The Vampire Diaries – S8|E1: “Hello, Brother” Review

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Season 8 | Episode 1

Hey everyone! Welcome back to what is regrettably the final season of The Vampire Diaries. Keisha and I got together earlier to discuss the premiere episode and what our predictions are for the rest of the season.

I had the pleasure of watching the premiere episode in Covington, GA, where they film The Vampire Diaries and it was incredible. Being able to have lunch at the Mystic Grill, stand in front of the clocktower and watch the episode with a huge group of fans was a great experience. If you can ever make it out to Covington, pay Jessica a visit at Vampire Stalkers: Mystic Falls Tours. You can visit her website and book a tour to see filming locations from the show. I’ll be posting pictures from the tour I took with my best friends, and also more about the experience of being in Georgia for the premiere, so look out for that.

Check out our podcast review of the episode below and let us know what you thought! You can follow me on Twitter at @ThisIsKristin_ and Keisha at @Keishamaze.

SYNOPSIS: Stefan continues his search for Damon and Enzo months after they vanished from the armory vault; Caroline and Alaric fear for their family after a dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor.

The Vampire Diaries to end after upcoming 8th Season!

Yes, it’s true. It was announced on Saturday, July 23 at San Diego Comic Con that The Vampire Diaries will end after the upcoming 8th season.

With a beautiful tribute video to the fans serving as the show’s goodbye, fans were left to reflect on the memories this show has given so many of us. Admittedly, I didn’t watch the show from the very first airing, but I binge watched it on Netflix and was immediately hooked! My mother, my niece, her mother and I would have TVD nights to watch the show together. I even went up to Orlando with my good friend Keisha to a TVD Convention where I met a lot of other fans that became friends! Four conventions later, I can honestly say that this cast is so incredibly humble and extremely appreciative of their fans even after all these years.


To be completely honest, this show opened the door for me to start recapping shows for Variety Radio Online and now my own site, According to Kristin. While I won’t sit here and say that I sobbed after hearing the news, I will say that this show has changed a lot of things for me and for that I’m forever grateful.

Keisha and I will be recapping the 8th season each week over on our AudioBoom channel (The Chatterbox with Keisha and Kristin), so definitely check that out and like our page!

 

The Vampire Diaries – “This Woman’s Work” – Podcast Review

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Hey TVD fans!!  Keisha and I got together to discuss the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!

SYNOPSIS:  When complications from her supernatural pregnancy leave Caroline’s life hanging in the balance, Stefan and Valerie take extreme measures to try and save her and the babies. Meanwhile, after uncovering a dark secret about Damon, Enzo uses the information to force Damon into helping him track down Rayna Cruz, a ruthless vampire hunter who is on the loose. However, when Damon’s actions inadvertently put everyone he loves in Rayna’s path, he is forced to make things right before it’s too late. Bonnie and Alaric also appear.

Check out our podcast review below and let us know what you think!

 

The Vampire Diaries – “This Woman’s Work” – Podcast Review

The Vampire Diaries – “Postcards from the Edge” – Podcast Review

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Hey everyone!!  Keisha and I got together to discuss the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!  🙂

Check out the podcast review below:

SYNOPSIS: When his experience in the Phoenix stone leads him to do the unthinkable, Damon finds himself without a care in the world, spiraling out of control and under the influence of a dangerous and reckless Julian. Refusing to give up on his brother, Stefan attempts to reason with Damon only to uncover the devastating reason for his descent. Elsewhere, Caroline begins having some dangerous side effects as a result of her supernatural pregnancy and is forced to turn to Valerie for help. Meanwhile, Bonnie, Nora and Mary Louise attempt to track down a ruthless vampire hunter named Rayna after they suspect that she has reemerged. Matt and Enzo also appear.

 

The Vampire Diaries – “Postcards from the Edge” – Podcast Review

The Vampire Diaries – “Things We Lost in the Fire” – Podcast Review

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Hey everyone!!  We’re back for another recap of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries! Check out the podcast below:
 
SYNOPSIS: With the traumatic effects of the Phoenix Stone taking a toll on his brother, Stefan attempts to help Damon regain his grip on reality, while secretly struggling with his own experience in the stone. Elsewhere, Matt and Bonnie deal with the fallout after Julian and his men take over Mystic Falls, leading Matt to spiral out of control and into trouble with an officer named Penny. Meanwhile, Tyler returns to town for Alaric’s baby shower and Caroline makes an upsetting discovery involving Alaric and his future plan for the babies.
 

 
 
The Vampire Diaries – “Things We Lost in the Fire” – Podcast Review
 
 
 
***Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on The CW Friday nights at 8/7c.

The Vampire Diaries – “Hell is Other People” – Podcast Review

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Hey everyone!!  We’re finally back after a hiatus that seemed to go on forever!!  Check out our podcast review of the Winter premiere of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!  🙂

SYNOPSIS: After finding himself on the wrong end of Julian’s plan to avenge Lily’s death, Damon awakens to find himself trapped inside the Phoenix stone, tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War and forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out. On the outside, Bonnie is in a race against the clock to get Damon out before the effects of the Phoenix stone take over and leave him changed forever.

 

The Vampire Diaries – “Hell is Other People” – Podcast Review

 

***DON’T FORGET…The Vampire Diaries AND The Originals have both switched over to Friday nights on The CW.   The Vampire Diaries will air on Fridays at 8/7c, followed by The Originals on Fridays at 9/8c.

The Vampire Diaries – “Cold As Ice” – Podcast Review

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Hey everyone!! Check out our podcast review of the midseason finale of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!  🙂
 
SYNOPSIS:  In the events following their mother’s passing, Stefan and Damon try to engage in the holiday spirit. 
 

 
 
The Vampire Diaries – “Cold As Ice” – Midseason Finale Podcast Review
 
 

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The Vampire Diaries – “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” – Podcast Review

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Hey everyone!! Check out our podcast review of Season 7 Episode 8 of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!  🙂
 
SYNOPSIS:  As Julian and Lily throw a party to celebrate Mary Louise and Nora’s anniversary, Stefan and Damon set in motion a risky plan to eliminate a new threat posed by Julian. Meanwhile, following a major revelation uncovered by Valerie, Caroline is forced to face her new reality, even as it threatens to destroy her relationship with Stefan. Finally, determined to do what’s best for her family, Lily makes the most difficult decision of her life.
 

 
 
The Vampire Diaries – “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” – Podcast Review
 
 

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The Vampire Diaries – “Mommie Dearest” Review

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Hey everyone!! Check out our podcast review of Season 7 Episode 7 of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!   🙂

SYNOPSIS: In order to get through to Lily (recurring guest star ANNIE WERSCHING) about Julian’s (recurring guest star TODD LASANCE) manipulating ways, Stefan and Damon confront their mother with painful memories from their childhood. However, when Lily reveals a dark secret she’s been harboring for over 160 years, Stefan and Damon are left questioning everything they’ve ever known about their family. Determined to prove himself to Lily, Enzo comes face to face with Julian and challenges him to a duel, but an unexpected twist threatens to complicate things. Elsewhere, Matt finds himself in the middle of a deepening mystery involving the residents of Mystic Falls, and Caroline’s world is turned upside down when Valerie (recurring guest star ELIZABETH BLACKMORE) reveals some life-changing news to her.

 

The Vampire Diaries – “Mommie Dearest” – Podcast Review

 

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The Vampire Diaries – “Best Served Cold” – Review

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Hey everyone!! Check out our podcast review of Season 7 Episode 6 of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!   🙂

SYNOPSIS: After being reunited with her former love Julian , Lily hosts a dinner party to introduce him to Damon and Stefan and to declare peace between her family of Heretics and the residents of Mystic Falls. Damon and Stefan find themselves at an impasse when they realize they have differing views on how to handle Julian’s arrival. At the party, Bonnie and Matt uncover a strange mystery involving some unsuspecting residents, while a devastating revelation causes Alaric to reach his breaking point.


 
The Vampire Diaries – “Best Served Cold” – Podcast

 

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The Vampire Diaries – “Live Through This” – Review

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Hey everyone!! Check out our podcast review of Season 7 Episode 5 of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!   🙂

SYNOPSIS: Bonnie, Damon, and Alaric go through a tough shock with the Phoenix stone, while Caroline sent Stefan to spend the day with his ex, Valerie.

 

The Vampire Diaries – “Live Through This” – Podcast

 

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The Vampire Diaries – “I Carry Your Heart with Me” – Review

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Hey everyone!!  Check out our podcast review of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries – (Season 7 Episode 4) for Variety Radio Online!
 

You can also read my blog review of the episode by following the link below.   🙂

The Vampire Diaries – “I Carry Your Heart with Me” – Blog Review

 

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The Vampire Diaries – “Age of Innocence” – Review

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Hey everyone!! Check out our podcast review of Season 7 Episode 3 of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!

 

You can also read my blog review of the episode by following the link below.   🙂

The Vampire Diaries – “Age of Innocence” – Blog Review

 

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The Vampire Diaries – “Never Let Me Go” – Review

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Hey everyone!! Check out my podcast review of Season 7 Episode 2 of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!

 

You can also read my blog review of the episode by following the link below.  🙂

The Vampire Diaries – “Never Let Me Go” – Blog Review

 

 

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The Vampire Diaries – “Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take” – Review

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Hey everyone!!  Check out my podcast review of the SEASON 7 PREMIERE of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!

 

You can also read my blog review of the episode by following the link below.   🙂

The Vampire Diaries ‘ “Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take” – Blog Review

 

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@DANIELJGILLIES T-Shirt Campaign for Action Against Hunger

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Daniel Gillies (a/k/a Elijah Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries and the Originals) has launched a T-Shirt campaign for Action Against Hunger that will run for the next 13 days (countdown is literally ticking!).

The limited edition ‘Fight World Hunger’ tee ships worldwide and is only $22.99!

100% of the proceeds go to the life changing work of Action Against Hunger.

So check out the site HERE for the campaign and get yours before they’re gone!

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Totally unrelated but…MIC DROP!

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Enter to Win: The Vampire Diaries: The Complete 6th Season OR The Originals: The Complete 2nd Season

Enter to Win: The Vampire Diaries: The Complete 6th Season OR The Originals: The Complete 2nd Season

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Hey everyone!!

Head on over to Variety Radio Online (www.thevro.com) for information on how to enter their most recent contest!  You can win a Blu-Ray copy of the 6th season of The Vampire Diaries or a Blu-Ray copy of the 2nd season of The Originals!

Direct link to the contest HERE 

Also…bookmark the site and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube to stay in the loop on upcoming news, TV reviews, contests, giveaways, interviews and so much more.

The Vampire Diaries – “I’m Thinking of You All the While” – Blog Review

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Hey everyone!

Follow the link below to read my review of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online! This is the SEASON 6 FINALE – Episode 22, which aired on May 14, 2015.

The Vampire Diaries – “I’m Thinking of You All the While” – Blog Review

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The Vampire Diaries – “I’d Wed You in the Golden Summertime” – Blog Review

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Hey everyone!

Follow the link below to read my review of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online!  This is Episode 21 of Season 6, which aired on May 7, 2015.

Also, tune in on Thursday, May 14th for the season finale, where we’ll be saying goodbye to Nina Dobrev’s character!  Bring some tissues!

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The Vampire Diaries – “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You” – Blog Review

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Hey everyone!

Follow the link below to read my blog review of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online, which aired on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  This is episode 20 of the Sixth Season of TVD and there are only two episodes left of the season!

The Vampire Diaries – “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You” – Blog Review

***Also…keep checking Eyecon‘s site for more announcements on which cast members of TVD and The Originals will be attending their con in Atlanta this October 9-11!***

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