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Can you really just forget everything, move on and live a new life? Stefan seems to think so on this weeks The Vampire Diaries. Elena isn’t buying it though and makes a deal with him. If she’s convinced Stefan can do it, she’ll leave him alone and let him move on. If she doesn’t he has to come back home… er to the outskirts of Mystic Falls, I guess. The two spend the day together with Stefan teaching her the ropes. Part one of starting over– getting new identities! Stefan pops the big ‘will you marry me’ question in the middle of a crowded bar to Elena Cooper, his pregnant long-time girlfriend who stayed by his side through rehab. I’m dying of laughter! They kicked back some beers in celebration before Elena admits Stefan’s got this whole moving on thing down, packs up her things and says goodbye. Except he really doesn’t have it all together. When she’s gone, Stefan allows some bar-goer to beat the crap out of him. Thankfully, Elena forgot her jacket and runs in just in time, compelling the dude to stop it and beat it. Obviously, the pain of losing Damon is still real for Stefan. He might be good at pretending everything is a-okay, but it isn’t. He calls his ex-girlfriend out on how she’s dealt with Damon’s loss and she doesn’t know what he’s talking about.. Damon’s loss? She never really cared much for him. Stefan spills the beans, finally informing her that the reason she’s so content, is because she had Alaric erase her memories of Damon so that she would remember him as a monster and not the man she fell in love with. “How could I love Damon,” she asked. “I used to ask myself that everyday,” Stefan responded, adding that eventually he realized the two made each other better people.

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Elena goes to Alaric demanding to know why he would ever erase her memories. Instead of explaining, he gives her a box that old Elena made for new Elena. Inside is a diary with a letter that she wrote to herself, confirming that she did in fact love Damon, but when he died, a part of her died right along with him. The pain was unbearable, so she decided to erase her memory and a fresh start. Alaric can bring back her memories, but old Elena hoped that new Elena would take this as an opportunity to move on and not bring back all of that pain. As Elena looked through pictures left behind of her and Damon, she eventually opted to keep the memories erased. However, she did as Alaric to hold on to the diary and the box, in case she ever needed to be reminded again.

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One awesome thing about this new season of TVD is that everyone is kind of being pushed into new directions, with fresh story lines and new interests. Matt is finally getting an important role in the series, now that supernatural beings aren’t allowed in Mystic Falls. But just because they aren’t allowed, doesn’t mean he isn’t still dealing with people who want to permanently get rid of his friends. We all knew his coach, Tripp, would be problematic. After Jay died last week, Tripp captured Enzo with Stefan’s help. This week, Matt decided to find out what Tripp really knows about vampires. He mentioned that Jay said something about vampires existing at the party, which was absurd, right Tripp? Wrong. Tripp took this as a sign that he could trust Matt and disclosed a secret location to him, along with some of his back story. Tripp is part of the Founding Families, but he left Mystic Falls after his wife died in a car accident..or so he thought. After the gas leak, he came back to check on his parents and suddenly remembered that his wife was actually killed by a vampire.  As the memories came flooding in, he decided to stay and find his wife’s killer, while killing all the other monsters in the meantime. After he captured Enzo, he locked him up and decided to torture him, until he told him who all of his vampire friends were. Good info for Matt to have, but definitely bad for Enzo and co. Way to go Stefan!

Another person who knows about vampires in MF is Sarah, Jeremy’s new boo-than and the girl Elena fed on. After she ran away from last weeks party, she crossed back into town, where all of her memories were restored. Would have been nice to know this was one of the affects of the spell, wouldn’t it? Sarah originally came to the town in search of her parents, who resided in MF. All she had was a picture of her mother, who died at birth. Alaric and Matt spent half the night of the party trying to find Sarah before she could do any damage, while Jeremy boozed it up in the Salvatore liquor cabinet. Too bad that doesn’t replenish daily like in 1994. Sarah finally appeared to Jeremy at the Salvatore house towards the end of the episode. She admitted she knew his sister was a vampire, but she wouldn’t tell because she found a picture at the house of her pregnant mother and father. She knew because she had that half of the picture. Paternity O-M-G moment….She’s Sarah Salvatore! Sarah’s father was Zach Salvatore… you know the man Damon killed back in season one! 

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Which brings us to Damon and Bonnie circa 1994. Last week we met Kai, the other inhabitant of the deserted looped Mystic Falls. This week, we learned why it was so crucial for him to help Bonnie get her magic back. Kai’s witch and a murderous psychopath. Let me explain. On May 10, 1994, Kai killed all of his brothers and sisters.. brutally. He literally gloated about how he killed each and every one of them, which made it all the more disturbing. This place their stuck in is an alternate universe, a personal hell if you will, created by the Gemini witches to banish Kai from the real world and make him suffer eternally. I’m guessing they never thought that anyone else would ever come to this “planet.” But whoever Bonnie’s Grams made a deal with, put Damon and Bonnie there when the Other Side imploded. How lucky for Kai.

Kai comes from a family of witches, but he’s special in that he cannot actually do magic. However, he can drain it from someone else, which is what makes him dangerous. Bonnie says she won’t do the spell because there is no way she’s letting a crazy like Kai out of here and back into the real world.. That isn’t an option however because if she doesn’t do the spell, Kai will drain all her powers, killing her and make his way out of there alone. And if he does that, he leaves with the talisman — the ascendant– that will provide their escape when using the power of the solar eclipse. (Called that.)

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We also found out the significance of that date to Damon. Back in 1994 he finally came back to Mystic Falls and the Salvatore house, hoping to make amends with Stefan.. aka to get Stefan back to being the “fun brother”. Stefan lived with Uncle Zach at the time and he stupidly gave his brother another chance. Isn’t redemption a bitch? Damon wasn’t ever planning on changing. Zach ran a boarding house, where he allowed others to live, including his pregnant gf. Damon switched out all of their coffees with vervain-free ones. When Stefan found out, he snapped his brothers neck, took his daylight ring and left him to think about what he did. This really pist Damon off and what does he do when he’s upset? He retaliates. Damon predictably fed on everyone in the boarding house, made Stefan give him his ring back and eventually fed on Zach’s gf, killing her. Stefan compelled Zach to forget the event and move on with his life, while Damon went on his merry way. However, the woman’s baby, didn’t die when her mother did. She was saved by the doctors and given up for adoption. The importance of this story? Well, that little girl is Sarah…. Zach’s daughter and she’s in Mystic Falls looking for him….. How is Jeremy going to break it to her that the same man that killed her mother and father is dead, but everyones mourning his death and trying to bring him back… including his sister and Damon’s gf… also  the same one who tried to feed on her on the outskirts of town. What a messed up story, right? Jeremy needs to dodge this bullet fast. Also, I never realized how much I HATED bad Damon. Thank god he’s gone! 

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Finally, the last couple of minutes bring one more, kind of predictable shocker. As Stefan is working at the car repair shop, he hears some sounds. Guess who is back…. Ivy! And guess what… she’s a vampire!! Well actually in transition. So this proves Enzo is kind of a good person who turned Stefan’s girlfriend. What now? Will Stefan let her live? Train her? Will this be the reason he tries to help Enzo?

This season is effing brilliant. Everyones sad, confused, lost and kind of screwed. While the other “villians” in past season were always pretty scary, I swear Kai might be the epitome of scary villains mainly because he’s just pure evil, without any redeeming qualities or special powers… He’s a mere mortal and he’s frightening! He owns his psychotic-ness and that’s a quality not many mortals possess. I’m why Damon and Bonnie can’t just kill Kai, but I’m going to go out for a limb here and guess that without Kai, the talisman doesn’t work.

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Will Damon and Bonnie eventually come back to the real world? Will the Gemini witches, who Stefan contacted on his mission to find a way to save Damon, try to interfere? What happens when Damon finally meets Sarah? Will Elena’s memories come rushing back when Damon returns? How will Matt stop Tripp and free Enzo? Will he seek Stefan’s help? I’m so glad to old TVD is back. Bonus points for showing us that Damon knew Liz Forbes in the 90’s, flirted with her and she had long hair! The episode gets 10/10.


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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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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