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The Vampire Diaries- Total Eclipse of the Heart (5×13)

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Can Stefan save Damon from himself? Is Katerina having too much fun in Elena’s body? Will Matt ever catch a break. This weeks craziness took place at Augustine’s annual Bitter Ball, an event that basically celebrated the single life and poked fun of V-Day. It was brilliant.

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Damon’s gone off the deep end… again. Good Damon in love with Elena was getting boring because it wasn’t authentic. The ripper Damon is different than ripper Stefan in that he enjoys being a monster and ripping people to shreds. Yet, there were times during this weeks episode that Enzo pushed the envelope and Damon wasn’t ready to follow because he knew his choices were wrong. Nevertheless, his pain and agony took over and Damon’s wild side took over…. Interestingly enough, it got him into more trouble than usual and once again, he’s going to need a lot of help from his baby bro and ex-gf.

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The only human left in Mystic Falls has found himself in quite the predicament as Katherine tried really hard to impersonate Elena. Being Elena’s friend was always a deadly choice for Matt. Here’s the thing, Katherine is stooping to borderline pathetic and as I used to be a Katerina worshipper, I’m regretting my decision. First off, why would you want to live a life as someone else. I understand the only way she can get Stefan is if he thinks that she’s Elena, but she should let it go. She needs to go be Katerina, in Elena’s body. Getting a second chance at life, she needs to do it the right way.  Nadiya should also know better and realize that this isn’t what she had in mind by saving her mother. Their both young and hot, they can start their mom/daughter relationship while living it up. Why is she wasting her time trying to help her mother win back an old lost love?

hjh' But, Katherine is really good at being Elena. She’s got the speeches down, without believing a word she says. Stefan might be falling for it, but Caroline is definitely onto her as she knows that Elena was so in love with Damon, she wouldn’t just switch to Stefan. And if she did have feelings for Stefan, she would have a hard time coping with those feelings. This “Elena” didn’t care. The idea of Caroline and Stefan becoming an item is becoming realer by the minute. See, I’m not the only one who sees that Caroline has a thing for him… Katherine’s observed it too and she is jealous! I really hope that Elena and Stefan don’t end up sleeping together when episodes return Feb. 27. Can you just imagine how pissed off Stefan would be if he found out that the girl he thought was Elena was actually Katerina?? I doubt she thought that through. I mean, Stefan would never forgive that. She’s making him fall in love with “Elena” all over again, telling him what he wants to here. Also, does Katherine really want the guy she’s in love with, to want her because she’s someone else? Ugh, the ideology behind this is so messed up!!!

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I also don’t want Stefan to fall for Katherine’s tricks because he knows that “Elena” belongs with Damon. His speech to Katerina about how he wanted to see Damon mess up and fail, so he could see Elena give up on him, but everytime he did mess up, he was still somehow there helping Elena in ways Stefan never could, made my heart break. It gives us a real look into Stefan’s soul. It’s what makes him the good guy. We can know understand why it was so “easy” for Stefan to accept that the love of his life was with his brother. Because in this case, family trumps love. Even though Stefan lost the girl of his dreams, he gained his brother back. The Damon before he was turned into a vampire. The Damon that wanted to be a better person. The one with a little specle of humanity left. A little humanity called Elena.

Tyler might have come back to town with no motive after finding out Caroline slept with Klaus, but now, he needs to save his friend. After meeting Nadiya, he quickly caught onto the fact that she was compelling Matt to get information. And he was right. Too bad Nadiya is Katherine’s daughter and one smart cookie, who figured it out and manipulated (or should I say threated) Matt into lying to his friend. “Yeah Tyler, everything is cool.” Except its not because Matt is human and he’s figured out that Elena is really Katherine. All of this could be solved if Matt could somehow get to Tyler. Only, he’s scared because Nadiya threatened to kill him and Tyler. Ok, Matt’s a human so its understandable, but his best friend is a hybrid. Isn’t that stronger than whatever the hell vampire Nadiya is??? I would think so. Why is he afraid!!! Does it matter though? Lets say everyone figures out that Katherine is Elena. How do they bring Elena back??? They’d need to find some travelers to un-do the spell and bring her back from wherever she is, and that means, killing Katherine.

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After killing Aaron, Enzo and Damon made it their next mission to kill Dr. Wes and kill the whole Augustine bloodline . They probably would have succeeded too, throwing down bourbon shots to rejoice if it wasn’t for witchy newcomer, Slaon. No one really knows where she came from, but she had enough cash to fund Wes vampire projects and gave him info to help him build an army against Damon and Enzo. But how to find proffesor dearest? Damon goes to his old ways of manipualting people by threating their loved ones. This is something Damon used to do a lot of, but somehow, Elena or Stefan were always there to make him stop. This time, he dind’t care if he hurt Elena’s brother or used her witchy best friend. As Enzo kidnapped Jeremy and held him hostage, Bonnie was to find a witch to perform a locator spell on him. Thankfully, she saw some girl in class performing magic. Cue in Liv a newbie witch and Bonnie’s protege. After coaching her through the intermediate spell, she was able to locate the prof, but not before Enzo suffocated Jeremy. Elena and Stefan made it to the Whitmore house just in time. “Elena” tried to resusitate her brother (and it was hilar watching Katherine pretend to care about saving Jeremy), while Stefan fought down an angry Enzo.

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The battle didn’t last long before Damon showed up and Stefan reminded him he wasn’t welcome back home again. This response from his bro made Damon realize he really messed up and that this time, no one was goign to care what happened to him. That’s a shame cause the two of them got in more toruble than they caused when they arrived at Wes’s place. Sloan was actually a traveler, who gathered a group of travelers to take down Enzo and Damon, and Wes injected them with his anecdote, which makes vamps want to feed on other vamps. Without even thinking twice, Damon fed on one of his test subjects. Bad news for Enzo whose now trapped with a bloodthirsty vampire who feeds on other vampires. I guess its time to call in Stefan and Elena as reinforcements. Thank god these two just decided not to give up on Damon after all!


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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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