'Legacies': What to expect from the supernatural boarding school drama
Airing on October 25, 'Legacies' will follow Hope Mikaelson as she takes on life after Klaus' death in 'The Originals' finale
Supernatural fans had a difficult time bidding goodbye to 'The Vampire Diaries' and faced an even bigger heartbreak with 'The Originals.' But with CW's 'Legacies' they have another opportunity of reliving the magic of the ages. The show premieres on October 25 and will be a much younger version of the vampire sagas that we've known till now.
Familiar faces are certainly returning, most importantly Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), the powerful witch-vampire-werewolf hybrid. The show also stars Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman, Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman and Aria Shahghasemi as Landon along with Candice King as Caroline and Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman.
Here's what you can expect from the new teenage vampire spin-off:
What is the hope for Hope?
The trailer for the show shows striking similarities between the upcoming show and the original vampire series that inspired the two spinoffs. The plot follows Hope post the events of 'The Originals' finale. It starts two years later, as she adjusts to life at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
Both Klaus and Elijah died saving Hope in 'The Originals'. They take the dark magic out of Hope with the help of the Saltzman sisters and decide to stake each other in the hopes that their beloved girl would be out of harm's way. Hope also got a chance to say goodbye and even though she didn't like it, she did get some closure. So we know that the plot won't involve any angsty bad decisions in the search for a closure. As far as one can predict from Hope's character in 'The Originals', she will definitely be wiser than her years, yet too trusting. The plot will definitely take us through the pain of losing both parents and her possible guilt for tearing her own family apart.
Rose Russell revealed in an interview that this would be an absolutely different take on Hope's character arc. In 'The Originals' we saw her as a teen who could never really live her teenage days - she was either trying to save her dad or busy in damage control. This time, it's possible we will see her as a character who is trying to find her place in the world. Being one of a kind cannot be easy, especially if you have the Mikaelson family name.
Romance is on the cards and so is sisterhood
First look photos show that Landon (Aria Shahghasemi), the cute boy from the dance in 'The Originals' finale, and Hope share some sort of a connection as she sits by his cell taking care of him. It is unclear why he's been thrown behind bars but we know that Hope's choices in men haven't always been stellar. What magical entity do we have behind those bars? The last time Hope had a crush, it got her mom killed. We think that this time around too, there will be complications in her love life.
The trailer also suggests that Landon and Hope's romance will definitely be troubled and riddled with jealousy. There's a chance that Julie Plec could be going back to 'TVD' days and bringing back a love triangle into play. Who could ever forget the Elena-Damon-Stefan mess? This will definitely be a different story altogether but I'm almost certain we can expect this element in the spin-off.
There are also plenty of other love stories on the side - one of them being Penelope (Lulu Antariksa) and MG (Quincy Fouse), who are the new additions to the show. Not much is known about the romance in the plot, but be absolutely sure about one thing - 'Legacies' will not have 100-year-old men chasing after 16-year-old girls. While there are budding teenage romances on one side there are also breakups. Expect exes setting their cheating partners on fire and watch them burn from a distance.
The show should also feature some great female friendships, especially between the Saltzman twins and Hope. There's also a chance that the twins would be jealous of how much attention Hope gets from their dad and it could cause problems. After all, they "don't like to share."
Guess, we'll just have to wait for the drama to unfold.
Witches, werewolves, vampires and some new monsters
All of this good stuff takes place at Mystic Falls' Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, which is the same home that the Salvatore brothers lived in 'The Vampire Diaries'. So apart from nostalgia, expect to see more hybrids for sure. Hope will still be the special one out of the lot since she is a tribrid, but to keep things interesting, there's a chance that the show will introduce someone almost as special as her. After all, she cannot be the all powerful.
In both 'TVD' and 'The Originals', the different supernatural factions have always been at war. Although some of them had found a way to reconcile, 'Legacies' could reveal fresh elements to the fight. There will be an element of unity amongst them all but it will definitely be a while before we see that. Like every part of the vampire saga, 'Legacies' will create the conflict first. We will also perhaps see a more humane side to these creatures as we saw in 'The Originals'.
Showrunner Plec revealed in one of her interviews that they would be introducing new monsters this season, so we'd say prepare for dark powers to be on the rise. The trailer suggests that there's something dark already lurking in Mystic Falls and it could bring the whole school to its knees. Who knows, the show might even manage to top the Dark Blue Magic from 'The Originals'?