“Today will be different” takes us back to season one’s pilot episode and a quote by Elena. Oh how far we’ve come… in a sense, everything is different in The Vampire Diaries and not in the good way.
Stefan lost track of Damon and Bonnie was upset that Enzo wasn’t leaving them anymore clues that is until they realized that the next victim on Enzo and Damon’s kill list was the one and only Sarah Salvatore.
Sarah’s a pretty random person for the Siren to want to kill right? That’s because now that she’s human, she’s got a hold of these dudes in a much bigger way. For one, she’s trying to get into their minds and see what “matters” to them. Damon has flipped him humanity switch, allegedly, so she’s not too worried about him, but she is upset with Enzo, who she hasn’t been able to crack. Not succumbing to her means he’s got a lot of willpower and he’s protecting something near and dear – Bonnie Bennett. So instead, he gives the Siren Sarah’s name.
When Damon and Enzo finally get to Sarah, she injects Damon with vervain while Enzo explains that she’s got to book it out of town. In her apartment, she finds the Salvatore committee who are there to help her escape. While Stefan tries to convince Sarah to leave with them, Bonnie takes this moment to chat with her rogue boyfriend.
I love Bonnie, I really do. She’s smart, brave and has more lives than a cat but this week, I really just wanted to punch her in the face. She didn’t listen to Enzo at all instead playing the “heartbroken” card. Like, do you think Enzo wanted to leave you when things were going well to go on a random killing spree? No, I’m sure he didn’t. And if he could easily waltz back home, I’m sure he would have. Clearly, whatever he’s dealing with is strong and dangerous and she should get that considering all the magical creatures they’ve encountered. But Bon Bon thinks she’s smarter and kidnaps Enzo against his will. When he wakes up, he freaks out because severing the mind connection with the siren is impossible. He explains he’s been protecting her so that she doesn’t see who he loves because she’ll come after her. Everything he’s done has been to protect selfish Bonnie. The closer he gets to her, the weaker and more defenseless he becomes. Stupidly, he allows himself to kiss Bonnie, which later leads to the Siren figuring out who he leaves. I swear, the Siren is like a jealous mean girl in high school isn’t she. Instead of looking at their recent texts, she looks into their minds.
While Enzo is out getting kidnapped, Damon regains consciousness and attacks Caroline, taking off her daylight ring and leaving her stranded. Then, he goes to kill Sarah Salvatore but Stefan pulls out the cards to try to stop him. He tells Damon that all hope isn’t lost and he isn’t eternally doomed because Sarah is the last living Salvatore. He thought he killed her when he committed his most heinous crime, but she was saved. When that doesn’t convince him fully, he tells him to remember Elena. She wouldn’t have wanted this. Damon has turned off his humanity but in quiet moments, his thoughts continue to go to the moment he met her in the forest. With that, Damon releases Sarah but she doesn’t get far before getting stabbed by the Siren.
She freezes Stefan so that he cannot help Sarah and rummages through Damon’s brain to see how he still has the willpower to defeat her orders. There she finds out that Damon does still care about someone and replaces Elena’s face with her own…. now instead of meeting Elena and falling in love with her, Damon meets Sybil. And with that, any inch of humanity left in Damon is completely gone… dunzo… poof. Look, I did like the badass Damon back, but I don’t like when Damon is a total dick. There needs to be balance and the idea that not even Elena can bring him back from destruction is a scary, scary thought.
Not everything is depressing in Mystic Falls however… at least not for Caroline and Stefan. The couple, who moved in together last week, are moving at a rapid pace. This week, Stefan built Caroline’s daughters a spare room at the Salvatore mansion and then PROPOSED. Now all you Steroline haters need to sit down because one – Klaroline isn’t happening and two. Stefan really is good to her. They might be a boring couple but they are good for each other and really, it’s about time some of them got their happy ending! Do it for Bonnie and Elena man. I wish the writers would make this a gradual, slow engagement but given that this is the last season, we’re probably going right into the wedding planning, which I’m sure Bonnie will love considering how upsetting Caroline’s happiness is now that she’s lost hers.
As for Ric, well, I don’t really get his story just yet. His research at the Armory plays a big part into how we’re going to stop the Siren and free our boys but it’s all really unclear at this point. All we know is that he’s spending time in a cave preserved from the 1700s looking for clues with his intern Georgie, who won’t stop hitting on him. Then she sees a symbol in the research that freaks her out and she confesses that she’s seen that symbol during a brief visit in hell when she flatlined after a texting and driving (PSA) accident that killed her best friend.
I wouldn’t be this excited about mythology but I have to remind you this is the SECOND mention of hell during this episode. Earlier Damon mentioned that he would do anything to avoid going back to hell, which was shown to him by the Siren. Will TVD introduce the devil? I mean, we’ve literally met every other mythological and supernatural creature right?
What are your thoughts on the episode? Will Steroline make it down the aisle? Will Ric hook up with hot intern or hot nanny? Will Bonnie save Enzo? Will Stefan save Damon? Will they find a way to bring Elena back for the finale? And does the Siren have anything to do with breaking Elena’s sleeping curse?
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!
Is Netflix’s ‘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.
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#SweetMagnolias is set in a fictional town called Serenity. Sheryl Anderson repeated, throughout the shooting of the show, that it was important that everyone might see themselves in Serenity. I like that idea more than ever these days—Serenity not just as a place, but a state of mind. The show drops on #Netflix in just 5 days on May 19.
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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