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The Vampire Diaries: The Day I Tried To Live (6×13)

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It’s Bonnie’s birthday on this weeks TVD. And while that’s suppose to be a happy occasion, its really full of sadness and misery. Why? Because Bonnie is still stuck all alone in 1994! 

Bonnie’s absence doesn’t stop Elena and gang from throwing Bon-Bon a great birthday party, complete with balloons, drinks and Liz Forbes’ famous cake. But before the fun can even get started, Kai crashes the party. After his merge, he inherited some of Luke’s best qualities– including empathy. This makes for a whole new side of Kai that we’re not familiar with. He has feelings… he feels bad… he even cries! He asks Damon and Elena to help him get a letter to Jo and Liv and Elena sees an opportunity to get what she wants, Bonnie back. Since Kai is insanely powerful now, he has to have a trick or two up his sleeve, right?

He channels his inner Ghost fan, bringing the clan–Jeremy, Damon and Elena– over to 1994 to visit Bonnie. Unfortunately, unlike in the movie, Bonnie can’t actually see them. Damon watches her down a bottle of his oldest whiskey and knows this is bad news. When they were both stuck here, they made a pact that they would only drink that whiskey when they had hit their low… Once they killed the bottle, they would kill themselves. 

Meanwhile, Liv was having a hard time dealing with the loss of her brother. It’s starting to dawn on her that this could have all been prevented if she and Luke just merged, instead of trying to find a way around it. Sure, she would have died, but she’s as good as dead with her brother gone and Kai being the leader of the Gemini coven. She hastily decides that what she needs to do is kill Kai once and for all. Tyler warns her that if she does, the rest of the coven–including her and Jo–will also die. That seems to be totally okay with blondie, as long as Kai goes down with her. She does a spell she made up with Luke when she was younger that allows her to see through Kai’s eyes. Surprise, surprise, he’s at the Salvatore house. When Tyler tries to stop her, she puts him under some kind of sleeping spell. You know this won’t go down well with Tyler “anger management issues” Lockwood.

Bonnie’s birthday turns into “try to stop Bonnie from killing herself day.” Kai cannot hold the spell and their returned back to the present. Jeremy isn’t stopping however and makes Kai do the spell only for him. If he focuses all of his magic on one person, maybe Jeremy can appear to talk Bonnie out of suicide. The spell takes a lot out of Kai, when he suddenly starts bleeding out. Turns out, Liv put a spell on the Salvatore house containing Damon and Elena in the same room while she stabbed Kai, breaking his spell. A battle between siblings breaks out, but when Kai finally has the chance to kill Liv, he can’t bring himself to do it. There goes Luke again. With Liv down, Jeremy convinces Kai to continue the spell half dead, which takes Jeremy back as Bonnie gets drunk, cries, angrily throws the bottle of bourbon to the ground and then goes inside the garage to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning– aka hot-boxing herself inside with Damon’s car running. 

This whole scene is truly saddening with Kat Graham brilliantly acting out the pain Bonnie is going through being stuck alone in this world. She has no one to talk to and misses the simplicities like ordering food and saying hi to strangers. She records her goodbye on the video camera, while Jeremy watches over her invisible. It sucks because he cannot do anything to help her. Suddenly, Bonnie tells him to “stay strong” and Grams’ words echo through her brain. Grams also told her to stay strong and here she is trying to kill herself? This is not what the strong, fighter Bonnie Bennett would do. At this point, she’s already low on oxygen so its hard for her to get up and run out. As she collapses to the ground, Jeremy somehow manages to press the button opening the garage and sending in air. Bonnie is saved and she’s going to be ok. 

Liv wakes up alive in her dorm room with Tyler standing by her side. After he woke up from her spell, he went to the Salvatore mansion where he found her unconscious. Now that she’s ok however, he’s done with her. I didn’t expect to see Tyler get so angry, considering how much he seemed to care about her but Liv is really stupid and she finally pushed him to his limits. He would have done anything to save her and even after all of that she betrayed him and chose death. He was done with this relationship, for real, and Liv was left all alone without anyone to care for her. 

Meanwhile, Caroline decides to deal with her mothers cancer and Bonnie being trapped in another world by digging up the real Ms. Cuddles. Apparently, when they were younger, Caroline got mad at Bon-Bon and stole her favorite bear, where she hid it in the woods and wasn’t able to find it again. Mean right? Stefan tags along, mocking Caroline with the way she’s coping. Will putting all her energy into finding a bear really make her feel better? Probably not, but what else does she have to lose. His goal? To get Caroline so mad she finally just lets all of her anger out. After she hits him and knocks him to the ground, she feels a lot better. This was definitely my Stefan and Caroline moment. He’s finally starting to realize he has feelings for her, but at this point, she just needs a shoulder to cry on. I’m glad the writers didn’t make them kiss during that vulnerable moment because I’d be upset that while her mom is dying, she’s thinking about hooking up! But kudo’s for the feel-good moment that really captured a wide-range of emotions Care-bear was going through.

Bonnie eventually found Damon’s map on the floor. I have no idea when or how he did this but he managed to circle Nova Scotia for her, which was a clue to where Ketsiah’s magic was hidden. If she could get to that, she could use it with the ascendant during the eclipse and get out of this one-person prison. Back in the real Mystic Falls, Elena finally convinced Jeremy to move on with his life and apply to art school. It’s happening people he’s going to be leaving us in like one episode for good! *Insert tears here*

And with her brother making such a bold choice about his future, Elena figured it was time to make one about her own. Realizing it didn’t matter if she had her memories, or if she chose Stefan when she was a human, somehow, someway, she always made it back to Damon. This is the writers telling us Delena is endgame and their happy ending is definitely coming! “If the past is a place without me and you together, let’s stop living in in,” she says before the two get it on finally. I mean, thank god! But also, does this mean Elena has given up on getting her memories back for good? I don’t know how I feel about that. While I’m glad she’s finally accepting her love for Damon, I kind of want her to remember all the good and bad times as well.

For the most pointless storyline of the week, I give you Enzo and Matt. Does anyone even care about them? Or Sarah Salvatore? I have to admit, Enzo had a lot of potential as a character. But he’s useless now. Plus what he’s doing is revolting. The way he explained it to Matt was that he’s getting back at Stefan for manipulating Damon into being good for all these years by letting him think he killed Sarah. Last I checked, Damon has done both good and bad things all of which weren’t connected to Sarah. Sure, he regretted that day, but he didn’t spend his whole life dwelling on it. Which sort of makes Enzo’s whole mission worthless. And then he wants to mess with a good girl by showing her a whole new world so she eventually begs to be turned into a vampire. He’s really an ass. Can Matt just man up and tell Stefan what’s going on so we can end this snoozefest once and for all? Plus, don’t you think Damon would be mad if he found out what Enzo was doing? 

Sound off folks. Fave and least favorite moments from this weeks episode? Do you like Kai’s new personality? Are you happy about Elena and Damon? Do you think Liv and Enzo need to get the boot?

 

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Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity

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Paul Wesley opened up in an interview with SiriusXM Urban View’s “The Mike Muse Show” about his bond with Ian Somerhalder and toxic masculinity all while encouraging men to be emotionally vulnerable.

Acting in a popular teen drama, Wesley experienced a lot of pressure to perform in his career-defining role as Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, saying, “You spent your whole life hustling as a young actor, trying to get to that next thing, this, that, you never really enjoy it because you’re always putting pressure on yourself.”

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Ian Somerhalder (left) and Paul Wesley (right) on The Vampire Diaries. Credit: The Cw/ The Vampire Diaries

However, through this opportunity, he met Ian Somerhalder, who played his on-screen brother Damon Salvatore. He recounts the moment they formed a bond and brotherhood over a night of shared bourbon and cigars.

“I just remember, first of all, we were on this journey together on this show, ‘Vampire Diaries,’ and it was such a huge sort of grind for us emotionally, physically…And that was a moment where we sat down and just were like, wow, this is so cool. We’re so lucky. How great is this? We’re having a cigar, we’re in a castle in England, and we’re on this great show. And that was a real moment of kind of gratitude and connection that we had with one another that I kind of think really stood out for both of us. We talk about that a lot.”

The duo have team up to create a special bourbon called “Brothers Bourbon.”

Wesley went on to emphasize the importance of vulnerability and true masculinity, especially coming off a role that put a huge focus on his looks and heartthrob capabilities, 

“I would encourage to any men listening to have emotional vulnerability with your friends. I think it’s really positive for the world, honestly,” Wesley said. “I think masculinity is a beautiful thing, but I also think part of masculinity is just being vulnerable and it’ll help people in whether it’s their careers or their personal lives.”

“I love it when we drop that machismo, that act, and we can sort of talk about things like real men.”

He continued: “It’s such a stigma, isn’t it, that men need to be tough? And you can be tough and you can still be a man and you can still be sensitive and talk about your feelings and open up with others. I love that. I love it when we drop that machismo, that act, and we can sort of talk about things like real men, frankly..I love that, man.”

The full interview with SiriusXM Urban View’s “The Mike Muse Show” airs Sunday, August 29 at 11:00 am ET.


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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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