I’d like to welcome you to the first ever The Vampire Diaries/ The Originals crossover. How exciting is this?
I was skeptical to see how Julie Plec would overlap these two worlds that once had everything to do with each other, but don’t really anymore. Do Klaus and Elijah know what’s going on back in Mystic Falls? The answer to that is yes… but their knowledge is limited. Thankfully Stefan finds a safe haven from the maniacal huntress Rayna at a bar in New Orleans frequented by the one and only Klaus Mikealson. The “old friends” do a little bit of drinking and catching up and yes, Stefan even fills in the original vampire on everything happening with Caroline… namely the two twins she just gave birth to.
Klaus is skeptical of Stefan’s presence in his town… as he should be. Is there a reason why Stefan is just drinking at this bar that blocks all magical spells? Well yes, of course there is! The minute Klaus figures out that Stefan has been stabbed with the Huntresses blade, he flips out. Why would Stefan bring a dangerous and deadly vampire hunter to his city… a city crawling with vampires? He must be out of his mind… or extremely helpless!
That all changes when he picks up a phone call from Caroline who is really worried that Klaus is picking up her boyfriends phone. I know there’s a lot of people that don’t like the Caroline and Klaus ship and I understand that but this phone call proved to me that Klaus really does care about a few select women in his life, including Caroline. It was nice to have these two catch up, even though it wasn’t in person.
Klaus knows Caroline well… he knew her enough to know that she would never, ever let the babies she carried for 9 months out of her site. And she didn’t. The first chance she got she moved away with Alaric to Dallas. Seeing as her boyfriend is on the run from some crazed hunter, I don’t see what else she has to do. As for the whole “Alaric and Caroline” relationship that is slowly brewing, well… I just don’t like it. I think in general, Caroline is a confused soul who is confusing her love for the babies for the love of their father. But I guess that’s how she becomes mommy 3-years from now and how Stefan ends up with Valerie. And also, why is she looking for Klaus in New Orleans in the future? Will Klaus have yet another solution to save Stefan from Rayna?
Klaus decides to stick to his word and does something noble for Caroline – he saves Stefan in the bayou as Rayna closes in on him, but leaves him with some pretty harsh advice – he needs to leave Caroline because she will always come second to Damon, the guy he is always sacrificing everything for. He knows it too well, Elijah does the same thing for him. And you’d think this would be the end of the road for the “old friends,” but Klaus has other things in mind! Plus, Rayna isn’t off Stefan’s trail just yet.
Meanwhile, Damon and Bonnie venture together to find a solution to Stefan’s huntress problem. Damon feels personally responsible for everything that’s happened, mainly because he is. They visit Enzo, who introduces them to the Armory, a secret organization working to capture Rayna. Enzo’s motivation in all of this is the need for family. Boriiiing! I’d love for Enzo to be relevant but he just isn’t… sorry! Anyways, when he realizes that Damon isn’t going to help him out with his mission, he locks him inside with Tyler. Oh did I mention it’s a fool moon? Bonnie is so desperate to help Damon out that she literally cuts off Enzo’s hand to use it to open the sealed door.
This is the thing about Bonnie and Damon’s friendship – it’s dysfunctional and it’s real. Bonnie is the best friend anyone could ever have. Despite everything Damon has done, she sticks by him because that’s what friends do. Enzo could have been a friend, but he chose a path that made Bonnie the enemy for now. Don’t forget – in 3 years, these two are totally hooking up and dating. I guess I can see it. Enzo has to be betrayed by everyone to find the light.
Bonnie frees Damon even though he begs her not too. As predicted, Tyler the werewolf bashes Bonnie’s head against the glass and last we see, she’s in the hospital in a coma. That’s when Damon apologizes for always bringing the worst onto people that care for him. Now we know what drove him to stake himself and lock himself in a coffin, which is where we find him 3 years from now!
I guess everything Enzo is doing is for a good reason though because the Armory leader Alex reveals that she is the family that he’s been looking for. But who is she exactly and why is she so set on finding and capturing the huntress? We’ve yet to find out.
Did you like part 1 of the crossover?
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!
Is Netflix’s ‘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!
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.
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#SweetMagnolias is set in a fictional town called Serenity. Sheryl Anderson repeated, throughout the shooting of the show, that it was important that everyone might see themselves in Serenity. I like that idea more than ever these days—Serenity not just as a place, but a state of mind. The show drops on #Netflix in just 5 days on May 19.
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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