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The Vampire Diaries- Prayer for the Dying (6×12)



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..

The Merge

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. 

Carolines Mom

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… 

Cancer Sucks

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!


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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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Sweet Magnolias

Is Netflix’s ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Filmed in Mystic Falls?



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!

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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Coffee Table News

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Announce Name of Bourbon Brand



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 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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