“It’s cause you haven’t had sex with me.”
From vampires to werewolves, from ghosts to dopplegangers and hybrids, we’ve got a whole new breed of mystical creatures called travelers, who clearly have an agenda of their own. Things are getting pretty out of hand in Mystic Falls. But is it becoming too much??? Fans are giving the fifth season mixed responses, some feeling overwhelmed by all the supernatural elements in the show. So lets break them down, shall we?
As much as Caroline wants their freshman year of college to be normal, when ones a vampire, its just never going to happen. After day one their roommate was killed by a vampire on campus and the death was ruled a suicide. This town might be a couple of hours away from Mystic Falls, but it clearly follows the same rules. There is someone on this campus that knows his fair share about vampires and coincidentally is familiar with Elena Gilbert’s father. So, first the girl that died had a picture with Elena’s father and now the shady professor is familiar with her father’s work? Coincidence? I think not. Jamie, the older guy on campus that has taken an interest in Caroline also knows a little bit more than he’s leading onto. He developed an interest in the girls since day one. Their roommate died at his party. He’s studying microbiology and knows a little about the teacher that’s got Elena suspicious. And the way he was holding that stake and pointing it at Elena gave me the impression that he was trying to say, ‘Girl, I know you are a vampire!’
Silas is powerful, but the crazy part is that his manipulative ways don’t really differ from ripper Stefan in any way. When he came on campus to talk to Elena and slipped in how hurt he was about her leaving him for his brother, it didn’t really feel like Silas just a hurt and angered Stefan, which is probably why Elena was so easily fooled. Or maybe I’ve just been compelled into writing this… Meanwhile, poor Stefan is drowning at the bottom of the lake over and over again trying to desperately reach out to Elena, whose too busy doing naughty things with Damon and getting her hormones all worked up about her hot, yet eerie teacher. But good and bad go hand in hand and Sila’s put Damon in a bit of danger by compelling Elena to kill Damon, which was sparked by her repeated anger at him. But really girl, how could you be mad at shirtless and turned on Damon? That’s practically a sin. And it probably wasn’t the best feeling that the only way to stop your gf from killing you is to make her think about her feelings for her ex. Also, sidenote: Elena should not be allowed near fire anymore. She always insists on burning places down…
While I wasn’t too phased by the whole Silas story this week (because all in all I find him to be pretty dull) I was totally feeling the whole Katherine is human and trying to preserve her life. She’s been a vampire for 500 years, so trying to outrun an immortal as a human must be pretty hard, especially with a sinus infection. (I get those a lot, trust me, they can be a bitch.) But I wouldn’t say she’s a lost cause. For the first time ever, I think she finally fought back using bravery instead of just relying on her vampire strengths and skills and for the first time in her life, she showed another human compassion. I mean, putting aside that she is the one responsible for the return of Silas, the death or Jeremy, which in turn led to Bonnie’s death and just a whole lot of havoc in Mystic Falls, so feeling bad for her isn’t really the right thing to do. It’s not like Damon is even protecting her because he cares, but rather because whatever she possesses is something that Silas really wants. Maybe he can possibly extract the cure from her blood? Who knows! Either way, I thoroughly enjoy seeing her human and vulnerable.
Matt is no longer the only human in Mystic Falls!!! And he finally has a pretty compelling storyline. We got to find out a little bit more of what happened to him last week, when Nadia and her sidekick attacked his brain and made his eyes turn black and demony. They enacted a spell that allowed them to be inside Matt’s thoughts, which allowed them to follow and watch Silas. The two are also known as ‘gypsies’ aka travelers. Well Nadia is a self proclaimed traveler that doesn’t identify with her roots as much as she has an agenda of her own. One that will clearly involve the partnership of Silas. When she stabbed her sidekick, you could see the twinkle in Silas’ eyes. He finally found someone worth of his acceptance. But back to Matt. As he crossed over to the other side after his brutal encounter with Silas, he ran into Bonnie, who finally had someone to vent to about her father’s brutal death and her inability to cope with her own. Despite the lack of Matt storylines, the writers have been able to carve Matt into this character that posesses such love and wisdom, that we all kind of look up to him. When he told Bonnie she has to admit to everyone that she’s actually dead, it made her realize how she didn’t want to be dead nor did she want to cope with the idea. We have to find a way to save Bonnie ya’ll.
But the part that we were all dying to see (no pun intended), is the object that resurfaced after Liz’s search of the lake. It only took Damon 3 months to realize that his brother was in grave danger, but when he did, he jumped at an action plan and convinced Liz to drain the huge mass of water in search of his brother. If only Stefan could have held on for a little longer. Unfortunately, by the time the sheriff found the casket that Stefan had been rotting and starving in for months, it was too late. He had flipped the swtich; turned it off and transformed into ripper Stefan. As much as I liked the times with ripper Stefan, I don’t think we can handle two evil Stefan’s at once!!! But I’m compelled to find out more!
All in all, aside from the mysticism of TVD, relationships still rule the show, whether romantic or just friendly. Despite the many times that Katherine’s been a b.i.t.c.h to Matt, Matt still risked his life for Katerina and in turn, she learned how to shoot a guy to save both Matt and Jeremy, which allowed us to see a different side of her. Evil really does bind everyone. The other side can be a lonely place without the companionship of friends and ex-boyfriends, but Bonnie had a little bit of both, which allowed her to strip down her brave facade and admit that she really didn’t want to be dead. While Elena and Caroline’s college friendship only lasted about 2 episodes, they were time’s we won’t ever forget, simply because they felt so pure and similar to the innocent episodes of season 1. But its time for Elena to go with the love of her life (cue in the hot makeout sesh) and save the other most important man in her life. The lesson here? We could have everything in the world, power, immortality, wealth, etc. but without friends and loved ones, it all means nothing!!
- Caroline: Damon! Towel! Knock!
- Damon: Caroline! No one cares! No!
- Stefan: What I don’t get is why she likes you…
- Damon: Its cause you haven’t had sex with me.
- Katerina: I survived childbirth. The death of my entire family and 500 years of running from an immortal hybrid. You can understand why I’m being a little upset that I’m on the verge of being defeated by a sinus infection.
- Jeremy: That’s why people treat you like an object and not a person.
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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