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The Vampire Diaries – We Have History Together (8×08)

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I have to say, I didn’t miss Ripper Stefan one bit. That being said, it was unavoidable from the minute he turned off his humanity to serve Cade. He may have tried to “hold it together” and not let any blood spill as to not tempt him but the truth is, Stefan is a cold-blooded killer who really can’t stop binging on people. Not even the promise of love – something that’s been keeping Damon’s humanity in the back of his brain – can stop him from going full on ripper.

The episode was a snooze and that is disappointing because I have been a loyal fan since day one. In fact, the most interesting part was the realization that Stefan was and always will be, the bad brother. Despite all the things Damon has done, a lot of which were downright ruthless, Stefan is much worse. He can’t control himself, he loves being evil and he loves to manipulate.

Why couldn’t they just take people who are already bad and feed them to Cade? Why did they have to waste so much time finding good people and trying to make them bad? There’s literally so many horrible people on this earth that deserve to be punished. And maybe Cade prefers the innocent ones that can be turned bad because they give him more power? If that’s the case, Stefan could have picked ANY person but instead chose a woman that looked exactly like Elena. Word of advice to the writers – you can cast thousands of women who look like Nina Dobrev but you won’t ever make up for the fact that she isn’t around anymore.

Knowing Damon was holding back and not full invested in their evil soul-searching assignment didn’t sit well with Stefan. In order to find out what was up, he forced Damon to become a patient of Tara, Elena’s umpteenth doppleganger. Through compulsion, he convinces her that Damon was the drunk driver who killed her parents. Oh yeah, aside from looking like Elena, she’s also an orphan! He puts her morality to the test – given the opportunity will she punish the man who wronged her or will she help him. At her core is she good or evil? Damon, who was weakened by high dosages of vervain, believed she would make the right choice and spare him but once again, his faith in the human nature was proven wrong when she injected him with a lethal dose of drugs.

Stefan found Elena’s necklace in Damon’s pocket and wouldn’t stop harrasing him until he proved that it meant nothing to him by tossing it out of the window and feeding on Tara –  a difficult feat considering her likeness to Elena. Damon is such a tortured soul, I’m surprised he’s even holding on to any kind of hope at this point. (I miss the days he’d dance shirtless and booze it up!)

The most riveting part of the episode came the next morning aka the Salvatore brothers “day off”. Damon approached an inmate who was picking up garbage on THAT side of the road and looked to him for comfort and a quick therapy-sesh. Seeing how easily a decent human could be so corrupted highlighted that this “criminal” could have deserved a second chance. That we aren’t all infinitely good or evil, we fall on a spectrum. That definitely rings true for the Salvatore brothers – the one deemed as “bad” by society is actually the lesser of two evils at this point and the “good” one is going off the rails, killing a whole hospital. It’s safe to say, Damon’s got a problem on his hands… and Cade was right, after 1-year, Stefan will NOT want to give this up.

Back in Mystic Falls, Caroline was ecstatic working an assignment at her old high school… until she realized she was actually summoned there by the new history teacher Sybil, who needs her help finding a Founder’s Day bell. The bell, which apparently has a lot of power, actually belong to Matt’s family. His father apparently threw the bell off Wickery Bridge (seriously, what else is at the bottom of the lake/river/whatever?) and no one has been able to find it since, which didn’t sit well with Matt because apparently this whole time he always felt like an outcast since his parents never had a legacy in his hometown. I thought he felt like an outcast cause he was virtually the only human left in town but whatever. I guess it’s a good thing Matt’s actually getting a storyline?

In the end we find out the tuning fork that HURTS sirens is actually the gong of that bell and can seriously kill someone, I’m assuming sirens since both Sybil and Seline want it and Seline got to it before her sissy. Payback’s a big B right?

Other Important Things

  • Sybil might still be connected to Caroline’s twins and she’s really not willing to call her bluff
  • Alaric has gone into the witness protection program… probably a safe bet with Uncle Ripper around
  • No one knows what Bonnie and Clyde Enzo are up to but I hope it involves getting married and turning Bon-Bon into a vamp… if she can’t have her magic, I need her to have eternal life with her one true love. At this point, her love is the only one I believe in… sorry Delena!
  • Matt and his father might hate each other now but they totally bonded while trying to save a bunch of Sybil’s compelled students
  • Seriously… why do people still live in Mystic Falls?


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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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