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The Vampire Diaries- The Ties that Bind

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“You’ve changed. Somethings different about you. Your stronger, tougher.”

What a bloody brilliant and brutal episode. When The Vampire Diaries gets its, they get it right, right to the core… if you know what I mean. There was more action in this episode than there was in One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, and 90210 combined and there was not one moment that I wasn’t stressing out about what the hell was about to go down.

Its good to see Bonnie and Elena working through their differences and being there for each other like the best friends they used to be. Going on this road trip was something they needed just to get away and catch up on things like lip-locking with Damon, but it was also an awfully stupid move on their part knowing that in Mystic Falls you never go anywhere without an accomplice (aka a vampire). So its a good thing that Stefan showed up even though he wasn’t really the one that took control of the situation. Elena takes the gold on this one because for the first time in all the seasons she has actually toughened up and used all that strength and anger that Damon and Ric have been helping her achieve and kicked some ass. 

See the wonderful thing about Elena is that she has a heart and no matter what kind of asshole Stefan is to her, her heart wont let him suffer, even if that means sticking her hand inside his open wound to take out the wooden bullets and ease him from his pain. After all this time I think something finally got through to Stefan when she admitted  that she kissed Damon and didn’t feel guilty about it. Funny thing happens with guys; their allowed to say the meanest things to you, push you away and treat you like crap yet they feel no remorse for it. But when the girl takes action and blatantly puts it out there that she’s moving on they are so hurt and confused. Despite everything though I feel so bad for Stefan and that’s weird cause I am a firm believer of Delena. Ah I’m so conflicted… so truthfully no one can even blame Elena anymore. See Elena and Stefan had a passionate love, while Damon and Elena have that irresistable love. She has two wonderful guys, who both have their flaws and are both in love with her, who do you choose?

Since the brotherly bond between Damon and Stefan has not been so prevalent lately, it was quite tasty to see Damon take on his best friend duties and make sure that Ric’s new score was not some psychopath. Which at first, seemed like she was I mean granted thats her role in every other show, but never fear, she only attack vampires to take their blood and save the people that are brought to her hospital on their death beds. She’s a doctor with a twist, so to speak. But this brings me to point B. Who killed her ex bf and why? Why did they stake him like he was a vampire? It was brought up on multiple occasions throughout this episode so I’m assuming it has some major relevance to the Ric+ hot doctor plot line. Come on detective Damon, get to the bottom of this.

It seems like everything in Bonnie’s world has been falling apart lately; she lost her gramz, her ex bf cheated on her with a ghost, she had to send him away and now she finally gets the strength to meet her birth mother and her mother is compelled by Klaus’s hybrids. Shit just got real. But seriously, how do you trust someone after all of that? Of course she’s your mother so your always going to have a weak spot for her but really Bonnie could never really on her before and this was just more proof that she might not be the most reliable person.  The fact that her mother was working for Klaus really took me for a spin, Klaus tainted mommy Bennett before Bonnie could even explain why she was there. And how crazy is the fact that Bonnie’s mother was best friends with Elena’s mother and she was fighting this battle long before the girls were involved. Michael actually came for the doppleganger when she was born. I hope they expand on this story line a bit more because it would definitely be interesting to see how their parents were involved.

Since Bills very first episode, everyone knew he was up to no good. He couldn’t accept the fact that his daughter was a vampire and he wanted to do everything in his power to “fix” her. Tyler kind of screwed himself over when he called Bill in for reinforcements. Yes, he has a solution one that might or might not work, yes he is going to push Tyler to the max, but he also won’t let Tyler see Caroline until he has broken the sire bond and he has no problem threatening to kill Tyler. How can he be so sure that it will work? What if it doesn’t? Is Tyler’s love for Caroline really that strong? 

This whole season has been a villain vs. villain game. A game of cat and mouse. As Klaus was always one step ahead of everybody, he is now one step behind. He might be able to catch Elena and Bonnie by offguard, but at the end of the day he’s still the one that gets pounced on. He got his coffins back, indeed, but what he didn’t get back with them was what was inside the coffin. My guess is that whatever was inside the coffin was what Damon had at the end of the episode- a weapon to kill an original. And then if that wasn’t a surprise enough, I guess Damon had the decency to let Elijah out of the coffin and gain revenge on his brother. Oh this town is just full of surprises. And if that wasn’t enough, things at the Salvatore house weren’t calm either. Damon, thats what you get for taking your brothers girl. Was it worth it? Hell yeah.  



Memorable Quotes

  • Damon: Road-trip! I call shot gun!
    • Elena: Yeah No.
    • Damon: Want me to hang out in the back with you?
    • Elena: Your not coming Damon.
    • Damon: Why? I’m the one who found her.
    • Elena: Look Damon, Bonnie hasn’t seen her mom in over 15 years. We don’t need your snarky commentary narrating her experience.
  • Damon: We kissed, now its weird. Have a good trip!
  • Bill: Because he made a mistake and now he wants to make good and I understand that.
  • Renee: And a drunk doctor, is a bad doctor.
  • Ric: What would my exes call me?
    • Damon: Nothing, their all dead.
  • Elena: No I’m not Stefan. We need a night off from your insanity.
  • Stefan: Hey Elena, nice lake-house.
  • Renee: You think I killed my ex boyfriend?
    • Damon: I think psychopaths are incredibly high maintenance.
  • Ric: What are you doing here?
    • Damon: Oh looking for a bunny.
  • Damon: I went to the hospital to accuse her of killing her ex boyfriend, which btw very sensitive subject.
  • Elena: I have to tell you something and its not because I feel guilty that it happened its because I feel guilty you don’t know.
  • Elena: I didn’t plan on kissing him.
    • Stefan: Your better than him Elena. Your better than both of us.
  • Damon: Is Elena ok?
    • Stefan punches Damon
    • Damon: I take it you two had a heart to heart… And I take it you don’t want to talk about it… Noted.


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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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