Holidays on The Vampire Diaries are nothing to look forward to.
We kick things off with Jo calling Alaric–her boyfriend (yes their official)– to let him know she’s going to be stuck at the hospital. A woman rushes in with major stab wounds, given to her by the one and only Kai. Before we know it he’s kidnapped the doctor.
Meanwhile, despite it being May, Bonnie is celebrating Christmas circa 1994. We get some great flashback scenes to happier days; when the girls didn’t know about the supernatural. Bonnie hadn’t activated her witch powers, Elena and Caroline weren’t vampires. Everyone was happily lighting the towns Christmas tree. Fast forward to the future and Bonnie is dragging a tree across the schools parking lot, desperately hoping to make this day, the best it can be. Tears, we have tears in our eyes!
Caroline assumes Christmas has been cancelled since she can’t cross over the Mystic Falls and her mom is usually busy being Sheriff. Liz however, surprises her daughter at Whitmore with a tree, decorations, the whole ordeal. She’s also brought elf Stefan along for the fun, which Caroline isn’t too pleased with. After all, she’s still mad at Stefan for being an ass in the beginning of the season. She tells him to leave, but things take a drastic turn when Liz suddenly faints. At the hospital, Elena and Stefan compel the doctors to find out what’s wrong with her mom. Bad news… She has cancer. The news destroys Caroline, who just like us, suggests they just heal her with vampire blood. But apparently, vampire blood can’t cure cancer, according to Stefan. Who knew? Seems like it can do anything. While this is a hole in the plot line, I can see why vampire blood as the cure for cancer could become problematic. If it was the heal all, you can be people would be hunting vampires like nobody’s business. Plus, it wouldn’t serve the plot line now would it? Turns out, Caroline’s mom has known she was sick and never told her. It all happened that one time Tripp kidnapped her. So I guess it’s ok if he’s dead.
Alaric calls Elena asking if she’s seen Jo. Apparently, no one has since the stabbing victim went missing. Damon enacts a simple plan: find Kai, kill Kai. But it’s never as easy as that! Kai has a plan of his own. He wants Liv and Luke to help him merge with Jo. If they do, he’ll spare them. Jo is totally on board. Lord knows she wants to live a happy life with Tyler. Luke on the other hand, has common sense and is totally against it. He knows if Jo and Kai merge, Jo will lose and Kai will become the leader of the Gemini coven– and that’s a worse fate than death. Damon isn’t worried. In order to merge with Jo, Kai needs the knife and Damon’s confident he won’t find it since he’s hidden it. But Damon doesn’t know that Kai is working with Liv and Luke and they’ve done the locator spell and he’s stolen the knife. Woops. So now there’s a problem.
Kai tries to literally stab Jo’s magic back into her, but no luck. Turns out the only way Jo can get it back is by will. She has to want it back. And knowing she’s going to die if she has it, she’s not really into the idea. Kai doesn’t care though. He threatens to kill Liv if Jo doesn’t comply, which obviously pushes her to take back her magic. What a good sister, sacrificing herself for a sibling that is willing to kill her to stay alive. Damon and Alaric arrive on the scene after forcing Luke to give up Kai’s hiding spot. Alaric is more than ready to blow Kai to smithereens, but Jo pleads for him not to. She’s convinced that she has enough willpower and strength to defeat Kai when the merge happen during a celestial moon. And she knows, if Kai dies, Liv and Luke will have to merge. Damons begs Alaric to just kill him and end it, but Alaric loves Jo so he just knocks him out. I’m really wondering when people in this town will just learn that if you have the chance to kill someone you should probably just take it. Soon after Kai wakes up, he hides behind a tree on the Mystic Falls side and comes up with a brilliant plan. There’s clearly a lot of magic holding down the Mystic Falls no-supernatural creatures spell. Kai doesn’t have magic of his own, so instead sucks up all of the magic from the earth becoming the almighty powerful. Um, anyone else kind of scared for Jo at this point? See how this could have all been avoided. I am confused as to how Kai sucked up the magic, without any magic of his own. Like would I just be able sit down and chant something to the earth and become a witch? Shady plot line.
Meanwhile, Matt and Jeremy (or Beavis and Butthead as Damon calls them…. someones been in the 90’s for too long.) are going through with their plot to kill Enzo. Matt lures him in telling him he has paperwork about the real Sara. Jeremy is to hit Enzo with a crossbow and kill him, but Enzo catches on that the files are empty and catches the stake. Matt stakes him in the neck and Jeremy finished by staking him in the back. But, instead of killing him when they have the chance, Matt decides to torture him by driving him over the town line. Things backfire for human Matt because the minute he gets into Mystic Falls, Kai sucks up all the power breaking the spell, and nothing happens to Enzo. Now, he’s left with a strong and pissed off vampire. Way to go. Enzo decides not to retaliate violently, turning to emotional torture instead. He forces Matt to become his partner in crime, aiding him in sucking every ounce of happiness from Stefan. Only then will Enzo decide if Matt gets to live or not. Eh, sounds a little brutal to me. Come on Enzo, your so much better than all of this!
Elena isn’t sure what her and Damon are, but she knows she wants to be with him after this crappy day. Seeing Stefan and Caroline and dealing Liz’s sickness made her realize she truly has some type of feelings for Damon. (Shouldn’t have given up your memories!) When she arrives at the Salvatore mansion, Damon opens the door, but doesn’t see her. She’s really confused by what’s going on, until Kai comes out from the darkness and tells her he put a cloaking spell on the both of them, before knocking her out with some kind of object that may or may not have fallen off of Damon’s new-old car. Kai really has it out for Damon.
So I guess that’s why things aren’t looking good for Delena fans… But, I think this will be a really good thing in the end. Damon is obviously going to want to get his girl back and when he does they’ll kiss and Elena will remember everything. Yay. I will say I am kind of tired of Elena being the damsel in distress who needs saving. Can we just not go there again? At least not for too long. One of two episodes is ok, but more I can’t handle. What do you think will happen when the show returns in January. Let us know!
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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.
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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