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The Police were going to throw out Every Breath You Take until Andy Summers recorded its iconic riff – in one take

Home News (Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) It’s hard to believe that The Police’s 1983 hit Every Breath You Take was almost thrown out in the studio.The track – by most accounts the bands biggest song, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks following its release, and garnering nearly 1.2 billion Spotify streams…

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The Police were going to throw out Every Breath You Take until Andy Summers recorded its iconic riff – in one take

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It’s hard to believe that The Police’s 1983 hit Every Breath You Take was almost thrown out in the studio.

The track – by most accounts the bands biggest song, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks following its release, and garnering nearly 1.2 billion Spotify streams at the time of writing – features what’s now one of the most iconic electric guitar parts of all time.

But as guitarist Andy Summers explains in the new issue of Guitarist (opens in new tab), during the making of the band’s final album, Synchronicity, frontman/bassist Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland “could not agree on how the bass and drums were going to go, and so nearly insisted the track be discarded.

In a last-ditch punt to save it, Sting asked Summers to plug in his guitar and “make it [his] own”. Astonishingly, the guitarist recorded the track’s main riff in just one take. “They all stood up and clapped,” Summers remembers.

“And of course, the fucking thing went right around the world, straight to Number 1 in America. And the riff has become a kind of immortal guitar part that all guitar players have to learn.”

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Elsewhere in the interview, Summers reveals his favorite guitar parts he’s recorded with The Police.

“Well, my favorite has always been Message In a Bottle,” he says. “It’s the best guitar riff and there’s a harmony part as well, which most people can’t get. You’ve got to have the fingers for it. Roxanne. Can’t Stand Losing You. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic. I like all of them.”

He explains that his writing philosophy with The Police was to make his material “harmonically neutral”

“Apart from all the sonics, I would never play things like big barre chords with major thirds,” he says. “We came from a modern place, which in my case was done by using not a major 3rd but the added 9th or the major 2nd, because that sounded hip and modern to me.

“It wasn’t tricky and extended jazz chords, and it wasn’t romantic 19th century progressions. It was something else.”

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Sam Roche

Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He’s a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).

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8 Remakes That Give Me Hope For The Future Of Filmmaking, And 8 That Prove Hollywood’s Out Of Ideas

Father of the Bride was just released on HBO Max last week. HBO Max This is the third film adaptation of the 1949 novel of the same name written by Edward Streeter. In 1950, the novel was adapted into a film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Then, in 1991, it was remade with Steve…

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8 Remakes That Give Me Hope For The Future Of Filmmaking, And 8 That Prove Hollywood’s Out Of Ideas

Father of the Bride was just released on HBO Max last week.


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This is the third film adaptation of the 1949 novel of the same name written by Edward Streeter. In 1950, the novel was adapted into a film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Then, in 1991, it was remade with Steve Martin.


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The newest iteration of the film is a fresh new take on the story, with a Cuban-American family at the helm.


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Sometimes, we get lucky and Hollywood will give us a remake that brings something new to the story. But, more often than not, we’re just watching a carbon copy of a movie that brought film execs financial success in the past.


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So let’s take a look at 8 remakes that actually had something new to say, and 8 that seem a little TOO familiar if you ask me:

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1.

TOO SIMILAR — Little Women (2019)


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This movie’s great, and it was nominated for tons of awards, BUT this is the SEVENTH film version of Little Women. There’s also been a miniseries, TV adaptations, musicals, and even an opera. That’s too many things, especially when the basic story is left relatively unchanged. Did Hollywood need to remake this, really? Or did they need to showcase the current who’s who of white millennial and Gen Z Hollywood for profit?

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ADDED SOMETHING NEW — Annie (2014)


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This remake didn’t get the best reviews, but at least the filmmakers gave us something different. Annie had been made twice before this, with a pretty similar-looking cast both times. This 2014 Annie was the first version to be set in the present-day instead of the Great Depression. And, it was also the first version to cast Black actors as the two leads. (Jamie Foxx as Daddy Warbucks and Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie).

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TOO SIMILAR — Carrie (2013)

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The 2013 version of Carrie was supposed to be more of an adaptation of the original book rather than a remake of the 1976 De Palma classic, but it pretty much follows the original beat-for-beat.

There were definitely some stylistic differences, but this new version didn’t seem to update the look of Carrie’s mother and their house, or any of the creepy old-fashioned religious stuff either. It was so similar to the original that, at certain points, I forgot this was set in modern day.

Kimberly Peirce, the remake’s director, is an incredible filmmaker, and I think this was a case of the movie studio having too much input. They wanted to update Carrie, but instead of doing so in a meaningful way, they gave us the same old story but *now with cell phones!*

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ADDED SOMETHING NEW — West Side Story (2021)


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2021’s West Side Story was a hit with both audiences and critics. It followed the same storyline as the original from 1961, but incorporated a couple of changes. One major change was the role of Anybodys. In the original movie, Anybodys was a tomboy, but in the 2021 version, he is a trans man. This, along with casting actual Latinx actors to play characters that are Puerto Rican, gives the movie and its characters much more depth.

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TOO SIMILAR — Psycho (1998)

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There’s no doubt in my mind that this near shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho should never have been made. Vince Vaughn? As Norman Bates? He wishes. 

I love Gus Van Sant, the director who made this, but like, if you have the go-ahead to remake one of the most beloved horror movies of all time, at least do something different. And I’m not talking about making it in color or adding a scene where Vince Vaughn’s Norman is jerking off to Marion Crane because those weren’t enough. Give me something different, something weirder! People are gonna compare your version to the original anyway, so if you do something completely out of left field, maybe they’d at least respect that. 

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ADDED SOMETHING NEW — Freaky Friday (2018)

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People regard the 2003 Lindsay Lohan/Jamie Lee Curtis Freaky Friday as the best version, and maybe even the only version. But, there have actually been three other adaptations of the movie. The newest one is a Disney Channel Original Movie, and it’s based on a musical of the same name. The movie itself is a bit strange and awkward, but the songs slap. It truly doesn’t feel like a remake. It’s its own thing, which is good, because I feel like Disney knows that if they tried to remake the 2003 one, there would be an uproar.

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TOO SIMILAR — A Christmas Carol


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Okay, I’m not talking about a specific version of A Christmas Carol here, and more just like, all the versions. There’s just so many, and they keep coming out. Sure, there’ll be an original gem once in a while hidden among all the clones, but they’re pretty few and far between. And like, why even make another version afterThe Muppet Christmas Carol exists?

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ADDED SOMETHING NEW (but just barely) — Pet Sematary (2019)


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The Pet Sematary remake made some pretty big changes from the original 1989 version. The plot is basically the same: in both films, a family moves into a new house, one of their kids gets hit by a truck, they bury the kid in a cemetery that brings the dead back to life, and the kid comes back wrong and kills people. In the original, the family’s very young son Gage dies, while in the remake, it’s the older sister Ellie that gets run over. 

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By changing which kid dies, the new Pet Sematary tried to do something different, so I’ll give them that. But, I think it actually just made the story super boring. A toddler zombie boy is just always gonna be scarier to me than the overused trope of a creepy little girl. But A for effort!

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TOO SIMILAR — The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)


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In 2002 Sam Raimi gave us the iconic Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire, which led to the greatest superhero movie of all time, Spider-Man 2, and, of course, the notoriously campy Spider-Man 3. Just five short years after the third entry, Sony gave us The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield. Not only did we have to see the whole spider bite/transformation stuff all over again, but we had to witness Uncle Ben’s death a second time, all while Raimi’s franchise was still pretty fresh in our minds.

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But I guess it was all worth it when both Maguire and Garfield returned in 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home to join Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man for an interdimensional team-up.

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ADDED SOMETHING NEW — Ghostbusters (2016)


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Many people hated the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters. Some thought it was a gimmick, but we can all agree that it brought something new to the table. It was an all-female team of Ghostbusters this time. And while it wasn’t the greatest movie ever made, it tried something different. 

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The release of the new Ghostbusters and the subsequent backlash it received prompted a lot of discourse regarding gender and fan culture, but nothing really came of it. If Hollywood made a gender-swapped Indiana Jones right now, I’m sure the fans would react the same exact way they responded to Ghostbusters. This is exactly why Hollywood needs to keep taking chances like this. So that, eventually, everyone will be able to see themselves on screen.

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TOO SIMILAR — Cinderella (2015)


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Disney’s recent trend of remaking their animated films into live-action versions seems to me like a HUGE missed opportunity, especially with Cinderella. We’ve seen the animated version from 1950 a hundred times. We’re so familiar with the characters and the storyline, that it’s boring to see the same thing again, even if it’s being done with real live actors. Instead of casting an actor that looks identical to a cartoon character that was drawn over 60 years ago, why not cast someone completely different? Or maybe change the plot slightly, or add a twist ending?

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There are dozens of similar adaptations of Cinderella. Unless someone adds something new to the mix, can we just stop making these movies? I mean, I can only take so many dead dads, big gown reveals, and unexplained musical interludes.

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ADDED SOMETHING NEW — The Mummy (1999)


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The Mummy remake was a huge success. It led to two sequels and launched The Scorpion King franchise. The film that it was based on was a horror movie, 1932’s The Mummy starring Boris Karloff. The remake, however, was an action-adventure film with Brendan Frasier at the helm.

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I want to say that the reason this remake is not just a carbon copy of the original is because the plot, the characters, and the genre are completely different. But, while that’s true, the “something new” that sets this film apart from the original is, in fact, Brendan Fraser.

Fraser’s Rick O’Connell is a true himbo, an icon of his time, and the whole reason why when someone mentions The Mummy there’s no way you’re thinking of the 1932 version.

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TOO SIMILAR — A Star is Born (2018)


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The latest, and fourth, adaption of A Star is Born, was similar to its Barbra Streisand-led 1976 predecessor. Yes, there were several changes, but that wasn’t enough for some people, namely Barbra Streisand who struggled with its originality. She has said that the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper film was too close to her version and essentially “the wrong idea.”

She was quoted as saying, “I can’t argue with success, but I don’t care so much about success as I do originality.” 

I love the sentiment, Barbra. Go shake things up in Hollywood.

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ADDED SOMETHING NEW — The Great Gatsby (2013)

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Whether you like him or not, Baz Luhrmann always gives us a cinematic extravaganza. Watching one of his movies is an event. 

In his 2013 interpretation of The Great Gatsby, he mixes old eras with modern music, his sets and costumes are over-the-top, and everything you see looks almost surreal. It oozes decadence and opulence and sometimes it’s even too much to look at. And, we already have a straightforward retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel in 1979’s The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Baz Luhrmann knew that. So he gave us Gatsby through his eyes. He did what a remake should do: update an old story for a modern audience.

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TOO SIMILAR — Funny Games (2007)

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In 1997, director Michael Haneke released his Austrian thriller Funny Games. He had always wanted to set it in America, so ten years later, he made it again with American actors in a shot-for-shot remake.

Because it’s made by the same director, the 2007 version is equally as scary and effective as its ’90s precursor.

These movies aren’t just siblings, they’re identical twins, and you can’t really choose one over the other. It’s like that old “spot the imposter” trope where the villain’s disguised themselves as the hero’s friend and they both try to convince the hero that the other one is the imposter.

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ADDED SOMETHING NEW — Little Shop of Horrors (1986)


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1986’s Little Shop of Horrors is based on a musical from 1982, which is based on a horror comedy film from 1960. 

The musical stars America’s sweetheart Rick Moranis as Seymour in a career-defining performance (Spaceballs who?). The music was written and composed by Howard Ashman and EGOT-winner Alan Menken. They would go on to write the music for The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. 

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The film was nominated for two Oscars and is now considered an absolute classic. By turning the original into a musical, the remake, while still keeping its horror-comedy tone, can totally stand on its own.

Let us know which remakes you thought added something new to the source material and which ones were too similar.

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26 Pairs Of Shoes So Comfortable You May Be Tempted To Cry Tears Of Joy

22. Adorable ankle-strap sandals with a chunky heel for extra comfort so you can walk all day looking fa-bu-lous. amazon.com, amazon.com Promising review: “Love love love these shoes!!!!! I don’t normally buy cheap shoes because my feet suffer. But I just wanted a really cute low-heel, open-toe sandal to wear to my sister’s wedding. I…

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Adorable ankle-strap sandals with a chunky heel for extra comfort so you can walk all day looking fa-bu-lous.

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Promising review: “Love love love these shoes!!!!! I don’t normally buy cheap shoes because my feet suffer. But I just wanted a really cute low-heel, open-toe sandal to wear to my sister’s wedding. I knew I would probably just wear them one time, so I didn’t want to spend a ton of money. These shoes are gorgeous, comfortable, and I just ordered them in two other colors!!! You can dress them up or dress them down, so they are totally versatile!” —Leah

Get them from Amazon for $34.99 (available in sizes 5.5–11 and in 25 colors).

Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

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“The Vampire Diaries” Franchise Has Come To A Close — Here Are The Best And Worst Moments Of The Mikaelson Family

This family needed to book a lifetime of sessions with Cami the therapist. As last week’s episode of Legacies put The Vampire Diaries universe to rest, viewers said goodbye to the Mikaelson family for good. The finale featured a cameo by fan-favorite vamp Klaus, who appeared one last time to bid a final farewell to…

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“The Vampire Diaries” Franchise Has Come To A Close — Here Are The Best And Worst Moments Of The Mikaelson Family

This family needed to book a lifetime of sessions with Cami the therapist.

As last week’s episode of Legacies put The Vampire Diaries universe to rest, viewers said goodbye to the Mikaelson family for good. The finale featured a cameo by fan-favorite vamp Klaus, who appeared one last time to bid a final farewell to his daughter, Hope.

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Klaus, along with his siblings, make an appearance in all three of the franchise’s TV series (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Legacies) as the world’s very first vampires with centuries’ worth of baggage.

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Seriously. No family is perfect, but the Mikaelsons are one of the most toxic households to grace television. Here are eight examples…

1. When Klaus would dagger his siblings for literal decades.


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In this universe, “daggering” is just a term for putting a vampire to sleep with a magical knife (as one does). Klaus keeps his sibling’s coffins at the ready wherever he goes, in the event of a little rivalry. When they disagree with him or betray him, he just pops them in there for a couple of decades. Casual.

2. When Klaus was super controlling of Rebekah’s love life (and also killed a bunch of her boyfriends…).

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When we first meet Rebekah in The Vampire Diaries, she’s got a thing going with Stefan during the prohibition era. Despite being friends with Stefan, Klaus is not approving of the relationship and is super possessive and creepy when it comes to his sister. In The Originals, we learn that Klaus has literally killed a number of Rebekah’s boyfriends over the centuries and, up until the end of the series, denies her any chance at successful love. Toxic, much?

3. When their parents were just super toxic in general.


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Mikael and Esther are the primary reason the Mikaelson siblings need therapy. First, they use magic to try to make their children immortal, accidentally turning them into vampires. Disgusted by this, both parents go on multiple benders trying to end their children. Klaus kills them both, but there are multiple times that they return from the grave to wreak havoc.

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4. When Elijah was in love with Klaus’s baby mama.


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Strangely, this is the least problematic plotline on this list. Klaus and Hayley primarily grow a platonic co-parenting relationship, and it’s actually Elijah who falls for Hayley once she integrates herself with the family. Oddly enough, this complex dynamic doesn’t send Klaus spiraling. Still, it the makes the list, because it just would happen to the Mikaelsons.

5. When Kol pranked Rebekah by body-swapping her with an evil witch.


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During a dramatic body-swapping predicament, Kol traps his sister’s soul in the body of a witch who is imprisoned in an insane asylum. Turns out, this particular witch is a sociopathic child murderer, which it seems Kol didn’t know, but still. The savagery of trapping Rebekah in an asylum due to being hurt about something she did back in the 1900s seems a little much.

6. When Freya’s devotion to the family caused consistent turbulence in her dating life.


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As the oldest sibling, Freya feels the burden of ensuring her sister and brothers are safe. She often takes this to the extreme and is always cooking up a magical spell to protect family members, which is fine and dandy when you have so many enemies but also has to be exhausting. When she begins to date Keelin, she has a lot of trouble setting boundaries with her family. Fortunately, the two work out their relationship in the end, and she is able to finally invest in herself.

7. When Marcel’s complicated relationship with Klaus caused extreme highs and lows.

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When Marcel is a child, he’s taken under Klaus’s wing and eventually turned into a vampire. Despite their love for one another, the two have a complicated and confusing relationship. I mean very complicated and confusing. They are either threatening to kill the other and squabbling over control of the French Quarter, or they are best friends. Marcel can’t seem to decide if he loves or hates the Mikaelsons, and with all that they put him through, it’s hard to blame him.

8. When the family was cursed so Elijah wiped his memory.


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The aftermath of The Hollow — a terrible evil spirit in The Originals — leaves the Mikaelson siblings unable to be in the same room without causing mass destruction. While this is horrible, it’s fortunate that this happens during the 21st century when phones are a thing, rather than decades prior. Since the thought of staying away from his family is too much to bear, Elijah wipes his memory completely free of all loved ones. This causes a lot of drama and, perhaps, could’ve been avoided if he scheduled some daily FaceTimes. 

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OK, these guys are a lot of drama, but they do have some redeeming moments. Here are six times the Mikaelsons siblings were endearing:

1. When all of the siblings put Hope’s well-being before their own.


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For a family whose selfishness is unmatched, the birth of Klaus and Hayley’s daughter, Hope, is a major game changer. Not only does Hope help Klaus find what’s left of his humanity, but she makes a big impact on the other immortals as well. The siblings make some pretty big sacrifices to ensure Hope’s safety during The Originals, and this carries into Legacies territory as well.

2. When Hope carried on her family’s legacy.

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Speaking of Legacies, the third installment of the franchise dives into the life of the youngest family member, who now has some serious magic powers. Since she’s a Mikaelson, she’s got trauma, anger, and baggage at the ready, but we also see her fight for the greater good. She may come from one very complicated and ancient family, but she’s carrying on the best parts of their legacy.

3. When they honored their vow of always and forever.


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In flashback scenes scattered throughout The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, viewers get a glimpse into what different centuries have been like for this crew. The siblings have been isolated, on the run from enemies, and left to survive only with the company of one another. They vow to be there for each other “always and forever,” which plays a large role in their devotion to family. Even in their worst moments, they try to uphold this vow.

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4. When they made sacrifices for one another.


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While the family is certainly riddled with concerning behaviors, we do see glimmers of selflessness throughout various seasons. Klaus, for example, becomes Marcel’s prisoner to keep his siblings safe; and, despite only having each other, the family decides to go separate ways for a time when The Hollow threatens to harm Hope. At the end of the day, they put family above all else.

5. When they finally admitted to their mistakes.


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Unsurprisingly, the Mikaelsons have made a couple of mistakes over the years. As their stories progress, they begin to acknowledge their wrongdoings and attempt to change their ways. Klaus’s redemptive arch is the most distinct, as he begins his journey as a cunning and ruthless villain and becomes a loving father who sacrifices everything for his loved ones.

6. When they realized that they deserve happiness too.


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Cami the therapist (RIP) would likely say that much of this family’s turmoil comes from viewing themselves as monsters. After centuries of chaos, they begin to realize that they, too, deserve love and happiness. Each sibling has a different road to finding this, respectively, but in the end it appears they all find peace.

What are your favorite Mikaelson moments? Tell us in the comments below!

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