Walking Dead Star Danai Gurira to Exit Series Variety

February 8, 2019 12:30PM PT

The Walking Dead is losing another longtime cast member.

Variety has confirmed with sources that DanaiGurira, who plays Michonne, is leaving the series.Gurira has signed a new deal to appear in a handful of episodes of Season 10 of the zombie drama, which will be her last on the show.

Gurira is the latest high-profile exit for the series. In the first half of Season 9, Andrew Lincoln departed the series, though he will appear in a series of spinoff films currently in the works at AMC. Gurira will likely lock down a similar deal once her time on the flagship series has ended. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, also only appeared in a few episodes of Season 9 as she signed on to star in the ABC series Whiskey Cavalier. Previously, series regular Lennie James also departed The Walking Dead to appear on Fear the Walking Dead, with Austin Amelio, a.k.a. Dwight, joining him soon after.

Gurira first joined the show in its third season and has become a central and fan-favorite character. Michonne also remains a major figure in the comic books that inspired the series.

AMC declined to comment.

Gurira is a celebrated playwright in addition to her work on The Walking Dead. She also joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year, playing General Okoye in the worldwide blockbuster Black Panther. She reprised that role in Avengers: Infinity War and is expected to appear in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

The Walking Dead underwent a major creative reset in Season 9. Showrunner Scott Gimple was elevated to the role of chief creative officer of The Walking Dead universe while longtime series writer Angela Kang was named showrunner.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported Guriras exit.

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Lord of the Rings director Peter Jacksonthinks the world will be a lesser place without Christopher Lee in it.

The filmmaker who cast the recently deceased actor as Saruman in the blockbuster franchise based on J.R.R. Tolkien literature shared a heartfelt, and lengthy tribute to the actor on Facebook.

Jackson, who also worked with Lee on two of The Hobbit movies, wrote about being captivated by Lees presence while listening to stories about thelife and career of an icon who became a friend.

I grew up loving Christopher Lee movies. For most of my life I was enthralled by the great iconic roles he not only created but continued to own decades later, Jackson wrote. But somewhere along the way Christopher Lee suddenly, and magically, dissolved away and he became my friend, Chris. And I loved Chris even more.

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He was a true gentleman, in an era that no longer values gentleman, Jackson wrote before concluding, There will never be another Christopher Lee. He has a unique place in the history of cinema and in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.The world will be a lesser place without him in it.

The prolific character actor passed away June 7 after being admitted toa U.K. hospitalfor respiratory problems and heart failure. He was 93.

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He is also known for his portrayals of Count Dooku in the Star Wars franchise and Dracula in ten films spanning nearly twenty years.

Read Jacksons full post below:

It is with tremendous sadness that I learnt of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee. He was 93 years old, had not been in his usual good health for some time, but his spirit remained, as always, indomitable.

Christopher spoke seven languages; he was in every sense, a man of the world; well versed in art, politics, literature, history and science. He was scholar, a singer, an extraordinary raconteur and of course, a marvelous actor. One of my favourite things to do whenever I came to London would be to visit with Christopher and Gitte where he would regale me for hours with stories about his extraordinary life. I loved to listen to them and he loved to tell them they were made all the more compelling because they were true stories from his time with the SAS, through the Second World War, to the Hammer Horror years and later, his work with Tim Burton of which he was enormously proud.

I was lucky enough to work with Chris on five films all told and it never ceased to be a thrill to see him on set. I remember him saying on my 40th Birthday (he was 80 at the time), Youre half the man I am. Being half the man Christopher Lee is, is more than I could ever hope for. He was a true gentleman, in an era that no longer values gentleman.

I grew up loving Christopher Lee movies. For most of my life I was enthralled by the great iconic roles he not only created but continued to own decades later. But somewhere along the way Christopher Lee suddenly, and magically, dissolved away and he became my friend, Chris. And I loved Chris even more.

There will never be another Christopher Lee. He has a unique place in the history of cinema and in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.

The world will be a lesser place without him in it.

My deepest sympathies to Gitte and to his family and friends.

Rest in peace, Chris.

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Vampires, or Vamps for short, are a race of blood-drinking supernatural creatures that were once human. They have been encountered by the Winchesters, Gordon Walker and other hunters. However it has been stated encountering a vampire is very rare as hunters have hunted them near to extinction although due to their ability to reproduce by transfusion there only needs to be one for them to repopulate.

All vampires originate from the Alpha Vampire. Vampires are also one of the most frequently recurring supernatural creatures in the series.

Apocalypse World has its version of vampires. They are more fierce and savage compared from the main universe.

They live forever, and several depicted vampires are hundreds of years of age or older.They also mate for life.Their diet is based strictly on blood. Although they prefer human blood, humans aren’t the only animals that they can drink from (however one such vampire, Lenore, refers to cow blood as ‘disgusting’). Vampires must keep their victims alive or else their blood becomes toxic to them. However, some vampires will live off of donated blood bags because they don’t want to kill a living being. Vampires can only be killed by beheading, where they leave behind a corpse that can be examined to find their vampire teeth.

Vampires are organized into nests, with eight to ten vampires residing in each, with a mate for life. The younger members of the nest typically do the hunting for their elders, bringing back humans to be fed upon for days or even weeks. Each nest has a leader, typically the oldest vampire and most often the one who turned the others. According to Benny Lafitte, when vampires are first turned, they are reliant on their maker for blood and thus have no choice but to follow them, coming to see them as their source of life to the point they can think the leader is God. Sometimes the leader can come to believe it too. All vampires see the Alpha Vampire as their “father” and revere him as such.

According to Alton Morehead, while the vampires may hunt alone or in small nests, if you scratch the surface, they are connected all the way from the lowest drone to the Alpha Vampire. They also share amongst themselves things like intelligence and victims.

Dean being transformed.

Vampirism is spread by the ingestion of vampire blood or by its direct introduction to the human blood stream. These are currently the only possible methods of infection (tactile contact with Eve is no longer possible since her death), since many hunters are seen getting splashed in the face with vampire blood without being turned. This means that the vampire blood doesn’t enter a person’s system through the eyes, nose or unbroken skin. It may also mean that, in terms of ingestion, a certain quantity is required to cause the transformation, considering getting splattered blood on the lips may result in some entering the mouth, becoming mixed with saliva, and winding up swallowed. These limitations are very beneficial to hunters due to the fact that killing a vampire is usually a gory and messy procedure. According to Dean Winchester, “the change, sometimes its fast, sometimes its slow, it just depends on the person.”

Newly turned vampires are always confused and disoriented, especially while adjusting to the overwhelmingly sharp senses and sensitivity to light. Bloodlust usually sets in after, and drives the newly turned vampire into a killing spree. They then normally seek the one who changed them, known as their maker, and usually accept them as their leader. Most of the vampires shown in the series develop or are integrated into a nest or hive mentality. These newly turned vampires are still half-human until they drink their first blood.

The cure for vampirism.

Vampirism is rarely curable, with the only known cure being a potion recorded in a journal by an ancestor of the Campbell Family of hunters. The ritual calls for the blood of the new vampire’s sire, and will not work if the subject has fed on human blood. Other known ingredients include garlic and sage. The reversion is painful, but no secondary effects are retained. At least one cured vampire has retained all of his memories before he was reverted to humanity. However, the cure causes you to be sick for a few days. The cure does not require the vampire that turned the person to be alive for it to work.

This technique was used to cure Dean Winchester, Seth’s Victim, Annie Jones and Doug Stover.

Using the vampire resurrection ritual, a dead vampire could be resurrected. However, the person resurrecting the vampire had to get the vampire’s soul from Purgatory and have access to their body. The ritual is then simple: drip the blood with the soul over the vampire’s body and recite a spell. The vampire is then resurrected whole and undamaged.

A vampire’s appearance is that of a normal human. However, they all have common features, such as sharp, pointed, retractable teeth that emerge from their gums and extend beyond their human teeth. This set of fangs descend at the vampire’s will, usually when about to feed, when threatened or when attacking. Some vampires have been shown to have sharp fingernails, but nowhere near as long as the Alpha’s, which are more clawlike and can be made to extend at will.

The blood of the Alpha Vampire in their veins gives vampires many unique abilities.

As with other supernatural creatures, vampires have weaknesses that hunters can exploit to defeat them.

Vampires were created by Eve and were some of her very first children. The Alpha Vampire was the very first vampire and he appears to have a psychic connection with other vampires. By the year 2006, vampires had been hunted so intensively and become so rare that John Winchester had thought they were extinct. However, they have started to make something of a resurgence, particularly in 2011 after the Alpha Vampire ordered the existing nests to increase their numbers on Eve’s orders.

Luther is shot by John Winchester with the Colt.

Daniel Elkins attracts the attention of a group of Vampires, led by Kate, who follow him home and kill him after a struggle. They take the Colt from him and Kate presents it to her mate and patriarch, Luther. The vampires live in an old barn where they capture tourists and feed on them, turning one such victim into one of their own. Their nest is invaded by the Winchesters and Kate is lured after them, only to be captured and infected with Dead Man’s Blood. John Winchester uses her as a bargaining chip to force Luther to hand over the Colt, after which the vampires try to kill John and his two sons. John then shoots Luther with the Colt, proving the legend that it can kill anything. Earlier, John decapitated Hank and Dean decapitated Beau, two of the vampires, and two more were taken out with arrows soaked in Dead Man’s Blood. These two are presumably later decapitated; however, Kate and the turned victim escape with their lives after Luther is killed.

Gordon tortures Lenore with dead man’s blood.

Sam is captured by a group of vampires who have sworn off human prey and have chosen to feed on cattle instead, but they are still living in fear of being hunted. Their matriarch, Lenore, wishes for Sam to go back to his brother and the hunter Gordon Walker and ward them off hunting her kin. Gordon refuses to do so, however, and discovers the nest and tortures Lenore with dead man’s blood to prove to the Winchesters that all vampires are monsters. Lenore resists her bloodlust despite his methods of temptation. The Winchesters turn against Gordon and free Lenore, having seen her resilience.

Dixon attempts to infect a woman.

A vampire called Dixon has been infecting young blonde women with vampirism in the hopes of rebuilding his lost family and repopulating the vampiric species. He converts them by feeding them his blood under the pretense that it is a recreational drug, administered either with an eyedropper or in a drink. One of the girls he has recently turned is caught and interrogated by Sam and Dean, which puts them on his trail, but the timely arrival of a vengeful Gordon prevents them from pursuing Dixon.

Sam kills Gordon by garroting him with razorwire.

In a cruel twist of fate, Dixon captures Gordon and turns him into a vampire as punishment for the vampires he’s killed in the past. Gordon is not a passive victim, however, and he uses his new strength to murder Dixon’s girls and to escape. This drives Dixon to despair and apathy, and when the Winchesters find his lair, he admits to everything he has done. It is implied that the hunters killed him. Gordon, after escaping Dixon’s lair, soon falls victim to bloodlust and feeds on human blood. He then continues his hunt for Sam by setting a trap, capturing and infecting another woman to work as a distraction and then isolating Sam so that he can attack him. Gordon underestimates Sam, however, and is subsequently decapitated with barbed wire. His victim is killed by Dean with the Colt after a struggle.

The Winchester brothers begin their supernatural investigation by looking into a vampire attack. However, the “vampire” turns out to be a shapeshifter who disguises himself as classic horror movie monsters, including Dracula.

Dean becomes a vampire.

In Limestone, Illinois, Sam and Dean investigate the disappearances of several young women. They discover that the most recent victim was obsessed with Twilight-style vampires, and that she was communicating with someone who claimed to be a vampire online. At the same time, a blood bank van is robbed. Sam and Dean go to a club called the Black Rose, the girl’s last destination, and discover vampires trying to “recruit” new members. Sam kills one vampire, but lets Dean be turned by a vampire named Boris. The Winchesters return to their hotel room, and Sam calls Samuel. Dean, who is prepared to be killed by Samuel, sneaks away to bid Lisa goodbye. He is nearly overwhelmed by his hunger, but resists and returns to Sam and Samuel. Samuel surprises Dean by revealing a cure in one of his ancestor’s hunting journals. In order to work, Dean must consume no human blood, and must acquire the blood of the vampire that turned him, so Dean goes to the nest of the vampires with a syringe of dead man’s blood.

Dean fights with vampires.

At the nest, a “recruiter” named Robert offers Dean blood, which he declines, and reveals that they are no longer allowed to kill people. Dean meets Boris, and tries to stab him with the dead man’s blood, but Boris is too quick. Before Boris can kill Dean, all the vampires collapse, Dean included. He has a shared vision of the Alpha Vampire, and perceives that the Alpha wishes to build an army. When he awakes, Dean fights the vampires in the nest. He eventually kills all the members, except one beheaded by Sam and Samuel, and acquires Boris’s blood. Samuel prepares the cure and Dean drinks it. He vomits blood and passes out, but re-awakens as a human.

Alpha Vampire is captured by the demons.

Samuel Campbell and his people capture the Alpha Vampire. They subdue him using an I.V. of Dead Man’s Blood and attempt to interrogate him, but he is extremely resistant to pain and doesn’t give Samuel any information. After Samuel leaves the room where he is being held, he is approached by Dean and Sam and he reveals to them that, though he is the first vampire, he has a mother. He also tells them that Samuel is torturing him for information about Purgatory and its location. Shortly after their conversation, he frees himself from his cage and almost manages to flee the area, but demons appear and take him away on Crowley’s orders. It is revealed that Samuel has been working for Crowley, who takes Alpha Vampire to continue interrogating it about Purgatory. Apparently he is unable to get anything from him as in “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” he sends them after what he believes to be werewolves in hopes of locating the Alpha Werewolf.

When Eve is making her way across the country in “…And Then There Were None,” Bobby mentions that her presence has caused a group of vampires to act up.

Castiel brings Lenore to Bobby’s house so that they can ask her for Eve’s location. She is hesitant, but eventually tells them where to find Eve: in Grants Pass, Oregon. She then asks to be killed. With Eve on earth, her nest has abandoned her and returned to feeding on humans, and even she has given in to her bloodlust on one occasion. Sam and Dean try to persuade her that after Eve is destroyed things will improve, but Lenore is doubtful. Castiel places a hand on her head and kills her to move things along.

Dean finds a creature that has vampire teeth.

In Grants Pass, Oregon, they find Eve experimenting with creating hybrid monsters. On examination of some of the hybrids in a bar, Dean finds they have strange hybrid attributes, one creature has vampiric teeth in addition to the spike of a Wraith protruding from its wrist. Dean dubs these hybrids Jefferson Starships.

After capturing Red in “The Man Who Would Be King,” Bobby compliments him on taking down an entire vampire nest and capturing them in Swan Valley. At the same time, Crowley has a captured vampire he experiments upon, discovering that when he burns or impales Eve’s brain, it causes the vampire pain because there is still a connection between them even though she is dead.

The Alpha Vampire and his “daughter” Emily

Vampires return in the Season 7 episode “There Will Be Blood” after Crowley reveals to the Winchesters that the Alpha Vampire somehow escaped his prison before Castiel wiped out all the other Alphas. It’s also revealed that the Alpha Vampire has made an alliance with Dick Roman and the Leviathans, and that the two races intend to jointly harvest humanity once the Leviathans have dumbed down the population with their DNA-changing food additives. In truth, however, the Leviathan have actually engineered the additive to also kill Vampires and other monsters, thus eliminating the competition for human prey. After the Winchesters expose this plot to the Alpha Vampire, as well as foil an assassination attempt by Edgar, the Alpha Vampire gives them some of his blood which is needed to kill Dick Roman. Sam and Dean take with them a child he’d abducted and reluctantly leave the Alpha alive.

Dean meets Benny while in Purgatory.

While in Purgatory, Dean teams up with a vampire named Benny Lafitte, who feeds only on blood transfusions stolen from the blood bank, to find a way out into Earth, along with Castiel. The three make their way through Purgatory heading for a way out that Benny knows that will work for a human. Benny believes he can hitch a ride with Dean as he considers himself a former human.

Later, Dean succeeds in escaping Purgatory with Benny’s soul and performs a ritual that resurrects Benny at his gravesite. The two go their separate ways, but Benny later contacts Dean and they agree to not keep in touch for a while, but that Benny can call Dean if he needs help.

Benny is resurrected on Earth.

Benny confronts his maker “The Old Man”.

Benny kills The Old Man and is shocked to learn that instead of wanting to completely destroy the pirating operation and start a new life with him, Andrea wants to take it over herself. Benny realizes to his heartbreak that the Andrea he loved is dead and as she goes to attack him, Dean kills her from behind. Benny is left completely distraught and heartbroken and wonders why Dean brought him back when he could’ve pretended to help. On the mainland, Benny meets Sam and leaves, recognizing that Sam and Dean need to be alone.

Benny kills a vampire.

A rouge vampire named Desmond decides to create his own nest and tries to entice Benny, who has moved back into his hometown in Louisiana and is looking after his great-granddaughter Elizabeth secretly, into helping him. However, Benny refuses so Desmond warns him that he will kill someone every night until Benny agrees. Desmond’s first victim draws the attention of mentally-unstable hunter Martin Creaser who is following Benny and believes him to be the killer. He calls in Sam and Dean, but Dean believes Benny’s story even after finding him after he buries Desmond’s second victim. Despite Dean’s belief, Martin and Sam go after Benny until Dean tricks Sam into leaving. Dean and Benny go after Desmond after Benny pretends to agree to join him to learn where he is and in the confrontation that follows, Benny kills Desmond. However, seeing Dean bleeding from an attack stirs Benny’s bloodlust.

Martin lies dead at the hands of Benny.

Afterwards, realizing that the situation means he can no longer stay there, Benny leaves, but Martin, obsessed with killing Benny, kidnaps Elizabeth to force him to return. In the confrontation that follows, Benny pretends to allow Martin to kill him, but turns the tables on him and in the fight that follows, rips out his throat, killing him, before fleeing.

Benny calls Dean for help after his loneliness starts to get to him. Though Dean, who believes Benny’s story after learning what happened from Elizabeth, promises to meet Benny for coffee once the case he is on is over, he later calls Benny to say a final farewell, having decided to cut all ties to the vampire.

In Conway Springs, Kansas, a group of young hunters are killing vampires as they have supposedly killed their families. However, these vampires are revealed to have been newly turned and the true killer, Seth, is working with their mentor Victor Rogers in exchange for being left to roam free so he can create the next generation of hunters. After learning the truth, Krissy Chambers takes Seth down with darts filled with dead man’s blood and he is presumably killed. Seth’s blood is then used to cure his latest victim who hadn’t drank human blood yet and waslater, saved.

In Purgatory, a vampire attacks Sam, but after he stabs it in the stomach with Demon-Killing Knife, Sam decapitates him with the vampire’s own blade.

Benny is ambushed by vampires in Purgatory.

After learning from Naomi that Sam got to Hell through Purgatory and that Ajay is dead, Dean goes to Benny for help. Benny agrees to let Dean kill him and then lead Sam and Bobby Singer to the portal out as he doesn’t feel like he belongs on Earth. After agreeing to see Benny when Sam returns, Dean decapitates him.

Three more vampires attack Sam and Bobby. Sam kills two, but the last one nearly overpowers Bobby before Benny rips out his throat. Recognizing Benny, Sam lets him lead them to the portal out where three more vampires, enraged at Benny working with a Winchester again, arrive to attack. Having never intended to return to Earth, Benny stays behind to hold the vampires off and is last seen fighting them as Sam escapes.

In Devil May Care, hunter Tracy Bell pretends to be having car trouble and a man who is really a vampire offers her a ride, planning to feed on her. Tracy takes the ride, but overpowers and kills the vampire in the struggle that follows, leaving his headless body and van on the side of the road.

During the events of Slumber Party, Charlie Bradbury later tells Sam and Dean that as one of the hunts she did she killed a teenage vampire.

While hunting down Cuthbert Sinclair during Blade Runners, Sam and Dean are confronted by two vampires from his “zoo” as a test and easily kill them.

“Alex” and her “mother” Celia.

In Alex Annie Alexis Ann, a young woman named Alex is arrested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is attacked by her vampire “brother” Cody as she ran away from the “family.” Sherriff Jody Mills kills Cody and calls in Sam and Dean to hunt the nest and protect Alex who they learn was kidnaped several years before and has been acting as a lure for people who won’t be missed for her “family.” Feeling guilt for her lifestyle, Alex ran away, but is recaptured by her “mother” Celia and her surviving “brothers.” Sam, Dean and Jody hunt the nest down and are all captured, while Alex agrees to be turned into a vampire. Connor and his surviving brother try to drain Sam and Dean of blood, but Dean recovers, kills both and frees Sam before heading off to save Jody. Jody realizes that Celia kidnapped Alex to replace a daughter she lost a long time ago and Celia nearly kills her after Alex refuses to. However, Alex injects Celia with dead man’s blood and Jody kills her. As Alex hadn’t drank any human blood yet, Sam and Dean are able to cure her and Jody helps her through the ordeal.

During Bloodlines, while visiting a monster club, Ennis Ross is confronted by a waiter named Maurice who is revealed to be a vampire. Ennis tries to kill him with a gun armed with silver bullets to no avail and is nearly killed himself before Maurice is decapitated from behind by Dean. Sam and Dean later explain to Ennis what Maurice was as he’d never encountered a monster before.

In Hibbing 911, a group of vampires led by Starr who consume all of a victim, not just their blood, go to Hibbing, Minnesota in hopes of regaining their former leader, Sheriff Len Cuse. Len covers up their murders of two people in town, but they draw the attention of Sheriff Jody Mills who calls in the Winchesters. After finding Len over one of the vampires victims, the Winchesters, Jody and Sheriff Donna Hanscum track him to an old farmhouse where they are captured by the nest. After Len refuses to kill the humans, Starr kills him, but Dean breaks free and kills Catfish and the other vampire. Star goes after Jody, but is killed by Donna before she can harm her.

During The Werther Project, Dean hunts a vampire nest alone to take some of the edge off of the Mark of Cain. He is able to kill all six vampires single-handedly before Sam even arrives. Also, Benny appears as a hallucination under the influence of the Werther Box.

During Brother’s Keeper, Dean is called in on a vampire hunt by fellow hunter Rudy. Dean is able to rescue one of the two victims alive and kill the two vampires involved, but gets Rudy killed in the process. This causes him to realize he’s out of control and summon Death in an attempt to die.

Richard holding Claire and Alex hostage.

In Don’t You Forget About Me, Richard Beesome comes to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to get revenge on Alex as she’d lured him to her nest, resulting in him being turned into a vampire and slaughtering his own family. Richard kidnaps and kills three residents to feed on while turning Henry to build Alex up so Richard can destroy her life before killing her. As part of this, Henry kills Mr. Phelps, Alex’s favorite teacher, but in doing so draws the attention of the Winchesters who were called in by Claire Novak who believed there was a case in town. Richard kidnaps Claire and Sheriff Jody Mills before revealing his reasons for doing what he’s doing to Alex. Richard starts to drain Claire, but stops to confront Sam when he arrives. As Sam and Henry fight, Richard takes Sam’s machete and goes to kill Alex, but is stabbed in the back with a crowbar by Claire first. Before Richard can recover, Dean decapitates him. Sam is able to subdue Henry and Claire kills him as well after Alex punches him for what he did to her.

In Keep Calm and Carry On, as Lady Toni Bevell describes the British Men of Letters method of operation, they are seen capturing a vampire with dead man’s blood after being alerted by wards to his presence and taking him to a warehouse where the vampire is executed by Arthur Ketch.

In LOTUS, Arthur Ketch shows the Winchesters and Castiel a weapon the British Men of Letters created through a combination of technology and magic to use against vampires. As beheadings are inefficient, especially against entire nests, the weapon irradiates vampires, reorders their DNA and makes their own blood toxic to them. The Winchesters are impressed by this method of killing vampires.

In First Blood, while the Winchesters are missing, Castiel notices a case of vampire killings in Lancaster, Missouri and attempts to solve the case by himself. However, Castiel is unable to locate the vampires and runs away after three more young women die. Castiel brings the case to Mary Winchester who offers to let Castiel help her, but he feels he will just get in the way. Mary locates the vampires and kills them all single-handedly just before Castiel calls her to tell Mary that he has heard from Sam and Dean.

In Stuck in the Middle (With You), Mary tells Wally that while she’s been working with the British Men of Letters, they have taken out four vampire nests.

The Alpha Vampire returns

In The Raid, the British Men of Letters have begun an effort to exterminate all vampires in the United States, starting in the Midwest. In the course of a month, the British Men of Letters have killed 230 vampires with only eleven being left alive in the Midwest. This draws the attention of the Alpha Vampire who leads an attack on the British Men of Letters compound. After the Alpha Vampire is killed by Sam Winchester with the Colt, the remaining vampires flee.

In Wayward Sisters, Claire Novak compares scars with Kaia Nieves. One scar is from a bar fight with a vampire. Later, after Sheriff Donna Hanscum arrives to help, its mentioned that Donna has killed “a lot of vampires” over her career as a hunter.

Doug being turned

In Breakdown, the cashier Marlon is revealed to be a vampire helping Terrance Clegg’s operation to butcher people and sell their remains to monsters. Marlon turns Doug Stover into a vampire after revealing his true nature. Doug is subdued by Dean with dead man’s blood while Donna kneecaps Marlon with a shotgun and forces him to give up Clegg’s location before killing Marlon. As Doug had not yet fed, Dean is able to use Marlon’s blood to cure Doug and restore Doug’s humanity.

In Beat the Devil, the Winchesters, Castiel and Gabriel rescue two teenagers from a creature that is revealed to be an Apocalypse World vampire. Now starving, the vampires have devolved into more bestial creatures who are ravenous for human blood. With a vampire nest blocking the only way to Mary and Jack’s base, the group and the teenagers are forced to pass through. During the trip, one of the teenagers is dragged off while Sam has his throat ripped out by one of the vampires and dies.

Later, Sam is resurrected by Lucifer who is seeking his son. Lucifer is able to use his restored powers to hold back a ravenous horde of vampires in order to force Sam to hear him out and eventually leave with him.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Crowns John Heffernanand Doll & Ems Dolly Wells have joined the cast of BBC and Netflix drama Dracula.

The pair will star in the spooky series alongside The Girl in the Spiders Webs Claes Bang, who appears as Dracula.

The trio will star alongside No Offences Joanna Scanlan, His Dark Materials andPatrick Melroses Morfydd Clark and Phantom Threads Lujza Richter, while co-writerMark Gatiss, who has previously appeared in shows including Doctor Who and Sherlock will also appear on screen.

Filming will begin in the spring for the series, which will consist of three 90-minute episodes. Written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the series is inspired by Bram Stokers classic novel and will re-introduce the world toDracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London.

Draculawas commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Gatiss, Moffat and Hartswood Films boss SueVertue Exec Produce alongside the BBCs Ben Irving for BBC and Netflixs Larry Tanz.

Gatiss said, Im running out of childhood dreams to come true. And what a delight to join this fantastic cast. The children of the night

Moffat added, So exciting to see an amazing new cast start to assemble, I hope Claes doesnt eat them all.

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The Walking Dead returns with an okay Season 9 midseason premiere that introduces us to the leader of the Whisperers.Credit: AMC

The Walking Deadreturns for the second half of Season 9 Sunday night. The midseason premiere, titled ‘Adaptation’ (after the midseason finale’s ‘Evolution’) returns to the moments after Jesus was killed in the Episode 8, to the cemetery where our heroes make good their escape from the Whisperers, bringing Jesus’ corpse and a wounded Eugene with them.

The group hustles as fast as they can given their burden, escaping the cemetery and eventually coming to a bridge with some walkers shambling in their way. Instead of killing them outright, Daryl cleverly shoots them in the legs to draw out which is a Whisperer. The ensuing fight is brief and they manage to take one of the bad guys prisoner: Lydia. They take her back to the Hilltop and lock her up in the jail that Henry is still locked up in.

Lydia is questioned by Michonne and Daryl and you can tell she’s lying. They certainly can. She claims that her group was just trying to see if the Alexandria and Hilltop folk were “good people…and then you attacked!” Oh come on, Lydia. Your group stalked them through the night, cornered them in the cemetery and straight-up murdered Jesus. This “we’re good people” act is so transparent. She also falsely claims that her mother is the only remaining survivor, which is confirmed as a lie in the episode’s closing scene.

Daryl comes up with a clever plan. He gets very threatening, yelling at Lydia and brandishing a knife, telling her that she can tell him the truth or he’ll kill her. She begs and pleads, he snarls and yells, and then Henry intervenes, begging Daryl to stop. Daryl grudgingly does so, leaving Lydia and New Carl alone. The two start talking, a budding friendship forming perhaps, and outside the cell, Daryl sits and listens. This is one of the smartest things Daryl has ever done.

Danai Gurira as MichonneCredit: AMC

Search Parties

Meanwhile, back at the Hilltop Tara sends out search parties to track down the first search party (what could possibly go wrong?) since it’s been nearly a day since Michonne and the others left. Newcomer Luke—the music man—volunteers and heads off with Alden. They find arrows that look like the ones that Yumiko uses and follow them into the woods, but not before fending off a pair of walkers.

Luke and Alden have a natural camaraderie. Alden is excited about the upcoming fair that Hilltop and the Kingdom are holding. He ropes Luke in to play some music and the two talk about forming a two-man band. It’s a nice conversation between two relatively new, and very likable characters. Too bad they walk right into the Whisperer’s trap.

They find themselves surrounded by silent, still walkers. It’s deeply creepy. Then one of the walkers strides forward,tosses one of the arrows at their feet, and pulls out a sawed off double-barreled shotgun. “Trail ends here,” she says.

Things are not looking good for the survival of Luke or Alden at this point, which is a shame. Luke in particular adds a nice positivity to an otherwise incredibly grim show. I wish they’d kill of Eugene instead. I just can’t stand any scene that Eugene is in.

This is the third of three search parties, and they’re in hot water now.

The first and second search parties make their way back to the Hilltop, down one man. The community is pretty devastated by the death of Jesus—a death that came just when Aaron and his relationship was blooming, and both characters were finally getting more interesting. I’m not sure why the show is killing off Jesus and leaving characters like Tara and Eugene and Gabriel alive. It’s frustrating.

Ross Marquand as Aaron, Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Nadia Hilker as MagnaCredit: AMC

Speaking of Eugene, he has the world’s most awkward conversation with Rosita in the sick bay. In his own annoying way, he starts confessing his undying love to her, something that she obviously doesn’t want to hear. In fact, she races from the room and throws up on the ground outside. At first I thought it was because she was so grossed out by the idea of being with Eugene (perfectly understandable) but she reveals to Siddiq that she’s pregnant and that Siddiq is likely the father.

All of which makes me wonder: Why in god’s holy name is Rosita with Gabriel? Siddiq is not only better looking, he’s way more likable in just about every way. He’s a far, far better match for Rosita than Gabriel. That romance just makes no sense at all. In fact, this show continually putting Gabriel in romantic roles (first the Trash Lady and now Rosita) makes no sense. He’s not that type of character. It just feels weirdly forced.

In any case, now we have some love triangle stuff. Love square? I’m not sure. All I know is that I’m sick of Eugene, Gabriel is a bad match for Rosita, and I’m not thrilled by where any of this is going.

The other search party members have their own conversations. Aaron, bizarrely, admits to Michonne that she was right. Apparently living in total isolation in Alexandria would have somehow prevented all this tragedy. The actual lesson here, however, is that isolating themselves off and not communicating properly with the other communities made everyone more vulnerable to a group like the Whisperers. If Eugene and Rosita hadn’t had to go sneaking around they could have gone with a bigger team, more prepared to face down enemies. Michonne’s leadership has been abysmal. Maybe some of the flashbacks we’re supposed to get this half of the season will make me more sympathetic to her.

(You can read why I’m relieved to hear Danai Gurira will be leaving the show next season right here.)

Michonne and Daryl also converse, though mostly it’s all irritatingly cryptic, designed to get viewers to say “Whatever do they mean? What happened that we don’t know about? What about those strange scars?” Yeah yeah, we get it. Something happened that explains why Michonne is acting this way and Daryl has hermited himself off in the woods, and it’s not just Rick’s “death”. Let’s find out what that is, please.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as NeganCredit: AMC

Negan Wanderer

Elsewhere, Negan makes good his escape, convincing Judith to let him go and promising not to cause any more harm. He wanders around the region for a while, returning briefly to a now empty Sanctuary where he attempts to befriend one of his old followers, now a zombie. He has a run-in with some wild dogs, making for a good tense scene, but ultimately returns to Alexandria on a motor cycle. Judith shoots at him causing him to crash. He tells her he’s returned because there’s nothing for him out there. “Told you so,” she says, though I’m paraphrasing.

I can’t help but wonder: Why is Judith out there all alone? This can’t be a good idea. It’s not a good idea for anyone to be out there alone, but certainly not a nine or ten-year old girl, even one as skilled as Judith. I suppose it was just so that she and Negan could have their scene, but come on. I’m all for Judith being a little badass but this is just silly.

I’m not really sure what the point of all this was, but I suspect it’s so that Negan can return and say “I escaped but I’m returning of my own volition so now you can trust me” and somehow we’re going to get to a point where they start trusting him and he becomes one of the gang. This will have to do with what happens with the Whisperers, but I’m not sure how exactly. I’m also not sure that makes any sense. Yeah, his relationship with Judith is cute and all, but this is a guy who kept a harem of sex slaves, who tossed people alive into furnaces and melted peoples’ faces off with an iron. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, even if Negan isn’t past redemption, he’s past redemption with this specific group. He should have gone off and found a new community to be a part of—with a clean slate, if not a clean conscience.

Norman Reedus as Daryl DixonCredit: AMC

Verdict

Overall this was an okay episode. Nowhere as good or scary as the midseason finale, with that crazy final fight scene and the “walker” dodging Jesus’s attack.

It wasn’t stupid—the show has been avoiding outright stupidity pretty well, though it doesn’t take much to not be as godawful as the last two seasons. There are still weak moments, like when the blacksmith’s wife starts telling Tara that people will hold her accountable blah blah blah, justshut up lady.Every now and then, scraps of dialogue have that whiff of bad writing. But for the most part, it was a decent midseason premiere, and the final cliffhanger was great.

I think the problem is that it was all just kind of flat. It’s another episode that’s just leading up to the good stuff, setting the stage. That’s kind of boring. The whole episode just felt like a bit of a letdown after such a crazy midseason finale. I also feel like the Whisperers, whenever our heroes encounter them in a fight, are surprisingly wimpy. It’s like inArrowwhen the heroes fight the League of Assassins and all these supposedly super highly trained assassins are just level 1 kobolds, basically, taken down with ease. Shouldn’t the scary Whisperers be a little more formidable? It’s like when Obi-Wan Kenobi told look about the expert accuracy of imperial Stormtroopers and then we discovered that Stormtroopers literally don’t know how to shoot a gun.

In any case, that’s all I have to say about ‘Adaptation.’ I’m hoping that next week is more exciting. What did you think? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook and thanks for stopping by.

Matt Lintz as HenryCredit: AMC

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Ding dong ding dong dinng donng, dingdongding, ding dong ding dong dinng donng, dingdongding

That’s the sound of Bear McCreary’s Whisperers theme, which got played a lot during The Walking Dead’s Season 9 midseason premiere, as we learned more about the new skin-masked villains thanks to the captured young Whisperer Lydia (Cassady McClincy) and the introduction of their leader Alpha (Samantha Morton) in the episode’s chilling final shot. We also saw Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) have an adventure and learned Rosita (Christian Serratos) is pregnant and Siddiq’s (Avi Nash) the father.

“Adaptation” picked up right where the midseason finale left off, with the search party escaping their first confrontation with the Whisperers and taking Jesus’ (Tom Payne) body back to Hilltop to be buried. On their way back, they encountered some walkers on a covered bridge. Daryl came up with a clever way to check if they’re real dead or playing dead by shooting them in the leg with an arrow, which led to a kinda funny moment where a walker screamed in pain and fell to the ground, where he was set upon by real dead ones. Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) took a nervous young Whisperer captive, leaving her mask and knife behind on the bridge.

They brought the girl back to Hilltop, put her in the basement jail and interrogated her. She said everyone else from her group is dead, she doesn’t have a name and she doesn’t know anything. Her people were “good people” who were just doing what they had to do to survive. There are probably better ways to survive than pretending to be dead, but this is what they chose. Michonne decided to head back to Alexandria to warn her people of the new threat and tasked Daryl with getting the girl to talk or putting her down if she doesn’t.

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After Jesus’ funeral, he went back down to the jail to try again. She told him a little more about who her people are. There were 10 of them and they had names, but they didn’t use them. They lived with the dead. “They protected us, so we protected them,” she said. They believe everyone who’s still alive is a threat and the world belongs to the dead now. She said the only one from her group still out there was her mother. Daryl didn’t believe her and was about to kill her, but then Henry (Macsen Lintz) still sleeping off his bender in the drunk tank convinced him to stop. Daryl left, and the girl thanked Henry for saving her and told him her name was Lydia. Then we saw Daryl, sitting outside a basement window eavesdropping on their conversation. He played them. Daryl’s a tricky one. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Henry and Lydia in next week’s episode.

Elsewhere, we saw Alpha’s arrival in a recreation of an iconic comics panel. Luke (Dan Fogler) and Al (Callan McAuliffe) were out in the woods talking about putting a band together while looking for their friends, not realizing they’d already returned to Hilltop. And now their friends might to have to go out looking for them, because they got captured by Alpha and the Whisperers, who are very much not all dead. Does trading Lydia for Luke and Al seem like a fair prisoner exchange? I’d be like, “We have more questions for her, but thanks!”

Finally, the Negan stuff took up about half the episode’s runtime but can be summarized in just a few sentences, because it was all about theme. He escaped from his cell in Alexandria and went over the wall to freedom, but not before getting caught by Judith (Cailey Fleming). He convinced her to let him go by telling her that everyone was better off in the world her parents created except him, and he needed to find his new place. She was like, “You won’t, but OK.” He promised he wouldn’t hurt anyone, even if they tried to hurt him first. He offered to return the compass he stole from her, but she said, “Keep it, it’ll help you find your way.” She also warned him that if she sees him again, she’ll shoot.

He felt the sun on his face and passed through the clearing where he killed Glenn and Abraham as he made his way back to the Sanctuary, his old kingdom. He found it totally abandoned except for zombified Big Richie, one of his men. He hung out for a while trying to recapture that old feeling of power, but it was gone. The world had moved on without him. So he went back to Alexandria and ran into Judith on the road, who did in fact shoot at him before he told her she was right, there’s nothing out there for him, and he wanted to come back. The scenes with JDM and young pro Cailey Fleming were actually really good; they were silly, but the writing was calibrated for the actors to sell it. I can’t say enough about how much better the dialogue is with Angela Kang running the show. There was room for Morgan to play that Negan knew it was faintly ridiculous that he was being dominated by a little girl, but also that he genuinely respected her. This sort of unlikely DeNiro-Pacino dynamic was supposed to exist with Judith’s brother Carl (Chandler Riggs), but Riggs was too old and not a good enough actor for it work. Season 9 is so much better than Seasons 7 and 8, wow.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC. Previous seasons are available to stream on Netflix.

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Dracula – SmashWiki, the Super Smash Bros. wiki

Dracula (, Dracula), full title Count Dracula Vlad epe (, Count Dracula Vlad Tepes) is the main antagonist of the Castlevania franchise. He is loosely based on the historical figure Vlad the Impaler, as well as the titular antagonist in the Bram Stoker novel Dracula.

Dracula is a vampire who commands an army of monsters and is the lord of a haunted castle in Transylvania. He has a variety of magic at his disposal, such as teleportation, conjuring projectiles, and transforming into different beasts, which he frequently does when he’s nearly defeated. He is primarily opposed by the Belmont clan of vampire hunters. Though the Belmonts and other heroes repeatedly kill him, Dracula typically revives alongside his castle once every century, though his followers have also resurrected him prematurely.

Although Dracula debuted in the original Castlevania, his origins lie in Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, where he was once a Crusader and partner to Leon Belmont named Mathias Cronqvist, but becomes hateful and declares war on God for the sudden death of his wife Elisabetha. In 1094, Cronqvist takes control of the Crimson Stone and becomes a vampire, eventually changing his name to Dracula Vlad epe. Dracula would later end his war against God in 1455 when he meets and eventually marries Lisa Farenheit, having a son named Adrian. In 1475, after Lisa is burned at the stake by paranoid witch hunters, Dracula declares war against humanity, unaware of Lisa’s final plea to Adrian to not hate humans. A year later, he is defeated by Trevor Belmont’s group, including his son, who now goes by Alucard.

Nearly two hundred years later, Dracula returns from the grave, but is defeated by Simon Belmont. In his dying breath, Dracula curses Simon to be slowly killed from the inside-out, which Simon later learns of and undoes by reviving Dracula and destroying him once more. A century later, Dracula is revived twice by the Dark Priest Shaft, but is defeated first by Richter Belmont, then by Alucard five years later, who tells him the last words of his wife.

Since then, Dracula is repeatedly revived by his loyal followers before a final battle breaks out in 1999, where he is permanently destroyed by Julius Belmont. Portions of his power were passed down to those who were born on the day of his death, and Dracula himself reincarnated as Soma Cruz in 2017. Soma learns of this when the castle manifests in a solar eclipse over Japan in 2035, but he resists Dracula’s influence, making Julius promise to kill him should he become the evil count. One year later, Soma stops a cult that sought to resurrect Dracula through those who had inherited portions of his power. An alternate “what if” scenario has Soma being corrupted into becoming Dracula, forcing Julius, Yoko Belnades, and Alucard to defeat him.

Dracula has made a few playable appearances. His reincarnation Soma Cruz is the protagonist of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow, and is also playable in Harmony of Despair. In the Lords of Shadow rebooted series, protagonist Gabriel Belmont becomes a vampire and comes to be known as Dracula. Dracula himself is a playable character in the fighting game spin-off Castlevania Judgment.

Dracula appears as a background character on Dracula’s Castle. When the moon disappears and bats gather around Dracula’s coffin, lightning will flash and reveal Dracula’s shadow in one of the windows.

Dracula appears as a boss in Classic Mode and Adventure Mode: World of Light. In Classic Mode, he is fought in Luigi, Pac-Man, Simon, and Richter’s routes. In World of Light, he is fought at the end of the Dracula’s Castle dungeon in the Dark Realm, and must be defeated before the player may challenge Dharkon. He reappears during the Final Battle as part of the boss rush leading up to the Galeem and Dharkon fight. He does battle on a stage resembling the Dracula’s Castle stage, but with a flat and empty layout that extends to the side blast zones. Nothing to Lose usually plays during the fight, but Dwelling of Doom plays in Pac-Man’s Classic Mode, Dance of Illusion in Richter’s Classic Mode, and Galeem / Dharkon during the boss rush.

Defeating Dracula in Classic Mode is a challenge, which unlocks the Black Night music track. Defeating Dracula in the Dracula’s Castle dungeon in World of Light rewards the player with the Dracula and Dracula (2nd Form) spirits.

Dracula begins the fight in his regular humanoid form, based on Ayami Kojima’s artwork for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The battle opens with Dracula on his throne holding a glass, which he tosses aside as he gets up, then warps onto the stage to start the fight. Like in his own series, Dracula moves about the stage by teleporting in a beam of light. Dracula only takes damage when hit in the head, which has traditionally been his weak point since his first appearance. Attacking any other part of his body creates a small mist effect, which resembles Alucard’s mist transformation.

When his health bar is depleted, Dracula will transform into a large winged demon, as depicted in Casltevania: Rondo of Blood. His health is fully restored, and he uses an entirely different set of attacks. Unlike his first form, Dracula’s second form may be damaged by hitting any part of his body, and will walk and jump instead of warping to move.

Screenshot of Dracula as he appears in Ultimate.

Dracula’s body becomes mist if attacked anywhere other than his head.

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If you haven’t been following the story of Erin Corwin and Chris Lee, this video will catch you up. Brett Kelman / The Desert Sun

This undated photo released by the San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department shows Christopher Brandon Lee after an arrest in another investigation. The body of the missing, pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine has been found deep in an abandoned mine shaft in Southern California, where her husband had been stationed. Sheriff John McMahon said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, that the remains of 20-year-old Erin Corwin were found Saturday, Aug. 16, and were identified by dental records Sunday. Her alleged lover and former neighbor, Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was arrested at 9 p.m. Sunday at a traffic stop in Anchorage, Alaska, on an extradition warrant out of California. (AP Photo/San Bernardino County Sheriff)(Photo: AP)

A former Twentynine Palms Marine continued testifying Tuesday thathe killed his 19-year-old loverbefore disposing of her body in a 140-foot mine shaft, where it remained for weeks as a community rallied to find the missing woman.

Christopher Lee testified in San Bernardino County Superior Court he strangled Erin Corwin during a fit of anger but he’s since calmed down and wants to come clean.

“I’m no longer scared to tell the truth. People have to know what I did,” Lee testified as his criminal trial resumed.

Deputy District AttorneySean Daugherty asked Lee if he’s the one whokilled Corwin, and Lee said “Yes I am.” Daugherty asked if he’s the one who strangled her, and Lee said “Yes I am.”

Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.

Corwin, who was married to another Marine from the MarineCorps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, disappeared in June 2014. After a nearly two-month search, her body was found hidden in an abandonedmine shaft in a remote area of the high desert near Joshua Tree National Park.

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Leewas arrested in August 2014in Alaska, where he and his family moved after Corwin went missing. Prosecutors have said they think Lee lured Corwin into the desert and killed her to hide an affair between the two.

Officials say Corwin was pregnant and Lee was the child’s father.

Prosecutors displayed a photo of Corwin’s bloody and crumpled body. It was on a screen directly behind the witness stand, where Lee sat as he calmly provided details about the night Corwin died.

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The pair rendezvoused for what Corwin believed would be a romantic evening with a marriage proposal. They ended up outside the mineand argued because Lee, who’d been suicidal for a month and played Russian Roulette, wanted to attempt suicide outside the mine.

He’d been distraught, in part, because he was denied deployment – an act the defendant considered heroic among Marines. Lee also became angry becausehe said he suspected Corwin molested his daughter.

“I made the decision to kill her,” Lee testified. “I was controlled by the anger. The hate I felt that day, it was something I never want to experience again.”

Lee said he approached Corwinfrom behind and strangled her for at least five minutes with a garrote made up of two pieces of rebar and a cord. He released his hold and her body fell to the ground. He spent 30 seconds checking if she was alive, but found no signs of life.

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The defendant testified he then dragged the body to the mineshaft and pushed Corwinin head first. The prosecution showed a video of the mine shaft and Corwin’s right foot was visible among other debris that’s considered evidence. Evidence also included the garroteand a propane tank similar to one Lee owned.

Lee’s attorney, David Kaloyanides, briefly questioned his client, trying to emphasize that the killing was not pre-meditated. But Daugherty chastised Lee for constantly lying to investigators and not admitting his involvement until he was in court in front of an audience.

“You chose to do it in front of the jury,” Daugherty said. “It’s about you; you wanted attention.”

Lee is charged with first-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for intentionally killing Corwin by means of lying in wait.

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Christopher Lee is shown in San Bernardino County Superior Court in this file photo. He’s accused of killing Erin Corwin, a Marine wife who disappeared and was found in a mine shaft in August.(Photo: The Desert Sun)

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Top 10 Ultimate Best Zombie Games To Play in 2019

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The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and I am Legend. Anything ring a bell yet? These are just some of the movies that we watched and started shouting at our screens on what they should be doing to survive their encounters. Even if we yell and scream out what to do, the characters on screen will never be able to hear you!

So I took the liberty of giving you the chance to actually be in their shoes. Here the list of the Ultimate Zombie Games that will get you screaming and yelling not at the screen, but at yourself! Muahaha!

Resident Evil 2 Gameplay

Right off the bat of course we have the classic and one of the first games to make us yell out while actually playing a game. Resident Evil 2 Remake will make you go through that experience once again, but this time in a very realistic view.

We begin our adventure again as one of the main characters Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy and start finding a way to escape from Raccoon City during a zombie apocalypse. The remake includes a revamp of the camera, control, and cinematics of the game giving you a 100% scary experience.

Wait what?!: Sure that bad ass looking zombie is cool, but is that other zombie on the ceiling?!

Lights Off: Of course were going to have that moment where your character is looking at something, but theres something just watching you.

They Are Billions Gameplay

Something need doing? Wuh iz it? Sound familiar? Yes, we now have a real-time strategy game that will literally bite us in the ass if we mess up in our building and production decisions. The game puts us in the middle of nowhere with a few resources and build an entire city and survive the never ending waves of zombies.

If you think you got what it takes to be a leader and let your people survive, then this game is definitely for you. Fight off the endless hordes of zombies as you make your city more prosperous at the same time.

Hustle and Bustle: A quite town always means trouble without the hustle and bustle.

Fee-fi-fo-fum: Just another big ass zombie looking to eat some people walking by.

State of Decay 2 Gameplay

Yes the 2nd instalment of the State of Decay game is out! We enjoyed the Grand Theft Auto style of the first one, but now we get treated to some additions. The game is a third person open world survival game that will challenge your skills as a gamer to survive this unforgiving world.

The game will send you out in a zombie apocalyptic world with a partner and fight off zombies until you clear out all of them from your town. So if youre into the survival and zombie theme, then this is a game for you.

Reload: Whenever the reload timing is off, you’re screwed!

Survival: Staying in groups is always the best option to stay alive.

Resident Evil 7 Gameplay

Now why wouldnt we add the 7th game of the Resident Evil saga. Get ready for another story telling of a zombie infested world, but this time in an FPS fashion. You play as a character called Ethan Winters who goes on a mission to find his wife who has been missing for the last 3 years.

In the game you will have to look for clues and make your way around the creepy areas to find out what your next step would be. Spoiler alert for all the fans out there, but this game does have a good ending and a bad ending. So you really have to think about your decisions as you progress through the game.

Wipe yourself up man, youre dead: The moment of ease when you kill one of the bosses.

Knock knock?: Did you ever wonder why in all horror stuff, people never actually knock before entering a door that you know will have something that might kill you?

Project Zomboid Gameplay

Although most zombie games play in the traditional 3rd person and FPS way, they actually can become repetitive. Project Zomboid is a Zombie Survival RPG Simulation game that may quench your thirst for a different play style. Well we all once in a while want to try something new with the same concept right?

The game actually comes in different modes. We have sandbox survival, story, exploration, and of course multiplayer to list some of them. The different game modes will take a chunk of your time, but it will feel all worth it once you really get into it.

Well thats gonna leave a stain: A horde of zombies after you take them all down.

Please form a line: Zombies all bunched up together always looks awesome.

Dying Light Gameplay

Dying Light is an open world first person survival RPG game. The campaign mode of the game sends you an undercover agent called Kyle Crane to infiltrate a quarantined zone in a city called Harran. You will have to work together with the other characters of the game to find the cure to the zombie epidemic.

In the game youll find yourself getting attached to the other characters as you progress through. You will have to search areas around the city to gain new weapons and ammo to survive. The game also allows you to move around the city parkour style to give you that edge.

Crossbow?: Ever wonder why we see a lot of crossbows in almost every zombie movie?

Hi Mom!: There are those moments when even in a serious situation you just cant help but laugh.

7 Days to Die Gameplay

Survival horror, check. Open world, check. Tower Defense, check! Yes a survival horror game with tower defense! 7 Days to Die is a sandbox open world survival tower defense game where you and your fellow survivors fight off an unforgiving world filled with zombies who apparently cloned themselves to kill you off.

The game works on a system where you survive as long as you can. Being sandbox game, you have the tools to create the most bad ass fort that can hold off against the hordes of zombies that relentlessly want to kill you. If you got what it takes to survive longer than a year, this game is for you!

Happy Hallo wait: Just taking a stroll with my trusty torch.

Can I get yo numbah?: Whenever anyone crawls towards you like this and youve just finished watching a horror movie.

Killing Floor 2 Gameplay

Ohhhhh yeah! Who doesnt have the nostalgia of killing the zeds in the first Killing Floor game? The 2nd version of the game is a major upgrade to the first game. The development team of the game has ironed out some kinks and added a little realism to the game to make it more challenging.

The game is still set in London where the zombies or known as zeds in the game come at large waves to try and kill you and your squad. The game will still require that you and your squad work together to kill the waves of zeds and the insanely stronger boss zeds. If you love fast paced FPS shooter games with lots of gore, then you better get this game!

Checkmate: Game of chicken in a whole new level.

No guts no GORY!: Lets paint the town red!

Dead Island Gameplay

Ever wondered how it would feel like to be trapped on a small island but then you find out that it gets filled with zombies that want to eat you? Dead Island is a survival open world FPS game that could give you that experience.

You have the choice to be one of the 4 main characters of the game and find your way out of the fictional island called Banoi. The open world aspect of the game allows players to find more survivors who can help you while you progress through the game. Test your survival skills and get the hell out of the island by yourself or with your friends!

Nasty Headache: I wonder which zombie will have a nastier headache? Hahaha!

Hey guys!: This zombie looks like hes ready to start his Vlog.

World War Z Gameplay

Are you ready to fight off hordes of sprinting zombies?! Remember that feeling you got when you saw the zombies pilling up reaching the top of the walls in the movie? The World War Z game just might be the next third-person, co-op, survival shooting game that will get your blood boiling!

The game is said to be released this 2019! The open beta will be released to the public soon. So get your team ready anytime soon as you will need to play this game as a 4-player co-op team to conquer the tsunami waves of zombies that will come at you.

Dog pile!: Weve all done this when we were younger, Im definitely sure!

Here Catch!: A huge horde of zombies trying to catch a grenade.

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Vampires are magically reanimated human corpses which are inhabited by the spirits of the deceased person and who closely resemble the living human they were before their transformation. Vampires feed and survive on the blood of the living, typically on that of humans, and they can also transform other humans into more of their kind by sharing their own blood with them. Vampires are one of the many known supernatural species in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals universe that were created by Witches.

Caroline Forbes during the transition.

A human who has consumed vampire blood in some way (whether by drinking it, having it poured into their open wound, or by being injected with it) and has subsequently died with the blood in their system will be magically revived as an undead vampire, just like the vampire who sired them. The exact nature of the human’s death is irrelevant to this process; the only condition that must be met is that the body has to be more-or-less intact and able to function once they reawaken in transition, though the upper limits of physical damage upon a human body by which vampirism can recover has yet to be defined.

In order to complete the transition into a vampire, the person must then consume a significant amount of human blood, at least a sip’s worth, within the next twenty-four hours, or else they will die. Vampires can only feed on human blood in order to complete their transformation– animal blood or vampire blood is not sufficient to finish the transformation from human to vampire. However, in this case, “human blood” can include the blood of a human witch, as was proven by Alaric Saltzman and Camille O’Connell, who both completed their transformations by drinking the blood of witches Bonnie Bennett and Vincent Griffith, respectively. Additionally, the blood need not be from a live human; Caroline Forbes and Esther Mikaelson (while possessing Lenore) both completed their transitions by feeding on donor bags of human blood and Vicki Donovan completed her transition by drinking from the newly-deceased Logan Fell, who would then awaken a short time later to find himself in transition as well.

A vampire in transition is neither truly living nor truly dead until they make their choice to either complete their transition or to abstain from feeding and ultimately die. This puts the semi-vampire in a strange liminal space between the two states that can affect them in different ways. For example, a vampire in transition is immune to the effects of a dark object known as The Serratura, which is said to create an impenetrable barrier through which nothing living or dead can pass; this was evidenced by the fact that Camille, while in transition, was able to activate the Serratura inside of a shipping container to trap Tristan de Martel inside without being trapped herself. In a similar vein, until a person in transition drinks human blood to complete their transformation, they will be not be susceptible to the standard weaknesses of a vampire (i.e. they can still walk in sunlight and can enter homes without an invitation).

Every regular vampire who has ever existed is descended from those of their kind known as the Original Vampires, who, unlike the majority of vampires, were turned not by dying with vampire blood in their system, but who were instead transformed using a spell that was cast using Dark Magicat some point around 1001 AD in what is now modern-day Mystic Falls. However, the ritual that resulted in their transformation does have similarities to how normal vampires are turned, in that they had to consume blood (in their case, the blood of the human Petrova doppelgnger Tatia which had been enchanted with an adapted version of The Immortality Spell by their powerful witch mother, Esther) before being killed while that blood was in their system.

After the Originals awakened in transition, they fed on the blood of another human from their village and were officially transformed into the world’s first true vampires, from which all other vampires were created. Their blood possesses mystical properties that are passed down to each and every one of the vampires they sire, along with every vampire sired by their progeny, connecting all vampires to one of the six Original vampires from whom they are descending by a bloodline. Due of this link, the death of an Original vampire will result in this connection being severed, and every vampire in the deceased Original’s bloodline will follow them in death within an hour, as demonstrated by the deaths of Finn and Kol Mikaelson, which subsequently caused every vampire turned from their bloodline to die as well. As of 2013, only three of the six Original vampires– Elijah, Klaus, and Rebekah Mikaelson have survived their entire immortal lives as Original vampires without dying and thereby severing this connection, unlike their brothers Kol and Finn, who were killed. In 2019, Elijah was killed by a cursed rosebush created by The Hollow in order to resurrect herself; since The Hollow was successful in resurrecting herself, it can be assumed that Elijah’s sireline died with him.

It is has also been proven that this bloodline connection can be broken using magic, as the Harvest Witch Davina Claire, with some assistance from The Strix’s coven known as The Sisters, used a spell that Davina created to break the sireline of an Original in an attempt to free all of Klaus and Elijah’s sirelings from their progenitors. This spell made it possible to kill an Original without killing their sirelings in the process. This spell only ended up being partially successful, as Elijah was revived in time to escape the effects of the spell, while Klaus was unable to do so. This resulted in every vampire he or his progeny has ever sired to be free of their connection to Klaus, which means that he can be killed without the rest of them dying as well. This spell was foretold in a prophecy experienced by the witch and Seer Alexis regarding the possible deaths of the Originals, though it did not go exactly as the prophecy suggested. As a result of these events, only Rebekah’s sireline is still linked to Rebekah, making every existing vampire is either from Rebekah’s linked or Klaus’ unlinked bloodline.

During the late 970s in what was then the Kingdom of Norway, a Viking family (composed of the powerful witch Esther, her husband Mikael, and their young sons Finn and Elijah) abandoned their homeland due to the plague that was sweeping through Europe at the time that had supposedly killed their eldest daughter, Freya. With the help of Esther’s friend and mentor, another powerful witch named Ayana, the family decided to set sail for the New World, which they had heard was populated with many healthy and strong people whom they would later learn were werewolves. Once they arrived, they settled in a village that would eventually became modern-day Mystic Falls, Virginia, and gave birth to four more children: Niklaus, Kol, Rebekah, and Henrik.

However, at the very beginning of the 11th century, their family once again was stricken by the loss of one of their children when their youngest son Henrik was accidentally killed on a full moon after he and Klaus sneaked out of their home to watch the men from their village transform into wolves. Devastated by their son’s death, Mikael eventually convinced Esther that they needed to protect their family using an adapted version of Silas and Qetsiyah’s immortality spell, which they were sure would make them more powerful than the werewolves. Though the two begged Ayana for her help, she refused, as she believed that Nature would turn against them for causing such an imbalance of power, and that what they were planning would start a plague of their own.

Despite being warned of the consequences, Esther proceeded with their plan and asked Tatia, a Petrova doppelgnger and the object of both her sons Elijah and Klaus’ affections, for a small amount of her blood to be used in the ritual. Esther then cast the immortality spell on Tatia’s blood, calling upon the sun for life and the eternal White Oak Tree for immortality, before slipping the blood into the wine her children and Mikael drank at dinner that night. Afterward, Mikael stabbed each of his children through the heart with his sword to kill them before presumably turning his blade on himself. When the Mikaelson children awakened, Mikael forced them to feed on the blood of a girl from their village, turning the six of them into the first immortal beings to exist since Silas and Amara became truly immortal in the 1st century BC, as well as the first known vampires to ever exist. (Though Silas and Amara subsisted on blood to maintain their immortality just like vampires, Silas has insisted on many occasions that vampires are merely “disgusting perversions” of himself and Amara and that they are actually immortals). Rebekah later described her first taste of human blood as euphoric, and after they all completed their transitions into vampires, Rebekah, her father, and her siblings all inherited supernatural speed, strength, agility, senses, healing, and an array of psionic powers such as mind compulsion and telepathy upon their transformation, though they didn’t gain control of the latter powers until much later in their eternal lives.

However, as Ayana predicted, Nature was furious that one of their witch servants disrupted its balance using their magical gifts, and so, to counter this imbalance, it created a weakness for every strength the Originals had gained through the dark magic, which were then inherited by the Originals’ vampire offspring as well, sometimes in even more potent forms than their progenitors. The sun, which gave them life, burned them and kept them indoors until Esther came up with a magical protection amulet for it (though the sun wasn’t fatal to the Originals, it did severely burn them, and the creation of their weaker progeny later revealed that sunlight was fatal to them); the wood of the white oak tree that gave them their immortality was also the one substance that could kill them if they were stabbed in the heart with it (and their progeny would be vulnerable to all wood used in this manner); vervain, which grew at the base of the white oak tree, also burned and weakened them and their progeny if they touched or ingested it, and humans who ingested or carried it on them were protected from the vampires’ powers of compulsion; and finally, they were unable to enter the homes of humans without an explicit invitation by the owner of the domicile. Worst of all, they developed an overwhelming hunger for human blood that only intensified after their first taste, a side-effect that none of them predicted when Esther cast the spell.

As Ayana expected, the creation of the Original vampires eventually led to the start of a “plague” in 1002 after the Originals inadvertently learned they could turn humans into more of their kind by feeding them their blood and killing them, which caused the population of vampires to multiply in increasing numbers over the centuries following the species’ creation. However, the progeny of the Original vampires soon proved to be much weaker than their sires, even those who were closest to them in age, giving the Originals a high status that demanded respect from their younger sired vampires.

After being turned, the Original vampires became slaves to their bloodlust and their heightened emotions. When one of the Mikaelsons, Niklaus, killed for the first time, he discovered that he, unlike the rest of his siblings, was also a werewolf due to being a product of his mother Esther’s affair with the North East Atlantic Pack’s Alpha, Ansel, making Niklaus the world’s first hybrid when his werewolf and vampire natures combined. Mikael, furious at the discovery that Niklaus was not his child, forced his wife to suppress Niklaus’s werewolf side (an order that was also given to Esther by the forces of Nature) before finding and killing her lover, Ansel, a powerful werewolf Alpha. The deaths of Ansel and at least half of his family at the hands of the new vampires turned the werewolves against the new race. After their father’s rampage, Klaus, furious at his mother’s betrayal and hurt that she would turn her back on him, killed her when he lost control of his werewolf anger and then blamed it on Mikael so his siblings wouldn’t abandon him as well. Knowing that Mikael would hunt them down and kill them, the five vampire Mikaelson children left the New World for Europe, where they eventually settled in Marseilles in 1002, living in the woods and feeding upon the humans they came upon on back roads.

After the five of them realized they had fed on and killed four noblemen and a noblewoman, they figured out that their victims had been headed to the Court of Marseilles and decided to take on their identities and hide in plain sight from their father, giving them the opportunity to actually live in a home rather than squatting wherever they could find shelter. With the help of the Count de Martel’s servant, Lucien Castle, who offered to help them by teaching them the customs of French nobility and royalty in exchange for the Mikaelsons sparing his life, the Mikaelson children went to the Count de Martel’s castle and introduced themselves as the children of the Count de Guise before being invited to stay as guests in the Count de Martel’s castle. Once there, they settled into their new lives of comfort as noblemen and made friends with those at court, including the Count’s children Tristan and Aurora de Martel, the latter of whom was the object of both Klaus’ and Lucien’s affections.

It was shortly after they had come to stay at the Marseilles court when they realized they could heal humans with their blood; this fact was made apparently after they found Lucien had been viciously tortured by Tristan, who mistakenly believed Lucien had made amorous advances toward Aurora (though, in reality, it had actually been Klaus). After Tristan whipped Lucien’s back dozens of times and sliced his mouth open from ear to ear, Lucien angrily stabbed Klaus with a knife and caused the vampire’s blood to drip into his own wounds, healing them completely as the blood circulated through his system. Incorrectly assuming that he had been turned into a vampire like Klaus, Lucien went to attack Tristan in revenge for being tortured by him and was promptly killed by the lord’s guards. Klaus tried to feed him more blood to heal him, leading Elijah to presume that their blood only healed the living. However, once Klaus and Elijah prepared to give Lucien a traditional Viking funeral, Lucien awakened in transition as the first non-Original vampire to exist in the world, as well as the first vampire progeny to be created with Klaus’ blood. Lucien then completed his transition by feeding on a servant and joined the Mikaelsons as vampires at court.

Not to be outdone, Aurora, after learning of Klaus’ secret, begged Klaus to turn her as well so that she, who was dealing with melancholy and other mental illness, would be strong and healthy like them, but he refused, not wanting to curse Aurora to his fate. Knowing she would never be able to convince him to turn her, she slit her own wrists in a mock suicide attempt, tricking Rebekah into healing her wounds by feeding her vampire blood. She then tried to get Rebekah to kill her to turn her, as well, but when Rebekah refused for the same reasons Klaus did, Aurora angrily asked her to leave. Having what she needed to turn herself, Aurora walked over to the window of her tower and allowed herself to fall off of the ledge, killing herself and transforming herself into the second non-Original vampire and Rebekah’s first progeny.

Unfortunately, in time, rumors started to spread in the village about demons who fed on blood as a result of the seven vampires’ feeding habits, and it soon became clear that Mikael would be coming after them. In the middle of a heated argument between Aurora and Elijah in which Aurora confessed that Klaus had killed Esther, Elijah accidentally and unintentionally used mind compulsion for the first time to cause her to see Klaus as a monster and to stay behind rather than trying to flee with them. Before the Mikaelsons left court, Elijah, who had gotten the hang of compulsion and could now use it intentionally, fed Tristan his blood and killed him, making him his own first vampire progeny. He then compelled Lucien, Aurora, and Tristan to believe that they were Niklaus, Rebekah, and himself before forcing them to flee the castle, allowing them to be the bait that Mikael chased while the real Mikaelsons traveled on to Italy and settled in Tuscany.

Lucien, Tristan, and Aurora, who eventually became known as The Trinity, believed that they were actually Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah for over a century, until Elijah being daggered for the first time in 1114 caused their compulsion to be broken. Though they then knew their true identities, Mikael continued to chase after them, causing the three younger vampires to become incredibly resentful toward the Mikaelsons, which is what eventually pushed them to search the world for weapons they could use to destroy their sires.

The growth of the vampire race led to several attempts to end them before they grew too powerful. One attempt involved a witch descended from the powerful Qetsiyah who created an order of five magically-enhanced vampire hunters called the Brotherhood of the Five to hunt down and destroy the vampires and the immortals on Earth. They began hunting vampires in Italy during the early 12th century as the Normans conquered southern Europe. However, they attempted to defeat the Originals with White Oak Ash Daggers created by the witch who empowered them, not knowing that Klaus’ werewolf heritage made him immune to weapons made of silver.

This allowed Klaus to kill all of the hunters and undagger all of his siblings, with the exception of Finn, who he hated for his self-loathing attitude toward vampirism. However, the spell that empowered the hunters did not die with theminstead, several new hunters emerged during the following centuries with the same powers and dedication of the first. Several freelance (and often ordinary human) Vampire Hunters also began to appear as a result of the vampires’ amoral actions, and various weapons were created to use against them, such as stake-shooting guns and vervain grenades, as technology began to improve throughout the ages.

At some point, the initial conflict between the vampires and the werewolves emerged once again when the vampires discovered that a bite from a transformed werewolf was fatal to them (though a werewolf bite proved to not kill the Originals, who would only become feverish and delirious with hallucinations for several hours until they healed). Determined to protect themselves, the vampires declared war on the werewolves and drove them to near extinction. Several packs survived but, by the early 2000s, most vampires believed that werewolves were merely a myth.

During the 18th century, the Mikaelson children returned to America after moving back to Europe for several hundred years, and ended up arriving at the shore of the penal colony that would later become New Orleans, where they began the process of building it into one of the major cities of the United States. During their time in New Orleans, the Originals turned many vampires, including the former slaveMarcel Gerard, who was adopted as a child by Klaus in 1820 and raised as a surrogate son before he was transformed as an adult in 1835. Although the vampires established their own community in New Orleans, several other supernatural communities cohabited in the town, including several packs of werewolvesand at least nine Covens ofwitches, who were, according to Rebekah, “not a lot to be trifled with.” Alongside all these supernatural communities was a Human Faction created by Klaus and composed of pirates and dirty politicians to help maintain the balance between the human and supernatural communities. For centuries, this human faction would ensure the safety of New Orleans’s human population from the vampires and deal with (and often cover up) the various supernatural events that occurred as a result of the tension between the various groups.

Eventually, however, the various factions of New Orleans finally came together when Klaus and his brother Elijahcame up with a plan to unite them in 1919 in order to get around Prohibition, a ban on alcohol production and consumption which had recently become federal law and was quickly being enforced across the country. As this new law would mean an increase in federal presence which could not only expose the supernatural community in the city, but also draw their father, the Original vampire who had become a Vampire Hunter known as Mikael the Destroyer and intended on killing killing his children, the Mikaelsons proposed that the Guerrera Pack, a werewolf crime family, could smuggle their alcohol into the city via the ports that Klaus and Elijah owned and act as the public face of the ports while the brothers maintained control behind the scenes, which would benefit both families and the town at large.However, in 1919, the Originals’ father,Mikael, tracked his children down to New Orleans and, in his quest to kill his step-son Klaus, killed several of the turned vampires. The Originals managed to flee, distraught due to their incorrect assumption that Marcel had been killed, but Mikael chased after them, leaving New Orleans in shambles.

Marcel, the former self-appointed king of the French Quarter’s vampire as well as witch population.

After the destruction wrought by Mikael, Marcel remained in New Orleans, where he eventually gained leadership of the vampire community and began making moves to take control of the city at large. Once the vampires were in a dominant position, they began enacting their plans to gain more power, including an intense attack on the Guerrera Pack that resulted in all but one of them being killed in 1925.

Later, in the 1990s, Marcel attempted to form a truce with members of the Labonair Family, who were highly revered members of the Crescent Wolf Pack, but after his Labonair ally and his wife were killed by former Crescent Alpha Richard Xavier Dumas to prevent the truce, the vampires took advantage of the divided clan and waged a war against them that they ultimately won in retribution for ruining their peace talks. After the werewolves’ defeat, Marcel exiled the rest of the werewolf community from New Orleans, forcing them to live in encampments deep in the Bayou. He even went so far as to curse all triggered werewolves in the Crescent Wolf Clan with a spell that reversed their werewolf nature, trapping them in their wolf bodies full-time and only allowing them to return to their human form during the peak hours of the full moon.

Shortly afterward, Marcel sent away the surviving baby daughter of his late Labonair allies with Father Kieran, the priest at St. Anne’s Church and leader of the human faction, ensuring that the girl found an adoptive family out of loyalty to her parents. Afterward, Marcel and Father Kieran made a deal regarding their respective communities: the humans would look the other way when it came to the vampires’ feeding habits so long as they limited their feedings to tourists rather than locals and kept their number of kills to a minimum in order to prevent a decrease in the tourism rates that kept the city financially prosperous.

Under Marcel’s leadership, New Orleans became a major supernatural melting pot where vampires could have a good time without being forced to live in the shadows like many of their brethren in other areas of the world. He also established a hierarchy within the vampire community to keep his army motivated; his “inner circle” of close friends and loyal soldiers, known as “daywalkers”, were gifted with daylight rings that would allow them to be active in the daytime, whereas the rest of the vampires, known as the “nightwalkers,” remained nocturnal and were relegated to patrolling the town after sunset. However, nightwalkers were given some opportunities to work their way up to a ring of their own, such as winning in Marcel’s occasional “Fight Nights” or going above and beyond their duties as a soldier in Marcel’s vampire army. However, as the vampire population continued to grow and their influence began to spread even farther as they gained more power, the community found themselves in an intense war with the French Quarter Coven, who harbored hatred toward the vampires and, like many witches, believed them to be abominations of Nature. Despite Father Kieran’s best efforts to maintain the peace between the communities, the tensions continued to rise.

It was this tension that eventually led to the witches’ decision to go along with their ancestral coven’stricentennial Harvestritual, which involved the sacrifice of four teenage girls in their covens to appease their ancestors, who would then give them more power and resurrect the girls as a reward for their faith in the magic that bound them together. When Father Kieran found out that the ritual demanded the sacrifice of four young women, he vehemently denounced the plans during a meeting with the coven’s Elders. However, the witch elderAgnes, wanting to distract Kieran enough that he would be too preoccupied to interfere with the Harvest,used the Rosary of Madness to put a hex on his nephewSean O’Connell, causing him to slowly descend into insanity as the hex overtook his morals and led him to violent thoughts. After Sean ultimately succumbed to the hex by massacring his fellow seminary students before killing himself, Kieran left town out of grief, but not before meeting with Marcel and urging him to stop the Harvest by any means necessary. Unfortunately, Marcel and his vampires arrived to the cemetery where the ritual was being performed too late, and by the time they made their attack, the elders had already sacrificed three of the four girls. However, they were still able to kill most of the witches in attendance and save the sole surviving Harvest girl, Davina Claire.

Since the Harvest was incomplete, all of the magic of the three girls who were sacrificed before she was rescued, which was meant to be an offering to the earth and their ancestors who resided on the Ancestral Plane, was transferred to her, making her the most powerful witch in New Orleans and granting her with the ability to sense when any of the other New Orleans witches were performing magic. Wanting to protect her while still benefiting from her abilities, Marcel took Davina in and became her guardian, and Davina, furious at the witches for lying to her and betraying her and her friends by killing them, used her powers to help Marcel and the vampires enforce his new rule: any witch who practiced magic without express permission from Marcel himself would be sentenced to death. With the witches essentially powerless in subjugation and the werewolves exiled from the city, the vampire community became the uncontested dominant faction in New Orleans, which allowed Marcel to proclaim himself to be king of the city.

However, threats to Marcel rule began in 2011 when his former mentor and sire, Klaus, returned to New Orleans after having received word that a witch namedJane-Anne Deverauxwas plotting against him. However, Marcel killed her before he could question her, and Klaus became so suspicious of Marcel’s motives for killing her that he and his brother Elijah followed the trail of clues to Jane-Anne’s sister, Sophie. They met in Lafayette Cemetery, where Sophie admitted to the brothers that the witches, led by Sophie and the late Jane-Anne, were planning an uprising against Marcel and had lured Klaus to New Orleans to gain his help in infiltrating Marcel’s empire with the hopes of bringing it down from within. As leverage, they brought out the werewolf Hayley Marshall, whom they had discovered was miraculously impregnated with Klaus’ hybrid child after a one-night-stand few months earlier, and threatened to kill her and the baby if they didn’t join their cause.

Though Sophie led the Mikaelsons to believe that her sole mission was to stage a coup and overthrow Marcel, in reality, she and the witches intended to distract Marcel with Klaus’ power play while they tracked down Davina so they could finish the Harvest. It was also soon revealed that the witches, who practice ancestral magic, were on a deadline to complete the ritual, because if the Harvest was not completed by sacrificing Davina within a year of their first attempt to sacrifice the four Harvest girls, the coven’s connection to their ancestors’ magic, from which they drew all of their power, would fade to the point that all of the witches would lose their ability to practice magic completely. At the same time, the witches were convinced that the four sacrificed girls would be resurrected by the Ancestors once the Harvest was complete, and since Monique Deveraux, Sophie’s niece and Jane-Anne’s daughter, was one of the girls who were sacrificed, Sophie was willing to do whatever it took to complete the Harvest, resurrect the Harvest girls, and ensure that her sister didn’t die in vain, even if it meant going up against Marcel and the vampires.

Having witnessed that Marcel (whom he thought had died during the vampire massacre of 1919) had not only survived, but had taken Klaus’ place as king of the city without letting him know, Klaus became determined to reclaim his city and ultimately agreed to join Sophie’s cause. To that end, Klaus apologized to Marcel for his previous actions and rekindled their friendship in order to start dismantling his empire from the inside, with the ultimate goal of becoming the new leader of the vampire community once Marcel’s regime had ended. This eventually worked, because when Marcelwith the help of Rebekahstaged an attack against Klaus, Klaus ended up coming out the victor, even despite the fact that he was outnumbered at least 100 to 1. Afterward, Klaus reclaimed the compoundwhich had been the Mikaelsons’ residence in the 19th and 20th centuries and had become the vampire headquarters in the years after they fledand took control of the vampires and the supernatural community at large.

After he had learned of his sister Rebekah and Marcel’s betrayal in 1919, when they summoned Mikael to New Orleans to chase him out of town, Klaus banished Rebekah and sank into a bit of a depression, leaving Elijah to take control of the vampires and the Faction in his absence. Shortly afterward, Francesca Correa and her brothers, who had revealed themselves to actually be Guerrera werewolves who had been living undercover as humans for decades, staged a coup at the Mikaelson compound, stealing the moonlight stones that Klaus commissioned Genevieve to make for Hayley and the Crescents, triggering their own werewolf curses, and attacking all of the vampires in revenge for how their family was treated by them in the past. The few vampires who survived the so-called Battle of New Orleans were exiled by the Guerreras to the neighborhood across the river known as Algiers, and the werewolves under their command had orders to kill any vampire who was caught in the French Quarter on sight.

Months later, Marcel, Klaus, Elijah, Josh Rosza, and the newly-turned hybrid Hayley staged a coup of their own, killing all of the Guerrera werewolves, destroying their moonlight rings, and breaking most of their control over the Quarter. However, the recently-resurrected Esther and Finn Mikaelson (possessing the bodies of the witches Cassie and Vincent Griffith) quickly filled the power vacuum in the werewolf community, which kept the vampires from fully regaining control of the city. Despite this, Elijah and Marcel began a partnership and began rebuilding their vampire community in Algiers in the hope that once Esther and Finn were dealt with, they would be able to retake their leadership of the supernatural population of New Orleans. Finn was eventually neutralized after the werewolves and the vampires formed an alliance and worked with Klaus and Elijah.

After the powerful and ancient witch Dahlia was killed following a lot of bloodshed on all sides, control of the vampire community of New Orleans was once again given to Marcel, who has continued to work with Elijah to replenish their numbers and regain the stronghold of power they once possessed. It was Marcel’s status as a vampire personally turned by Klaus and his reputation for the thriving permanent community of vampires that led the powerful organization The Strix to come to New Orleans and offer him membership into their ranks, which he ultimately joined after passing his initiation. Since then, The Strix and The Trinity worked together to create a plan to lock away the surviving Original vampires (Elijah, Klaus, and Rebekah) using a dark object called the Serratura, which would not only allow them to get their revenge against their sires for what Elijah did to The Trinity as well as to protect themselves from a prophecy foretold by a cypher witch in Lucien’s employ named Alexis.

In this prophecy, Alexis predicted that the rest of the Originals would be killed, which would ultimately lead to the end of the vampire species as a result of the magical sireline link and the spawn of a mysterious creature known as “The Beast”. It was foretold that one Original would die at the hands of a friend, one at the hands of a foe, and one at the hands of family members, and this prophecy threatened the very existence of the vampire species, leading The Trinity and The Strix to decide to lock them away to prevent anyone from killing the Originals and thus ensuring their own survival. However, in time, it was revealed that, while the prophecy was true, the rest of the crisis had been orchestrated by Lucien, who intended to become the Beast from the prophecy in order to become superior to the Originals after The Strix’s coven, The Sisters, succeeded in magically breaking the connection between the Originals and their sirelings, allowing him to kill them all once and for all with his newly-fatal bite, which contained the venom of all seven werewolf bloodlines and, as of the end of The Bloody Crown, has no cure.

Though Lucien was ultimately defeated when Freya, channeling Davina’s connection to the Ancestors, used their magic to undo the spell that made him the Beast so that Klaus could rip his heart out and kill him for good. Unfortunately, they didn’t foresee the fact that Marcel, too, had been given the second vial of the Beast serum by Vincent after learning what Freya did to Davina in order to fight against the Mikaelsons. Marcel secretly took the serum, although he pretended to still be considering whether or not to do it, and during an intense argument with Elijah, he was killed by the elder vampire, allowing him to successfully transform into the second Beast.

This gave Marcel the power to retake leadership of New Orleans’ supernatural community from the Mikaelsons after summoning all of Klaus’ sirelings, who had recently be disconnected from Klaus’ sireline, to come take over the Mikaelson Compound from the family. Marcel went on to steal the leadership by biting Elijah and the recently-resurrected Kol and poisoning Freya, leaving the Mikaelsons dying and weakened and unable to protect Klaus from the rage of his sireline. This left them with no choice but for Freya to put the three of them and Rebekah (who had been cursed by The Strix’s cursed stake months earlier) into the same slumber spell Dahlia had put on herself and Freya in the 11th century to buy Hayley time to find cures for all of them. In order to ensure that Hayley had the time to do this, Klaus voluntarily gave himself up to Marcel and allowed himself to be stabbed in the heart with Papa Tunde’s Blade, putting him in a torturous sleep that kept him alive so that Freya could bind all of their siblings to his life-force.

Blood is the main component of a vampire’s diet, be it human, animal or vampire blood. According to Rebekah, the reason why vampires crave blood more than anything else was due to the immortality spell used by Esther to create the Original Vampires, which used the blood of a doppelgnger as the catalyst in the process that made her husband and children immortal, transitioning the Mikaelsons into their new lives as Originals. It was later explained by Atticus Shane that human blood is the key to immortality, which is why vampires, along with the first Immortals Silas and Amara, need to drink it to maintain their eternal life. If a vampire fails to regularly drink blood, their body will become severely weakened, and will ultimately desiccate into mummification until they are able to get blood into their system.

Blood (especially human blood) does not only satisfy a vampires thirst, but it also heightens theirsupernatural abilities, making them stronger, faster, and able to heal much more quickly than they would after not eating for a significant period of time. The longer a vampire abstains from blood, the more likely the vampire will becoming feral until they are eventually unable to resist feeding on whomever they come upon. In many cases, a vampire who has been starved for a long period and is risking desiccation will eventually become so overwhelmed with hunger that the lose all sense of their humanity and rationality altogether and finally give into their bloodlust. It has been demonstrated that vampire blood, just as with human and animal blood, can be used to revive a vampire who has been desiccated (even if they ordinarily do not partake in the consumption of vampire blood), and it can also help a badly injured vampire heal more quickly if human or animal blood is not available. However, human blood is most compatible with a vampire’s dietary needs, and because of this, the majority of vampires rely on it as their sole food source. Despite their main food source being referred to as “human blood,” this term also extends to the blood of both witches and werewolves who are in their human form, as their blood seems to be functionally identical to that of regular humans.

Due to their acute senses, a vampire can detect whether or not a human has recently consumed alcohol or drugs, because their blood tastes unclean and can leave a vampire with a chemical aftertaste. This also extends to vervain as well, as vampires who feed on a human who regularly ingests vervain will be burned and weakened upon contact with their blood, which can often be used to the human’s advantage. Due to a vampire’s amplified senses and feelings, their hunger cravings are much stronger and harder to control than the mundane hunger for food that they felt when they were humans, and this hunger will often be connected to and amplified by powerful emotions.

Vampires are magically preserved in the physical state that they were in when they died, therefore making a vampires body a freshly dead corpse, though it is reanimated and protected from decay with dark magic. Vampire’s bodies remain in the exact same state as they were just prior to their deaths as humans (aside from the injuries or effects of most illnesses that caused their death) from an anatomical standpoint, except when it comes to their supernaturally-enhanced abilities and the addition of vampire’s true face. Their true face is a slightly transformed version of their human face, which includes red, blood-shot sclera with protruding veins around the eyes, as well as elongated fangs. The bite of a vampire is so powerful that it can sever the limbs of both animals and humans, as vampires are known for having extremely sharp and strong teeth.

Similarly, a vampire has human-like physiology, and their bodies continue to function normally as long as they have a steady diet of human blood; for example, their heart still beats to pump the blood they’ve consumed through their system to maintain their vitality. Because of this, vampires can eat human food, though it doesn’t sustain their life or provide any nutrition like blood does, and their digestive system will continue to process it and produce wastes just as a healthy human’s does. Regardless, many vampires continue to eat regular food for several reasons, including out of human habit, to maintain human appearances in order to prevent their exposure, and to help sublimate their eternal hunger for blood and thereby keep their bloodlust at a manageable level.

Vampires can also become intoxicated by drugs such as alcohol and marijuana just as humans can, although they do have much higher tolerances due to their accelerated healing, which rapidly regenerates the cells damaged by these drugs which causes the sensation of being drunk or high. In fact, most vampires frequently drink alcohol throughout the day to help them deal with their perpetual hunger, much in the way that some vampires eat human food to help curb their cravings.

Vampires are immune to the majority of human diseases and illnesses. One exception of this rule is cancer, though vampires cannot actually develop it– they have to have had the cancer prior to being turned, as vampire blood cannot cure it in humans. These aforementioned vampires continue to have cancer even after their transition is complete, as cancer cells rapidly regenerate in the presence of vampire blood due to the cells being functionally immortal; normal human cells have “suicide buttons” that allow them to die once their organelles have worn out, but cancer cells have no such button, and vampire blood only serves to accelerate the regeneration of cancer cells. The only known substances that can have a serious negative effect on vampires are vervain and Werewolf Venom.

The mystical effect of vampirism is the only thing that keeps vampires and their bodies alive. If vampirism is removed through the cure to immortality, the body will return to the state of a healthy alive adult so long as the cure remains in their blood. However, once a vampire is reverted to being a human after ingesting the cure, the cure will remain in their bloodstream, allowing any other vampire who wants to be cured to do so by feeding on the cured vampire’s blood to nearly full consumption. When Silas fed on Katherine’s cure-laced blood, he returned to his previous status as a witch, but it caused a side-effect to be discovered– should the cure leave the veins of a cured vampire, their bodies will rapidly begin to age to catch up with the time they spent as vampires. This usually poses no problem in vampires who were turned young and/or have only been vampires for several years, but in the case of Katherine, her body began to grow old so rapidly to compensate for her 538 years of life that she ultimately died of a heart attack due to advanced age within weeks.

Conversely, if vampirism is stripped away by the Magic Purification Spell, it will physically revert the body to the final state it was in before awakening in transition, leaving it a corpse with the physical damage or illness of whatever it was that originally killed them. (e.g: drowning, slit throat, snapped neck, tuberculosis, etc.) The only exception to this was Alaric Saltzman, who was successfully transformed from an Enhanced Original Vampire into a human as a result of his serious (but not absolutely fatal) injury being instantly treated by Dr. Josette Laughlin. The only remaining cure for immortality currently resides in Elena Gilbert’s blood, as the other copy of the cure was destroyed along with the 1903 Prison World after the Gemini Coven was murdered. Similarly, since the Travelers have more or less become extinct, it is unlikely that a magic purification spell could be performed again, making the chances of being cured this way nearly impossible.

It has been recently discovered that while vampires are sterile and cannot have biological children (with the exception of the hybrid Klaus, whose werewolf side and the magical nature of his vampire transformation canceled out the sterility all other vampires possess), certain forms of magic can transport a fetus or fetuses from a human’s body into a vampire’s. This was demonstrated by the Gemini Coven, whose livelihood was dependent on the existence of twins to continue the coven, and who had a spell to magically transport fetuses from a pregnant mother whose life is in danger into another womb. Joshua Parker and his fellow coven members used this spell to transfer the twin fetuses from the dying Josette Laughlin into the vampire Caroline Forbes’ womb to make sure the coven would survive on without them. Since a vampire who consumes a steady diet of blood can also consume human food and has the same physiology as a normal human, Caroline was able to deliver the twins with the help of the Heretics’, and Bonnie’s, magical assistance. Additionally, her vampirism actually makes it more likely that the twins will survive, since they are functionally immortal and are much harder to kill than humans.

However, it has also been discovered that, since vampires were created by magic, which also gave them their powers, their vampirism can be absorbed by certain rare witches of the Gemini Coven called Siphoners. This was revealed when the twins Caroline was carrying, Lizzie and Josie, began to siphon her powers when Caroline was nearly at term, causing her skin to desiccate and putting her at risk of death by losing her vampirism. Siphoners can also draw on vampires for more power for spells, and, since they exist as a loophole in the rules of Nature, they can also be transformed into witch-vampire hybrids while maintaining their powers of Siphoning; even more, they are able to practice magic as though they were a full witch since they can draw on their own vampirism as a limitless source of magical power. As of Gods and Monsters, there are only two such hybrids left currently living at this point– Valerie Tulle and the newly incarcerated, resurrected Malachai Parker.

Stefan as a Ripper

Vampires have the capacity to be extremely feral, predatory creatures, and can be more beast-like and savage than their human appearance suggests. They growl, hiss, snarl, and curl their lips back when provoked, baring their fangs as a sign of aggression when faced by a threat.

Despite their nature, vampires are also capable of human emotions, such as compassion, love, and self-control. However, it’s in a vampire’s nature to be violent, and no matter what their morality or kindness, they will almost always resort to such acts if it’s necessary for their survival. While vampires typically maintain their human personalities after their transformations (though magnified by the magical properties of vampirism), they are usually dehumanized to some degree, and due to both the violent tensions between witches, werewolves, and vampires (along with the in-fighting within the vampire community itself), violence, tragedy, and death of the aforementioned groups and humans caught in the crossfire seem to follow vampires wherever they go, even despite their best efforts to avoid it. Many (though not all) vampires are inherently selfish and consider other beings, especially humans, to be inferior to themselves, as they see themselves as the top of the proverbial food chain. Even the most compassionate of their kind will often resort to cruelty and torture if it means protecting themselves and their loved ones from danger.

For example, Stefan Salvatore, despite his generally kind and compassionate attitude, has been shown to be unafraid of killing when the situation calls for it, though he makes it a point not to harm or kill humans unless absolutely necessary. Similarly, Caroline Forbes, while saving Stefan and his brother Damon from her mother and her police force, ended up slaughtering two of her deputies in an animalistic and stealthy manner and was completely calm and unfazed afterward; this contrasted greatly with her reaction after she had accidentally killed a carnival worker out of hunger just hours after she had completed her transition, which upset her so much that she began to sob and insisted she was a monster. This suggests the longer one spends as a vampire, the more tolerant of violence and murder they become.

Additionally, over the course of their millennium of life, Elijah and Rebekah have also become somewhat dehumanized after spending so much time as the most powerful beings on earth, even despite their generally kind and gentle nature; their penchant for the “snatch, eat, erase” method of feeding and their dedication to avoiding unnecessarily large demonstrations of violence and cruelty if at all possible is typically more out of their desire to protect themselves from exposure than a desire to not harm others. In recent years, both Elijah and Rebekah have mellowed out, and are not as quick to harm or kill out of anger, they still are known for being ruthless against their enemies or anyone who tries to harm their family and friends, and have shown no discomfort in torturing others to get the answers or results they need.

However, vampires experience sensations and feelings much more intensely than humans, and as a result, they have a much more difficult time controlling their emotions, all of which are tied to their hunger in some way. Whenever a vampire is overwhelmed by powerful feelings (such as extreme hunger, fear, anger, happiness, love, etc.) their faces become pale, and blood rushes into the veins surrounding their eyes, darkening them tremendously. Their canine teeth will lengthen into fangs, giving them a more predatory look to scare off or threaten their prey and to aid them in feeding on humans and animals. This intensification of emotions experienced by vampires also extends to their personalities as well, both the good and the bad aspects of it. For example, Elena and Stefan were both compassionate and kind as humans, which amplified these traits to the point of being self-sacrificing as vampires; conversely, Vicki Donovan, who was a troubled teenage girl with addictions to drugs, carried these personality traits into her vampire life as well, making her subject to violent mood swings and making it even harder for her to resist her cravings for human blood until she had to be killed to save Elena and Jeremy from being killed.

Due to their intensely emotional nature, it is not uncommon for vampires wishing to maintain self-control to document their lives after their transition in journals. Though they have consistently shown considerable powers in recollection of specific memories and dates, vampires still need to peruse their journals in order to reflect on their feelings and other minute details during certain events. Another function of the vampire nature is the ability to “turn off” their humanity in order to make it easier for them to emotionally deal with feeding on (and occasionally even killing) humans to maintain their immortality.

Vampires who have used this coping mechanism, such as Elena, Damon, Stefan, Caroline and Enzo, have described the process as “flicking a switch,” which essentially numbs their emotions and disables their ability to be empathetic, allowing them to shut out painful feelings such as guilt, grief, and sadness and turning off the part of them that makes them ashamed of their actions. Vampires with their humanity turned off often think of themselves as purely rational and logical and are not ruled by their emotions. They also have no problem feeding indiscriminately on whomever they please, either using mind compulsion to make the humans forget the experience or killing them outright with no shame or remorse.

From their portrayal so far on the shows, it seems that many vampires are nomads of sorts who periodically move around from place to place to make sure their immortality and lack of aging do not lead to their exposure as vampires to the general public. Some of them appear to attempt to take on identities within the human world and exist alongside humans (such as Stefan Salvatore, who used to take on a new identity, location, and career every thirty years) while others instead appear to enjoy living among humans mostly anonymously (such as Damon Salvatore, Lily Salvatore, the Heretics, and the Mikaelsons throughout the majority of their lives) without making human attachments and then choosing to travel to new places for a change in scenery whenever the urge strikes them.

While the world does not appear to have an official rule-based vampire government (neither in an international level nor a national level), at least one place, the American city of New Orleans, Louisiana, has had a thriving permanent community of vampires throughout most of the 20th century and into the early 21st century. For most of the community’s existence, it was been ruled by Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson from the 18th to early 20th centuries; then, after they were forced to flee with their sister Rebekah after the arrival of their father, Mikael, the control of the vampires was taken by Marcel Gerard, who proclaimed himself to be the king of the city. Upon gaining leadership of the community, Marcel created many rules that he strongly enforces within the borders of New Orleans, which includes the following: vampires can only feed on tourists (though feeding on consenting locals seems to be allowed as long as they’re willing to keep the secret or can be compelled to do so); and all vampires are responsible for keeping the number of vampire-related killings of humans to a minimum so as to not negatively affect tourism rates, which thereby affects their food supply and the city’s general prosperity.

The number one rule of the community, however, is that vampires are forbidden from killing any of their own kind, and vampires who have violated this rule have faced strict punishment, such one hundred years of solitary confinement and starvation in the Garden prison or even death. The only known vampires to avoid punishment for such a crime are the Originals, who are far too powerful for any vampire in the community to force them to abide by the laws. Marcel’s original community was eventually destroyed by the various wars that took place in the city in 2012, leaving only Marcel, Joshua Rosza and Elijah the only surviving true vampires (not including the hybrids, Klaus and Hayley Marshall).

For the next year after the decimation of their community, the vampires moved to another neighborhood of New Orleans across the river from the French Quarter called Algiers, where they began to rebuild their vampire army by turning select individuals who proved themselves as having what it took to “move up a notch on the food chain.” In 2013, control of the French Quarter was once again returned to Marcel Gerard and his vampires, who have returned to the neighborhood to begin to regain the power they once held throughout the city while maintaining tenuous truces with both the Crescent werewolves and the French Quarter Coven. Upon Marcel’s transformation into an “upgraded” Original vampire also known as the Beast, he has regained full control of the city’s supernatural population after putting Klaus in a torturous coma with Papa Tunde’s Blade, biting Elijah and Kol, and poisoning Freya, forcing them to be put in a magical slumber and Chambre de Chasse to avoid death until Hayley can find cures for them, as well as a cure for Rebekah’s curse. This effectively evicted the Mikaelsons from New Orleans, leaving Marcel with no one even close to his level of power to go against his rule.

As previously stated, there is no international vampire government, or even a vampire government within specific nations. However, there have been vampire societies over the thousand years or so that the species has existed. The most well-known among them being The Strix, a congregation of the most ancient and powerful vampires the world has ever known, which was originally founded by Elijah, who sought to seek out vampires with the time, resources, and inclination to enrich the world with the powers they possess. However, Elijah was eventually forced to abandon the organization, as he was dismayed by the realization that he had gathered a large group of “narcissistic and sociopathic” vampires who were only concerned with gaining power, status, and wealth with which they could use to further their own agendas. After Elijah’s departure, Tristan de Martel became the leader of the organization, and, with the exception of Marcel Gerard, every vampire initiated into the society belongs to either Elijah or Rebekah’s sireline. Tristan was then overthrown in 2013 and replaced by Aya and Marcel in turn.

Age is a powerful status symbol in the global vampire community. One such reason for this is because the amount of history the vampire has experienced gives them a great deal of knowledge, which translates to certain bragging rights in the community, especially when the elder vampires interact with the younger vampires, werewolves, witches, and in-the-know humans they encounter. There are many examples of extremely old vampires whose age and history have gained them respect and status, including (but not limited to) the following: the vampire Shen Min was the torture consultant to Genghis Khan prior to becoming a vampire around the turn of the 12th century; Elijah and Klaus were close friends with Sigmund Freud and Ferdinand Magellan, among other famous historical figures; Klaus compelled the artist Edgar Degas to mentor him in art; Rebekah was hinted to be the creator of the legendary vampire Casquette Girls in Louisiana in the 1800s; Marcel was a member of the Brotherhood of the Damned (the name for the 369th regiment in the American Army in World War I), whom he turned into vampires in order to defeat the Germans trying to overpower their line; the Heretics, Lillian Salvatore, and Julian attended the funeral of Queen Victoria; Damon served in the Confederate Army in the American Civil War, and Stefan and Enzo served in the American and British Armies, respectively, during World War II.

However, the main reason why age is a status symbol in the vampire community is because a vampire’s age directly correlates to how physically powerful they are. As a vampire ages, their supernatural physical and mental abilities become even stronger and more advanced as well. For example, because “The Trinity” were the first three vampires sired by the Originals, and around a year after they themselves were turned– Lucien Castle, Aurora de Martel, and Tristan de Martel, making them over a thousand years old. They are much more powerful than any other regular vampire because of their age. Only the Originals and their modified version outmatch the Trinity in raw power. While attitude, training, and catching an older vampire off-guard can occasionally compensate for another vampire’s young age in a fight (such as Elena Gilbert nearly besting Katherine Pierce in battle), an older vampire will nearly always win in a fight against a younger vampire.

In 2013, the creation of the so-called “Upgraded Original Vampire”, also known as “the Beast” due to a prophecy foretold by witch and seer Alexis, made the now-deceased Lucien and current ruler of New Orleans, Marcel, more physically powerful than even an Original vampire despite their younger ages. Between their extremely immense super strength, speed, durability, senses, and healing in addition to their bite, which possesses the venom of the seven original werewolf bloodlines and is fatal to even an Original vampire, they are now among the most powerful supernatural creatures in the TVD/TO universe and are easily the strongest vampires in the world.

According to Stefan and Damon, the sharing of blood between vampires is considered an intimate act and is not typically taken lightly, though it is not always this way; for example, Klaus and Elijah have been shown feeding their own blood to their siblings and vampire friends to heal them after they have been seriously incapacitated by injury or desiccation. Between romantic partners, however, this is an incredibly intimate act that denotes the love between the two vampires, as well as the trust they share.

Megan, a human, killed by a vampire.

Vampires generally coexist with humans due to their shared origins and appearances. Humans are mostly oblivious to the existence of vampires, which makes it easier for vampires to commingle with their human cohorts without detection or exposure. Most of the few people who do know about vampires have either been killed to ensure their silence, compelled to forget their encounters with them, or, in some cases, are compelled not to speak of it to anyone, which lessens the chances that the vampire species will be exposed to the public.

Attitudes of vampires towards humans vary from individual to individual. Some see humans as simply food, servants, and/or entertainment, while others feel compassion for humans, remembering their lives before becoming vampires and not wanting to cause any more harm to them than necessary, and even regarding certain humans as close friends, lovers, or family. In general, vampires are known to see humans as less compared to themselves and ultimately regard their lives as being essentially insignificant, as humans are mortal whereas vampires live forever. As a result of their immortality and the fatal violence they witness on a regular basis, the death of a human who has no significant connection to the vampire is typically a non-event for them, and is either shrugged off as collateral damage or seen as a means to an end in part of whatever the vampire in question’s current agenda is.

Only a handful of humans are aware of the existence of literal vampires. In history, there were periods of time where vampires were not so secret, but as of the 21st century, the majority of humans regard vampires as superstition, fiction, and myth, which is how most vampires prefer it to be, as it makes it easier for them to move through the world without detection. There are small pockets of in-the-know humans, however, and they usually are in one of two groups: either they are aware of vampires because they are acquainted with at least one of them, either due to friendship, alliance (such as the Human Faction in New Orleans), or, in rare cases, being attacked and not compelled to forget the encounter; or, they belong to a family or are associated with an organization who hunts vampires (such as the Founding Families of Mystic Falls or the Town Council) or studies them to gain more knowledge of how they work (such as Whitmore College’s Augustine Society).

The supernatural forces that sustain vampires also endow them with superhuman physical abilities as well as powers of mind control.Their physical abilities such as strength, speed, agility, durability, healingand senses all grow stronger with age and experience. Vampires who feed on animal blood will not be as powerful as those who feed on human blood. Human blood is also known to increase the speed of healing when ingested by a vampire after being seriously wounded.

Stefan using his super strength.

Katherine using her super strength and speed.

Stefan jumps off the Boarding House

Caroline’s super-hearing

Damon compels Elena.

Tactile telepathy.

Vampire and Hybrid True Faces

Originally, vampires had additional powers in the early episodes of the show, but these powers were later written out of the plot by the writers after they were deemed “too supernatural.” These powers were:

If vampires are killed by a wooden object stabbed through their heart, their body desiccates into a gray color, and their vampiric veins thicken and protrude from their skin. Vampires can build up tolerances to some weaknesses, such as vervain, allowing them to protect themselves from compulsion by an Original and to help lessen the likelihood that it will seriously incapacitate them when used by enemies. However, it will still burn them upon contact, but if ingested, it will not weaken them as much if they take small amounts over time to increase their immunity.

Isobel burning in the sunlight

Katherine is burned by vervain

Katherine after being bitten by Klaus.

When trying to compel human Stefan that he should live instead of sacrificing himself to kill Katherine, Stefan injected Damon his blood making him human again. In a flash-forward he’s shown to have grown old in Mystic Falls with Elena.

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