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The Vampire Diaries – Nostalgia’s a Bitch (8×10)

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Oh sweet humanity. Well… not too sweet for Damon, who was literally a zombie after getting hit with all his feelings again. That’s what happens when you try to outsmart a siren I guess right?

Caroline and Bonnie THOUGHT they were going to have a drama free day when all of sudden, they landed smack dab in all of Damon’s drama. Seeing that he wasn’t reacting to anything in the outside world, they made a deal with Sybil to free his mind from the burning torment that was happening inside. That required convincing Damon that he isn’t completely destructive to those around him.

Elena’s BFFs muddled around in his brain in order to find him and convince him that he could get over all the bad things he’d done… and this season, he did a lot of them! However once inside, they realized finding him in his subconscious wouldn’t be as easy at they thought. He was hiding out in season 1 of the series and  Elizabeth Forbes, Vicki and Bonnie’s Grams were all alive and happy as can be.

After Elizabeth realized her daughter is a vampire, she tortured her until Caroline finally realized she had to forgive Damon because he’d always been there for her mother. His friendship to her made up for all the bad he’d ever done. And just like that, she was kicked out of his subconscious. Clearly, she wasn’t what he needed to wake up and it made sense, she was never really close with him. Bonnie on the other hand, had way more success. She visited her Grams, catching up a bit and and asking her to do a locater spell with the letter he wrote her before he called it quits and “went to sleep.”

She was led to his crypt and ambushed by Tyler Lockwood, another person Damon felt personally guilty for killing. See the pattern in his brain here? That’s when Bonnie realized that the only way to bring Damon back from the brink was to convince Stefan to help him. After all, the one person who probably held the most resentment for his was his brother right?

Ripper Stefan is not pleasant to be around. I never like him as the evil brother honestly and this time, he’s lacking even more remorse than usual, which means he’s quite a pain in the butt. At least when Damon’s evil, there’s a shred of good still left. He does bad but only because he has no way out. Anyways, he agrees to help his bro, but not before setting Mystic Falls up for its ultimate demise – compelling Matt to ring the town bell 12 times to open up a portal to hell that will kill everyone in the near radius. Seriously… could you be more evil?

Inside Damon’s brain, Stefan is in for quite the shock because Damon doesn’t want his brother’s forgiveness, he’s there to forgive his brother for all the evil he’s done to him. He explains that there’s a reason Stefan is always there to straighten his brother out and always sticks by him no matter what – he feels guilty for turning Damon into a vampire. The realization hit Damon, who finally admits he too blames Stefan for all the bad in his life.

This pisses Stefan off and he begins punching Damon while he finally tells him that he loves him back! “Nothing you can do will ever change that,” he informs him. Seriously, how cute is this? I mean, yes they are literally beating each other up but only because they finally, after hundreds of years, forgave each other for every wrong doing. This show was always more than two brothers fighting over a woman – it was about the bond between them and how they stuck by each other, no matter how tough things got. We’ve never lost that concept and honestly, the show has lost itself many times.

Stefan’s solution to all of this – watching his brother go up in flames, much like the whole town. Except that it doesn’t because Damon surprises everyone, come back from his subconscious’ coma, rips Stefan’s heart out,  and runs to the bell tower, where Matt and his father are in a heated boxing match as he starts ringing the bell. You have to give his dad props for not killing him, despite knowing the town’s fate was hanging on by a thread.

Damon knocks out Matt as he’s about to ring the bell for the 12th time and gives us his usual Damon humor – “I hope that didn’t count.” Same. With Damon on the forgiveness trail, he finally apologizes to Matt for killing his sister. Long time coming right? To be fair, this isn’t the same Damon that we met in season 1 – he’s come a long, long, long way. Who knows, maybe by the end these two will even be – dare I say it – friends! Matt then informs him he’s not going to abandon his town, instead choosing to fill the Sheriff’s position. “I always did love the Sheriff’s in this town,” Damon says. Be still my heart.

Back at the Salvatore mansion, Caroline decided NOT to give up hope on Stefan after all. She chained him up in the dungeon where she tells him she knows he loves Damon more and that’s okay. She’ll also do anything to get him to turn his humanity back on, regardless of whether or not their relationship will work.

I don’t think that will be welcome by Cade, who appears to both Sybil and Seline at the bar where they are bickering about sisterly things. Before they can even explain their failure and, he explains that the 11 chimes were enough to release him onto the Earth and he’ll “handle it.” With that, they burst into flames and TVD gets rid of yet another villain.

Meanwhile, Damon continues making amends, this time with the only woman that he loves as much as Elena – his best friend Bonnie. Remember that letter he wrote her but she refused to read because she was so mad at him. Well, he memorized it and recited it to her. In it, he admitted to being a coward because he didn’t want to face life without Elena. The part that really broke my heart, he was too scared to “fail you both.” I mean, DAMON… the feels!

In a way, most of the series was Damon finding redemption for the horrible things he’s done. He was always looking up to his brother, the good one, but fully knowing that he resented him for becoming this person. And now the tides have turned and Stefan is equally as bad as Damon – they’ve both been monsters and they’ve both found the light but it’s always been together and with a team of friends by their side.

I truly believe Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson will give us the “full circle” sendoff we need. And hey, we know some way, some how, Elena comes back. And while the episode titles are a good nod to season 1, I loved seeing Damon brooding and in the cemetery, just like the first time we saw him!

 


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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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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand

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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Welsey reveal bourbon name

During the WizardWorld-hosted virtual reunion for the cast of The Vampire Diaries, the Salvatore brothers, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who played Damon and Stefan Salvatore, respectively, revealed the name of their joint bourbon brand. 

The brand is called “Brother’s Bond,” Ian revealed, adding that it pays tribute to the alcoholic drink that bonded their characters on The CW series from 2009 to 2017. 

“Here it is. Our passion. Our baby,” Ian wrote on Instagram. 

“Time, quality, and passion distilled for you and me,” he added adding that anyone over the age of 21 can go to brothersbondbourbon.com to sign up.

The duo announced that they were developing the liquor in September of 2019.  “Can you imagine if the Salvatore brothers had their OWN bourbon? Well, it’s coming! @paulwesley and I have been working our asses off with our incredible team to make this happen,” Ian wrote on Instagram at the time

During the Twitch stream on May 27, the actors revealed that they’ve been developing the taste from the ground up and ensuring it was smooth and sweet on the palate.  

“Every single aspect of this we designed ourselves,” Somerhalder said during the virtual reunion, which also included Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), among others. 

“This is our baby,” Ian said from his Airstream. He explained that the bourbon is a culmination of their hard work and journey together.

If you were a fan of TVD, you know that bourbon bonded the brothers and defined their kinship. They may have disagreed on a lot, but they always agreed on bourbon. 

It’s unclear when the brand will be available in stores, but we’ll update as soon as we find out! 


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