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The Vampire Diaries- Welcome To Paradise (6×03)

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The episode was titled welcome to paradise, but I didn’t see anything heavenly, exotic, or relaxing about this episode. Instead, I saw a bunch of vampire teens who weren’t even able to enjoy jello shots in the woods, because too much crazy stuff was going down. The only one who seemed to enjoy her time at the swimming hole was Elena, who gathered all of her friends together for a night of drinking and bonding. It seems that ever since she erased her memories of Damon, all she wants to do is drink and party. This is definitely not the Elena were used to.

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Caroline is struggling to accept that Elena took the easy way out and erased her memories. She’s also really upset about everything that went down at Stefan’s house. She turns to Enzo, whose her only real stable friend nowadays…. and that’s really saying a lot! The two have really great chemistry together, and I think if it wasn’t for Stefan, her and Enzo could really be happy together. During breakfast, she sets some ground rules for the party:  No one is allowed to mention Damon around Elena. Doesn’t seem to hard right? Well, Enzo is able to follow the rules merely by not interacting with Elena at all. Caroline on the other hand, lets her frustrations get her to and almost slips up after telling her friend that she feels like no one is on the same page anymore. 

Ivy’s death brought Stefan back to his old ways. He’s finally stepping up to his dick head boss, telling him he needs some time off to take care of business, ahem kill Enzo, and compels him to bury Ivy’s body. His first stop… Whitmore College to check up on Elena. After 4-months, mind you. Elena is super happy to see him. Anyone else think she’s taking happy pills? Her happiness throws Stefan off a little. I guess he didn’t get the memo that she’s erased her memories. Thankfully, he doesn’t bring Damon up.  He agrees to go to the party, only when he finds out Enzo will be there. Elena’s thrilled, not realizing Stefan isn’t in it for the bonding good times, but only for revenge. All he wants is to kill Enzo, so that he doesn’t have to see him again, or be reminded of his brother. Then, he can finally move on and forget about everything that happened.

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Caroline won’t let that happen without a fight. She’s got feelings for him, which she finally admits out loud and to Elena. Important to note that she refers to them in the past tense. Elena’s a little taken a back by it, but only because she doesn’t remember that she had another great love after Stefan. After Caroline finds out Stefan is only there to kill Enzo, she confronts him and tells him that if any part of why he is back here is because he missed Alaric, Elena or her, than he needs to stay. He walks away from her, leaving her in tears. Thankfully, Elena is right around the corner, waiting to comfort her. At least she’s still around, despite being completely different. It kind of sucks. Elena is happy and all, but at the cost of some really great and intimate memories and her best friend cannot connect to her on a deep and truthful level. 

Elena brought her new friend from med-school along for the ride, thinking maybe he’s be a good match for Caroline. She talked her best friend up in the car, only to find out that he wasn’t even interested in meeting Caroline. He kissed Elena in the forest, and she actually smiled about the unexpected turn of events.  I’m not exactly enjoying Elena “flirting” with other men and considering this new relationship because Damon is still stuck god knows where, constantly missing her. It’s not her fault granted she doesn’t remember him, but come on! Someone needs to snap her out of this funk and a witch needs to be found in order to help rescue these guys. Has everyone really just given up?

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Matt comes to the party with one of his police academy partners, who also turns out to be a vampire hunter.We know this kid was working for Tripp, whose also a vampire hunter, but Matt’s totally oblivious. Although after seeing him clean out a truck full of blood, he should have caught on that something wasn’t right. His friend was trying to kill Stefan, but thankfully Enzo saved his life. Stefan isn’t one bit thankful, knowing that the vampire only did it to make the rest of his life living hell.  At the end of the episode, Enzo walks into a bar, where Tripp is also at. He injects Enzo with vervain, hoping to bring him down, failing to realize that Enzo can actually withstand vervain in his system. Stefan comes bolting in, shooting Enzo with two wooden bullets and leaving him for Tripp to finish off. How rude. I understand this was his revenge and paybacks a bitch, but you can’t be a vampire hunter, when your a vampire Stefan. Isn’t that like a rule? Well, it should be. Unless your Michael Mikhealson… than I guess you get a pass. But I swear, if Enzo dies, I’ll be super pissed. I doubt it though. He survived being a lab rat for a ton of vampire experiments. I think he’s going to outsmart Tripp and escape. Or Caroline will come to save him and that will be the start of their relationship, cause after she finds out what Stefan did, she will forever resent him. At least one vampire still has her morals. 

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Finally, in Mystic Falls circa 1994, Damon and Bonnie realize their not alone. During a trip to the grocery store, the continue to quibble and fight about whose right. Bonnie says that someone was in her house, ate the pork-rhinds that have been on the shelf day-in-and-day-out for the past 4 months, turned on the little carousel outside and brought Damon’s car to the parking lot. Damon refuses to believe someone else could be there with him because he doesn’t want to get his hopes up only to be let down that there isn’t a way out of this “hell.” Bonnie finally gets fed up and tells Damon that if he’s having such a shitty time being stuck with her here and if he’s going to be Peter pessimist, he should just take his ring off and kill himself. This confused me a bit because aren’t they already dead? How can you die if your already dead? Well, I guess that just proves that they aren’t actually dead. Their in some safe-haven created by Grams (we’re assuming) which preserved them in some kind of alternate universe by magic. Therefore, magic is the only thing that could get them out of here. Once Bonnie leaves, Damon goes back to the grocery store and hears someone crunching on chips. And low and behold, there is another person. He’s a stuck up prick named Kai, who spiked all the bourbon in the store with vervain. When Damon takes a drink, he drops to the floor. Kai teases that he’s going to kill him, but before he can, Bonnie comes back to save Damon. Kai calls her useless, which really pisses her off and does the trick. The anger and need to save her friend motivate Bonnie to get her magic back! She starts a fire around Kai, while Damon knocks him out. Back at the Salvatore house, Kai admits he set the whole thing up, knowing that the right motivation would help Bonnie, who is the key to getting them all out of here. Thank god Damon didn’t kill Kai because he apparently knows A LOT about wherever the hell they are.

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I really wonder why they’re stuck on May 10, 1994. There must be some significance to that day. Maybe the “solar eclipse” that happens every morning, is something Bonnie needs to get them out of there. It would make sense right? And thinking ahead, what happens when they finally do get out of there and make it back to the present? Will Elena remember Damon when she sees him? Is there a way to reverse the mind-change that Alaric did on her? How will Damon react knowing his girlfriend completely forgot about him?

I really wonder why they’re stuck on May 10, 1994. There must be some significance to that day. Maybe the “solar eclipse” that happens every morning, is something Bonnie needs to get them out of there. It would make sense right? And thinking ahead, what happens when they finally do get out of there and make it back to the present? Will Elena remember Damon when she sees him? Is there a way to reverse the mind-change that Alaric did on her? How will Damon react knowing his girlfriend completely forgot about him?

Other Thoughts

  • Does anyone else think the reason Damon and Bonnie are always at each others throats because their in love. I kind of find myself wishing that they would kiss already! What is wrong with me?
  • Tyler and Liv= gross. She’s definitely not his type and the fact that their all attracted to each other kind of bothers me. Her attitude sucks! 
  • The fact that Caroline told Elena she’s into Stefan is definitely going to push Elena to Stefan… and it’s going to be awkward and cause a huge drift between the bffs.
  • After Jeremy’s temporary girlfriend ran back into Mystic Falls, apparently the compulsion stopped working on her again. This means that she remembered that Elena fed on her and Caroline compelled her and she’ll probably go tell Tripp everything. Oops. I’m surprised that they weren’t concerned about finding her and stopping her. No one even went after her.


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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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