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“Crazy or not that kind of love never dies”
Who knew that one day Klaus and Stefan could have a role reverse a la Freaky Friday? Ok, Ok well I wouldn’t go that far but it seems like thats the direction those two are heading in. Stefan was stripped of his humanity, yes, but the difference now is that he doesn’t want it back. He wants to keep the switch turned off and he doesn’t care who he hurts. I had faith in Stefan. I believed that no matter what he was doing this to help everybody else, but after last nights episode, my thoughts of that once sweet vampire have done a 360. What scares me even more than my feelings changing about Stefan though are my feelings towards Klaus. Yeah I remember everything he’s done in the past but now he’s just being an evil villain because he want’s his family back. Klaus has threatened to kill people for example Jeremy and Caroline, but his plans have never gone through and even know when Tyler accidentally bit Caroline, he came to her rescue out of the goodness of his deep and hidden heart. That scene where he saved her life (check out how he says “On your Birthday” hehe) was a game-changer for sure. Although, this might just be a plan of his to get everybody in Mystic Falls on his side.. With Klaus we can never know and that’s the fun of it!

Now to further on my I hate Stefan idea he adapted an “Emily Thorne from Revenge” attitude and he pushed the envelope. As he stated in this episode the only thing that he has left is to kill Klaus and you can’t blame the guy, Klaus took everything away from him, even his free will. He ruined his life and now Stefan wants payback. The scary part is how far is he willing to go. You see Stefan claims to understand Klaus, but does he really? He tested Klaus’s strength by using Elena and he made Klaus blink. Stefan actually had the upper-hand. But was it really worth it? Driving like a mad man with your ex girlfriend, feeding her your blood, and threatening to drive the car off the bridge and turn her is a little extreme don’t you think? In that stressful scene and the emotional one that followed, I felt bad for Elena. It would be understandable if Stefan tried to push Klaus’s limits anywhere else, but on the bridge that her parents died? On the bridge she almost died? The bridge that her whole life got thrown into this crazy world, that was a douchebag move. Stefan got his point across, he got the upper hand, but while risking so much more… 

Lets touch upon the couples of this show briefly. Can Caroline and Tyler be together now? Even if so I’m not sure I would ever forgive my ex for biting me and almost killing me on my birthday. The fact that Klaus saved her doesn’t mean that Tyler wont be compelled to do something else to harm her. He’s sired and no matter how much he tries to fight it he can’t. Also after Caroline received that beautiful bracelet from Klaus I was left thinking if maybe Klaus had a thing for Caroline? Does he want a thank you in return for her life? Does he just feel brotherly to her because she has a resemblance to Rebekah? Bonnie was not my favorite this week. Her selfishness took over to an extreme that she was willing to tell Jeremy the truth so he could make “his own decisions” without putting into consideration that the reason Elena did all of this was to save Jeremy and give him a better life. Sure maybe she has no right to erase someone’s memory but I think she had legit reasons for her actions. Plus she can’t afford to loose anymore people and Jeremy’s her brother. I’m sure Bonnie can find a new lover for the time being. 

Damon and Elena. What are the writers trying to pull with this couple? They kiss, they fight, they kiss, she wants him, she says no STOP! After seeing what kind of an asshole Stefan could be to her she should have realized that she has a man in front of her who is in love with her. Who would move mountains to be with her. Who half went into an alliance with Klaus just to save her from her crazy ex. Yes it is wrong to go after your brothers girl, but if the brother gave her up than its fair game. And even Stefan said so himself, he lost her the minute he left with Klaus she just hasn’t admitted it. Maybe that made her feel bad but truthfully it should have pushed her to Damon, her vampire in shining armor. There is a reason she smiles around him, feels normal, and thinks about their kiss all morning while he prances around half naked and giddy. (Love scenes like that)



Other Thoughts
– The friendships they all have are great, so when Elena and Caroline had funerals to their old selves it was a very touching addition to a crazy episode.
-Why does Nanny Cary, Spensers sister, and now Doctor Fell always have to be psychotic on T.V. shows? Here I thought she was going to be normal but she already knows vampires exist, probably thinks Alaric is one, and killed her ex bf with a stake? Cryptic yet I don’t quite get where were going with this yet… 
-Matt needs to get a good girlfriend and maybe some super powers. He talks about how all his friends got sucked into this world and he is just left out…
-What the heck is in that coffin? I still believe Bonnie’s visions were true and in some weird twisted way Klaus’s body is in that coffin making him impossible to kill because his soul is only with us or something. Yes kind of a stretch but you know….



Memorable Quotes

  • Stefan: Why are you all chippery?
    • Damon: No reason, purely in the mood.
  • Damon: These hybrids. Really bringing the neighborhood down…
  • Damon: You’d think that the spirits of a bunch of dead witches that could make a coffin invisible that they’d figure out how to open one!
  • Damon: The only way to call someones bluff Stefan is to be willing to loose everything if your wrong.
  • Bonnie: Smores, Campfires, Cake.
    • Elena: Like we were little.
    • Matt: Except with tequilaaaa.
  • Bonnie: What? You’ve already claimed that your birthday is everybody’s favorite day of the year.
    • Caroline: Yeah and now its just a reminder that technically, I’m dead.
  • Ric: Suddenly you care who lives or dies
    • Damon: I have a small list..
    • Ric: Talk about humanity dimmer list.
    • Damon: Screw you.
  • Damon: No dead hybrids at the founders party!!!!
  • Stefan: Destroying Klaus is all I have left.
    • Elena: You had me!
    • Stefan: I lost you the minute I left town with him. You just haven’t let yourself admit that yet.
  • Elena: Is that what your doing trying to make me hate you?
    • Stefan: I dont really care what you think about me anymore Elena.
  • Caroline: Are you going to kill me?
    • Klaus: On your birthday? Do you really think that low of me?
  • Klaus: I’ll let you in on a little secret. There’s a whole world out there waiting for you. Great cities and art and music. Genuine beauty and you can have all of it. You can have a thousand new birthdays, all you have to do is ask.
  • Elena: You can’t kiss me again.
    • Damon: I know.
    • Elena: It’s not right.
    • Damon: It’s right. Its just not right now…
But I know you will make through alive Cause you never said goodbye Like a city besieged, it was the loneliest thing Your silence held in cold delay And I felt faint of heart cause I was caught between The weight of everything I couldn’t say” 


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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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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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