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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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Sweet Magnolias

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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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Might Be Getting ANOTHER Spin-Off

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The Vampire Diaries Spinoff

Have you been trying to fill a void since The Vampire Diaries series finale?

It’s almost impossible, although a weekly dose of The Originals is helping.

Well, we might have your remedy.

TVLine reports that The CW is considering another spin-off of the hit show, which would be focused on Hope Mikealson from The Originals. 

Hope, Klaus and Hayley’s daughter, is a powerful witch in New Orleans.

However, with the impending threat of The Hollow, Hayley decided that it may be time to send her daughter somewhere safe.

Fans are speculating that this would ensure Hope would head to Mystic Falls to attend Caroline and Alaric’s school for the gifted, which saw a huge contribution from Klaus in the series finale.

The spin-off would most likely jump forward in time, with Hope being a teenager.

Julie Plec, who once said she would be open to another spin-off it the right story came along, seemed to have confirmed the possibility on accident.

“Alaric and Caroline are running the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted where Hope Mikael–,” she said, before adding quickly: “Shit, never mind.”

Would this spin-off include Caroline? Fans have been shipping her “relationship” with Klaus and this might be the perfect gateway to delivering it, especially because Alaric would probably be old/deceased since he’s a mere mortal.

And that means Hope would be step sisters with Lizzie and Josie Saltzman, also powerful witches and siphoners.

Would you be interested in this spin-off? How incredible is it that we can now focus on a new generation of characters thanks to Damon, Stefan and Elena?


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