How many times can The Vampire Diaries make its fans cry in one episode? You’ll find out in our GIF recap of last night’s plot-twisting events.

We’re still shedding a river’s amount of tears from the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries, while also having a hard time picking up our jaws off the floor. Is it possible to drown this way? Because we’re almost there.

Everyone’s initial reactions to Jeremy’s death


We knew this would be emotional, and yes we expected the beginning would get us crying… but it didn’t stop the tears. Caroline’s face when Elena brought him home, Damon’s realization that he couldn’t be brought back to life…it all just hurt.

Finding out Bonnie is alive


We have a love-hate relationship with Bonnie. While we expect her to die later in the season (don’t ask why we just do) we don’t want her to die at the SAME time as Jeremy. That’s just cruel! So no matter how that was able to happen, we’re glad to see she made it through… for now.

Elena holding out hope for Jeremy


We can’t have been the only ones to think of this, right? We all need hope, sometimes, so we don’t blame Elena for holding on. She’s just telling the God of Death “Not today.”

Finding out Katherine worked with Haylie…in New Orleans


Okay so we weren’t all too surprised when the Hunter said he was working with Katherine, but then he said something about New Orleans. And also Haylie…in New Orleans…what?! It seems we’re slowly but surely getting more backstory for The Originals spinoff.

Shane telling Bonnie she can bring Jeremy back with Silas’ help


We’ve been so suspicious of Shane from the first moment we saw him. He’s never up to any good, and he’s basically Silas’ little puppet, so as soon as he told Bonnie that she could bring Jeremy back we just wanted to punch him out of The Vampire Diaries and bring Bonnie to Elena. We will forever be suspicious of this man and his always evil motives, so we felt this GIF is permanently appropriate for him:


Dr. Fell coming to take Jeremy… and Matt’s reaction


This scene was about the third time we lost it completely. Although it wasn’t Elena who made our hearts melt this time, it was Matt. The moment he first walked in and saw Jeremy, we couldn’t see straight because of the tears. It’s making us tear up right now! And to think this wasn’t the last emotional scene in the episode…we don’t know if we’ll be able to handle rewatching it again.

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Bonnie falling prey to Shane’s plan to massacre


Remember how we were glad that Bonnie was alive? We take that back now. We understand she’s emotionally unstable and therefore easy prey, but c’mon! You would think that she’d realize Silas is somehow manipulating her to see Jeremy, and the fact that she constantly needs someone to ground her to reality is just concerning at this point. Bonnie used to be this smart, powerful, independent woman. And now…


Finding out they want to bring back every dead supernatural creature ever


While we realize this is a fantastic plot twist and added element into The Vampire Diaries, we just want to say that if we were characters in the show we oppose this idea wholeheartedly. Yes all the good people will be able to return like Alaric, Jenna, Jeremy, etc., but at what cost? Kol, Finn, Mikael, and all the rest of the evil vampires and witches? We like Mystic Falls thriving and not burnt into a pile of ash, thanks. So our only reaction to this is just:


April calls


This is like the writers’ way of telling us “Hey, she still exists. She’s still a big part of this whole thing.” Yes, yes, we get this…but HOW?! And in any case, we don’t care at this point! Just give us our mourning Jeremy scenes, please. We need more feels.

Elena finally admitting Jeremy is dead


This is a very big moment for Elena, and to see her go from having hope and being optimistic to succumbing to the cold hard reality of life is something that hit us hard. We’re pretty sure someone needs to just give Elena a hug at this point. Hell, WE’RE the ones who need the hug with all of this emotional flip-flopping they have us doing.


Elena not willing to sacrifice the world for Jeremy


Is it possible to be super happy/proud and super sad at the same time? Because we are. The fact that Elena is going to be strong enough to not ruin the world for Jeremy’s sake makes us so happy, but the breakdown that this causes just kills us. We’re pretty positive that this GIF not only represents Elena in this situation, but also us:


Elena turning off her humanity


The poster might have given us a clue, but we were still shocked. To have Elena turn off her emotions as an effect of the sire bond was a brilliant idea, and the execution caught us so off guard we’re still trying to pick up our jaws. This is the Elena we’ve been waiting for! Now, if you can bring Katherine + humanity-free Elena into the same scene, that’d be swell.

Silas is somehow Shane. Matt cries. We wait until March 14 until the next episode…


Okay who saw that coming?! We know we didn’t. This explains why we haven’t heard any casting news for Silas, because he’ll probably take on the form of other characters. Sneaky! And for a moment we were scared that Silas would kill off Matt while he was in the car, but then they brought in the tear-jerking scene of him breaking down.

Matt might have been missing for the past few episodes but, man, did he make a comeback or what?!


To summarize, this episode had us on a ridiculous level of highs and lows. We cried, we laughed, and we screamed in both anger and excitement. There is only one GIF in all this world that properly explains how we must end this recap:


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Don’t forget about our podcast Vampire Hype, where we will be releasing a reaction show to this episode shortly. If you have any varying opinions than the ones we’ve shared here, let us know and we’ll be sure to discuss them on the show!

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.


The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

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