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“I linked the final hot spot. It’s time to drop the veil.”

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A storm was a-brewing in Mystic Falls, followed by a power outage, visits from the dead and a deadly sacrifice. Talk about a hell of an episode leading up to the season finale!!!! The madness started as Bonnie linked Katherine to her to make sure that Katherine kept her promise of delivering the stone. She than decided to channel the three spots where the massacres happened in order to drop the veil and consult Ketsiyah on how to kill Silas. Unfortunately, Ketsiyah never came, but Grams did and gave Bonnie the confidence to kill Silas, or well turned him to stone like in the tale of Medusa.

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Meanwhile, Elena was on her pathetic mission to kill Katherine in order to feel better about herself and Jeremy’s death. After she turned her humanity on, she basically let one emotion guide her thinking; revenge. Honestly, I felt annoyed that while everyone is trying to stop Bonnie from dropping the veil and trying to find her, Elena still has the world revolve around her. Let it go girl. Of course, this was all because she didn’t get any closure with Jeremy so her life’s just a jumble of emotions and hatred towards everyone and everything. By stabbing Damon in the back (for the upteenth time) she got to Katherine and was so close to killing her without realizing that everything she did to Katherine also affected Bonnie. Thankfully Stefan stopped Elena before she did too much damage.

Bonnie succeeded in half-way dropping the veil buying her some time to figure out what to do next. Silas used Caroline as his guinea pig, manipulating her into slicing her wrists repeating, “I need blood” while Silas posed as her to manipulate Bonnie. He admitted that he made her believe what he wanted her to think (aka that he couldn’t get into her brain again.) Meanwhile, Rebekah realized that Caroline was in the back of the kitchen at the Grill and that she was hypnotized. Rebekah is such a love to hate character because of the fact that she doesn’t get along with anyone in the group except Matt, but when things get real, she helps everyone out of the goodness of her heart, even when it involves slapping Caroline.

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The way that Silas was killed was pretty bland and kind of annoying. The fact that Damon and Bonnie were able to trick him was great, but for grams to tell Bonnie she could destroy Silas by just saying the things she wants to happen. They made it sound all serious, “expression is the manifestation of your will,” and than all Bonnie did was loudly say things like I want you to turn to stone and your blood to stop flowing and it happened. Poof! Just like that. Could we not have known that before? You know, maybe before all the disaster? Could Bonnie have not dreamed about it or something?? Really.

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With the veil dropped, the dead came back to visit and the water works were flowing. Damon and Alaric reconnected their bromance and I wished that Alaric had never died. The good always die young, its such a shame. Cole returned to get revenge on Elena, only to be killed by Jeremy once again. Jeremy’s appearance made Elena snap out of it right away. Tears streamed down my cheeks as she apologized to everyone finally realizing her true mistakes. Jeremy was a casualty in such a pointless war and without him, his sister really has no one. She has the Salvatore brothers and her friends, but Jeremy was her only family left and that was her rock. Without him around, things don’t really matter. But where was Jenna??? Why didn’t she come back? Stefan was pretty disappointed that while everyone got a visit from a dead friend his didn’t care to visit. But do you really think that Lexi wouldn’t visit her best friend???Seeing them teasing each other and catching up in the few hours or minutes that they did have was really epic. She also teased him about his new blonde friend and called her “cute.” Is she maybe foreshadowing a relationship between Stefan and Caroline??!?!! This episode was what should have happened, but didn’t. It involved people that shouldn’t have ever died and made me wish that I could be able to drop a veil in the real world to see some of my friends and family that passed. But of course, when one messes with the order of nature, bad things happen.

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When Bonnie realized how happy Jeremy made Elena (and I assume that a lot of her haste decision had to do with her love for Jeremy) she decided that she had enough magic to bring him back from the dead for good. I feel like we’ve already tried this once before, and this episode had a kind of nostalgic feel to it, because in a sense we did already experience a time when the dead came back and Jeremy was brought back and ended up seeing dead people. As I recall, it wasn’t a good idea than and it isn’t a good idea now. Grams warned Bonnie that this spell was to powerful and she shouldn’t do it, but Bonnie was too convinced by expression and its power, something Shane warned her about. Expression would ultimately consume her if she couldn’t control it, just like it killed his wife. And than it happened. Bonnie died. Yes, she died!!!! How could the writers do that to us? How could they kill our favorite witch?? She’s still around because it lowered the veil completely, but she’s a living dead person. Once the veil gets put back up, she disappears to the other side. And whose going to do it when she was the only witch in Mystic Falls? My mind has officially been blown!

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So while the good times are here to stay for a while, which means Elena will actually have two family members on her graduation and she might actually be happy for five minutes without whining and complaining, the bad is also happening. Rebekah encountered her ex boyfriend, the one we learned about from back in the day. You know the vampire hunter that was the original, original vampire hunter. Yeah, he’s spotted her, along with Connor and a bunch of other vampire hunters that are obviously back for revenge. Not good, especially for a town crawling with them. Of course there hasn’t been a bad situations that this gang couldn’t overcome, especially in the midst of graduation. Caroline will not let anything ruin her day. And of course, whose going to get the curse that Damon now possesses? Alaric told him get the girl, but will he really want Elena to have it? Will he give it to Rebekah??? We’re dying here!!!!!!! Whose ready for the season finale? I know I’m craving more! And more. And more.

Memorable Quotes

  • Caroline: Is it suppose to rain tonight?
  •           Rebekah: Do I look like a meterologist?
  • Damon: Looks like Bonnie Bennett has a new doppleganger friend.
  • Damon: With the veil down I figured it would be like ghostapalooza.
  • Caroline: Bitch.
  •            Rebekah: There’s the Caroline I know and loathe.
  • Lexi: I’ve been laughing at you for awhile, you just can’t see me.

 


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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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