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Isn’t it the best when its Halloween and you’re fave T.V shows are airing Halloween episodes? Especially when their Halloween parties are twenty times better than any party you’ve ever been to.

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Elena, Aaron and Dr. Jekyll: Elena continued to mourn Bonnie’s death by getting back to her old habit of writing in her diary. She’s back at school since that was Bonnie’s ‘dying wish’ but she’s really just there to find out what happened to her roommate and why the teacher doctor covered it up as a suicide. She meets Aaron whose an old friend of Megan’s (and from SPOILERS we know he’s her potential love interest) but he’s not to willing to talk or even give her his name. Maybe its got something to do with the fact that he’s a tortured soul that has everyone around him die, but he survives which makes him feel guilty. Damn Elena and her broody loves. But an even bigger twist is that Aaron’s legal guardian is *drumroll please* the Dr. Maxifield (whose conveniently dressed as Dr. Jekyll this Halloween). So what’s the connection with Megan and Dr. Maxfield and Aaron? Did the dr. have Megan killed to fulfill some kind of vampire experiment?? Has he killed before and that’s why Aaron’s lost everyone that’s close to him?

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What is Dr. Maxfield up to?: See, I can’t figure out what Dr. Maxfield’s agenda is. He’s been eyeing Elena and she’s been eyeing him, for obvious reasons other than the fact that she thinks he’s a total babe. But than, when they dance together he tells her about vampires and how she needs to pack up her things and drop out of Whitfield to go back to Mystic Falls because the wrong people are watching her and asking the right questions. Hold up! Who else knows about vampire’s here? And why? And how? And how do they know Elena and Caroline are vampires? And why is Dr. Maxfield torturing his newly created vampire Jesse? What is he going to use him for? And onto the next pending question, what is Dr. Maxfield’s connection with Elena’s father, whom he mentioned he knew. Also, her father was in a picture with Megan, so shady things are happening here. I want answers!!

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Goodbye Ty: Meanwhile, Caroline is busy rendezvousing, and by that I mean having lots and lots of sex with Tyler. Who cares about catching up or talking about the future right? But just like suspected, Tyler is still holding a vendetta against Klaus for killing his mother and ruining his life. He cannot just go back to pretending everything is okay and going to class and attending frat parties. That just doesn’t cut it for him. Of course, this upsets Caroline who just wan’ts Tyler to love her more than he hates Klaus and she gives him the ultimatum that if he takes one more step out the door, they are over for good. After a second of contemplating Tyler walks through the door and dissapears forever leaving Caroline shattered and heartbroken. Hey, at least she’s got a new vampire in the making. Jesse! Where are you??? A side note on Tyler, he’s obviously heading to ruin Klaus’ life, which means he’s on his way to New Orleans and onto the set of The Originals!!! And my guess is that before he came to say goodbye to Caroline, he was already in New Orleans, possibly the werewolf that helped Hayley out of some trouble in the bayou??? What do you think?

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Katerina and Nadia: And alas, lets talk about our HUGE Katerina and Nadia revelation. Nadia is a traveler and a vampire whose been holding Katerina captive and as bait against Klaus. But up until now we didn’t know what Nadia wanted, why she wanted Katerina and who she was. But with a stake so close to her heart, Nadia revealed that she’s been hunting Katherine down for almost 500 years because Katerina killed her mother back in the 1400’s. Her mother, is Katerina herself. Yeah mind blowing. We knew Katherine had a baby and we knew they gave the baby away and after that she lost her whole family and became a vampire. But in a touching scenario between mother and daughter (who creepily look the same age and it’s really hard to contemplate sometimes) Katherine’s humanity came through as she explained that she went back to Bulgaria when Nadia was eight looking for her, but couldn’t find her. She finished off the sweet moment with ‘nice to meet you Nadia’ but I can’t help but question the validity of this story and Nadia’s identity. Katerina might believe it, but I’m skeptical about people on this show.

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A plot to end all plots: Damon fearing that he’s losing his girlfriend and trying to prove to her what a great bf he is devised a plan to bring Bonnie back from the dead. Magic always comes with a price and nature has to balance itself. So once Sila’s dies as a witch, he can cast a spell to free Bonnie and resurrect her. Sounds pretty easy right? The team up between Damon and Silas was pretty intense and Silas needed to get his mind reading and compulsion powers back in order to pose as Stefan and get the location of the amulet out of Ketsiah. In order to get his powers, Damon had to repeatedly kill Stefan until Silas succeeded. But with Stefan’s amnesia, he’s not one to go along with Damon’s plans, and I’m sure continiously dying is not a pleasant experience. The minute Sila’s was able to extract the info from Ketsiah, his powers got cut because Stefan woke up and killed Damon and Ketsiah in an angry fury, stopped Sila’s blood flow, turning him to stone. So the plan succeeded as Sila’s got the location of the amulet, but it failed cause he died!

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Damon saves the day… sort of: But not so fast. Damon does not give up so easily. The only way to wake Silas up and turn him into a witch is if he takes the cure. That way, when he dies, he can cross over and meet with the love of his life, Amarra. Cue in Katerina, who upon seeing Silas’ stone cold body rejoiced at outrunning death. Wrong. Looking pretty peeved and determined, Damon bit her and fed her blood, the cure to Silas, which in turn woke him up and supposably killed Katerina. Right? Wrong!! This girl is like a cat, she’s got 9 lives. After being drained of blood, her heart beat faster and faster and she awoke. And something tells me, her time as a human is over. You know Katerina, she’s always up to something and nothing ever comes at face value with her. Do you think that Damon’s plan worked? Will Silas keep his word and bring Bonnie back? Will Ketsiah interfere? Is Katherine still mortal? Ahh until next week!!!


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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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