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The Vampire Diaries- The Departed

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“You want love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure and even a little danger.”

The day has finally come, Elena Gilbert is a vampire. In a shocking season finale, which felt more like the end of Vampire Diaries forever, each characters life was changed forever. Aided along by flashbacks from Elena’s sophomore year, we as an audience were allowed to understand a little bit of what drives the characters into being the people that they are now. It was in fact tragic to see how simple life once was for Elena, Matt, Tyler, Caroline and Bonnie, and how difficult it is for them to even know what normal feels like. 


Klaus has said it before and he has proved it now- he is indestructable. With Bonnie’s help (shocking that she did something out of her own free will), Klaus made sure that when Alaric killed him, he would take over Tyler’s body. This spell helped save not only Klaus, but every other vampire on the show (since they all descend from Klaus). The question is, did Damon have any idea what Bonnie was up towhen he left her alone with Klaus?? Probably not. Either way Klaus’s death brought on so many other events in Mystic Falls it is hard to keep up. The question of whom Caroline is going to end up with remains a mystery. Caroline and Tyler delivered an outstanding performance as they professed their love to each other and than were forced to say their goodbyes. But now both Caroline’s “lovers” have been smashed into one body, which might make it weird for her at times. 



In last weeks episode, Elena hit her head pretty hard when she was breaking free from Klaus’s control. This resulted in her loosing consciousness and Jeremy brining her to Dr. Fell, whom diagnosed Elena with a hemorrhaging in her brain. In order to save Elena, she fed her vampire blood, ultimately leading to Elena’s transistion. The writers sure pulled one on me. Whenever I thought about how Elena would turn I always thought it would be because of her love for one of the Salvatore brothers. In this case, it was her only option. She technically could have avoided the repercussions by avoiding death, but come on we are talking about TVD here.



As soon as Elijah and Rebekah realized that no one else, besides Tyler, was dying they decided to take matters into their own hands.  To get their revenge for the death of their beloved brother they turned on their deal with Stefan. In order to kill Alaric, they had to kill Elena. As Matt swerved to avoid hitting Rebekah he lost control and their car dove off the bridge and into the water. The scenario was literally a play-by-play of the tragic day Elena lost her parents. As she saw flashbacks of that night, she forced Stefan to save Matt instead of her. It was an interesting angle the writers took as they showed us that history is doomed to repeat itself, and shined a light on Stefan as the hero for us, once again. Sadly, Elena’s bravery resulted in death. The girl really has a tough life. First, she lives a life where she is in danger 24/7. Plus, she has also had her share of tragic life occurences. If that isn’t enough she now has to re-live those events. It was just painful to watch. Although in all honesty, everything bad that happened in this episode could be blamed on Matt and Jeremy. As the two humans on the show, they tried to do go but got stuck screwing everything up.



In between all the chaos, Damon was isolated as he was fighting Alaric to the death.  When it seemed like all hope was lost for Damon, he had a flashback that pertained to the conversation he just had with Elena. As fans waited for Elena to make her choice between the Salvatore brothers, I am inclined to say that I was not satisfied with her choice. Elena only picked Stefan because she “met him first,” he was the one that saved her family from the drowning car. It seems like she feels like she owes him. But really, the twist came when Damon’s memory revealed that on that same night as she was waiting for her parents to pick her up and was distraught about her unknown future with Matt, she ran into a sexy stranger by the name of Damon, who compelled her to forget and get everything she ever wants out of life. That memory ultimately gave Damon the strength to overcome Alaric, right before he fell to the ground dead. The thing is that Damon is not as bad as we think he is. Through everything he has kept that meeting a secret so that Elena and Stefan can be together. She is what drives him.



Ric was literally a loved character. Even in his dark vampire huntsman days, he always looked out for Elena. When he died, Damon obviously realized that meant Elena died as well. His goodbye to Jeremy was heart wrenching but only because he was such a strong father figure for the two, and his goodbye meant the loss of Elena. At this point in time, everyone was unaware that Elena was transitioning so when they all saw Alaric die, they all assumed Elena was gone for good. That obviously cannot happen but her new vampire life raises so many questions for season 4. Now that Elena is a vampire, who is she going to pick. She is clearly going to remember meeting Damon first. Is she going to enjoy being a vampire? Since she never had a baby does that mean she ended the lineage of dopplegangers??? Are the dopplegangers even necessary since Klaus is now dead? Will he ever get his body back? He will sure as hell be mad that he cannot use Elena’s blood to create more of his minions. Will Tyler survive? Will Matt survive? Did Elena know Dr. Fell gave her blood and when she fell in she knew she would turn into a vampire? What about the whole town of Mystic Falls? Will they forget that Caroline and Tyler are vampires? Oh the anticipation. This is the beginning of a whole new era for The Vampire Diaries, but I am glad they finally tied it back in to the doppleganger. 

Memorable Quotes

  • Elena: I have to let one of them go.
    • Matt: Which one?
  • Damon: I’m not halfway out of Virginia and Elena sells our souls to the originals. 
  • Damon: You know whats her call. Everything bad ever!
  • Stefan: That’s just in case there is not later.
  • Damon: Grabbed her, gagged her, threw her in a well. I don’t know anything rather than let her trust Elijah.
  • Stefan: Not us brother, you and Elena.
  • Damon: I want you to get everything your looking for but right now I want you to forget this happened. Can’t let people know I’m in town yet. 


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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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