“Once you told me that calling me satan was an insult to satan.”
This weeks episode of TVD was literally a game-changer for every member of Mystic Falls. But after all is said and done, how can things go back to they way they were?? A welcome home party for Tyler’s becomes the war ground for Caroline’s secrets, Katerina’s spells and Damon’s conflicted soul. Do we truly believe Katherine has killed Elena and will remain in her body for good? No. But it will be a hell of an adventure watching this play out. Plus, in just a few short hours in Elena’s body, Katherine’s managed to create such a mess!
Katherine continued her mission to make Elena’s body her permanent home, but she needed her dead body to complete the spell, which was secretly buried by a brooding Damon . In order to complete the “spell”, the traveler needed to mutilate Katherine’s body to gain power. Clearly, Katherine didn’t get a witch from New Orleans… Another obstacle was Elena’s persistence to re-enter her own body and save herself. It was entertaining to see Nina Dobrev play both characters, in one body. When the switch was activated, one time she was Elena and one time she was Katherine. Two characters with completely different personalities.
In order to get insight on where Damon might have buried her body, Katherine needed to do some investigating, keeping suspicion low. This meant she needed someone to show her the in’s and out’s of being Elena, right down to the nitty gritty. And who better than Elena’s ex and long-time human best friend, Matt, who could be easily compelled! A brief convo with Stefan revealed her bodies location. Damon kept repeating that he put her body somewhere where Katherine deserved to be. Obviously, the tomb where he thought she was for over 140 years!
But before going to complete the spell, Katherine couldn’t do away without causing some mischief. The difference between the dopplegangers are huge! Elena is a people person and she’s always concerned about others, while Katerina hates everyone and was annoyed that everyone was concerned about her. So when Caroline came to blurt out about sleeping with Klaus, Katherine (impersonating Elena) felt that this was the perfect time to subtly tease Caroline about the sex. Was it as good as it was with Tyler, she asked with Tyler in hearing range….. Yikes……. What a horrible thing to overhear..
This caused a world of heartache for both Caroline and Tyler. While Car wanted to explain her side of the story, Tyler wasn’t going to hear it. He was disgusted, repulsed, but mainly hurt and betrayed. Can we really blame the guy? He gave up his life to get revenge on Klaus, the man who killed his friends and his mother! And when he’s away, his girlfriend sleeps with him? Low blow. But I can definitely see both sides of the story. In Caroline’s defense, she only went after Klaus because Tyler left her. She gave him an ultimatum; stay with her and be happy or go get revenge on Klaus. He chose the latter. She needed a pick me up and a bad boy happened to be just around the corner. Either way, the situation is pretty irrepareable. Even so, Tyler should let Caroline explain her side of the story… maybe when he cools down. Brownie points to Stefan though for punching some sense into Tyler . He’s come back to town with his season 1 attitude of ‘I’m the big man on campus’ and developed quite the drinking/no-showering habit. He thinks that just because he’s been hurt he can take his anger out on Caroline and thats not how it works in Mystic Falls!. In that sense, I love Stefan because no matter how wrong Caroline was for sleeping with Tyler, he doesn’t judge based on a dumb mistake. After all, he’s slept with Katherine… Eventually, he was able to make Car smile and I see potential between these two as a couple. I held out for Klaus and now I’m holding out for Stefan. Plus, there’s nothing holding Caroline back now!
High school drama aside, Elena came forth to her own body and found herself in the middle of a spell in the tomb above Katerina’s body. Okay. Don’t panic!! RUN!!!! Unfortunately, Nadiya thought in advance and locked her phone with a PIN code so that Elena wouldn’t be able to call anyone. It was dramatic and I was anxiety filled watching Elena run for her life as all of Katherine’s memories started flooding her brain. She fought so hard to keep Katherine out of her head and reach Tyler’s so that she could warn someone, but the spell was being completed. She was losing herself to Katherine. As she finally made it to Tyler’s she ran right into Damon’s arms. Unfortunately, she was out of time.
Cue the saddest breakup of all time. A page taken out of the Elena and Matt handbook I’m sure. Damon attempted to reach Elena all day in order to win her back. He gave this beautiful speech about how he was wrong to think that he had enough power to change her. He thought to highly of himself and not enough about Elena. He needed her. Amidst all the bad and evil in his life, she was the good he needed. In reality, this confession from bad boy Damon would have knocked Elena to her knees. But not Katherine, who admitted that she didn’t want to be the most important thing in Damon’s life. She would rather set him free and just like that, the Elena and Damon love story was over. Except that it wasn’t Elena. How will Damon ever know that? Katherine’s done a lot of bad stuff, but this really takes the cake. Damon tried to make himself a better person for love, but now that Elena didn’t care anymore (or so he was led to believe) he didn’t care for his humanity. In the ending scene, we see Damon take up Enzo on his peace offering grabbing a huge ol’ bite out of Aaron. Season one, blood sucking monster, Damon is back. And now, he’s got a new partner in crime. Now, I don’t know how the writers are going to bring the revelation that Elena is basically dead and Katherine has taken over her body, but when they do I think Damon will have trust issues and won’t be able to take Elena back just like that. He’s gone off the deep end and I think he’s going to realized how much he’s missed this.
Katherine isn’t going anywhere, which is kind of surprising. When she wanted to take over Elena’s body, I assumed that she wanted to do that and still be Katherine. Instead, she’s willing to take over her enemies identity and stick around town just so she can try to get back together with Stefan? First off, I don’t think Stefan will have any interest getting back together with Elena and/or Katerina. He seems to have come to terms with the fact that Elena is in love with Damon. With all of their recent encounters, I feel like their better off as friends. Secondly, I think Stefan is going to try to go after Caroline. Thirdly, is Katerina really that desperate that even after Stefan admitted he wasn’t too sad and mournful about Katherine’s death, she still believes their soul mates? Oh and the fact that Elena has found a new friend in Nadiya isn’t the least bit suspicious. There’s so many ways this plan can go wrong its not even funny. Ultimately, Stefan can fall back in love with Elena/Katherine and cause a lot of drama with Damon. Back to the love triangle we go!!
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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