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The Vampire Diaries – Hello, Brother (8×01)

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The beginning of the end.

The Vampire Diaries premiered its very last season tonight and I don’t think any of us were ready for it, or for how good it was going to be.

Last season, after Caroline had her syphen twins open the vault to the Armory, Damon was sucked inside the cave by some creature luring him in with Elena’s voice. Enzo went in after him in hopes of saving him but was taken by the darkness as well. Months went by as Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline tried to look for their missing friends but no such luck.

Bonnie has even given up hope because at this point, “hope hurts,” but Stefan motivates her with the optimistic view that “today might be better.” And it is better, until it isn’t. A body was left behind in a pretty deserted area. Stefan investigates and realizes there is an abandoned slaughterhouse about 3 miles away, which is where he finally finds his brother and Enzo hiding out amongst the dead, hanging upside down from the ceiling. It’s not a pleasant sight.

In the months that they’ve been “missing” Damon and Enzo have been killing bad people against their will. Whatever it was that possessed their bodies has been controlling them to keep feeding it hearts. Sometimes, they even kill good people as seen with their bait this week. The good people give the creature that extra “umph” to recharge or rejuvenate or whatever it’s doing in the bloody waters.

I was quite surprised to see that Damon had flipped off his humanity switch. He’s done it multiple times over the past years but this time it seemed like it was for real. He explains that with all the bad he’s done in his life, he pretty much deserves this suffering now. Plus, it’s easier to be controlled when you literally don’t give an eff. All he’s left behind is his shrewd sense of humor, which I’ve missed dearly.

Enzo isn’t doing so well with being controlled however because he’s still trying to hold on to his humanity. Quite the problem Damon explains because well, this creature can see into their mind and feel what they feel. If they care about something, it will go after whatever they love. So really, Damon only turned his off to protect Elena, who is still getting her beauty sleep guarded somewhere by Tyler Lockwood.

When Stefan finds Damon, mopping instead of reading Fifty Shades of Grey, he tries to convince him to come with him. This is the incredible scene where we revert back to seaosn 1 and hear Damon’s very first line, “Hello, Brother.” Really, aside from all the love triangles, the core of this show has always been about two brothers who risk everything to save each other.

So even though Damon goes on an existential shpiel about how there’s no getting out of this, Stefan isn’t giving up on him. We’ve learned from all the past seasons that he doesn’t just leave his brother in tricky situations, so he daggers him for the time being. To his surprise, Damon wakes up instantly and pretty soon, he’s holding Bonnie hostage while Enzo persuades him to leave because the creature doesn’t want him here.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that while Damon really doesn’t want any help from his old friends, Enzo is eager to see them. He just has to play his cards right because remember, that creature knows all.

Bonnie realizes that Enzo’s been dropping hints and clues so that they could find them. In fact, everything leads back to the greatest love story every told (and Enzo’s favorite book), The Odyssey. When they found the victim in the street, she had wax in her ear just like a passage he once read to Bon-Bon.

She calls up Alaric, who is much better at this historical stuff and he explains that this passage was about “sirens” who used mind control to lure their victims to their death. “Some say they were messengers of the devil,” he tells her. Everything begins to click as Bonnie realizes that even the skeletons of the victims hung in the slaughterhouse like they did in the passage. Bonnie may no longer be a witch, but she’s got very witchy instincts, especially when it comes to saving her men!

As Bonnie figures all of this out, Enzo and Damon finally meet the monster that’s been controlling them and she’s the hottest monster I’ve ever seen. TVD’s newest “big bad” is a siren and while that sounds like the lamest, I have a feeling she’ll be the most menacing. And yes, they do sing. Will she be able to infiltrate Damon’s mind to use the one thing he cares about against him?

And really, can we talk about that? Julie Plec said that Elena would very much be a part of the season. Turns out, she’s the only hope Damon is holding on to in this sick and twisted reality he’s living in. Whenever he has a moment to “get away” he goes back to that moment when he met Elena, the moment that he ERASED from her memory so she later thought she met Stefan first and that he was her soulmate. I seriously love that TVD chose this scene to represent their love because it was a moment that was so genuine, where even after a few seconds, she already changed him into being a better man. Without her, everything was pointless and cruel and now that she’s gone, he’s losing his way.

Steroline fans are also jumping for joy because that ship has officially sailed, all the way to the bedroom. Caroline has returned to her job as a news producer but she’s not clear of the supernatural yet. She’s helping Stefan investigate what took Damon and Enzo.

And while she tries to keep her distance and let baby daddy Alaric handle all the Armory stuff – he now works there – she’s sucked back in when Vanessa attacks her young, hot nanny in order to go after the two baby girls. Caroline arrives just in time to save the nanny, knock Vanessa out and begin an interrogation. Anyone else really love Caroline in mama bear mode? Me too.

“Why did you go after my girls,” she asks but all Vanessa is able to say before getting her tongue magically chopped off is that it has to do with them opening the seal. Does the siren want them? Are they somehow connected to her? Is she syphening magic from them?

All of this leads to a pretty big family discussion between Ric and Care. They’re clearly not rocking this whole “supernatural parent” thing and he thinks its time he move back in with the girls while Caroline goes to live with Stefan. I don’t really get it considering I’d feel much safer with Caroline the vampire than Ric the historian dude, but whatever. Their home, their rules. And this means much more sexy time between the only active couple on the show.

After 8 seasons, I’m surprised that the show still has so many good ideas to run on. I definitely didn’t expect a siren to be manipulating two of the strongest characters on the show but I like the fact that they haven’t gone completely rogue this time – they wanted to be better, they just have no choice. It will definitely be hard saying goodbye to them all.

Finale Theory – While watching the episode, I thought of a pretty interesting finale for the show. It wouldn’t necessarily be “happily ever after” but we can’t expect that for a series based on vampires who ruined a teenagers life can we? The gang finds a way to break Bonnie’s spell so that both she and Elena can live. Elena and Damon get one final moment together before all the vampires, including him, Enzo, Caroline and Stefan all die leaving Mystic Falls vampire free. As Bonnie and Elena go on with their human lives, Elena grieves her friends by reading all their diary entries. That’s how we met her after all right? Grieving her parents by writing in her diary. A fitting ending for a story and town that was always plagued by death.


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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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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand

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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 brothersbondbourbon.com 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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