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Big bad Markos takes over Mystic Falls while Elena uses and abuses the f-word (friends) and has perfect, but fake, visions of her life with Stefan. Just another day in Mystic Falls, right?

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We start the episode with Elena writing in her diary (something we haven’t seen her do since season one). Wait… that straight hair… that red shirt…. this is Elena from season one!!! If you caught that right off the bat, you’re a true TVD fan. The opening moment was actually a dream that Elena was having about meeting Stefan for the first time. She was awoken when Stefan was almost run over by a car. But in true Elena fashion, she shook off the dream-like nightmare and went on with her day. It’s got to be nothing right? But than it happened again. She zoned out and had a vision of Stefan walking her home from their first date. When the porch light turned on she mentioned she had to go because her dad was waiting for her. This dream-like world was literally perfect with a capital P. Caroline quickly snapped Elena out of her trance-like state and when Elena told her about the dreams/visions, Caroline was quick to say it was probably because she just broken up with Damon and now she was reminiscing on her relationship with Stefan, who just so happened to call at that exact moment to tell Caroline of these weird visions that he was having about Elena.

Coincidence? Of course not! As these two are the last living dopplegangers, the universe is pulling them together and conveniently, closer to the travelers. That’s because the universe in this case is non-other than Markos, the new big evil in Mystic Falls. Here’s where we get to the super confusing and complicated part. Dopplegangers never really belonged together. They weren’t soulmates. That’s just a lie Markos invented because it was easy for people to believe in the idea of love. Really, Markos cast a spell thousands of years ago which allowed him to get doppleganger blood. But why? And doesn’t he already have it? Remember that time Nadiya lured Stefan and Elena into a shed where the travelers sucked up buckets of their blood? Whatever happened to that? Why does he need them to connect mentally…. and physically, too?

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While Stefan went to the traveler camp to see if he could find some answers, Elena tried calling Damon for help but he was a little busy playing what seemed like the longest game of pool in the world with bff Enzo and ignoring her calls. Enzo didn’t have that much willpower and caved, picking up when Caroline gave a ring.  She told them about the  “sex dreams” as Enzo referred to them. She preferred romance dreams but neither seemed pleasing to Damon. I don’t blame the guy, listening to your ex-gf (who you still love) explain her obsessive dreams about your brother could really get the best of anyone. When the two girls stopped by the Salvatore mansion, Car and Enzo were quick to dip to other room to avoid the akwardness that was Elena and Damon.They tried to make small talk, with Elena using the F-word; friends! But I chose not to believe that these two could really be friends. I mean, they were practically eye f-word each other the whole time. Meanwhile, Caroline took the time to ask about Maggie, Enzo’s ex and what his intentions were if he lost his old love. After all, she would be like 70-years-old at this point. Enzo admitted he didn’t want to date Maggie, whose memory kept him sane all those years in captivity. He wanted to thank her. Everybody together now, ‘awwwwww’. Despite being so bad, Enzo is soooooo good! (And British!)

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Meanwhile, the three stooges a.k.a Matt, Jeremy, and Tyler were busy getting down to business with Liv. But first things first– Matt and Tyler had to stab themselves with the travelers knife to make sure no travelers possessed their bodies. Travelers, by definition, often moved from place to place, never staying somewhere too long. But when they’d stop to gather somewhere it often meant danger. Apparently, this is what was currently happening in Mystic Falls, but no one was noticing because its inhabitants were being possessed by travelers. One of their victims? Sheriff Forbes!

Bonnie was trying to contact Jeremy (with no luck) when everything suddenly turned really dark and Grams appeared from the other side. We know for a fact that when Grams makes an appearance, things are bad. Word on the other side is that the travelers played a good number on Bonnie all crossing over at the same time to lower the shield and let one of their own pass through. In short, the witches were really scared and bad things were happening on the other side as a result. Apparently, Bonnie wasn’t too shaken by her grandmothers visit because she proceeded to be a teenager. She went by Jeremy’s to see what he was up to and caught him at home with Liv. Jealousy ensued but Jeremy told her to trust him because he’s got the other side handled. Who knew Jeremy was taking lessons from Olivia Pope? Their plan had to be kept hush-hush if they were ever going to do a sneak attack on the travelers.

Who knew Matt would ever end up useful after all. After Caroline was worried that her mother never met up with her at the Grill, he went down to the station to scoop things out only to get stabbed in the neck by Mama Forbes’s inhabited body. Wearing his life-ring, he was transported to the other side where he his first encounter was with Kol. You know I didn’t realize how much I missed Kol until I saw him worried about the events occurring on the other side. Apparently, their never allowed to talk to each other there. Matt pretty much ignored Kol’s pleas and figured if he could see Kol, he’d have to be able to see Vicki. He finally found her but instead of trying to do something productive, he tried to bring her back with him. Call me crazy but Vicki’s been dead for like five seasons. The odds of her actually living again are slim to none Matt. Let it go!!! That’s exactly what Vicki told him before she got sucked into what seemed like a black hole– the same one we saw Katherine get taken into. Maybe that wasn’t just Katherine going to hell. Maybe it was the first sign of the Otherside being in a whole lot of trouble. Honestly, I don’t really know, nor do I really have the energy to care at this point. Sometimes I wish TVD would just tell me what’s going on!

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Back at the Salvatore mansion Elena was trying to console Damon. All their awkwardness was suddenly gone when Damon explained that maybe the fates were just trying to tell Elena that she would have been really happy with Stefan. She explained that the whole doppleganger prophecy wasn’t real, but it didn’t help that at that exact moment she had another vision. This time, Stefan was cooking her dinner where she found a black box. Before she could even open it, she said yes and than the two began to get hot and heavy on the kitchen counter. Whatever moans and groans came out of Elena’s mouth while she was envisioning her romantic evening had to be super awkward to Damon and when she snapped out of it, she gave Enzo the address that she remembered form her vision and stormed away.

The two bffs made their way to Markos’ house who invited Damon on a little walk around town. This is where we found out Marko’s put a curse on the dopplegangers and it wasn’t really fate drawing them together. The visions could stop if he ordered them too. Basically, when Silas and Qetsiyah cast the immortality curse, it created a rift/schism for the travelers and a lot more power to the witches. They kept the travelers from coming together, which also prevented them from being powerful. Everytime they tried something kind of disaster would ensue and kill them all. (I’m assuming their talking about Liv’s coven and explaining exactly what she’s trying to do now with the help of Lucas and the three stooges.) In order to stop this “curse” placed upon the travelers, they needed the dopplegangers blood. He than got his town full of travelers to chant a spell to stop Elena and Stefan’s visions while these two were in the process of the greatest vision yet. A look into the future of Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore. Yeah, I said it. It was the perfect fantasy. Elena had her hair up, Stefan came home for their anniversary. They had two kids and were still very much in love. Until sudden, it was gone. Disappeared. Markos’s spell worked and both Elena and Stefan felt their perfect dreams come to a shattering end.

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It was sad, but it also gave us one of the best Elena and Stefan scenes ever. To be honest, I was never a Stelena fan. These two are just much better as friends! But what they had was real. They didn’t get together originally because it was fate or some prophecy. They fell in love and it was beautiful. But than the sun came up and reality set it. Elena fell in love with Damon and these two fell apart. They never stopped loving each other, but they weren’t IN love anymore. Cue my favorite quote of the night. Elena asked Stefan if he thought she could ever have such a conversation with Damon, and he responded, “I think you can either be friends with someone or in love with them. I don’t think you can be both.” Omg. How perfect. There’s just one problem. Why does Elena want to be just friends with the guy she’s madly in love with? I know that maybe she needs to be alone and find herself for a bit but let’s be honest, she’s never going to go back to Stefan. It’s over. Dunzo. Damon is the real thing whether she likes it or not. The conversations she has with Damon, their more powerful than any conversation she has with a friend because they have this love in them. But, Elena doesn’t realize that and it sucks. Also, I don’t fully think Stefan believes a word he’s saying to her. He’s strong because he too knows that he soulmate is Damon, but he loves her just as much as he did day one. Gah……

The f-word really had a presence this week. It was like foreshadowing what was to come for Elena’s relationships in days to come. When Damon returned home from his satisfactory? meeting with Markos he found Elena at his bedside. She thanked him for helping the visions stop admitting that they were perfect but they weren’t real. What she had with Damon was though. It was raw, complicated, emotional, real. But they also weren’t good for each other and that’s why they had to be f-word. *Shattered heart* This honestly would have been the perfect moment for some I love you’s followed by sweet kisses but no. Elena ruined it, just like she ruins everything and set herself up for the worst possible outcome. Damon wasn’t Stefan. He couldn’t hide his feelings, pretend or watch the love of his life be his friend. He never wanted to see Elena again. 10 points for Damon for proving once again that when he loves someone, he really loves them!

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Summarizing the rest of the gangs paranormal activities. Kol told Matt that he needed to return and find some help for everyone on the otherside. Matt wasn’t sure he would be able to remember the conversation when he woke up but he did and he immediately told Bonnie and Jeremy who were waiting for him to wake up. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Matt we’d have to sit through some more awkward moments between Bonnie and Jeremy–two people who really lost their spark as a couple. I guess you really can’t date the anchor to the otherside and be happy.

Tyler decided he should check out Matt’s warning and followed Sheriff Forbes. To test the theory he told her that his mother said hi to which she responded, “send her my best okay.” Obviously a dead giveaway considering that Tyler’s mom has been dead for like three seasons and the real Sheriff knows that. Tyler stabbed her, but a black figure appeared behind him and you know what that means… trouble! Tyler was possessed by one of the travelers who met up with Markos and said, “we’re in.” Um…. in where? Than he mentioned something about taking the town and gave Markos the last travelers knife, which he burned.

It’s safe to say, Markos and the travelers cannot be trusted. They are evil creatures and I don’t think anything they told Damon was actually true. Furthermore I’m now inclined to wonder what the hell do they want with the last two living dopplegangers? And how is Liv’s coven going to stop them? Also, if I really have to write dopplegangers one more time I might gauge my eyes out. I hate to say it, but I kind of want this season to be over with. I need a vacation from the complicated/confusing/ non-sense world that is Mystic Falls. How do you do it Elena Gilbert? Writing this review took life out of me. But, I’ll give credit where credit is due. Good job on you’re first directiorial debut Paul Wesley. You really confused the shit out of me.

 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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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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