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The Vampire Diaries- Original Sin (5×03)

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“You’re the cure Katherine.”

Fighting destiny is impossible. At least that’s what we learned from every installment of the Final Destination movies. But when you are as in love as Damon and Elena, no obstacles can stand in your way, not even the universe! This week the writers really stepped up their game giving us a doppleganger history lesson from a prehistoric crazy broad, that we really were better off without, which dated back 2000 years ago and tied up the loosest of ends. I finally see the world with a fresh pair of eyes!!!

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So before I get into the really deep, dark, meaty, historical stuff, can I please just get this off my chest? Damon is hilarious! The end. Every situation he is placed in, good or bad, he is just downright the funniest dude ever. But even a funny, sarcastic man has his moments of weakness and during this episode, he experienced a whole spectrum of moods, especially regarding Elena.

The history is the glue holding this show together. During season one we were given so many flashback episodes of Elena being a doppleganger for Katherine. Than we met Stefan, Sila’s doppleganger. But now, we get the full story of what made Silas go off the rails and turn into the monster he is now. Ketsiah was the witch/ traveler that he used for the immortality potion. Hence why he doesn’t really like travelers much. He lied to Ketsiah by pretending he loved her, than on the wedding day he stole the immortality drink and used it on his love, Amarra. When Ketsiah found out, she slashed Amarra’s throat and ripped her heart out. Than she created a cure for immortality that she wanted to feed to Silas. When he didn’t take it, well we know the story. She killed him but put him in a limbo without the ability to go to the other side. She wanted him to suffer, but he never broke through until Katherine stole the curse last year and Bonnie put down the veil, allowing Silas to come back. If you’re crazy and you know it clap your hands! And boy does homegirl know it.  The minute that Stefan woke up and she started inquiring about Silas and telling the story of the two lovers, I knew that she was Ketsiah. Except I didn’t think she would be that crazy, at first I thought maybe she would help Stefan out. A scorned woman doesn’t trust easily, so of course she was just using Stefan to get to Silas.

VFS So anyways, when Silas and Amarra took the immortality drink, they broke the rules of nature. To restore order, nature created shadow selves of them, aka dopplegangers. That started the chain that created Katerina and Stefan. They in turn defied the rules of nature by turning into vampires. Yet, that didn’t stop destiny from doing its thing and having dopplegangers fall in love. My concern here differs from Damon’s entirely though. If Katerina and Stefan were soulmates, you know since they are from the same time, does that mean that Elena’s soulmate isn’t actually Stefan, but another doppleganger that looks like Stefan? That would only make sense right??

But lets focus on the problem at hand. Obviously, through his experiences in life Damon is a little skeptical and on edge when it comes to relationships. And the fact that Elena and Stefan have a pretty intense past doesn’t help. Neither does the fact that Elena has been having some “gut” feelings about her ex all summer and now, she had a prophetic dream about him, at the same time that his other ex (and Damon’s ex true love) Katherine did as well. Geez, someone cut this guy a break. Yet, I’m proud of Damon. Despite that horrible fear of losing Elena to destiny and fate, he still didn’t give up on his brother and he didn’t leave him with the crazy witch that was holding a grudge on her ex fiance, 2000 years later. Let it go woman!! Cue in Stefan’s horrified look when she talked about how she killed Amarra. Priceless!

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Ketsiah’s speech about having front row seats and watching the same look alike dopplegangers was sad, and could have spun Damon out of control. But instead, he kept his composure and got worked up, fighting like hell to keep Elena his. And if my theory is true, Stefan is not Elena’s soulmate. Also, despite the odd chances that Elena and Damon could actually be happy together they have been doing pretty well. They might encounter obstacles, and they will, their love is so strong, I think they can overcome anything. Hopefully. If the whole doppelganger love thing is predetermined, that makes for a hell of a compelling fairytale, but it’ll be even greater if they break the whole “tradition” thing and prove everyone wrong. Oh and also, Ketsiah might want to make Damon believe that it is meant to be, but she planted those dreams, which makes everything much better. Elena doesn’t actually have a “psychic-love” connection to Stefan, so anything can be overcome.

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For someone who is as powerful as Ketsiah is and who has planned on ruining Silas’s life for 2000 years she didn’t really impress me. Her spell might have disabled Silas’ ability to read people’s minds, but it didn’t weaken him and it didn’t make him immortal. The cure is probably the only thing that could do that for him and that cure is in Katherine, flowing through her blood. She is the cure. And that means everyone is after her. She’s literally live bait who can’t run for longer periods of time because she gets leg cramps. It’s fantastic. While Silas want the cure for himself, what does Nadia want with the cure? What does she want from Silas? Why is she holding Elena hostage from him? What is her plan? She killed her lover because she believed Silas would kill him and now she’s trying to do what? Besides communicating with her dead lover through Matt’s body, which yeah kind of sucks, but at least she’s keeping him safe and alive!!

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Silas on the other hand is totally aware that Ketsiah is back, which makes his hunt for Katherine even more important. I wonder, since he knows Ketsiah is back, does he know Stefan got out of the bottom of the lake?? And now that Ketsiah’s plan backfired, how will she fix it? She said nothing would happen to Stefan but in an attempt to strip Silas of his mind reading power, she wiped out Stefan’s whole memory. After Damon was an ass to her, it doesn’t seem like she will want to help him.

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After watching the preview for next week (which I will post on the bottom) I think this might have been her plan to get destiny to align itself again, kicking Damon to the curb. In the preview Elena begins to fall in love with Stefan again, the guy that’s acting just like he did when she first met him. I mean I think he isn’t the same Stefan anymore, but she also isn’t the same Elena. People grow and she’s still stuck to what he used to be. But will this be the thing to break her and Damon up? After all, she needs to stop being so wishy-washy. Not even 24-hours ago she was telling Damon how nothing would come in between them, no universe, no crazy lady and now she’s off flirting with her ex. Seriously!!! But I can’t bash Elena all the way. She might not be totally decided on her men but she is staying true to herself, to her humanity and her righteous ways. That’s what distinguishes her from Katerina, despite the fact that they look exactly alike. Katerina is a compulsive lying bitch, who at the first sign of fear, tried to have Elena killed. Two seconds later, Elena risked her life for Katerine and even told her to run and save herself. So yeah, lookwise they are totally the same. Personality wise, not at all.

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Memorable Quotes

  • Damon: It doesn’t sound crazy. It is crazy. But I’m open minded.
  • Damon: Okay, train is leaving the station. Choo Choo!
  • Ketsiah: Call me a woman scorned. A vindictive bitch or whatever label suits your story, but I thought I was his one true love and he ripped my heart out.
  • Damon: The only time she shuts up is when she’s sleeping. I didn’t want to disturb our peace and quiet.
  • Damon: Well I guess the rumors are true. You are a ray of sunshine.
  • Damon: Well thanks for the hospitality but we should really get going if we want to beat traffic.
  •         Stefan: Yep. Yep, he’s right.
  •         Ketsiah: You probably don’t want to get on my bad side.
  •         Damon: You realize you’re not the only one with a bad side
  • Katherine: Sorry to sound like a broken record but I like to now who my kidnappers are.
  • Silas: You know what’s funny? The love of my life looked exactly like you yet the mere thought of your face makes me want to vomit.
  • Damon: No one tells me how to live my life. No one tells me who I love. Especially not some vindictive prehistoric witch and definitely not the universe and I’m not going to let someone else’s idea of destiny stop me from loving you or being with you or building a future with you because you are my 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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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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