This weeks episode of The Vampire Diaries taught us a valuable lesson: don’t delay on things that should be done automatically. Especially if there is a chance that the only person in the world that can reverse a compulsion may just die or worse, stop being a vampire.
Elena is officially screwed. Except she doesn’t know just how screwed she is because she doesn’t remember the most important and happiest part of her life. It’s pretty depressing actually. Damon finally returned from the un-dead. He’s back. And aside from his heart-warming welcome back from Stefan last week, no one is actually excited. You’d expect everyone to be overjoyed considering how sad and mournful they were over his loss. He feels pretty neglected. The love of his life doesn’t care that he’s returned because she doesn’t remember their love. He waited four months to come see her, to touch and kiss her, and she doesn’t even want to see him.
Even the reunion between bffs Alaric and Damon isn’t anything special, mainly because Damon was upset that his best friend compelled his girlfriend to forget him. He doesn’t understand what a mess Elena was when he was gone. He’s very impressed that she loved him so much that her world was coming undone without him, but he suffered too. The only difference is he knew there might be a way to come back and see her again. She thought her love was gone forever and life wasn’t worth living without him. What’s even worse is that Alaric said he wouldn’t restore her memories unless she asked him too. And the problem, Elena didn’t want them restored.
That is until she finally agreed to see Damon and see if there was anything “between them” without her actual memories interfering. When she realized something happened to him and that he might die again, she suddenly got this flood of emotions that wanted to know both sides of the story. She didn’t want to live a blissful lie anymore. Unfortunately, her realization came a bit late. Damon had been captured by Tripp, who originally came looking for Caroline. She was his next target after he realized she was a vampire from Ivy’s call log. (He killed the poor newbie vamp. Bye Ivy!) Arriving at the dorm room, he found Damon, who actually stood a chance of protecting himself against the hunter if he didn’t have back up. He ended up in the back of Tripp’s vampire-death-mobile with his bff Enzo. Oh, how history repeats itself. Enzo seemed pretty glad to see his mate again, but the reunion would be short lived the minute Tripp crossed over to Mystic Falls.
Thankfully, Damon’s friends weren’t about to let him die again!!! They didn’t even have a chance to properly welcome him back. Plus, Stefan felt just a bit of guilt for giving up on his brother and turning Enzo in. Even in captivity and tortured, Enzo never gave up any of the vampires to Tripp. Say what you want about Enzo, but that’s loyalty. Sorry Stefan you lose this one. Caroline and Elena blocked off one entrance to Mystic Falls, Sheriff Forbes closed down another highway entrance and Alaric and Stefan took the last one, that Tripp decided to use. Ric waved him down asking for help with his stalled car but Tripp wasn’t budging, saying that he was in quite the hurry. Yeah, I don’t think so. Ric attacked Tripp, causing him to drive full force through the town line. All three vamps- Ric, Damon and Enzo- immediately began suffering from the wounds that initially killed them. Stefan braced himself, crossed over the town line, fighting the pain to free Damon and Enzo from the chains and get them back to safety. He was successful, however didn’t have the energy to get Alaric.
Here’s where Jo comes in. Earlier in the episode, Elena tried to find out why her med-school teacher couldn’t be compelled. She tried her coffee but realized it was vervain-free. Jo wasn’t hiding that she knew what Elena and Ric were, confronting her about how she saved the girl with insane injuries at last weeks homecoming. “I know what you and Ric are.” She wasn’t scared, shocked or even concerned though, explaining that the fact that Elena saved the girl instead of feeding on her meant she was one of the good ones. But, if Jo isn’t on vervain, how is she resisting compulsion? Well, she’s a witch!!!!! Yep… didn’t see that coming. I will however, call that she’s going to be part of the gemini coven right now. She will be Damon’s in to saving Bon-Bon! Mark my words.
Jo wanted to confront Ric about the compulsion and come clean about everything but he wasn’t having it. He was on his way to save his best friend from dying again. So, like any other sane woman, she followed him. And thank god that she did. When Stefan was unable to save the dying Ric (dick move), Jo came to his rescue with all her medical knowledge. Instead of dragging him back over to the other side of the line, she opted to save his life and stop the bleeding wound. Ric died, but was resurrected thanks to it. However, being “born-again” stripped his magic so when he woke up, he was a human again and not an original vampire.
Great for Ric who always hated being a vamp, but bad for Elena. Another vampire simply doesn’t have the power to compel other vampires. Ric was her only shot and now, he’s lost that power. Elena’s memories are gone forever. How depressing. I’m not too concerned because I’m sure they’ll find a way. A simple trip to New Orleans will give them 3 original vampires… and I’m sure Elijah would be more than happy to restore her memories. And if not, maybe a powerful witch like Jo, granted she’s a practicing witch, would be able to do some spell to restore them as well. Point is, all hope is not lost. I think. Also, is anyone else kind of thrown off by how easy it was for Alaric to become human again? Who knew you could die so many times and still come back to life. I didn’t think there was a cure for vampirism besides the cure Silas had that they gave Katherine. If this is the case, why doesn’t Elena just cross the town line and change back into a human? Sheesh.
Elena finally agreed to see Damon, knowing that she would never get her original memories restored. Maybe the power of their love would be strong enough to break the compulsion? It wasn’t. Damon was so thrilled to see his girlfriend finally, but she didn’t even seem phased by his presence. How depressing. Plus, next weeks previews show that Elena will be attending some party with her new bf Liam and Damon will be super jealous… as he should be! I’m going to bet my money on the fact that true love will be able to break the compulsion but they need to actually kiss. I feel like a part of Elena began realizing her feelings were strong and she needed the truth earlier. True loves kiss can break any spell… at least that’s what I’ve been told. So pucker up you two because I really don’t like Liam!
Other Important Moments
- Damon played the role of good guy and only told Stefan about Bonnie’s ultimate sacrifice. He told Jeremy that Bonnie wasn’t with him on the other side and that she found peace. Really sad, but it’s better that way. Damon isn’t sure if Bonnie is actually still alive or if there’s anyway to get her back… This way Jeremy can find closure. He won’t get his hope up just to have them crushed when Damon is unsuccessful.
- Damon missing Bonnie was probably one of the highlights of the episode. That voicemail BROKE my heart. Those two really formed such a bond. Thank god Jeremy kept her voicemail turned on.
- Stefan finally realized he’d become quit the asshole this season. Now that everything was kind of back to normal, he decided it was time to become friends with Caroline again. Thankfully, Caroline isn’t a pushover. Just because it’s convenient for Stefan doesn’t mean she wants to be friends after everything he’s done. Sorry Romeo… you’re not winning this one back so easily.
- Tripp isn’t dead yet. How are they going to stop the vampire hunter? Will they all team up and finally kill him?
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!
Is Netflix’s ‘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.
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#SweetMagnolias is set in a fictional town called Serenity. Sheryl Anderson repeated, throughout the shooting of the show, that it was important that everyone might see themselves in Serenity. I like that idea more than ever these days—Serenity not just as a place, but a state of mind. The show drops on #Netflix in just 5 days on May 19.
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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