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The Vampire Diaries – It’s Been a Hell of a Ride (8×14)

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It’s been a hell of a ride and even though we’re nearing the end, we’ve still got quite a lot left to cover.

The Salvator brothers finally had their epic bro moment this week but it didn’t come without trials and tribulations involving the most dangerous of villains – the Devil. And Kai. I keep forgetting he’s actually unstable because he’s so darn good to look at and so witty.

I don’t think I’m even exaggerating when I say The Vampire Diaries finally found it’s footing (a little late) and returned to its season 1-3 greatness, giving up one of the greatest hours in Mystic Falls that we’ve had in a long time. (Although I don’t know if Stefan and Damon would agree.)

While we’re talking about season 1, this week’s episode title comes from the “Blood Brothers” episode. He was telling Elena about how Damon forced him to become a vampire and that it may be the reason Damon’s always resented him. “I suppose I should thank him; it’s been a hell of a ride,” he said. Eight seasons later, he still stands by that statement except this time he says it while taking down the devil himself.

But let’s start at the beginning of this episode shall we? Stefan is planning to leave Mystic Falls for good after totally disappointing his one-true-love Caroline. As Damon put it, Stefan’s pea-sized human brain thought it was doing the right thing by not hurting her. But before he could go, there was one more thing he needed to get done – help Damon save Stefan. Seriously, it seems like this is like a weekly occurrence this season. How many times can Damon actually loose a friggin dead girl?

Speaking of said dead girl, it all happens when Damon is stuck in limbo after Kai siphoned his body of magic. He meets Cade who offers him a deal. You’d think Damon would know that making a deal with the devil is dangerous but he’s a sucker for anything Elena so he agrees to bring him the dagger – the only object that can kill him.

They track down Kai thanks to Yelp and the karaoke-loving sociopath tells Stefan that when he kills the devil, he takes hell right along with him. Then he stabs him with the same dagger only to have his neck snapped by Damon, who was lurking around as “security” but caught up picking a song on the juke box…. obviously.

Stefan and Damon head to quarry to meet the devil and then being a dim-whitted human, Stefan declares that he’s going to murder Cade as part of his atonement plan. Stupid? Of course. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been a vampire for 100 plus years, you don’t actually know how to be a “human” and have mortality. Damon retorts that he won’t let his bro put Elena in jeopardy but then gets outsmarted by his own brother again… seriously Damon, get it together.

Stefan’s plan could have worked in theory, if his bell-ringing sidekick Alaric wasn’t a flake. I mean, he flaked for good reason – Kai broke out from his cell at the Armory and declared he was going to murder Josie and Lizzie, the last two of the Gemini coven. But still, Stefan was kicking Cade’s ass and then suddenly, the bell stopped ringing and he was crippled from pain on the floor. Thankfully, Damon came to save the day and when the devil told him he’d spare only one soul, he was forced to choose between the only two people that mattered to him; Stefan or Elena.

Season 1 Damon would never do anything selfless but these 8 seasons have really changed him for the better so he declared, “I choose me.” Cade was taken aback, still only being able to see the worst in people, but accepted Damon’s offer, even promising to leave Elena be for days to come. As Stefan lay helplessly on the floor pleading “no,” Damon daggered himself, selling his soul to the devil. One would say, this was the ultimate sacrifice – his final redemption if you will.

Bonnie was at home cuddling up to Enzo through her psychic world, which as you remember brought her back to her psychic roots and made her equally as powerful as Cade. Enzo may be dead but he’s always around, encouraging Bonnie to be the better version of herself and to forgive Stefan. After all, he knows what it’s like to kill for Cade. And obviously, human Stefan has a lot of remorse.

Her bonding session with Enzo was interrupted when she suddenly got visions of the quarry, Elena’s coffin and fire. Turns out, she’s not only psychically connected to Enzo, she’s also connected to Elena and she could sense she was in trouble. When she arrived at the quarry, she found Cade standing outside and he revealed Damon, who was about to “cross over” to hell.

Bonnie wasn’t about to let Damon go, especially not after losing Enzo so she stood up to Cade, even as he told her that she was going to die because of it. For a moment, I thought that she would die trying to save her best friend thus bringing back Elena. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. As Damon was slowly slipping away, Stefan managed to make his way to the action and caught Cade off guard, stabbing him in the chest. “Didn’t see that coming, did you,” he asked the psychic villain.

They watched as Cade caught on fire from the inside and exploded, knocking both Stefan and Bonnie to the ground. There was a brief moment where it also seemed like Bonnie might have “died” from the blast but honestly, that would just be petty since she’s been through so much. “This doesn’t mean I forgive you,” she told Stefan, revealing that she’s on the path to forgiveness. And to make things better, Damon was released from hell during the blast. All was well again in Mystic Falls… “things were looking up for a change” as Damon would say it… for about 3 minutes.

Damon and Stefan finally had a honest bro moment – one that was building up since we first saw them together in the first episode. Damon was the voice of reason this time, telling Stefan to stop running because leaving “Mystic Falls” and Caroline are not the answers to his problems. In fact, someone brave enough to stand up to the devil should be brave enough to stay and be with the girl he loves.

After that pep talk, Stefan finally manned up and knocked on the door of the Armory. Alaric was just telling her that he wanted to open up a school for girls who had magical abilities, just like they’re daughters. Not only was she offered to be a partner in his venture, but when she opened the door, Stefan got down on one knee and once again asked her to marry him. Finally, the bravest thing he’s ever done. If you didn’t like Steroline before, you have to admit, they’re pretty cute now. It’s understandable she’d be worried about the whole “you’re not a vampire anymore” situation and he assured her, that we would use this time with her on Earth wisely.

When Kai woke up from getting his ass handed to him by Team Alaric and Caroline (Claric?) he found himself chained up in the karaoke joint, with his least favorite song playing on loop. Sound like hell? Technically, it was… his own personal one. After Cade granted him a second chance on Earth, Bonnie knew there’d be no way of getting rid of him, except for locking him up in another prison world.

Before she left him in there for good, Kai revealed the big cliffhanger – you don’t actually destroy hell when you kill Cade. Did they really think they could kill the devil? When Cade died, the reigns were given to someone else… someone way more dangerous and with a taste for revenge. The baddest b*tch in the whole place – the original villain Katherine Pierce.

In all honesty, we should have seen it coming the minute Damon was almost sucked into that other world. That’s the exact thing that happened to Katherine when she passed away. And you know someone like that definitely cozied up with Cade and secured her line to the “throne.” She did some horrible things back in the day and with her newfound powers and a penchant for vengeance, what kind of hell will she raise this time?

Side-note: The previews for the final episode keep teasing Damon and Elena’s reunion. With Katherine’s return thrown into the mix, it is fair to say, Elena might not wake up after all. How mad would you be if Delena never got the happy ending and Nina Dobrev only returned as Stefan and Damon’s original lover?

2 more episodes people…. how will it end?? Will it be satisfactory?


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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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