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The Vampire Diaries- Promised Land (5×21)

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“Death is literally on its way!”

The other side literally crumbling is becoming really problematic, really fast. Why? Well, not only are Bonnie and Enzo dead and unable to come back, now so is Stefan! Yes… that literally just happened. The writers have completely lost it and one of our main, main characters has met his end. Taken to the promised land….

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I guess its refreshing to see that even Stefan isn’t immune to death. Lots of crazy stuffs been happening in Mystic Falls over the years but somehow, the trio has managed to escape death. It almost felt unrealistic. While I’m totally sad about Stefan, part of me is still in shock and disbelief because I still think somehow, someway, their going to find  a way to bring him back. I mean they have to right? Right? Omg…. they killed Stefan didn’t they?

Basically, we began this episode with Stefan and Elena getting drained of blood. Literally, their blood was flowing down into buckets for Markos to use in his plan to destroy all magic that wasn’t pure. (What’s with shows and light magic lately?) Someone decides to free Stefan and even though he’s completely weakened, he’s able to free Elena too. Unfortunately, Markos and the travelers have taken them to the middle of nowhere, so getting back to Mystic Falls proves really tricky. They eventually end up hitching a ride with a traveler, Julian’s wife to be exact. She admits she’s the one that freed them because she needs to get back to her husband, in order to take him out of Tyler’s body and put him into his own, before the spell is complete.

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In the meantime, Damon is on hero duty. His mission for the day is to somehow kill Markos. Seems easy enough right? He steals all the travelers bodies from the crypt in order to lure in Markos and kill him. Well, part of his plan works. Markos does pay the Salvatore mansion a visit, but he doesn’t need the travelers original bodies in tact. That’s not part of his plan. His plan is to rid the town and eventually the world of bad/dark magic. That means any magic that has to do with witches would be destroyed. Since a witch originally created vampires, when the spell is complete, vampires would cease to exist. Damon’s heard enough! He attempts to kill Markos only to find out that he’s actually super strong because he’s channeling the blood of the dopplegangers and all the travelers, who have gathered in the town square to chant in ritual.

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It’s pretty much everyones agenda today to stop the spell from happening and that’s including Liv and Luke. Their coven is upset with them because Luke failed in keeping the dopplegangers hidden from Markos. His plan should have never gotten this far. The only way to stop the spell now is to kill Elena and Stefan. They see their car rolling into the city and use their super sonic magic to crash the car, killing Julian’s wife, before trying to break each and every bone in the doppleganger’s bodies. Only one has to die for their blood to become worthless. Before they can make a choice, Liv and Luke suddenly loose their power. The spell has begun. In a matter of seconds, Elena and Stefan’s daylight rings stop working and they begin melting in the sun. They run to the Mystic Grill for shelter and Matt takes them down through the underground tunnels. In order for them to not die as a result of this spell, they have to outrun it to parts of the city that haven’t been yet affected. Deep in the tunnels, Elena starts vomiting water– a nod at her drowning death, while Stefan starts bleeding as a result of a gunshot wound that killed him.

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Soon the spell starts taking its toll on Tyler and Damon. Tyler loses his fangs and hybrid powers, while Damon also starts bleeding from his chest from his deadly gunshot wound. While this is happening, the bodies belonging to the townsfolk that have been inhabited by the travelers begin collapsing, while they begin waking up in their own bodies.

Caroline is panicking after finding out from Bonnie that she lied about being saved when the other side implodes. Their is no spell that Liv was working on. When the Other Side crumbles, Bonnie and everyone that’s died will go with is as a result of the travelers degrading the magic that held it together. She stumbles upon an idea. Julian’s wife knew the spell that Markos used to return from the dead. That spell could help bring all of them back. Unfortunately, right as Enzo is asking for her help, she is picked up by the black vortex of nothingness. There goes that plan.

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The gang regroups in a part of town that hasn’t been yet affected by the spell. Elena jumps into Damon’s arms upon seeing him and kisses him romantically. It’s all rather bittersweet. The romance is in the air because everyone is afraid that their dying. No one wants to go on bad terms. No one wants to go period. They break up into teams, which is going to give them the most advantage. Damon and Elena go together, while Jeremy and Matt stay in Mystic Falls to keep watch. Caroline and Stefan team up before their approached by Julian in Tyler’s body looking for his wife. Stefan breaks the horrible news to him that she’s been killed by the witches. One thing leads to another and in pure anger, Julian rips out Stefan’s heart, killing him. Caroline freaks out watching Stefan’s face turn to stone as she kneels by his body screaming for help. Bonnie sees Stefan on the other side and hopes to god that she’s seeing things. Without any way to bring them back, Stefan passes through her hopeless.

I’m still totally on the WTF trail. Seriously Julie and Kevin…. WTF? How could this be? What does this mean for the finale? Sometimes I like to speculate how things will go but this time I’m just out of ideas. Now that a doppleganger is dead, is the spell voided? Are all the mystical creatures of Mystic Falls safe? Well except those that are dead in a crumbling Other Side. How are we going to save Bonnie, Enzo and Stefan? Will we? Or is it really over for them. After this episode, I’m terrified to see what the finale will bring. I don’t think I can handle much more!

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Memorable Moments

– Damon and Enzo bickering through Bonnie. It’s hilarious to watch her be in the middle of a fight where these two fools don’t actually see each other.

– I adore heart-to-heart Stefan and Elena moments. They really are so much better as friends! Plus, Stefan gives great love advice. When he told her that she needs to be with Damon because their miserable without each other, I died.

– Casper the english ghost. LMFAO. No explanation needed.

– Even when shit hits the fan, Damon still manages to keep a positive attitude and the jokes rolling. How does he do it? Plus the idea of Damon knowing what a hipster is just makes me giggle a little.

– While I hate the travelers and don’t condone what their doing, I see how this could teach everyone a valuable lesson. The travelers are like the homeless. They just want to own and belong. When Markos was explaining to Damon that the travelers are everywhere in people he doesn’t notice because he’s too busy ruining what he has, that was literally a direct hit at everyone in the world that takes anything for granted!

– When things started to fall apart because the spell was in full effect and Damon had to leave his home to all these travelers, it was devastating. Especially when he looked back one last time at the place he called home for so many years. Gah…. pass me the tissue.

– The fact that Elena and Damon couldn’t get it together until they were literally on the verge of death irritates me. I hope this nonsense stops in the next season. You love each other! Life is pointless without each other! Now let this be your lesson you two!

– How the HELL ARE THEY GOING TO BRING STEFAN BACK?!

-And while this weeks episode ended on the most somber note in the world, not to mention the whole town and vampire species was on the verge of destruction, the promo for next weeks season finale seems super light-hearted… I’m kind of confused. Do these guys not know Stefan just died? Are they delusional? Have they found a way to bring back the dead from the Other Side???  Check out the clip here and sound-off with your theories!

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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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