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The Vampire Diaries- Never Let Me Go (7×02)

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So The Vampire Diaries didn’t keep up its tempo from last week and aside from a few funny comments from Damon, it pretty much fell back into its old rhythm. (And here I was optimistic that maybe they had replaced Caroline Dries.) The only thing that really, and I mean really, intrigued me was the 3 year flash forward sequence.

Caroline is a news producer! She’s working in news! And it’s not in Mystic Falls. Oh and she’s engaged. Her assistant comes rolling through telling her that her husband called and said he wanted to return to her hometown before the wedding. Naturally, she freaked out. And scene. We later return to the “future” and see her assistant telling her that Stefan Salvatore called. Caroline is visibly upset by this and says she never wants to speak to Stefan ever again. A couple of seconds later, both her and her assistant are shot wooden pellets that I’m assuming are coming from the same woman that’s been coming after Stefan and Damon. And my guess- he was trying to warn her. But real question, why is Caroline hating on Stef so hard?

Maybe it has something to do with Valerie… one of Lily’s most dangerous and conniving heretics. Rewind to present day and Caroline has found herself in quite an uncomfortable predicament. After Damon and Bonnie turned into Bonnie and Clyde and took out Malcolm, Enzo did a very bad thing and kidnapped Caroline as a form of revenge for Lily. Before we even begin to judge him on this though, lets honestly ask ourselves- hasn’t everyone else done really bad things also? Like worse than kidnapping the person you thought was supposed to be your friend? I didn’t expect any less from Enzo, plus, he doesn’t take the two lovers torturing Caroline very well… he even says he cares about her. Aww. Of course, not enough to help her escape… and definitely not after she tried to choke him with his own vervain ropes. Oh and we’re supposed to believe he’s just in love with Lily? Yeah, right. I think Enzo is “working” with the heretics to try to destroy them!

We learn a very important lesson about Damon in this episode- he hates owning up to his mistakes. Stefan knows it, so he sends his bro to make amends. Unfortunately, mommy isn’t feeling forgiving. The other problem- Damon can’t get into the Salvatore mansion anymore because Lily put the deed on poor old human Matt, knowing that they would want to come save Caroline and the only way they could get in was if they killed their friend.

Bonnie felt a little guilty for getting her friend captured so she came up with the brilliant plan to murder Matt… but only for 10 seconds. No worries everyone. Matt knew that he was just a human so he pretty much HAD to be down for the cause. And you didn’t think it would all go smoothly right? As soon as she stopped his heart, Bonnie got murderous, gruesome visions from Alaric’s Pheonix stone and passed out. She awoke 6 minutes later and brought Matt back, thankfully.

In the meantime, Damon was able to get inside and confront Enzo, while Stefan snuck in through the tunnels. Enzo informed Damon that his mom was going to bury her “son” Malcolm in the Salvatore crypt… the same place Elena’s coffin was and the whole “spell” wasn’t going to keep her out- she had an army of magical heretics to help her break in. Naturally, Damon fled the scene to save his sleeping beauty.

As Stefan tried to help Caroline out, he couldn’t actually touch her without getting burned. Turns out Mary Louise and Nora might have been physically hurting Caroline, but Valerie was the evil one in this case. She put a spell on Caroline that repelled human touch, including Stefan’s. Before he could get her out, Enzo signed over the deed, Stefan was dragged out and Caroline continued to be a prisoner. Nora then told Carebear the real reason Valerie put a spell on her- she was in love with Stefan. This is also why I think she’s the one coming after them 3-years-later. Her or Lily.

As for Damon’s lesson, a mom always knows how to hurt her sons. As revenge for Malcom’s death, Lily put a cloaking spell on Elena’s body and hid her from Damon. He begged and pleaded for her to just torture him, but based on his childhood, she knew the only way to make him pay was to take away his toys. Same goes for Stefan. Now she had the town, their house, and both their lovers. Cruel mommy.

But you know Damon ALWAYS has a plan. He recalled that back in the day, there were 6 heretics… not 5 like there are now. He and Stefan would play along with Lily’s game and pretend that she succeeded in tearing their brotherly relationship apart. Damon would “leave town” and find the 6th heretic and bring him back as a bargaining tool. Sounds smart? Sure. Does it sound promising? No way in hell. For starters, how does he even know he’s alive?

As for Alaric, he really cracked me up with his lecture on why humans make up crazy stories about fake supernatural entities to cheat death. He acted as if it was such an insane idea, but he’s best friends with vampires, werewolves and witches. That scene really got me. Although I have to say, I hate where their going with his character. He’s so desperate to bring back Jo that even after Bonnie warned him of dark and evil magic with the “resurrection stone” he still kept it. Worse, he used it on a dead person at the morgue and they momentarily came back to life. May I also remind you Lily is also looking for this stone, quite possibly to bring back the 6th heretic. I smell problems!

What did you think of this episode? Did Valerie and Stefan have a love story or did she just fixate on him? Is she the one coming after them in 3 years? Where is Elena’s body? And where is that 6th heretic?


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Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity

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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.”

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Ian Somerhalder (left) and Paul Wesley (right) on The Vampire Diaries. Credit: The Cw/ The Vampire Diaries

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.


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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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