There were only two story lines that we focused on on this weeks The Vampire Diaries: the merge we’ve been waiting for all season and Liz Forbes’ cancer. And this of course means, not one but two tragic deaths… although one was a bit more effective than the other. Dig in..
Damon really kicked the merge into high gear, which I’m kind of disappointed about, but also thankful for. They were really dragging it out and lets be honest, there’s no way Jo would ever be strong enough to defeat Kai. Liv and Luke’s father came into town, hoping to convince the twins to do the merge. They were hoping to convince him to agree to let Jo try to handle this one. Their plan could have worked except that Tyler decided to be dumb and go mess with Kai, who is in an induced coma or whatever. Damon caught him and was like “oh hell no.” And I was sitting here thinking “why the hell is Tyler even on this show?”. That’s when Damon got a brilliant idea… he knocked Tyler out with the sleep drug instead and made a deal with Kai, whose “traveler” magic had evaporated.
Quickly on Caroline learned she made the biggest mistake of her life– feeding her mother vampire blood. While she thought her generous deed would nip the cancer problem in the butt, it only sped up the process. Colin somehow made his way to her house, spitting up his own blood. Head scans revealed the tumors were growing at a rapid pace. The problem- Colin was also a vampire now…. Yeah. After Caroline fed him her blood, he healed, then died and then turned into a vampire with cancer. Bet ya didn’t see that one coming! Basically, homie was suffering A LOT and he was upset because he couldn’t end his misery! Cue Damon! He’s always around when someone having a problem killing themselves needs a helping hand ripping their heart out. (Please don’t take this statement lightly, suicide is a very serious thing.)
The Deal With Kai
Sometimes Damon gets ideas that have really good intentions, but horrible outcomes. This was one of those plans. He promised Kai that he could merge with Jo if he would help suck out the magic from Liz. Sidenote: Dr. Jo tried a human blood transfusion to maybe balance out the vampire blood in Liz’s system and restore her symptoms to normal, but no luck there. We’re dealing with a whole new level of medicine here people! Kai agreed… but he’s Kai. Upon sucking out the magic from Liz (which I assume means vampire blood?) Liz went into cardiac arrest. Elena went into full panic mode, but Kai was like “saving her from death was not part of my deal. I’m out of here.” May day, May day! The only reason he wanted Liz’s magic was for the merger. And now that he had it, he snapped Damon’s neck and stole Jo to complete the unification once and for all so he could become the leader of the coven and the most powerful witch. If that sounds scary, it’s because it is.
The Merger Part Two
While there was no eclipse, there was Mercury and Damon made sure to convince daddy dearest to force his twins to merge because Kai was on the loose. He attempted to merge the twins against their will as a birthday gift, but Tyler came and messed everything up again. Seriously, CUT! He threw a few punches at his gf’s dad which is like a huge no-no in the book of boyfriends but Tyler wasn’t ever really that smart so we’ll just file this under “anger issues.” With their father knocked out, Luke came up with a brilliant plan, leaving his twin behind but promising her that he would be right back. Don’t make promises you can’t keep blondie!
Ok Really, The Merger!
Luke interrupted Kai and Jo’s merger and took her place instead. Yeah, apparently the coven isn’t really serious about “twins” having to merge. As long as they have the same bloodline and are the same age–which thanks to Kai’s prison, he is. Luke was confident he could defeat his psychopath brother. To be honest, I was too. But, he didn’t. And it was a little sad. Liv cried. Her father fled because he knows better than to mess with a looney. Jo took her anger out on Damon whose really to blame for all this “ish” going down prematurely. But I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Let’s think logically here…. who is of more importance to the show? Luke or Kai? Yes, Kai may be evil but he’s brilliant at it! And Luke, well he’s like the witch version of Matt Donovan…
Stefan’s really been out of the loop lately, spending most of his time by Caroline’s side. Blondie was beating herself up over the fact that she unintentionally killed her mom. Nobody ever wants to do that. Stefan tried to help her through it by saying she took a risk out of love and it backfired. But still, the whole situation really suck. And I can say I didn’t shed a tear during all of the Liz scenes because I shed like 3-million. Seriously, this had to be the most heartbreaking episode. Caroline spent most of the episode trying to avoid her mom because she felt so ashamed, which sucked because she should have been enjoying the last few hours/days/weeks she had left with her. After Stefan finally convinced her to come back to the hospital, Liz had went into a cardiac arrest and died. Elena tried so hard to save her, but no luck. Caroline walked in as her mother lay there lifeless. Liz however, was dreaming that she was packing up her things and hoping to say goodbye to her sweet daughter. But when Caroline finally turned around, she was a full on bloody vamp. That scared Liz straight and she woke right back up to soothe her baby girls tears. Mama ain’t leaving without a goodbye!
Stefan promised to watch over Caroline when Liz finally did pass. Let’s just say it was her mother’s dying wish. Coming so close to losing Liz made Elena realize that life was too short. She might not remember her relationship with Damon, but she’s falling in love with him all over again. At times, it almost feels like their back to their old ways… except that this is all new to her. Our tortured lovers finally kissed and sadly, it didn’t return any of her memories like I thought it would. But hey, it was worth a try. Maybe they’ll finally get their happily ever after now?
Other Memorable Moments
- “So cute when your all doctorly”- Damon on Elena’s use of medical terminology
- I love that Elena pointed out what we were all thinking: How could Stefan be so stupid and careless to let Caroline give her mom vampire blood without waiting a day or 2 to see how Colin was doing? As a hundred-something year old vampire, he should have known better. Stefan’s really been slipping lately…
- Does it bother anyone else that the rules are so bendable with magic? Like Damon pointed out, we’ve been told only twins could merge. TWINS. Why did Luke merge with Kai. And why is Mercury equivalent to an eclipse. And why did Kai win? How much magic did Liz have in her?
- A little upset at how rude Damon was to Caroline when she was clearly upset that she was the reason her mother was dying. Show some sensitivity Damon!
- “I could kiss you right now you beautiful moron”- Damon referring to Tyler and saying out loud what everyone was definitely thinking.
- “Listening to you talk makes me want to die”- Liz. I’m glad she can joke about death on her deathbed. No wonder she gets along so well with Damon!
- “You win some, you lose some. Except for me. I always win”- Kai on his successful merge.
How will they handle Kai being the leader of the coven? Is there a way to bring him down? And if you kill the leader, does the whole coven die? Wouldn’t that be disappointing. Will they find a way to save Liz? Will Bonnie ever make it back to the present? Let us know what you think!
Photo Credit: The CW/The Vampire Diaries
Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity
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.”
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.
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!
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