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“I’ll take that drink now”- Liz Forbes

There was only one goal on this weeks The Vampire Diaries–to make you cry. That hard, ugly cry. Did they succeed? Heck yes! The writers used Jeremy’s departure as a platform to promote a heartfelt episode, but then switched it up, killing off a major character while leaving the door open for Elena’s brother to guest star whenever Bonnie finally returns from 1994.

It was a beautiful episode. We said goodbye, but not everyone in the way they wanted to. One thing TVD can do really well is death. They know death. They understand death. And they know how to make it elegant.. beautiful.. freeing… fulfilling.. All words you don’t usually associate with losing a loved one. Liz Forbes’ time finally came. She spent most of the episode wrapping up unfinished cases and bonding with her best friend, Damon, of all people. Did anyone else even feel sorry that Caroline wasn’t the last person to see her alive? I didn’t. Damon was the perfect sendoff for this ordinary character who embraced her fate and loved that in a town full of supernatural occurrences, she can die the most natural of deaths. And it was nice to see this side of Damon–who we’re expected to believe is such a monster.

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There’s one point that really drove it home this week. Death hurts. But it hurts a lot less when you have someone to blame. You have a reason and an outlet to take out your anger. Accidents, their a lot harder to accept because they are unexplainable. That’s just life. And they usually happen to the best of people– like Elena’s parents. As Liz prepared to turn in her bade, she wanted to close a bunch of open cases. Damon was able to assist in the majority of them… since he was the killer. It was a funny touch to see how open he could be around the Sheriff now. And it’s funny because so much emphasis was put on her death, when these other deaths didn’t mean much… and Damon wasn’t remorseful at all. I guess death is only tragic when it happens to someone you know. One case that remained open for some time however was how Elena’s parents died. That’s how the episode started– a memory of the night where they rushed Elena into the hospital unconscious after her parents car drove off the bridge and they died. That moment seemed to be the one that defined Liz’s career. Hours before the accident Miranda called Liz saying they needed to speak urgently. At the crash site, there were no skid marks on the road… luggages in the trunk… and her parents chose to take a longer route. Liz figured this might have been an indication that this was no accident, but she was just looking for some justification on their death before she too met her maker. In the end, Jeremy remembered that he was caught smoking pot and his mother called the Sheriff to scare him. There was a storm the night before which ruined the Gilbert’s plans to go to their lake house hence the luggage and the shorter route was closed down because of a fallen power wire. In other terms, a pointless and tragic accident.

Going back to that night was a way to send Jeremy off. He finally talked to Elena about how they coped with the loss of their parents and they realized their lives were never normal. That was one big reason why Elena wanted Jeremy to get out of town and live like a “college teen” was supposed to. Granted, his diploma and acceptance to art school were both compelled by her and Damon. The perks of a vampire sister I guess. We haven’t seen these two siblings bond in a really long time doing something so simple like smoking a joint. It was refreshing. And seeing Elena stoned was an added bonus. But the big twist came when Alaric drove little Gilbert to “the airport,” which was really a bus stop to Santa Fe where he was going to embrace his vampire hunter self.  Yep, lying to his sister is like second nature to him. And Alaric is helping him why? Did Jeremy just realize his life was worth more than the “normal” experience? Did he want to use his powers for good? The fact that he didn’t go to art school to get a fresh start gives me the feeling that we haven’t seen the last of Jeremy. This was more of a “see you later” than an actual goodbye. So, see you later dear friend.

Caroline retorted to her lake house where she carefully planned her mother’s last day. It was a sweet surprise that never got to be. Part of me thinks it was more of an escape for herself to just reminisce on the good moments spent there with her mother. She needed to accept that she was going to lose her, that she would be alone and that Stefan was only sticking around because her mom asked him to take care of her little girl. But that wasn’t really the reason. He wanted to be there for her because he knew how hard it was to lose a mother and he wanted to be there for her. This led to a very beautiful moment between the two. Yes, the finally kissed. It wasn’t that passionate “i want you” kiss. It was full of love and appreciation and for Stefan realization that he totally loved Caroline all along. It was beautiful…. and its satisfying to finally see Stefan get the girl. Both Salvatore brothers finally happy. Unfortunately, working late, the Sheriff never made it for her daughter’s surprise.

A lot of the episode had to do with losing a mother. Caroline was losing hers. Elena closed the case on losing hers. And Damon and Stefan both actually mentioned their mothers death, something that I don’t think was every touched upon on the show. Yes Damon had a mother. And he didn’t get to spend much time with her before she passed away. He volunteered to write the eulogy, but when the time finally came, he didn’t even attend the funeral. I think his friendship with Liz is so strong because in a sense she’s like a mother figure to him. And she offered him a second chance… to write her eulogy this time. Props to the writers for highlighting some of the show’s saddest moment with humor. “But nothing dirty,” Liz told Damon to which he replied, “I can’t make any promises.” That’s the kind of person I want to be around when my time comes. As Damon left to make her that drink, she fell asleep one last time.

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Caroline rushed to the hospital, crying hysterically that she wasn’t there for her mom’s last moments. But just cause Liz wasn’t alive didn’t mean Caroline couldn’t be there… he taught her to live in her mom’s final memories. Her last one before death– teaching a little Caroline how to ride her two wheeler… the same bike Caroline found in the lake house earlier in the episode. The memory was so simple but showed just how much Liz loved her daughter and how proud of her she’s been since day one. “Don’t let me go” Caroline said in the memory, which really echoed her feelings in that moment. As Matt, Elena, Damon and Stefan gathered around the bed, Liz let go… passed away surrounded by the people who loved her most. A death we all only be lucky to have.

The one thing that didn’t fit into this heartfelt and simple episode was Enzo. I’ve said it multiple times– his storyline is pathetic and disgusting and whatever redeeming qualities he had in the previous season are gone. While everyone is just embracing life and dealing with the tragic loss of Caroline’s mom, he’s busy trying to ruin a young girls life and hitting Matt with his car only to expose vampirism to Sarah Salvatore. I’m a little disappointed and surprised that he wasn’t there for Caroline. I feel like he cared for the blonde at least a little bit. And what’s he doing all this for anyways? Revenge? Cause he hates Stefan so much? Because he doesn’t get the same love from others as Stefan does, even though they’ve both done their fare share of evil things. One thing he continues to overlook is that while Stefan has his weak moments, he’s truly a good person at heart. He cares for people and his friends. The same cannot be said for Enzo. He says he’s doing this for his best friend Damon but when was the last time you even saw him hang out with Damon? He threatens to hurt Elena’s brother… he has this ugly hold on Matt. To be honest I don’t know why Matt just doesn’t tell everyone what’s happening. Damon would take care of that real quick. I hope this storyline comes to an end soon because it is not the Enzo we all came to love.

Other Memorable Moments

  • Damon trying to convince the principal that Jeremy deserves to graduate early. “Extra curricular activities. Health stuff. Did you see how scrawny he was before.” Hilarious Damon humor.
  • When he tries to tell the principal Jeremy didn’t actually fake his own death…. Yeah, like anyone would believe that story!
  • Damon giving Jeremy a joint was also kind of priceless. “We’ll somehow all find a way to move on. Oh look I just did.” That’s Damon covering up the fact that he’ll actually miss little Gilbert.
  • Caroline seeing doing work around the house with his little sleeveless shirt. She stopped breathing. I stopped breathing. Stefan is hot y’all!
  • “No the reason why I’m a terrible Sheriff is because my best friend is the perp in all my cases”- Liz on Damon’s snacking problem.
  • Elena freaking out that they’re busted for smoking pot from a dying Sheriff.
  • Damon: “You look hot”
    • Liz: “That deeply disturbs me.”


  Damien Rice- Colour Me In (Caroline sees her mother in her memory)

 


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Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity

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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.”

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Ian Somerhalder (left) and Paul Wesley (right) on The Vampire Diaries. Credit: The Cw/ The Vampire Diaries

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.


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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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