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
ClydeEnzo 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?
Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity
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.”
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.
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!
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