Your Thanksgiving, or Friendsgiving, definitely won’t be as exciting as this one… no matter what.
A lot went down on this weeks episode of The Vampire Diaries, especially concerning Jo, Liv and Luke. Honestly, all this time, I didn’t really understand why we still cared about the twin, but now, their existence has a whole new meaning. Did anyone actually see that twin bombshell coming?
It turns out Jo is Kai’s twin sister. Kai murdered his whole family after he found out that his mother gave birth to another set of twins, so that Kai could never become the leader of the Gemini coven. A leader is chosen after the twins 22nd birthday. While it seems like it might be a time to celebrate, it’s actually the opposite. Choosing a leader means the twins have to merge their powers, with the stronger one surviving. You can see why this would mean Liv is pretty upset and angry during Friendsgiving, which is also her and Luke’s 22nd birthday.
We got a glimpse into the night that Kai lost it and murdered his whole family. Now we know why he spared Jo… he thought maybe his murderous ways would finally convince someone to allow him to merge. Although I don’t know why they all thought Kai would overpower Jo considering he didn’t even have his own magic.. Anyways, Jo saved her youngest siblings Luke and Liv by throwing them under a cloaking spell. Then, she put all of her magic into a blade, hid it in a tree bark and told Kai she would merge. The night of the merging, Kai was stoked, until he realized the spell she was doing, wasn’t giving him powers. His father came out of the shadows, surrounded by the coven, and that’s how Kai ended up in 1994 Mystic Falls.
Back at Friendsgiving, Jo makes the connection to Liv and Luke, which makes for a really awkward dinner. How did they all end up here? Well, they had a family friend, Sheila Bennett that took Jo in. Yes, Jo knew Bonnie’s grams. Isn’t it crazy how all the pieces start fitting together. Grams helped put Kai away, which is why a Bennett witch is needed to do the spell to escape. The atmosphere gets even more intense when they realize Alaric, Damon and Stefan are actually in Portland at Jo’s home.
Their impromptu guys weekend happened after Damon found Bonnie’s bear. It gave him hope that his favorite little witch was still alive. He remembered Kai said he found the ascendant back at his family home in Portland, so that’s where they came. Upon arriving, all they saw was a field of nothing. When Stefan kicked the bear, it went through a magical forcefield, revealing the house. Alaric went inside, since he’s the only non-vampire, who doesn’t need to be invited inside. Family pictures revealed that Jo knew Kai. Josh Parker, Kai’s dad, comes out of nowhere, but when he shakes hands with Damon, he does the cloaking spell again. When Alaric and Stefan can’t see him anymore, he does the witchy head thing to him, knocking him unconscious.
Since Ric and Stefan don’t have magic, they call Jo to see if she can help them. She explains that if her father even thinks for a second that they want to bring Kai back, he’ll do anything to prevent it from happening. Once Damon awakes, Josh tells him that if Kai were to return, he would automatically go for Jo and the coven would be lead by a mad men. When he finds out that Kai knows how to get out of his own personal hell, he tries to kill Jo. All of this could have just been avoided if Alaric was honest with Jo, whose had the ascendant the whole time.
As Josh does the spell, Jo begins to fall to the ground, dying. Unfortunately, human Liam is the only one around to help along with Elena and he begins spewing out medical terms. Just shut up Liam, this is way above the whole “doctor” thing. The stuff that’s happening is supernatural. Jo tells Ric and Stefan to go to the tree bark and get her knife, which is where she dumped all of her magic. When they throw it through the forcefield, the house comes back up. Since she’s invited Stefan in, he’s able to go and stop Josh from completing the spell and killing Damon in the process. Josh uses his magic to disappear into thin air, while Elena feeds Jo her blood to bring her back to life. This obviously leaves Liam really confused. The dinner has been quite dramatic for him as he overheard people talking about covens, twin leaders, saw Jo dying and saying her father was killing her. Elena eventually had to come clean to him. “I’m a vampire,” she said, which wasn’t as O-M-G as when Stefan originally told her in season 1, when he was in love with her. And that’s because she wasn’t in love with Liam. She liked him, she wanted to be with him and pursue this medical, normal life, but it just wasn’t what the cards had in store for her. With a heavy heart, compelled Liam to forget about the dinner and the fact that they even dated. Thank god, I was getting kind of sick of him to be quite honest. Normal, uninformed individuals do not belong in this.
Meanwhile, back in 1994, Bonnie and Kai were having their last meal together. He flew her over unconscious to his Portland home where he loved spending Thanksgiving. When she tried to convince him that she didn’t have anymore magic and it would be best to just go their separate ways, he agreed, even promising to give her the car after they eat. As usual, he lied. Kai caught onto something when Bonnie sent her magic away in a teddy bear. He remembered the night he murdered his whole family, walked over to the tree bark and took out the knife that Jo hid. She dumped all of her magic into it, and he sucked it all out, stabbing Bonnie in the process. When she woke up, Kai, the car, Jo’s magic and the ascendant were all gone. How was she going to get out of here? Find Kai? Stop him? He even knew the spell now, so the next eclipse would be his opportunity to escape.
On the relationship front, Tyler is completely smitten with Liv. When she left Friendsgiving after being angered by Caroline, he followed her, eventually bringing her over to his house. Since Mystic Falls is a no magic zone, she would be safe there, not having to merge. If her coven wanted to force her, they’d have to get through Tyler first…and you know no one wants to mess with Tyler. The whole situation is quite sad. Why can’t Tyler just fall in love with someone normal for a change?
Stefan came back from the trip and rushed to Caroline’s dorm. Even though he wasn’t invited to dinner, she still brought him some leftovers because Caroline has the biggest heart in the world. All of the mockery from Damon and Alaric about how Stefan didn’t realize this girl was into him finally got to him. He tried to tell the guys he just didn’t see her that way, but I think even he knew he was lying to himself. He’s just scared to feel something real again. He finally gave her the apology she deserved, explaining that he only distanced himself from her because he knew she would let him cry it out and he didn’t want to cry anymore. It was a big moment for Steroline. He wanted to kiss her, but she just appreciated that he finally said sorry and meant it. She’s not giving in so easily, which is good because it will make Stefan want her that much more!
And finally, Elena broke up with Liam and found comfort in the arms of Damon. I’m telling you, just because she doesn’t remember the good times doesn’t mean she can stay away from him. She sees the good in him now, especially after finding out that Bonnie was alive this whole time and spent the past four months becoming close to Damon. She realized that she could live her life the way she always wanted to, or risk all of that for the little feeling inside she couldn’t shake off. We all know that feeling. It’s the worst. She chose the feeling, asking Damon to help her get her best friend back, so that she might have a chance at finally getting her old life back. It’s a beautiful moment, with Elena just embracing her fate and giving Damon so much hope. With this at stake, he won’t let anyone get in the way of bringing Bonnie back or getting that ascendant. Sorry Alaric… also sorry Jo but you might end up collateral damage. It’s nothing personal.
I really wonder if Kai can do the spell on his own and return. If he does, can he still merge with Jo and become the leader, despite having Liv and Luke alive. I guess it would make sense, only if the twins don’t merge before he does. Do you think Jo would be willing to do the spell to bring Bonnie back? I feel like despite not wanting to bring Kai back, she would feel like she owes it to Sheila to save her granddaughter. What did you think of this weeks episode? I love this season. I can honestly say, it’s one of the best so far.
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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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