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We are officially in love with period drama Reign, the newest show on the CW block. And, we can’t help but notice how much the utterly compelling historical drama has in common with its lead-in, The Vampire Diaries! Here are five similarities these two seemingly distant network cousins share. (Who knew vampires and royals could have so much in common?)

Strong female protagonist

At the center of this soapy epic is Mary, Queen of Scots, played by the fabulous Adelaide Kane. Though Mary is a woman living in a man’s world, she doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. She is complex and vulnerable and strong all at the same time, and reminds us of a certain human-turned-vamp central to the TVD narrative. Both Elena and Mary are headstrong and loyal. They have an immense sense of responsibility for the people in their lives. For Elena, that responsibility is to her friends and family. She will do anything for them! Mary is the same when it comes to her countrymen and ladies-in-waiting. She often forgoes what she wants in order to ensure safety and security for the people who depend on her. We love that both women are such independent badasses!

The love triangle

It’s hard to mention either TVD or Reign without mentioning the love triangles at their centers. In both cases, they involve one teenage girl torn between two brothers. Right now, Reign is still in the Stelena phase of its development. Mary and Francis are in love with one another, and seem destined to be together, but Mary also feels a pull toward Francis’s bastard brother, Sebastian. Both romances have the possibility to be super compelling, and we expect Mary’s chemistry with the two will cause many a tension between the tight-knit bros à la TVD.

Mood music

One of the things we love best about TVD is its killer soundtrack. The songs are more than just mixtape-worthy; they’re used to evoke emotion and bring out a scene’s full potential within the fabric of the show. Reign masterly mixes emotive music with narrative in much the same way. Even though we’ve only seen four episodes so far, we already adore the modern, tonal pop that accompanies its scenes. Here is just a sample of some of the artists who have contributed to the soundtrack so far: The Lumineers, Phillip Phillips, Mumford and Sons, Joshua Radin, Crystal Fighters, Band of Skulls, and London Grammar. Perfection!

Supernatural elements

TVD is defined by it supernatural setting, but what could historically-based Reign have to offer in that department? Well, we’re still not sure what’s up with the creepy dark forest that borders the castle grounds, or the pagans who live within it. Might they have magical powers? The same could be asked about the mysterious girl with the “ruined” face who lurks within the castle’s secret passageways, helping Mary evade death and ruin. There’s also Nostradamus, aka the court mystic and Queen Catherine’s most-trusted confidante, to consider. Needless to say, Reign has some serious supernatural potential just waiting to be explored. (Think Merlin, but more ladies-in-waiting.)

Pillow feathers

Remember the Season 1 TVD scene that had Bonnie explaining to Elena she is a witch with the aid of floating feathers from a nearby mutilated pillow? (Elena recently made an on-screen throwback to the moment by bringing feathers to Bonnie’s memorial.) Well, you’re not going to believe it, but Reign totally uses pillow feathers as a mood-enhancer, too! In the pilot episode, they fall in glorious frivolity during a court ball as Mary and Francis remember a similarly-feathery pillow fight they had as children. So, if you watch TVD for it’s use of pillow feathers, then you’d love Reign.

Have you been watching Reign? Do you think it has a lot in common with TVD? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, November 14 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Reign at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.