This was, hands down, the best season premiere I’ve seen this fall. I’ve been watching TVD since it first started, and lately, it’s become more of a habit, so it was refreshing to actually enjoy an episode. Maybe everything needed to fall apart, so better things could fall together? Alright, I don’t think any of these ex-inhabitants of Mystic Falls really think things are better now, but I’m referring to the “no dopplegangers, no Silas, no Markos” thing here. Thank god, that’s over. TVD thrives on episodes of “what’s next,” but I’m hoping this season it’ll also excel on the latter as well.
No one could really get it together after Bonnie and Damon died. They were all just roaming the earth like a bunch of lost souls. Elena seemed to be doing really well, but the happy-cheery act only lasted so long, before we realized she was on some “witchy-psychotic drugs” brewed up by Lucas, who felt horrible for killing her bf and best friend. The drugs allowed her to see Damon, well hallucinate him. So that’s how she’s been coping. Not really letting go and saying goodbye, but more like living in denial. She’s also doing pretty well in school… med-school that is. Yep, Elena Gilbert is on the road to becoming a doctor. Bet you didn’t see that one coming. And, she actually sounds like she knows what she’s talking about, which is surprising. How does she find the time to study between hallucinating Damon and feeding on humans? I don’t know.
Stefan packed up his things and said “see ya” the minute the Other Side crumbled, going on mission to find some witch, warlock, traveler, anyone really, to help them talk to the dead and possible reverse the spell. Unfortunately, his mission wasn’t a success. Instead, he was working at some crappy repair shop, getting jipped in pay but surprisingly not ripping out the guys throat, and sleeping with some girl named Ivy… for 2 months. That was the big Stefan shocker. The death of his brother really took a toll on him, and as always, his coping mechanism was cutting himself off from everyone. The best line of the night had to be when Ivy said she didn’t really know anything about him and he responded, “I’m a vampire.” Ivy brushed it off as a joke, but no really, he’s a vampire girl!
Tyler was fighting his werewolf gene, which left him very aggressive. The good news? He was on speaking terms with Caroline again. The bad news? It doesn’t seem like their getting back together anytime soon, since he seems to be crushing on Liv. Which is a little disturbing considering one, she’s not his type and two, she’s the reason everyone’s life basically flipped upside-down. I’m not feeling this “couple” so please, make it stop. Tyler tried to pretend he had his anger under control but when Car told him about Elena’s drug problem, he flipped out and threatened Lucas. Thankfully, Alaric was there to stop him in time, otherwise he would have triggered the curse. Life is tough.
Alaric was settling in as Occulant teacher (yes, that’s a thing) at the university and by settling in, I mean having trouble fathoming that he’s a vampire and not feeling the whole “drinking blood” ordeal, especially with Elena guzzling it down in class. But honestly, I’m glad he’s there. He seems to be the glue holding everyone together. Granted he is the only adult, aside from Sheriff Forbes, that these children really have. If not for him, who else would they look to for answers and guidance. That moment when he met Elena’s medical teacher and she asked to take a chug out of his flask, was priceless. There’s no liquor in there silly– just stolen blood from the hospital.
Jeremy was dealing with Bonnie’s loss in a very predictable way– drinking and sleeping around with random girls. We’ve definitely seen this Jeremy before in season 1. Hopefully, he doesn’t become stoner Jer again, cause he’s come a long way from that. Matt’s training to become a police officer, which no one seems to understand given the lack of supernatural entities in Mystic Falls means there’s no real danger. No murders, not much crime. So what’s he training for? Matt is a character that continuously impresses me. I think he’s evolved the most from that whole group. And he’s remained human, which is a huge feat. He knows his friends wont stop trying to come back home to Mystic Falls, and that means he needs to be prepared. Plus, there’s a “backwoods lurker” on the loose, so their not completely done with vampires just yet.
That “backwoods lurker” is none-other than Elena herself. The witchy concoction increased her thirst for human blood. There’s only so much she can steal from the hospitals blood-bank, so she waits around the border between Mystic Falls, just in case anyone crosses over that she can feed on. The episode started off with her feeding on two campers hooking up, which was a not-so-subtle nod to Damon of season 1. Mid-hallucination, she fed on a young girl looking for directions into town, but was caught by Caroline. The girl got away without being compelled, pretty much trying to yell “vampire” throughout town. Thankfully, Matt realized what was going on and along with Sheriff Forbes, stopped the girl from talking and compelled her in time before his drill sergeant and Forbes’ new enemy found anything out. He’s obviously onto the suspiciousness of Mystic Falls, and he’ll play a major role when the vampires all start trying to come back home.
Caroline proved that she’s literally the best character and best friend anyone can have. With everything going on, she’s been everyone’s support system. She’s been picnicking with her mom and reading book upon book to find a way to reverse this Other Side ordeal. She’s also been calling Stefan everyday, despite him ignoring all of her calls. When she finally confronted Elena about her denial, she realized that everyone was a little more broken than she imagined. She called Stefan to inform him of her crappy day, and said that she wasn’t giving up on him because that’s not what friends do. Stefan’s reaction? He broke his phone screen when he saw her name pop up. Sheesh, he must’ve gotten the new Iphone 6 plus.
Elena tried to break off her drug habit by saying good-bye to Damon. Although that scene where she thanked him and kissed him was super cute, can you imagine what she had to look like to everyone else? Just kissing the air. Definitely not as cute when you remember he’s not really there. It’s quite sad. She finally decided to call Stefan and see how his mission was going… and he delivered the bad news, which really depressed Elena. It all finally began to sink in. Damon is really gone. He’s not coming back. We know Elena is one to go to extremes when life gets tough. She’s dealt with a lot of loss and grief, but none of it was ever as bad as losing her soulmate. The realization made her ask Alaric for a huge favor. Since he was turned by an Original vampire, he had the ability to compel vampires. She wanted him to compel her to forget she ever love Damon. Seriously, saddest moment of TVD ever. How much pain does Elena have to be in to want to forget Damon!? Will Alaric do it? Will it work?
And lastly, the big question on everyones mind… What happened to Damon and Bonnie after the Other Side imploded and everything went completely white. Well, Damon tried his hand at cooking.. breakfast food. Pancakes with smiley faces to be more specific, fully knowing that Bonnie hated them. The love-hate relationship is still going strong, wherever they are. Ugh, where are they exactly? Other things to note about that brief but significant moment; it’s not all that bad. Damon is wearing red flanel. I repeat, red flanel…. which is such a change from his usual black tee and leather jacket. They seem happy… like in-love happy, which might be foreshadowing to a Bonnie and Damon relationship? I hope not. Plus, wherever they are doesn’t seem all that bad. It seems pleasant, light, happy. Do they even want to find their way back? It’s crazy. We spend all this time moping, mourning, wasting life, while the dead, their enjoying hot coffee, pancakes, and surprisingly, each others company. What a life!
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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