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?
Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’
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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