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The Vampire Diaries- While You Were Sleeping (5×16)

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“That’s how much control you have over me.”

Holy Hot Hell. Talk about a dramatic episode full of twists and turns, booze, spring break, hot sex and naked Damon. This is the Vampire Diaries I was missing for the last couple of weeks. Impulsive, unexpected, full of hookups we’ll regret in the morning but really shouldn’t. And more dopplegangers (hate to say I told you so!!).  While you might be sick of hearing that word, I think I’m going to like me some of this Stefan, doctor from Atlanta doppleganger.

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We start off with Elena waking up in her door room completely alone. It’s oddly quiet. Too quiet. No worries, everyone’s still alive, their just on Spring Break!!! ! Their all getting their twerk and drink on at some trashy resort in Cabo. But not Elena. She’s confined to her dorm by a boundary spell placed on her by Ivy, Bonnie’s newbie witch trainee. Why? Well, Elena’s luck…. well it doesn’t exist. Her life is a hot mess. Stefan shows up and clues her in on the happenings of the last three weeks. The last thing she remembers is running through the woods to Damon. She felt safe and suddenly, nothing. That’s when Katherine took over her body. Since than, three weeks have passed, Katherine’s died, Elena’s been infected with a curse and has been in some weird sleeping rhythm.  Meanwhile, Damon’s been locked up, Caroline’s been trying to find a cure for them, and Bonnie’s put a spell to keep Elena in confinement as a precaution for when she does wake up and has the urge to rip all of her friends throats out because of her insatiable hunger.

Elena’s quick to pretend nothings wrong with her, constantly repeating I’m fine, but she’s anything but okay. The minute Stefan gives her a whiff of his blood, she turns into a blood thirsty monster and it’s clear that this “virus” isn’t just going to go away by itself. Thankfully, Caroline has some good news… and bad. The bad news is that Elena’s virus isn’t the same as Damon’s. Hers is laced with werewolf venom so her symptoms are increased to the max and her bite is lethal to a vampire. On the other hand, Enzo has the anecdote but it comes with a price.  He wants something in return… well actually Sloane does. We met Sloane a couple of episodes ago when she joined Maxfield in his vampire testing experiments. You know the same ones that got Damon into this mess. After his death, she dedicated her time to find the cure, but in return she needed Stefan to find the last remaining doppleganger.

tvd3Things get a little confusing here only because it’s a huge introduction to a whole new story line so bear with me. Apparently, mixing the blood of the two remaining doppleganger’s is important. We don’t know why yet and Sloane isn’t ready to reveal that mysterious answer, but take our word for it, it is. That’s what she tried to do the one time Nadiya borrowed Elena and Stefan and drained them of blood in a room full of travelers. Since Stefan isn’t the last remaining doppleganger though, his blood mixed with Elena’s didn’t do anything. In order to locate Stefan’s doppleganger (whom we hope will be a little better than Silas. He’s pretty hard to beat.) Sloane needs to perform some witch-crafty-voo-doo-ish spell and link Stefan to his long lost soul brother or whatever. Stefan takes the deal and Enzo’s off with the cure, while Caroline stays behind to make sure everything goes smoothly. It’s pretty incredible to me that Stefan would still sacrifice his own life to save Elena. I mean, she was his love, but she’s with his brother now. Yet that doesn’t stop Stefan at all. Maybe he thinks that her whole tragic life is because he came into it? Or because Damon’s at fault for most of the things that are happening? It’s also cute to see a new relationship between Stefan and Caroline blossom. She’s clearly digging him and he’s got nothing to lose. Plus, they always say you should date your best friend! I give it a green light.

Slone finally links to Stefan’s to doppleganger; a man with a striking resembelance to the 100-something year old vampire, except that he’s probably about 25 and a paramedic who has absolutely no clue about this supernatural world that he’s about to get completely dragged into. Poor guy. I guess the premise of this spell was to only have one of them alive, so Sloane opts to kill Stefan. Not on Caroline’s watch though! She strikes a deal with the witch that she’ll go help Enzo kill the doppleganger, sparing Stefan’s life. This decision seems bold, especially because the only people Caroline’s ever killed was 13 werewolves only to save Bonnie. Murdering someone as a premeditated act seems way out of her league but I guess she’ll do anything for love?

tvdHere’s where I think things will get super complicated because for some reason this whole season of dopplegangers I felt like Elena hasn’t found her true love, or her true doppleganger love, because she hasn’t found Stefan’s doppleganger. Stefan was Katherine’s true love and she was his. Before them it was Silas and Amara. So in order for things to make sense, it has to be Elena and another doppleganger. This doppleganger. She had a short fling with Stefan, but her feelings for Damon overpowered it. Her relationship with Damon is rocky and unstable probably because he’s not her soulmate. (God, it pains me to say that.) My guess is that Caroline won’t be killing Stefan’s dop, she’ll bring him back to Mystic Falls and that will be the premise of season 6!

While Stefan was saving her life, Elena was deteriorating at the dorm and having some insane hallucinations. The first ones were all centered around Katherine and how she took over her body and no one noticed. First, she dream that she was dancing on a bar doing tequila shots and everyone just thought Elena was having fun. When she tried to tell them it wasn’t her, they looked at her like she was crazy. The second hallucination was her hookup with Stefan in the hotel, but halfway in she pushed him away trying to tell him she would never lead him on like this. When she reached for the door, Damon was standing there. But the craziest hallucinations were of her seeing Aaron around the dorm and he was bleeding from his neck. She literally assumed that she was the one who killed him when she was taken over by Katherine and the guilt and anger was consuming her. All of her hallucinations were of things that she feared happening. I do feel a little cheated by this episode because I feel like all of Elena’s actions mimicked a similar episode of The Originals where Rebekah roamed the halls also hallucinating from a werewolf bite. How unoriginal. (No pun intended.)

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During one of Elena’s trips, she meets Luke. Hungry for the feed, she’s about to turn him when she notices the bite marks on his neck– a clear sign that Katherine’s been feeding on him for snacking pleasures. Elena compels Luke to go find Bonnie and bring help and he does, but pretends the whole time as he can’t be compelled.   Bonnie and Liv come to the rescue and Elena pleads to have the boundary spell removed. When Liv declines, Elena goes full crazy on her and throws wood through her. The only way she can be saved is by taking down the protection spell and drinking some of Elena’s blood. After her escape, she roams the streets continuously having Aaron hallucinations and getting upset that Katherine won. She finally bumps into Damon, who confesses to murdering Aaron just as Enzo comes with the cure. I felt like the whole cure story was a little rushed. I mean, it took Maxfield years to make this vampire-eats-vampire virus and a whole secret society of doctors for testing, but the cure to both these viruses is so easily found. It just didn’t make much sense.

You’d think their long awaited reunion would be magical, but no, not for these two. Instead they went at each others throats talking about how toxic they are to each other. They love each other so much they accept things that are beneath them. It’s not like their lowering standards but their fighting so hard to justify each others behaviors. Elena loves Damon even though he does everything against her beliefs. So the two lovebirds decide to call if off. But not a night of pure love making. Gross, did I really just say that? Well, it was epic anyways because it was everything that Damon and Elena are. What they stand for. They’ve always been better at break up sex anyways, right? They can’t ever seem to get it together anyways. I refuse to give up on this relationship, especially since Elena’s relationship with Stefan is beyond repair. This is all they have and I’m clinging on. Plus, you’ll never hear me complain about a shirtless Damon. EVER.

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The major plot twist aside from the fact that Stefan’s doppleganger is about get ambushed by two supernatural creatures and killed is that Liv and Luke aren’t all that innocent.  Their actually siblings and Liv’s been faking that she can’t do magic, fully aware that Bonnie’s the anchor. Their trying to get close and lure our favorite people in, but why?  What do these two want from Bonnie and co. though?

Other Thoughts

-Elena and Damon flirting and him mentioning Instagram. Classic.

– Stefan cracking jokes and smiling happens one ever full moon. We need more of it.

– Is anyone annoyed with the lack of witches in Mystic Falls? Can someone go to New Orleans and bring back some witches that don’t look like they belong in The Craft.. (No disrespect, the movie just always terrified me as a child.)

 


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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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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand

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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Welsey reveal bourbon name

During the WizardWorld-hosted virtual reunion for the cast of The Vampire Diaries, the Salvatore brothers, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who played Damon and Stefan Salvatore, respectively, revealed the name of their joint bourbon brand. 

The brand is called “Brother’s Bond,” Ian revealed, adding that it pays tribute to the alcoholic drink that bonded their characters on The CW series from 2009 to 2017. 

“Here it is. Our passion. Our baby,” Ian wrote on Instagram. 

“Time, quality, and passion distilled for you and me,” he added adding that anyone over the age of 21 can go to brothersbondbourbon.com to sign up.

The duo announced that they were developing the liquor in September of 2019.  “Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming! @paulwesley and I have been working our asses off with our incredible team to make this happen,” Ian wrote on Instagram at the time

During the Twitch stream on May 27, the actors revealed that they’ve been developing the taste from the ground up and ensuring it was smooth and sweet on the palate.  

“Every single aspect of this we designed ourselves,” Somerhalder said during the virtual reunion, which also included Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), among others. 

“This is our baby,” Ian said from his Airstream. He explained that the bourbon is a culmination of their hard work and journey together.

If you were a fan of TVD, you know that bourbon bonded the brothers and defined their kinship. They may have disagreed on a lot, but they always agreed on bourbon. 

It’s unclear when the brand will be available in stores, but we’ll update as soon as we find out! 


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