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The Vampire Diaries- What Lies Beneath (5×20)

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“Meanwhile, you and I and our ex-girlfriend are going to go on a little secret trip.”

A secluded cabin… a killer on the loose. What could possibly go wrong??? Everything. Especially the situation that’s been created by Elena and Stefan’s lie! And while I did like seeing the foursome trapped inside a cabin in the woods together, this episode was totally predictable! Nevertheless, I guess it was necessary to move the storyline along. I just hope the writers can redeem themselves with the season finale. I do recall saying that if I heard the word dopplegangers one more time, I’d shoot myself about 2 seasons ago..

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Tyler wakes up disoriented before realizing that he’s still with the travelers and they believe that he’s Julian. He gather’s the info on Markos’ big plan and makes himself turn into a werewolf in order to escape and warn the others.  With big bad Markos on the loose trying to get buckets and buckets of doppleganger blood, Damon decides that the best thing for all of them is to go out of town and hide away in a cabin, while Luke works on a cloaking spell. Stefan, Elena and Damon camping out together… not awkward at all. Thankfully, Caroline is on hand to ease the tensions…. along with Enzo, whose just bursting with revenge.

Meanwhile, Bonnie and Jeremy are trying to have a cute date night before finding out that Tyler has returned and their help is needed. Jeremy goes to grab his things and Grams appears, scolding Bonnie for not telling Jeremy the truth about the other side. She’s feeding him false hope saying that Liv is working on a spell to keep her alive while the other side implodes, but it’s impossible. When the other side self-combusts, Bonnie is going right along with it. She than knocks over a lamp and picks it up, further showing her granddaughter just how bad things have gotten on the other side.

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Damon’s pretty suspicious of his ex and his brother thinking their lying about Enzo’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, Caroline sees them whispering and acting a little too friendly and quickly jumps to the conclusion that they might be hooking up again. Nothing a little game of ‘never have I ever’ won’t solve right? ‘Never have I ever kissed a Salvatore brother,’ Caroline toasts before adding, ‘today’ and totally changing the atmosphere giving Damon a window to attack his brother. ‘Never have I ever lied about Enzo’s whereabouts,” he toasts. Elena decides that this night has gotten way to weird for her taste and decides to take a nice hot tipsy bath. Who takes baths after they’ve had a couple of drinks anyways? Well, Enzo decides this is the perfect time to try to rattle the cages a bit and tries drowning Elena. Thank god for Damon’s super-sonic hearing which picked up that Elena was in quite the predicament. Don’t you think its funny that she doesn’t want to be with Damon but in time of need, she automatically calls out his name. It’s annoying to me. You want him to save you but you don’t want to be with him. Why does he always have to risk his life just to get nothing in return except lies? Elena realizes it’s time Damon knew the truth about his best friend.

tvd2To everyone’s surprise, Damon doesn’t flip the switch/lose his cool/bowl with heads/ feed on the town. He’s pist, for sure, but he’s more pist at the fact that he didn’t see it coming. Also, why would Enzo try to drown Elena? If he really wanted to kill her, he would have to try a lot harder than that. Damon knows his friend all too well. Enzo didn’t want to kill Elena, he wanted to distract them so he could kidnap Luke and reveal the dopplegangers to the hungry travelers. Everyone splits up looking for Luke, whose really their only shot at protecting Elena and Stefan. Damon and Stefan find Luke tied up in a wooden barn, which Enzo quickly lights on fire. Before they can free their warlock and escape, Enzo shuts the door, stakes Stefan and hold Damon pinned against the wall with no escape. Stefan is able to free himself and Luke, while Damon makes a promise to Enzo that he will bring Maggie back to life. Weird things are clearly happening with the Other Side and if Bonnie and Markos somehow returned, how hard could it be. Truthfully, this was Damon making a promise while he was in a tricky predicament. Will he be able to keep his promise? Probably not, but he’s sure going to try for his friend. Also, nice touch with the fire Enzo. It’s like karma coming full circle. After all, once upon a time Damon left Enzo to burn in a flame engulfed building.

What Lies BeneathElena confronts Caroline and asks her why she got so jealous of her relationship back in the house. Caroline has absolutely no idea, but I might have a hunch– she’s smitten over Stefan. Duh! Stefan comes to talk it out with Caroline and admits that he didn’t want to tell her the truth about Enzo because he didn’t want her to think less of him. Meanwhile, Elena goes to check up on Damon, whose in a rather odd mood. It’s weird to explain, but in this scene between Elena and Damon, I feel like he finally stood up for himself. He finally got fed up with all the bullshit that was happening. His best friend died, his brother killed him, his ex-girlfriend knew and was keeping a secret from him. He’s upset. And while everyone expected him to lose his cool and go full on ripper, he didn’t because that’s what Elena would say is the reason they can’t be together. While his reasoning for his actions was still centered around Elena, he was free from her spell. He wasn’t whipped, he just didn’t care anymore. And that’s what allowed him to be himself and kiss her. Judging from her smirk, in a way he’s probably never kissed her before.  What did he have to lose at this point? He was having a crappy day and he wanted to kiss the love of his life. Being around her sucked and being without her sucked. There was no win-win.

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Thing’s weren’t as romantic for Bonnie and Clyde… er, I mean Jeremy, back at home. Calling out Julian from Tyler’s body revealed Markos’ plan. In order to tie his lose ends, he was going to perform the same spell Nadiya performed on Elena to keep Katerina in her body permanently. They needed to retrieve his body before the travelers got to it. Obviously, they failed and the spell was completed. Tyler was now permanently Julian. And while some might think this isn’t too big of a deal because Elena was once saved from that same exact spell, there is a difference this time. The only blade to kill a traveler in someones body had been destroyed.

And it didn’t stop there. While I’m all for team Steroline and team Delena cozying up, it would be really great if they picked more appropriate times for their rendezvous. When there’s hundred of travelers looking to find and drain you of blood, it doesn’t seem like the right time. While the couples were too busy smooching, the travelers caught up to them and attacked their precious dopplegangers. What happens next? How will Damon and Caroline save their friends? I mean technically, they don’t even have a legit witch aside from Liv who didn’t think it was worth her time to come protect them in the first place. I highly doubt two main characters would die, but how much blood is enough blood to wipe out the magical forces in Mystic Falls? And what’s going to happen to the Other Side?? Share your thoughts!


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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. 

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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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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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