to him and know that this time around, he won’t intentionally hurt her to get something out of her. The dynamic of Rebekah’s character is enhanced when you pull back her layers. She has this act going on but really, she would never let Elena die.  Her and Stefan have an uncanny connection, a bond and agreement thats turned into more of a flirtatious relationship. But she does pay the price of having to be around his ex girlfriend. When put in a room with the ex, Stefan has a hard time picking teams. He sticks up for both of them without stepping on the others toes, but it wasn’t hard for him to tell Rebekah that if he were to take the cure it wouldn’t be for the same reasons it was before. It wouldn’t be for Elena, for them to grow old and have kids together. It would be for him. And by the way he said it, it seemed that it might be a little for Rebekah too. And now with Damon gone, the three must form an alliance. Do you think that will lead Rebekah to become closer to Stefan, or Elena to realize that she loves Stefan and that he loves her. Ultimately, I love that the triangle has kicked Damon out and enforced the two female forces to fight  for a scorned lover. You only fall in love once though right? And if I do remember correctly, Rebekah was the first. 


But let’s put the relationship drama behind us (although Bonnie and Jeremy are totally going to get back together again). Damon did some good today while everyone was toying around by finally finding out what this whole story and ordeal with Silas was. If Elena hadn’t screwed things up (like she always does) and untied Atticus than maybe they would have not been in such a cunundrum. But anyways, the whole reason that Atticus wants to get the cure is to see his wife and kid again. Seems reasonable since we’ve all lost someone and there are great lengths that we would all go to, to see them again, but raising an Silas might not be the smartest. See we all knew Shane was up to some nonsense, but we never knew what it was. After awhile it seemed that he maybe didn’t have an ulterior motive. But let’s get real, its TVD. Jeremy gets kidnapped by some warlock witch dude, while Bonnie uses expression to try to find him. While the gang is out looking for Jeremy and Delena are fighting (cause Shane did a great job or riling up Damon), Shane grabs the headstone and heads towards the magical well, where he meets up with the hunter whose taken Jeremy and Bonnie, whose path was manipulated to lead her there by the witch as well. Really, really manipulative professor Shane. I feel kind of sorry for the two of them. While everyones looking for this cure, their basically getting used and now their like the sacrifices of this twisted professors plot! Jeremy has this tattoo that has lead the evil mastermind to the place, while Bonnie has been trained into dark magic without even knowing it so she doesn’t even have control over what spells she does, how to stop them and how to not let anyone interfere them.  While all those questions will be answered in the next episode, this unfortunate occurrence may be what we need to bring the Jer and Bonnie relationship back– that’s if they survive. Honestly, I don’t understand why the gang didn’t just take Jeremy, use his body as a map, get the cure and be done with it. I’m sure it wasn’t such a complicated ritual that needed the assistance of evil.


But just as things get really messy, Damon is attacked by someone else on the island. After a brief struggle with him, he realizes that he is one of the five original hunters. The hunter killed Damon in suspenseful ending to the episode, but what will he do with Damon. He only twisted his neck, he didn’t stab him, which is odd cause he’s a vampire hunter. Could he possibly need Damon’s help? Earlier in the day when Shane’s warlock wizard witch wanted to hurt Jeremy, he ended up helping Jeremy, which means he wants to help his fellow brothen. But how did he get to the island? Has he been working on his own map? Whose been leading him in the hunt and quest? Just how much does he know and what role could he potentially play in prolonging the uprising of Silas? 

Back in Mystic Falls, Tyler took on some douchery behavior (although he’s completely entitled given his mothers death and all) to watch Klaus trapped in the imaginary room and poke fun at him. Of course, when the predator is trapped and can’t get out its easy to talk about how your going to kill him and what not. But Tyler, did you ever think what will happen when Bonnie’s curse wears off and evil and angry Klaus is set free, still a original hybrid vampire, because your friends didn’t find the cure???? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Maybe toying with the already annoyed isn’t your smartest move. Well even trapped behind an imaginary wall, Klaus was able to do a lot of mischief by biting Caroline and ultimately leaving her to die. Now, there are two really interesting things that come into play with this whole situation. First, the love that Tyler has for Caroline is incredible. The trust that Caroline has for Tyler is also really magnificent and the fact that Tyler trusts his instincts and leaves Caroline dying in the arms of Klaus is also an example of his love for her and the fact that he does see some humanity in Klaus. Although its obvious that Klaus is in love with Caroline, the fact that he wouldn’t budge to help her shows what a stubborn ass he is. In last weeks episode he interrogated Damon into finding out how Elena has looked past all his bad and ruthless behavior to love him and he figured that Caroline would not be possible of doing the same. Yet, on her dying bed she basically told him that the fact the he felt and he was angry and wounded and in love meant that part of him still had his humanity. That’s the part Elena see’s in Damon and that’s the part that leaves Caroline with a soft spot for Klaus. That’s also what allowed Tyler to leave his beloved with Klaus the monster and know that he would save her. In a way, Klaus already had the answer he was looking for from two people that despised him the most. Now thats intense. As we shift from the Damon, Elena and Stefan love triangle to the Tyler, Klaus and Caroline triangle, it becomes clear that picking the perfect duo is not as easy as it seems. No matter what a persons flaws might be, the good in them always prevails at some point or another. 


Memorable Quotes

  • Shane: Congratulations! We made it.
  • Shane: Sunscreen?
    • Damon: Is that a joke?
  • Damon: Looks like someone forgot their team building exercises.
  • Damon: What about me?
    • Rebekah: You have a nice behind.
  • Stefan: If I take the cure it wouldn’t be for her it would be for me.
  • Klaus: I’m a thousand years old, call it boredom.
  • Caroline: It’s because your hurt which means theres a part of you that’s human.
  • Caroline: Because I’ve caught myself wishing to forget all of the horrible things you’ve done


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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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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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