“It’s a long story but I’m back… I’m back.”
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen this weeks brilliant TVD episode STOP READING RIGHT NOW.
On this weeks episode, Whitmore college is celebrating homecoming… which is ironic cause Damon has a homecoming of his own. He is back. I repeat, he.is.back! And in possibly the best reunion the show has ever seen! I’ve never enjoyed an episode this much and I’m so glad this season is getting back to the way the first season was, with moments that pull on your heartstrings.
Throughout their time in the prison created by the Gemini Witches, Bonnie tried to remain positive and hopeful that they would get out and return to the ones they loved. Kai, the dude the prison was created for, was also shady and a liar. The day they were suppose to finally leave 1994 for the present, he wouldn’t even show Bonnie the spell. She finally got fed up and dared him to take her magic and do the spell without her. Kai wouldn’t and knowing that he served no further purpose for their escape, she killed him. Then she was left to figure out the spell to turn on the ascendant. After hours of studying the grimaure, while Damon got wasted and made funny faces, she figured it out. Kai always needed a Bennett witch because the spell holding this place together was made by a Bennett… Grams anyone? She was the key to leaving. When the time finally came, they went down into the hole Damon dug up to catch the solar eclipse and portal jump.
I was so nervous watching this scene and for good reason. Were we really to think they would return to the present day with no problems? That Kai wouldn’t stay dead? That he hadn’t tried killing himself over the course of the 15-years he was actually trapped here. After being stabbed by Bonnie, Kai only died temporarily… like a vamp whose neck has been snapped. As they were about to complete the spell and open the portal, Kai shot an arrow through Bonnie breaking the link. Damon tries to save his friend and keep Kai from reaching the ascendant, when Bonnie uses all of her remaining strength to grab the ascendant, pull Damon into the circle and send him through the portal. This is one of the most powerful moments in TVD history. These two people have been through hell and back together. They were in this together and despite always “hating each other” really grew to love each other like siblings. When Bonnie realized she wouldn’t make it out alive, she saved Damon. Her actions were so selfless. Tears streamed down my face as I watched this moment. Damon was free, but Bonnie was stuck with a psycho in this prison with no other way out. What if she didn’t die? You know she won’t. And despite being back in the present with everyone he truly cares about, Damon will be in mourning like all of his friends and family were when he died. He’s going to dedicate his time to finding a way to get Bonnie the hell out of there. After all, she is his best friend and that’s important to him because I don’t think he ever had a girl friend that he wasn’t romantically involved with.
Back in Mystic Falls present day, the town of wherever-the-hell-they-live-now was getting ready for Homecoming.. basically their version of Halloween complete with a murderous ghost story and a boozy corn-maze. Elena, still without her memories of Damon, was getting her flirt on with Liam inviting him to be her date to the annual celebrations. She even played matchmaker inviting Alaric and Jo so they could mingle and “live a little.” No pun intended. The night started off smoothly them, until Tyler, who was in quite the hurry and texting, swerved off the road to avoid hitting a guy, was knocked unconscious and drove through the whole maze at high speeds, injuring hundreds. Moral of this story: don’t text and drive because it will cause you to trigger your dreaded werewolf curse.
Tyler’s actions really put a damper on the night. Jo had to go into doctor mode, trying to save as many people as she possibly could, while Ric had to try to keep it together surrounded by a bunch of bleeding people. Blood-thirsty for real. No one has such problems controlling their need for blood as he does! Someone seriously needs to give him a lesson or two. Thankfully, this could be played off on the “squeamish” excuse so Jo didn’t really notice. Eventually, Alaric tries to compel Jo into thinking that they had a horrible time together and he’s a boring alcoholic, who she doesn’t want to kiss or see again but to his surprise, it doesn’t work. His compulsion has no affect on the high off of pain killers doctor who kisses him anyways and tells him that she actually does really like him. How could that be? He’s practically an original vampire? His compulsion even works on other vampires? Does Jo know something that we don’t? Did her drugs have an active ingredient of vervain? Who knows…
Elena and Liam also had to put to use their pre-med knowledge to save everyone…. well, more like Liam cause Elena just opted to give the dying humans some of her blood to heal them. The real hero was Liam who punctured a woman’s collapsed lungs to save her life. Elena was in awe and later kissed Liam to stop him from asking questions on how she healed a girl-near death and told him her type was the hero. Looks like Elena has a new boyfriend and just as Damon returns from the un-dead. Plus, she mentioned her dead ex to Liam, so now when he finally meets him, it’ll be super sketchy, weird and awkward.
Tyler freaked out when he woke up to find his truck in a tree and a dude dying under it. What did he do? It was all an accident, but now if this guy dies, Tyler is eternally imprisoned by the full-moon… a fate he’s been trying so hard to avoid. He calls Elena desperate, hoping she could come and feed this guy some of her blood. She tells him that she can’t come to help him because there’s a whole field of people he ran over that are in critical condition. Her reason is legit, but the fact that she doesn’t go to help him kind of makes her a shitty friend. Liv comes to be by Tyler’s side when Elena calls and puts doctor Jo on the phone to at least talk Tyler through some life saving techniques. After assessing the man’s condition, she declares that he only has a few minutes to live and they should just hold his hand and make him feel safe and comfortable as he goes. This obviously doesn’t cut it for Tyler, who knows just how much is at stake. Seeing how panicked he is and knowing she has deep feelings for him, Liv puts her hands over the dying mans mouth and nose and suffocates him to death. That way the werewolf curse won’t be activated because Tyler never killed him… she did. This is another selfless and bold move from someone we least expected it. I guess it kind of makes up for that time she let Bonnie and Damon die.. kind of.
Liv is a mess after the murder. It’s not an easy feat to kill someone, even if your saving the person you love. Tyler comes to the bar to console Liv and thank her, knowing that he could never repay her but promising that he wouldn’t waste this second chance. I admit I was on the fence about this couple, but after this episode I’m on team Lyler? As passionate as his relationship was with Caroline, I don’t think there was every this self-less aspect, nor was there a connection deeper than lust and physical attraction. Tyler has really come into his own and turned into a man this season, so maybe that’s why this feels less like a high-school crush and more like the beginning of a real relationship.
Caroline has also moved on, but with a version of Stefan that isn’t too like-able. Seriously, what happened to you dude? Stefan wakes up in the middle of the night to find blood-thirsty Ivy rummaging through his fridge and confessing to murdering his boss. She gets all crazy blaming Stefan for turning her into this uncontrollable killing machine. You know she was a decent person at one point… she had an Etsy shop! This just goes to show you never truly know someone until they turn into a vampire. All of their characteristics are heightened and Ivy was such a dumb, obnoxious, know-it-all vampire. She kind of reminded me of Vicki… and I hated Vicki. Good riddance. I speak of Ivy in the past-tense although she isn’t actually dead, just yet. Stefan brought his ex-gf to Caroline’s so she could watch her and show her the ropes, while he dealt with the realization that he gave Enzo to a vampire hunter whose now unleashed his wrath beyond Mystic Falls. Nice going. After a whole day together, Caroline refuses to let Ivy go to the party and the newbie snaps her neck. She goes on a feeding spree around town, attacking some poor guy. When she tries to erase his memory, simply looking into his eyes and saying “erase” doesn’t work. Clearly, she doesn’t have it all down. Spoiler: he later dies in the arms of Liv and Tyler… so I guess they saved their vampire friends from being exposed. Meanwhile, Caroline spends the rest of the night looking for Ivy after Stefan doesn’t pick up his phone. When he finally returns, he flips out on Caroline telling her he was halfway out of town when he listened to her voicemail. Yes… Stefan was going to dump all of his problems on sweet little Caroline and skip town. He’s officially lost it. Caroline tells him to beat it and goes to find Ivy herself, when she witnesses Tripp stab the girl and load her up into the truck.
I wasn’t worried when Tripp took Enzo because he’s an Augustine vampire and can handle torture. Ivy on the other hand will probably blab everything at the twist of an arm. Which means, Stefan is in huge danger because Tripp actually thinks the Salvatore is a decent human, hoping to put an end to the supernatural.
After his confrontation with Caroline, Stefan realizes that losing his brother has really taken a toll on him– changed him. He goes to his family crypt, where all of his family is buried.. everyone except for Damon. He admits that he’s been trying to start over, but isn’t able to because he’s lost without him. He’s not doing so great without his big brother. In his anger and sadness, he takes his liquor bottle and throws it at the wall. Except it doesn’t shatter… Damon catches it! Stefan is in utter shock and disbelief. Is he imaging it? Is he really that drunk? “This stuff is good, but it’s not ‘i see dead people good'” Damon tells him. The whole moment is so surreal and emotional. The person you thought was dead for over 4-months appears out of nowhere, standing in front of you alive! “It’s kind of a long story brother, but I’m back,” Damon explains. “I’m back.” Then something so beautiful happens. They hug. I mean genuinely hug, like brothers that cannot live without each other hug. Like I’m never going to threaten to kill you again hug. Once again, tears in my eyes. Damon’s return couldn’t have been any more perfect. Forget Delena… It’s all about Defan! I’m so glad that Stefan is the first person he sees as he returns to the real world. Damon has changed a lot as a character, especially during his time in seclusion with Bonnie. He realized how much he really missed everyone. We haven’t seen Stefan really mourn the loss of his brother like we saw with Elena. Sure, he’s been affected but this was the first time we actually saw him open up, cry and admit he’s lost. So when he finally saw his brother again, we saw just how badly he was affected by his brothers “death.” It was a beautiful bonding moment. Bravo TVD. My standing ovation goes to you.
The episode gets a 10/10 for simply providing me with the moments that make all my time invested in this show, worth it. Thank you for the beautiful writing, the elaborate characters, the emotions and the feelings. I am so proud to be a fan of this show. But now what happens next? Obviously the Damon and Elena reunion won’t be as magical as we hoped because all of her memories are gone. From the previews it seems like she’s actually upset by the news. Will want Alaric to restore them? How will Damon feel after he finds this out? Will he also join in the fight to save Enzo? Will he try to help Bonnie and locate the Gemini coven? Till next week!
The ending scene song of brothers reunited: M83-Outro
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Paul Wesley Reflects on His Brotherhood with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Star Ian Somerhalder, Addresses Toxic Masculinity
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.”
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’
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.
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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!
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