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The Vampire Diaries: Let Her Go (6×15)

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Everyone is rocked by Liz Forbes’ death this week on TVD…. Bonnie returns as the prison world collapses.. and someone from Damon’s past makes a comeback. The writers delivered a strong, but predictable episode. Let’s bite in.

Caroline Copes

Caroline deals with the harsh realization that her mother is gone for good. She decides to bang everything–the funeral arrangements, meetings with lawyers, etc.– out in one day and gathers the crew of Mystic Falls to help her do it. Elena can’t seem to figure out what this new change in attitude is, but she figures maybe Caroline will be fine after all. And while dealing with the loss of her mother, Caroline also can’t stop thinking about the kiss she shared with Stefan. Did it mean something? Would he want to be with her? When she tries to talk to him about it before the funeral, Stefan tells her he’d rather do it when the day is over. This convinces Caroline that he’s really not feeling the relationship and she realizes that Damon was right– when all of this blows over, she’s going to hurt a lot more because she will be alone. No one will be there to console her. The one person who has always remained by her side. And being lonely is a painful feeling… more painful than saying goodbye.

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The Funeral

The Vampire Diaries may be the only show that brings me to tears…. every damn week. It was no different this Thursday. When the officers saluted Sheriff Forbes one last time, I could barely hold it together. Especially when they radioed her one last time before retiring her radio of 12 years. So sad. The send off was beautiful and fitting for a woman who dedicated her life to protecting Mystic Falls from the supernatural creatures that lurked in the night… or day time with their rings on. Damon’s eulogy took the cake as the best part of the episode, mainly because it was the first time I’ve even heard Damon speak so fondly of anybody. Elena was right… the eulogy, like funerals, aren’t for the dead– they’re for the living. In this case, the only daughter of his best friend. It was nice to see Damon be completely honest about his relationship with Liz and give her final thoughts over to her daughter. Caroline topped off the somber moment with a beautiful song for her mommy. Someone, pass the tissues.

Damon Deals

Damon struggled to write the eulogy and revisited some painful memories to get inspiration. You know I’m always a sucker for flashbacks, so I was especially pleased a caring Damon with his very young brother, Stefan. Since these two are eternally young and handsome, you tend to forget that they are actually different ages. I never realized the age gap between them was so wide. It really put things in perspective for me. We saw Damon deal with his mothers death and found out the reason he didn’t go to the funeral was because he didn’t know what to say…. or rather how to say goodbye. In the end, little Stefan with tears in his eyes told him all he really had to say was goodbye.

Stefan and Caroline

Stefan struggled with his feelings for Caroline this week. I was kind of  surprised to see that he wasn’t sure he actually liked Caroline, even after their epic kiss. When he asked Damon for advice, he told him that the fact that he questioned his feelings meant they weren’t as strong as the other 2 times he fell in love… with a girl that looked exactly the same. Of course, he couldn’t tell that to a grieving Caroline, so he put the talk off till later. But after hearing Damon speak so fondly of the strong blonde and seeing her graciously sing her goodbyes made him realize that he actually did have feelings for her. They might not be the same feelings he had for Katherine and Elena, but they are strong… and maybe this time, they’ll actually be for the one. Because let’s be honest, Katherine was never the one. And comparing Caroline to her is kind of a low blow. He makes his way over to her place, but arrives too late.

Caroline Turns It Off

Elena realized Caroline was in such a rush to take care of everything was because she wanted to turn off the pain. Turn off her humanity and stop feeling everything. She followed her home, hoping to persuade her not to go through with it. Caroline freaks out however, telling Elena that she was allowed to turn it off when her brother died… erased her memories when Damon died. Even Stefan ran away because he couldn’t cope with the pain. Why wasn’t she allowed to turn it off? Elena tells her that those two things were her biggest regrets in life. They both begin crying and as Elena hugs her best friend and tells her she won’t let her go through with it. “That’s not your decision to make,” she says as she snaps her neck. When Stefan arrives, he finds Elena temporarily dead on the floor and Caroline nowhere to be found.

Kai’s Sick

Away from the drama of the funeral were Kai, Ric and Jo. The latter spent half the morning puking thinking it was the Thai food from the night before. Kai showed up looking a little less chipper and a lot more sweaty and pale. Turns out there were some sideaffects from merging with someone other then your twin. Without her magic, Kai was dying… and puking up buckets of blood while at it. Jo had to make the choice: does she give up her magic and save the Gemini coven? Or does she let her brother die, killing off herself and her family. Oh and apparently, there are more “prison worlds” other than Kai’s and they all rely on the power of his coven… somehow. Without the coven, they all disappear into oblivion. With all this in mind, Jo knows she has to give up being a witch. Yes, giving Kai all her magic is dangerous, but he seems to be a little less evil now that he has some Luke in him. When the exchange is complete Kai tells Jo she’s pregnant before leaving, presumably for good.

Ric and Jo

I called that by the way. The minute I saw her puking in the toilet in the morning I thought, “gee maybe it’s morning sickness. I bet she’s pregnant.” Regardless, the storyline is hella exciting! Who would have though Ric would have a kid? And to top it off… Ric proposes to his new girlfriend. She says no at first thinking it’s just a pity proposal, but when he pops out a ring, she knows it’s serious. Ric planned to propose that morning actually after realizing life was way to short. Congratulations to the happy couple. As for the baby, does this mean a new leader of the Gemini coven is on it’s way? Will it be twins?

Bonnie Escape’s 

With Kai’s magic in limbo, the “other world” aka 1994 Mystic Falls where Bonnie has been spending her lonesome days is unraveling. She successful hunted down Katia’s magic, but when she was about to go complete the spell during the eclipse, everything suddenly went dark and it began to snow. Then, a ton of bright lights began appearing in the sky and Bonnie figured out she had been transported to another major recurring moments- the Northern Lights of 1903. Yep, homegirl went WAY back in time. As Jo and Kai were exchanging magic, Bonnie harnessed the spell of both the northern lights and the eclipse reciting the spell with the ascendant in hand. And right before she was transported out of there for good, a woman in olden time garb approached her. “Who are you?,” they both quipped before being transported back to the present. At that moment I realized why the writers stressed Damon and Stefan’s mother in the past two episodes– she was going to be a major storyline in the upcoming episodes.

As Damon arrived home from the funeral, he found Bonnie in his kitchen making pancakes. Their reunion was probably one of the sweetest moments on this whole show.. especially considering their hatred for each other just last season. Bonnie jumped into his arms giddly, before revealing that she saw someone else in Kai’s prison world before she left. “That’s my mom,” Damon said starry eyed. Oh, it sure is Damon. And she’s definitely back in the present world, hitching a ride with Bonnie, so you better get ready to meet her and find out why she was locked away in an alternate universe in the first place. Was she evil? Was she a threat? I cannot wait to find out and see how her return will affect both the Salvatore brothers and their “relationships.” Can you just imagine Elena meeting Damon’s mom from the 1900’s? I’m literally laughing out loud.

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

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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.”

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Virtual Reunion

Ian Somerhalder (left) and Paul Wesley (right) on The Vampire Diaries. Credit: The Cw/ The Vampire Diaries

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.


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Why Caroline Forbes Never Needed a Man on ‘The Vampire Diaries’

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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. 

Why Don't They Want Me Back?

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. 

Through these relationships and the subsequent heartbreak, she was able to grow into a strong woman. 

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. 


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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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