Holy Mother of Flashbacks!!! These “take it back episodes” tend to be my favorite because of the key stories that end up moving along the drama. With just one more episode left, we have much to anticipate as questions with Damon and Elena, Katherine and Stefan and Enzo are raised! As someone who was sick and tired of the Silas drama, I’m so glad that this episode brought such a fresh and unique storyline to the show.
Damon’s locked up. (They won’t let him out!!) He’s back in his old cell where he was once a test subject for 5-years. Elena is clearly concerned that neither Damon nor Dr. Wes returned home last night and goes to Aaron to get some insight on where his uncle may be. Aaron leads her to the Whitmore house, where she learns that Aaron is actually Aaron Whitmore, basically the owner of the school. But just as the two begin to build a foundation of trust, Dr. Wes injects Elena with vervain and locks her up in the cell next to Damon. That’s where we find out all about Damon’s past with the Augustine vampire.
Young Damon was sold out by one of his family members to the original doctor as a test subject. He was trapped for 5-years but kept his sanity as he made a friend, Enzo. When Damon joined in on the, er, fun, Enzo had been a test subject for over 10-years. The two quickly become mates and made a plan to escape during the next New Year celebration, when the doctor let his test subject out to show off the latest revelations he’s made about vampire blood. In order to get enough strength to break from the chains, one vampire must drink both rations of human blood for 364 days. The decision is made in a very political way; a game of paper scissors rock, where Damon’s named winner. When New Years rolls around, the plan goes smoothly, but as Damon gets to enthralled in killing and feeding, he doesn’t even notice that he’s lit the place on fire and Enzo is trapped engulfed by flames. He tries to rescue his buddy, but finds its impossible to stay alive and help him out at the same time. So he pulls the classic Damon movie, turns off his humanity and lets Enzo die. Brutal!!!
Elena makes the discovery that her father, the good and gracious town doctor, was also one of the founders and participants of the Augustine scientific vampire testing. If he could only see her now. Would he be proud? He was a vampire hunter, a tester on these animals. Now, her daughter is one of these animals. Losing hope, Damon vows to get Elena out of this cell before any harm could be done to her.
Dr. Wes explains the family history of vampire testing to Aaron and tries to convince him that this is his legacy and something he must continue doing. The deed is done when Aaron finds pictures of his parents and realizes they weren’t attacked by an “animal” but rather eaten and killed by vampires. Seeking revenge, he goes downstairs, points a wood filled gun at Elena and demands answers. The poor kid doesn’t realize that there are good vampires and bad vampires. At this point, his emotions have such a hold on him, and not really knowing how these things work, he’s quick to make judgements such as assuming Elena must have been the vampire that killed his parents. But he’s wrong. It was Damon. Of course! Damon explains that while locked in the cell, he made it his life mission to continue killing every Whitmore in the family, leaving alive only one to suffer alone. He killed his parents in his last Whitmore killing spree. Aaron is enraged, Damon’s not really sorry and Elena is astonished that her boyfriend’s been killing people behind her back. Weekend trips as he likes to call it. You know Elena, don’t be so surprised. You knew exactly what you were dating and who he was. Plus, its not like you haven’t killed innocent people in fits of revenge when your humanity was turned off. Plus Damon’s the type of guy that if he commits to something, he’s going to go through with it. And he’s been holding this torture chamber in as a secret for a long time. The brutal things these people did to him are enough to let anyone go off the deep end.
Meanwhile, back in Mystic Falls, Stefan has Katherine on suicide watch. Everything this girl does is just comical! She makes writing in a diary the funniest thing ever, especially cause its a nice jab at Elena all through season one. But Katherine isn’t the only one who needs protecting. Stefan can’t seem to cope with his PTSD. So while he’s watching Katherine, she’s called in reinforcements to watch him. Caroline, whose come equipped with the deathly casket that’s been giving Stefan nightmares. Caroline’s really the cutes though as she’s trying to cure Stefan by reading her psychology book. She locks him in the coffin where Stefan begins having panic attacks and freaking out to the point where he passes out. When he wakes up he’s locked inside with Katherine. Pretty risky move considering when Stefan goes off the rails, he turns into the ripper, and Katherine is now a human. And that’s her test precisely. She knows he cares to much about her to rip her head off, so he’s going to have to fight his cravings and PTSD extra hard. She begins bringing up how Elena left him for Damon and we learn that the root of the problem isn’t really the fact that Stefan drowned in a coffin underwater over and over again, but it’s the fact that he’s hurt by Elena and Damon’s actions. The physical drowning is just easier for him to deal with than the emotional, so its like a coping mechanism. This also leads to a really intimate moment between Katherine.
That makes two in the past week. The writers are building the tension between these two. As a human, Katherine is still a snarky bitch, but she’s more approachable. She’s more vulnerable. And the fact that she’s dying means she’s not holding back on what she really wants. What she’s wanted since day one. Stefan. And now with Elena dating Damon, Stefan can finally go back to the love of his life, Katherine. And so they do. In some hot and heavy vampire on human sex, which Caroline falls victim to hearing thanks to the supersonic hearing of vampires and is completely scarred for life. Didn’t I call this a couple of weeks back when Amarra talked about dopplegangers!!! I said that Stefan’s doppleganger would be Katherine. And I’m so glad it is.
But as always, the last 3 minutes of the episode are where the most OMG moments really happen. When Damon wakes up from his death nap, he realizes Elena is missing from her cell. Did Aaron set her free? Was she so upset with Damon she left him? Nope, its just her turn to get tested on. As she wakes up on the cold bed, feet and wrists chained to the metal, she hears someone humming. Surprise! It’s Enzo!!! He survived all this time! And when he finds out Damon is back in captivity, he’s going to have a field day getting revenge on the friend he trusted with his life, that royally screwed him over.
Tune in next week as Stefan goes into ripper mode threatening Aaron to find his big bro and ex-girlfriend!!! Woo, Ripper Stefan is my absolute favorite!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Is Netflix’s ‘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.
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#SweetMagnolias is set in a fictional town called Serenity. Sheryl Anderson repeated, throughout the shooting of the show, that it was important that everyone might see themselves in Serenity. I like that idea more than ever these days—Serenity not just as a place, but a state of mind. The show drops on #Netflix in just 5 days on May 19.
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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