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The Vampire Diaries – You Decided That I Was Worth Saving (8×03)

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What did two vampire’s expect after their engagement? Happily ever after? Not with the best man running around killing everyone because he’s being manipulated by an evil Siren.

The day after Stefan and Caroline’s engagement, Bonnie started the day off hoping to help her BFF plan and shop for dresses. She ended the day thinking her old BFF Damon was going to kill her. Oh and her current BF flipped his humanity switch and allowed the siren aka SATAN herself to kill her. Definitely not what she had in mind.

The siren continued prodding in Enzo’s brain hoping that he’d finally let her in and become her servant. In fact, she was kind of jealous that she wasn’t able to get through to two men who were staying faithful and loyal to a human because yes, Bonnie is no human. Although that hasn’t stopped her from meddling in all the supernatural stuff, even though she really should.

Enzo gave up Bonnie’s identity last week however so she decides to see just how valubale Bon Bon is by sending Damon to kill her. When Caroline and Bonnie double team him, the Siren wants to figure out why Damon also hesitated when it came to the ex-witch. Unlike with Enzo, getting into Damon’s subconscious was much easier, and she quickly replaced 1994 “other world Bonnie” with herself so that Damon’s loyalties would be only to her. Messed up right?

Knowing she couldn’t count on either of her two men, she paid Bon Bon a visit herself to try to figure out what made Bonnie so special. Bon was hesitant to speak but Caroline gave it away – she was fiercely loyal and would do anything for the ones she loved. That’s when Sybil revealed the new plan: either Enzo or Damon were going to die and Bonnie was going to choose. If she didn’t, they would cage fight until one killed the other.

Of course, Damon knew he didn’t stand a chance against Enzo, who still had something to fight for, so he called up Stefan as a reinforcement. As the clock struck 12, both the men lunged at each other with Stefan trying to do his best to talk some sense into them. It was obviously useless since they were both wired to fight till the death.

As Damon was about to pull out Enzo’s heart, Bonnie arrived begging him to stop. It didnt’ work cause you know, he was actually UNABLE to stop until she said, “I choose Enzo.” Unlike Stefan, who would do anything for his brother, even when he didn’t deserve it, Bonnie chose the love of her life. But it made no difference because according to the Siren, that was the wrong choice. See Damon was faithful and eager to do whatever she wanted but Enzo was just slowing them down.

So Sybil used the moment to get what she wanted – she promised to spare both of them if Enzo turned off his humanity. He would become forever faithful to her and Bonnie would get to live out her human days. Clearly, Enzo loves Bonnie so he agreed and well, while it seemed like the only solution, you know you can’t actually trust the Siren. The minute Enzo turned off his humanity, she ordered Damon to kill Bon Bon and Enzo gave them permission. This woman really is heartless.

Damon was about to kill his BFF when Ric came to the rescue. You always need a good historian on your side and after weeks of investigating and digging, Ric and his intern found out that the object they found marked with the symbol from hell was actually Satan’s pitchfork. And the pitchfork emitted a pitch that literally weakened Sybil and allowed them to bring her into the Armory, where she was locked up. Does this mean the Siren is really the devil in disguise?

If so, I’m not surprised Damon is so scared of the “hell” she showed him. But bringing in Sybil didn’t break the bond Damon and Enzo had to her and they ran off with Damon telling Stefan his “mission wasn’t done.” Uh… what mission.

We later see him laying in the middle of the street as Tyler Lockwood makes his grand return to Mystic Falls. Damon is all “I’m going to kill you” and a scruffy Tyler is like “dude no, you aren’t. You’re going to fight this.” But Damon doesn’t remember his feelings for Elena or his friendship with Bonnie, which means he really doesn’t have much to live for, so he turns into the Siren’s little bitch and kills Tyler. At least it looked like he killed Tyler. Did the writers really bring Tyler back for Damon to kill him though? That’s pretty weak.

This season has really tried to villinify Damon in a way no other season has. I mean, we know he’s done some pretty bad things but they pointed out that these two vampires have done the “worst of the worst,” which means whenever their immortal lives end, they will go to the worst place… there’s no denying that.

The way things are going, if Elena does eventually wake up, there’s NO WAY she’ll ever forgive Damon. He’s gone to the place of no return. He’s always been bad, but he hasn’t been heartless. This time though everything is happening because he gave up, said he “deserved this” and even his love for Elena couldn’t overcome his fear of eternal damnation. And if he really did kill Tyler, that’s even more reason for her not to forgive him. I’m all for #Delena but after all of this, if she forgives him, she’s not the strong willed, heartful character we thought she was. We know she never stood for taking the easy way out. Sometimes, love doesn’t trump all the bad and it’s because his love for her didn’t trump his biggest fear – suffering, the way he made so many people suffer.

That’s really the kind of storyline reserved for Stefan, which we’re seeing right now. He’s eternally devoted to saving his brother, even though he doesn’t really deserve it. Bonnie fought for Enzo because this whole time, he was fighting back and trying to be free so that he could live a better life. Damon gave up. He put them in this whole mess and he’s proud of it. He’s fighting any help and despite that, Stefan was willing to kill Enzo to save his brother. Something tells me, Damon will be Stefan and Caroline’s undoing and we won’t ever see that dream wedding from her scrapbook. And then Stefan will resent Damon forever for it.

I guess like I said, there’s no such thing as happy endings when you’re a/with a Salvatore.

 


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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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