Watching the winter finale of The Vampire Diaries was torture… worse than the kind Sybil put Damon and Enzo through. How is this the final season? The show has to end because at this point, it’s just being dragged out, but I’m so upset our final winter finale consisted of the writers lost in their own story.
Stefan and Caroline were spending their last Christmas together before he went to give his soul to the devil; he sold it in order to protect his fiancee’s girls. During the deal, he scored 1 last day with the love of his life and he was going to spend it celebrating the holiday’s, like a normal person.
Unfortunately, no amount of wine and liquor can make Stefan and Caroline think that their family is “normal.” They’re far from. Damon and Sybil surprised everyone by crashing the dinner but really, their visit was rather pointless. Damon killed his brother – and I used the term killed loosely because they are immortal servants of the devil now so they can’t be killed – because Cade requested a meeting with him. Other than that, he was just a pest at the dinner table, interrogating Peter, Matt’s new found dad about why he abandoned the family. Short answer – he was ashamed. Ouch… sorry Matt. His life in Mystic Falls has NOT been easy. In the end, Peter walked away with his life despite Damon’s promise to kill someone before he left that night. We did find out that Sybil still wants something from Peter although she won’t say what and he seems to have no idea. Either there’s something he’s not telling or Sybil really is just playing mind games.
Stefan skipped out on all the dinner party fun, which included Caroline drinking champagne straight from the bottle, in order to go on a Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past trip with the devil himself. The devil being the latter of course. During their trip, they visited two points in Stefan’s life – Christmas in Moterey during 1917 and the first time Stefan met Elena. The purpose? Cade wanted to show Stefan that he was exactly the man for the job… well, when he was a ripper. During his “ripper days” he was the wildest vampire, killing in flocks, a feat no other vamp could accomplish, not even Damon. But he was also good at finding the good people with a rotten core, that he could turn evil, like Elena. He inserted himself, and later Damon, into her life, rotting it with darkness. And you can’t deny that – homegirl is dead in a casket, her life linked to her best friend’s. They screwed her up.
Cade wants Stefan to help turn the good people bad so he can feed on them. And he’s up for a deal – if Stefan switches off his humanity, he’ll be able to deliver souls at a rapid fire pace. If he’s successful, Cade promises to free both Stefan and his brother within a year. The catch, since you know there always is one, is that Cade believes Stefan won’t want to gain his humanity and his old life, loving Caroline, back. Stefan disagrees but who knows.
Interestingly enough, our trip through Stefan’s past reveals that he actually knew Seline back in the day. They met after he ravaged the village. She was about to go claim his soul for Cade but when she looked into his mind, she didn’t see evil, she saw anguish; a good man turned into a monster in order to survive. Someone just like her. In turn she spared Stefan and erased the killing spree from his mind so that he would believe he deserved redemption and eventually, could gain his life back. The purpose of that storyline – I guess to highlight that Seline is actually just like Stefan and Cade’s been eyeing him for awhile. Sure, we’ll buy it Julie Plec.
Out of the dream world, Stefan kissed Caroline under the mistletoe and said his goodbyes alluding back to season 1 and the episode title “the next time I hurt someone, it could be you.” Stefan said it to Elena when he became the ripper the first time and now, he’s about to do it again while engaged to her best friend.
Meanwhile Damon finally opened the gift Caroline gave him and found out that it Elena’s old necklace. As his memories returned, you could see his demeanor completely change he realized how far down the rabbit hole he’d gone and how there was no turning back. So he pinned it on Sybil, pretended to be into her, leaned in for a kiss and then pulled her heart out. She’s immortal though so I’m going to take a guess and say she’s not actually dead – that would be too easy right.
I would say it was a pretty good Christmas for Bonnie and Enzo. They seemed to have absolutely no problems now that he was free of Sybil. Key word being seemed. Before they jetted off to Paris, which let’s be honest, they probably won’t ever make it, they tracked down Seline in order to get the Tuning Fork to control Sybil. Seline gave them a whole speech about how all she wanted was to be human and be free, then handed the fork over as the first step in redemption. When they finally used it at the Salvatore house, it not only affected Sybil, but also Bonnie. Weird? Is it because witches, sirens and psychics are all connected in some way? Or is Bonnie getting her powers back?
As for Ric, he finally took Seline up on that offer and allowed her to dig into the twins’ minds in order to erase her footprint. Is she being honest? Possibly? But I don’t think the girls are done being used just yet.
The end was quite satisfying, I’ll give them that. We finally went back to one of the main story-lines – the brothers, together again. The Vampire Diaries began with Stefan falling for Elena, but early on, Damon was introduced and it was always a struggle between these brothers, who loved to hate each other, but couldn’t let go.
While everyone is spending Christmas with their person, these two are once again together, against their wills. This time, they are on the same side so it is refreshing. As they exited Mystic Falls to begin their year of Cade duty, Stefan flipped his humanity switch as a Christmas gift to Damon, who I’m honestly convinced still has a shred of humanity left since he held onto Elena’s necklace. It will be nice to see what happens when both brothers are ruthless murderers considering one was always good when the other was off his rocker. I guess we’ll see in the second half of the final season?
Hopefully that delivers in a way season 1 failed to, wrapping up stories and giving us an adequate ending – either the brother’s finally just decided to accept their fate and die for all the bad things they’ve done, or Damon is redeemed as they find a way to wake Elena up and everyone lives happily ever after? Which ending do you choose?
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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