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The Vampire Diaries – Kill ‘Em All (7×20)

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Damon just can’t get it right can he? Damon has spent so much of his time trying to make amends, especially to Bonnie who is still super hurt he left her three years ago to go rot in a tomb and wait for Elena. After bringing flowers didn’t work, he decided to make a deal with Reyna when he found out Bonnie was dying from the blood pills Enzo was giving her.

Reyna agreed to give Bonnie her last living years as long as Enzo and team would kill all the vampires that were freed when her sword was destroyed. As Bonnie began running out of time, Damon decided to call in reinforcements by the name of Alex and the Armory. Alex agreed to send all her men to kill Reyna’s escaped vampires but for a price – Bonnie would open the secret dungeon vault.

Bonnie has refused to open the vault but even more so this week when she finally found out what’s inside. No, it isn’t Katherine Pierce although trust me, I was really hoping it would be. Season 1 vibes for sure. Inside this vault is some kind of force that sucks out compassion and empathy in a human basically turning them into monsters. That’s the reason the sister in the insane asylum begged Bon Bon not to perform the spell.

Well, the Armory didn’t believe Damon when he said he’d deliver Bonnie, so they captured Alaric and Caroline as bait to lure Bonnie in. Of course, the minute Bonnie found out about all of this, she declared that she hated Damon even more. Yes, saving her life cost him more of her friendship. Life really isn’t fair is it?

Bon-Bon performed the spell and the minute those doors unlocked, she grabbed her friends and got out. Lo and behold Alex was fooled by that creature thing living inside and the minute she opened the door she found the sister that was “calling out” to her decaying inside. As her men began getting swooped up, she tried to make a break for it, but Bonnie kept her promise – she locked them all inside. She wasn’t about to let any evil get out.

Back at the Salvatore masnion, Reyna was finally ready to do the spell and sacrifice herself. Of course, right before the ritual was complete she revealed that Bonnie would take up the burden of catching and killing every vampire soul. Yeah, Damon just made Bonnie the huntress, which clearly isn’t smart since she’s you know – dating a vampire! Good job Damon.

As for Caroline and Ric, they’re a couple of weeks away from their wedding. The whole relationship is really disturbing and weird to me. I get that they want their own little family but marrying someone you don’t love and don’t even sleep with? Weird. Ric tells Caroline she needs to get closure with Stefan because clearly she’s still really upset that he left her 3 years ago. But Caroline assures him that he’s the one she wants to marry. Whatever you say Caroline but really can you say no to two great loves if they come up again – Stefan and Klaus? Thankfully they realized their lives are ANYTHING but normal, despite how “normal” they want to make it seem.

Meanwhile, Stefan and Matt teamed up to kill some vamps today which of course wasn’t thought out on Damon’s part considering Matt is the one who freed Reyna from the Armory to kill Stefan. Seriously, where did the OLD Matt go? Even when Stefan finally told him the truth about what happened to Penny and that he didn’t kill her, Matt accidentally did, Matt still blamed everything on Stefan. He even told him he was ruining everyones life, which is a low blow. I guess Stefan now understands how Damon feels? But in all reality, why is Matt so anti-Stefan? Just cause he’s a vampire. At least Stefan is a vampire with a heart and tried to compel Matt to forget about the accident because he didn’t want him to carry the burden of knowing he killed his fiancee. I’ll be patiently waiting for the old, nice Matt to return.

Thoughts on this weeks episode? Will Bonnie kill any of her vamp friends? Will they find a way to reverse the spell on Bonnie? Will Matt return to the gang? Will Caroline and Stefan finally talk it out?


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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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