'Legacies' season 1: Will Josie be the new Lizzie Saltzman after Penelope's exit?
Penelope and Josie Saltzman's story arc came to an abrupt end last week after she suddenly decided to leave Salvatore School.
While the last episode of 'Legacies' brought with it a lot of answers about Malivore, Landon Kirby, Triad Industries and an 'Original' flame, it took away something very precious to fans - Penelope Park. Penelope and Josie Saltzman's story arc came to an abrupt end last week after she suddenly decided to leave Salvatore School. Don't worry, she's not dead but this is much worse - she moved away to Belgium, hurt, in tears and literally feeling hopeless.
Josie and Penelope's intense, endearing and complicated romance was definitely one of the major parallel storylines for the show. Right from the first episode, these two have had spectacular chemistry. Remember when Josie was so jealous of Penelope trying to get handsy with MG that she set her arm on fire? Instead of plotting revenge, Penelope returned with a renewed vigor to watch out for Josie and the really famous lob, of course. Josie too, in her hearts of hearts, did regret trying to hurt Penelope, especially since she realized that she did still have feelings for her ex. But, as the story progressed, we saw her moving as far away as she could from Penelope.
In the episode where the slug affects the school and its inhabitants, we see the two kiss but unfortunately, Jo makes it clear that nothing would ever happen between them, leaving Penelope more confused than ever. Expressing her feelings for Jo, Penelope wrote her a letter but for some reason, Josie kept putting off reading it. In the last episode, when she finally does, she realizes that she was about to lose Penelope forever - and she does. "You've given me a thousand reasons to leave instead," the witch tells Jo through tears as she's leaving and you see the instant regret in Josie's eyes.
However, before Penelope leaves, she does one last favor to Jo. She tells her about a secret that Alaric had been hiding, which was the reason behind all the times Penelope forced Jo to look out for herself. She was, of course, talking about the Merge, where one of the twins is destined to die. This revelation is bound to be the turning point of Josie and Lizzie's relationship and the fact that Lizzie knew about Penelope's plans to move yet still didn't tell Jo will scar her love for her sister forever. This was the one person who had always encouraged Jo to stand up for herself and fight and there she was, giving up on her for good. To be honest, it's Josie's loss.
Penelope's exit will possibly make Josie what we've always suspected Lizzie to become - the one that ends up killing the other twin. With the renewed friendship that Lizzie and Hope have developed, there's a possibility that Lizzie may actually get more in touch with her softer side.
Legacies' returns with episode 14, on March 21 at 9/8c on The CW