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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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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! 

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Sweet Magnolias

Is Netflix’s ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Filmed in Mystic Falls?



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!

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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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand



Ian Somerhalder and Paul Welsey reveal bourbon name

During the WizardWorld-hosted virtual reunion for the cast of The Vampire Diaries, the Salvatore brothers, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who played Damon and Stefan Salvatore, respectively, revealed the name of their joint bourbon brand. 

The brand is called “Brother’s Bond,” Ian revealed, adding that it pays tribute to the alcoholic drink that bonded their characters on The CW series from 2009 to 2017. 

“Here it is. Our passion. Our baby,” Ian wrote on Instagram. 

“Time, quality, and passion distilled for you and me,” he added adding that anyone over the age of 21 can go to to sign up.

The duo announced that they were developing the liquor in September of 2019.  “Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming! @paulwesley and I have been working our asses off with our incredible team to make this happen,” Ian wrote on Instagram at the time

During the Twitch stream on May 27, the actors revealed that they’ve been developing the taste from the ground up and ensuring it was smooth and sweet on the palate.  

“Every single aspect of this we designed ourselves,” Somerhalder said during the virtual reunion, which also included Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), among others. 

“This is our baby,” Ian said from his Airstream. He explained that the bourbon is a culmination of their hard work and journey together.

If you were a fan of TVD, you know that bourbon bonded the brothers and defined their kinship. They may have disagreed on a lot, but they always agreed on bourbon. 

It’s unclear when the brand will be available in stores, but we’ll update as soon as we find out! 

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