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The Vampire Diaries- No Exit (5×14)



TVD returns after an Olympic hiatus and it’s sad to say, but Damon is back to his old ways…  except this time he’s feeding on vampires. It’s pretty disappointing to see him feed on other vampires instead of fighting his urges. It’s also painful to watch him hurt because he doesn’t know how to stop himself. He’s a bloody monster all because of some science experiment!  Screw science! Save Damon! I mean, that’s equivalent to cannibalism right? But at this point, it seems Damon’s kind of given up on everything. He’s singing this annoying tune of ‘everyone hates me. I’m a monster and all I do is hurt people.’ Thankfully, his friend Enzo has stood by his side throughout it all, which is a fantastic nod at the difference between these two characters. When things got tough, Damon left Enzo only thinking of himself. Yet Enzo refuses to leave Damon’s side despite the obvious threat being posed to him by his best friends new, errr, habit. We know that Maxfield is an evil doctor/scientist though, so it comes as no shocker that his next ‘test’ is to see whether or not Damon will feed on his friend Damon. He does, but thankfully the travelers (Maxfields new clique) stop him by turning Enzo’s blood to basically acid. Hoping to destroy Damon completely, Maxfield orders Enzo to leave his buddy and complete one final mission for him. Before he leaves, he calls in for backup against Damon’s will.

damonBut this backup might not be the best. Instead of reaching Elena, Enzo reaches Katherine who immediately uses Damon’s sick state to as an advantage to getting into Stefan’s pants. Here’s the thing, I was team Katherine for like what, four years? But she’s never hit this low. She’s always been witty, sarcastic and self-centered Katherine but there was some good in her. Now, she’s pretty pathetic using her doppleganger enemies body to lure in a guy. You know cause she didn’t have 500 years to be with Stefan! I also can’t believe that no one caught on sooner that Elena wasn’t behaving like Elena at all. She isn’t that flirty, she doesn’t have that much pep in her step and she definitely doesn’t chill and drink bourbon. It’s also pretty low that she tried killing Damon. No matter how much she wants to be with Stefan, Damon was a huge part of her life. I mean for like a good season he was trying to free her from the tomb. How’s she just going to do him like that after all their history. This girl is seriously wacko.


Their 12-hour trip to find Damon was obviously made to be a disaster as Katerina tagged along to lure Stefan who was really concerned about his brother. Mid-way she tampered with the engine, than dirtied her blouse and face with the grease after Stefan told her to watch out and suggested they get a hotel to “shower up”. Classy! Given this was her only chance at seducing Stefan, I can’t be too upset. We were given a sexy bathroom scene with Nina Dobrev followed by an intimate moment between exes. I truly think Stefan had a gut feeling that Elena wasn’t really Elena, but he chose not to believe it. That is until they found Damon, Elena forced her bleeding wrist to the vampire hungry for other vampires, he started feeding on her and she kicked a wooden stake towards Stefan obviously hinting, ‘kill this mother-effer.’ Once Stefan snapped Damon’s neck (kudos to him for being a good brother and sparing his brothers life. I guess Katerina couldn’t think that one through cause she isn’t capable of being good) he got him back to the dungeon where Damon pointed out he had nothing left to live for. Even his ex-girlfriend wanted to kill him.


Click. With Caroline’s help, Stefan put two and two together. “Elena” wasn’t acting like Elena. Elena would have cared about Damon. She wouldn’t have thrown herself at Stefan and she wouldn’t have tried to kill Damon. What if the text message from Matt that said, “Help. K” really was Matt trying to tell them that Katherine was in Elena’s body. Bingo. Yet, the way these two sherlocks cracked that mystery bothers me. First off, Help K can mean anything. It can mean ‘Help. Nadiya’s a crazy bitch.’ It doesn’t even hint at Katherine being in Elena’s body because of travelers. It was a poor execution of a realization that could have been well done. Wouldn’t it have been better for Matt to have remembered. Or not be compelled despite Nadiya’s belief that he was. Or that maybe Matt somehow recorded what he knew before Nadiya compelled him. Even having “Elena” slip up and call Stefan exclaiming how worried she was about Nadiya’s werewolf bite would have been enough to set off the alarm. But ‘help. K’ definitely wasn’t it. Albeit, I’m glad that someone’s onto the crazy bitch and we can finally put her to rest and bring back Elena. Who knew I could miss her so much?

No Exit Despite being the only human left in Mystic Falls, the writers always find neat ways of making Matt a really important asset to the show. Come on, everyone loves Matt. Unfortunately, his humanity makes him a weak link and everyone always uses him to get something. This week was no different as Nadiya was spending quality time with him in order to get the vervain out of his system so she could compel him to forget the truth about her mother. A crucial moment occured when Matt really was straight forward with Nadiya about Katherine. Nadiya did everything to save her mother from dying. She wanted to get to know her so she helped put her inside Elena’s body. But instead of the mother/daughter bonding she hoped for, Katherine chose to spend most of her time chasing a guy, while Nadiya helped cover up her story. Whenever it was convenient for Katherine, she would meet up with Nadiya. While that didn’t stop Nadiya from compelling Matt and getting into a smackdown with Caroline and Tyler, it did make her think. When she finally met Katherine, she was very down. All she got from mommy dearest was, ‘I’m having to good of a day to care about whatever is making you sad.’ That attitude changed when Nadiya admitted she was bitten by Tyler’s werewolf bite and only had a couple of days to live. Now, the tables have turned, will mom do everything in her power to save her daughter like her daughter did to save her? Initially, when Katerina was dying, the writers made it seem like she was really sad she had to give her baby away and that was one of her biggest mistakes in life. Her current actions don’t indicate that she was ever ready to be a mother and its really heartbreaking to watch.


Aside from worrying about her human friend, Caroline also had a reconciliation of sorts with Tyler. They seemed to enjoy each others company but in the end, the big bad wolf admitted he couldn’t forgive her for sleeping with Klaus, her mothers killer. I mean really Car, what’s a good amount of time to forgive that? I guess it’s different when you’re a supernatural being. The intensity of the crime isn’t as bad but it still really took a toll on Tyler. I doubt their relationship will be patched up anytime soon. And while Stefan is dealing with possibly getting some feelings back for Elena and than realizing it was actually Katherine the whole time, he might bond with Caroline a little more. I’ve predicted that those two might be a thing and it seems like things might be leading up to that. Especially when they join forces next week to bring Katherine’s secret to life. Expect it to be loaded with tons of cattiness!!! If they succeed in taking Kat down and returning Elena, she’ll probably make amends with Damon and Stefan will find comfort with Caroline!! Win-win. Than the next mission is to figure out how to make Damon not a vampire-slayer!!! Someone call Buffy?!


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Why Caroline Forbes Never Needed a Man on ‘The Vampire Diaries’



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. 

Why Don't They Want Me Back?

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’



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?



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!

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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