'Legacies': Mystery behind Caroline Forbes' absence will slowly unravel, says showrunner
Showrunnner Julie Plec says the long-term mystery attached to 'Vampire Diaries' fan-favorite Caroline Forbes' absence will be revealed slowly
'Legacies,' CW's latest spin-off from the 'Vampire Diaries' universe, has fans elated to be reunited with some of their favorite characters. However, Caroline Forbes (Candice King), a major character both in 'Vampire Diaries' and its spin-off 'The Originals' seems to be missing in action in 'Legacies'.
In an interview with Hollywood Life, showrunner Julie Plec offered possible answers to Caroline's whereabouts and if she will be seen on the show in the future, “Caroline gets mentioned quite a lot, her absence gets mentioned a bit as well in that she’s been such a good mother so why isn’t she here? And there’s a little bit of a long-term mystery attached to that we will slowly unravel."
Caroline's last major storyline revolved around her giving birth to twins Lizzie and Josie, who were magically placed into her womb after their real mother Josette Parker was murdered by her own brother Kai.
Ever since, Caroline has been portrayed as a loving and devoted parent to her children, which has left many wondering as to why she does not feature in Legacies since her children are a part of the plot.
Jenny Boyd, who plays Lizzie, told Comicbook reporters during a set visit that she thinks the lack of a mother figure really affects Lizzie a lot. "I mean it's hard. Obviously, her dad is the head of the school, his attention is focused in so many ways and she really has to share him basically with one hundred other students. I really think that is a huge reason why she behaves the way she does, wishing that she had a mother figure there to help her, to ask questions, to be a support system to her and she really feels that lack."
Showrunner Plec also told Hollywood Life how the twins take after their mother. "She’s a good person who, as a teenager, wasn’t always a nice person," she revealed. So we get the Ying and the Yang of Caroline and Alaric and, of course, Jo, their biological mother. Whatever DNA she left them with is twirling around. Let’s not forget these girls are related to Kai Parker by blood, so there’s a danger there, too." While Caroline may not be seen on screen, Plec reassures fans by saying they might "hear her" but her absence from the show will continue to remain a mystery for a while.
Though Mystic Falls returns to screens in 'Legacies', only a few original cast members from 'Vampire Diaries' are reprising their roles on the show including Matt Davis, Steven R. McQueen, and Zach Roerig. 'Legacies' will see a host of monsters arriving at Mystic Falls. Plec tells Entertainment Weekly, “A lot of the supernatural beings that we’ll be opening our doors to are things you never would have seen on 'The Vampire Diaries'."