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Legacies Fall Finale – Krampus, Santa, and the Red Hood Revealed! (2×08)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mystic Falls.

And that isn’t a good thing considering it’s the middle of October and they should be celebrating Halloween instead.

The falling snow has made everyone abnormally cheery, which is hilarious but also terrifying as Hope and Lizzie remain the only two unphased by the jolliness.

There’s nothing scarier than children making snowmen, sledding, and stringing up Christmas lights, according to Alaric, though one sip of cocoa later and he’s on the train to the North Pole alongside everyone else.

Hope deduces that this must be the work of a monster, and she’s right: the Krampus is here to reward all the naughty boys and girls.

Related: Did ‘Legacies’ Manage to Successfully Revamp the Old Love Triangle?

The absurdity continues when Santa (he is real!) emerges from Krampus’ bag and the two square off as if a part of WWE fight night. As the episode title forewarned, this Christmas was surprisingly violent.

It’s nice to see someone else take down a monster-of-the-wee for a change, plus, there was something bloody enjoyable about Santa punching and body-slamming a foe.

While Krampus didn’t pose too much of a threat to the Salvatore School student body, he was Clarke’s last hope at redemption, and when he let him down, Malivore’s son was forced to join forces with Hope in his final few hours of life.

Clarke’s been a complete thorn in Hope’s side, but much like Hope, I’ve developed a rather soft spot for him.

He was misunderstood and lonely, much like Hope, which caused him to act out; he couldn’t help it.

But hopefully, decapitation means he’s dead for good because that man had more lives than a cat and kept popping up unnecessarily.

The episode brought closure to the Hope-Josie-Landon love triangle and his decision was unsurprising.

Landon was in denial, but it was obvious – mainly because his subconscious shouted it from the rooftops – that he was always going to be in love with Hope. You don’t get over your first love that easily.

Despite “ghosting” both ladies when things got too hard, Landon returned to handle things in a mature way.

Landon handled things in a mature way giving both ladies a proper and romantic speech. It’s a welcome change from his cowardly actions on Legacies Season 2 Episode 7.

While it’s heartbreaking to hear that the boy you love loves someone else, Landon admitted that “doing the right thing should never be this hard,” so at least Josie knew she wasn’t the problem.

And Josie should have been prepared for this moment when her memories were restored. She should have stepped aside since Landon was never hers to begin with.

As the Christmas magic began wearing off, we found out who was under the red hood this whole time and admittedly, the cliffhanger was kind of a letdown.

Despite reports that Chris Wood is reprising his role of Kai in one episode is 2020, I kind of hoped he somehow escaped the prison world and was tucked under the red hood.

For the amount of build-up that there was for this character reveal, the Necromancer didn’t meet those high expectations.

The Necromancer may have been a fan-favorite monster from Malivore, but he’s not someone that strikes me as more dangerous than Malivore itself.

However, the zombies and controlled body parts should have been a dead giveaway that all of us completely missed.

What do you think the Necromancer is up to in Mystic Falls? Does it have something to do with the Sphinx’s riddle?

The episode had plenty of callbacks to “The Vampire Diaries” with many shots even adopting the style of its predecessor.

The MF bell tower shining behind Clarke looked like a scene right out of the original series.

Lizzie driving Damon’s car and saying it was “gifted by an old friend of my dad’s,” was a sweet touch, though, does that mean Damon is still alive and existing while all of this is happening?

And there’s no denying the steamy scenes and the banter leading up to them between Sebastian and Lizzie were classic Damon and Elena scenes. It has the “forbidden” love aspect that the previous relationship did, and there’s no denying Sebastian is a cross between bad boys Damon and Klaus.

Other Holiday Thoughts

  • Hope denying Santa’s existence was ridiculous considering all the supernatural and folklore monster’s she’s encountered. If all of them are real, chances are so is Santa.
  • Kaleb must have been high up on Santa’s nice list cause he was gifted his dream car!
  • Rafael met his birth father and the reunion went way better than the time Landon tried to reunite MG with his parents. And since his mother was a wolf who ran away, chances are we’ll meet her soon.
  • Landon claimed to have run away from the school so the monsters wouldn’t hurt anyone he cared about anymore, but the monsters still came when he wasn’t around. Otherwise, how do you explain the Krampus?
  • Hope and Alaric’s faces when they see Santa may be the best part of the episode.
  • Alaric has been reinstated as Headmaster and all is back to normal!

What did you think of the fall finale?

Are you digging the comedic nature of the show? Do you enjoy the monsters-of-the-week? Do you think they’ll be less frequent now that Malivore seems to have closed?

And what threat does the Necromancer bring? Will he be used to foretell the future about the Gemini merge?

Legacies returns Thursday, January 16th! See you then, Cravers!

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  1. Nicole

    December 22, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    If I’m remembering right, Elena and Damon grew old together in Mystic Falls. She became a doctor, they had kids, yadda yadda. At one point in season one of Legacies, they showed Elena’s practice on main street.

  2. Lizzy Buczak

    December 23, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Yep, you are right. But does this mean they are still alive during Legacies? They passed away at the end of TVD but based on the hints — the practice, Damon giving the car to Lizzie at 16, etc — I feel like they are still alive. It would be great if we were introduced to their kids at some point (there was a brief mention of a Stephanie Salvatore but it was in Lizzie’s alternate reality).

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‘Legacies’ Actor Matthew Davis Welcomes Baby Girl with Wife Kiley Casciano!

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Some good news during this coronavirus pandemic – Matthew Davis is a dad!

The Legacies star welcomed his first child with wife, Kiley Casciano, on Tuesday, March 31.

“Ripley Nightingale Davis,” the 41-year-old tweeted revealing the bundle of joy’s name.

“Born March 31st 9:51 p.m. 7lbs, blond hair, blue eyes, Mom’s beautiful face. Thank you everyone for all your love and support,” he added.

He followed that by adding, “let’s hope she doesn’t have my dyslexia.”

Kiley last showed off her bloomin’ baby bump on March 10 writing, “Nothing says thrill like having a baby during a pandemic.”

The couple had a baby shower on March 6th just days before many states began imposing “stay at home” orders.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9aVH6OpK07/

David has long been a part of the franchise having previously starred on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals as Alaric Saltzman, vampire-hunter turned dad of two supernatural twins and headmaster of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.

It’s safe to say, he has tons of experience with rowdy children who tend to get into a lot of trouble!

You can read the Legacies season finale review right here!

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Legacies Season Finale Review: This Fairytale Didn’t Have A Happy Ending (2×17)

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Well, this fairytale didn’t have a happy ending.

On Legacies‘ unexpectedly early season finale, we pick up with Hope in Josie’s subconscious trying to help her fight the black magic. But, because Caroline loved to read fairytales as bedtime stories, Hope wakes up dressed as Red Riding Hood.

The fairytale theme was a fun concept, but unfortunately, the terrible CGI put a big damper on one of the best episodes of the show.

The Big Bad Wolf wasn’t great, but that talking pig will stick out as the worst CGI in the entire TVD universe, which is saying something considering how many different creatures the shows have introduced over the years.

Besides that, the fairytale plot turned out to be much better than I was expecting. Josie saved herself in the end and rewrote the story.

Josie’s such a great character who was pushed to the sidelines in the beginning of this season, but this arc of her fighting her insecurities was worth the wait. Nothing’s more personal than someone’s subconscious, and now we finally have some insight into how Josie feels about the relationships she has with other people, and most importantly, the relationship she has with herself.

Josie’s constant feeling of being unwanted or like she wasn’t enough is something everyone can relate to. It’s heartbreaking to hear how much it’s affected her life and it provides reasoning for why she lets people treat her the way she does. She’s as selfless as they come, and she thought that meant she had to be weak. But she was able to come around and realize that being a good, empathetic person doesn’t mean she has to be powerless. Her innate goodness is what makes her strong. It’s what makes her worth rooting for.

Caroline and Alaric always tried their best to be good parents to both the twins, but Josie’s feeling of being inferior to Lizzie even when it comes to her parent’s attention speaks volumes. My biggest gripe with Legacies is how Caroline is painted as a bad mother, who’s not there for her kid’s lives and didn’t treat them equally. We know Caroline. She would never do that. They need to come up with a better way to explain Candice King’s absence without ruining the character.

When Josie spoke about Penelope leaving and Landon breaking up with her contributing to her lack of self-worth, it was definitely less of a “ship” moment as some fans will think and more just a heartbroken teenage girl dealing with her feelings. It felt very honest. It was very reminiscent of Caroline in TVD’s pilot episode obsessing over why Stefan has no interest in her. It wasn’t about her missing previous relationships as much as it was Josie working through rejection and how these situations affected her sense of self. Hopefully, going forward we’ll see her regain confidence in herself so she can finally recognize how wonderful she is.

Josie shouldn’t be in a relationship for a while, but this episode felt like the show’s finally admitting what relationship they’re building up going forward.

Hope was the one who helped Josie find the strength within herself to defeat the black magic torturing her. She was the one who took it upon herself to travel to Josie’s subconscious to save her in any way she could. She put herself at risk for Josie, and then Josie did the same to her when asking Hope to leave her subconscious for her own safety.

And I mean, come on, if Josie was the pig all along she’s the one who suggested Hope kiss her to wake her from her sleeping beauty-esque spell. It would be a shame if the writers just keep dancing around the possibility of these two getting together instead of actually making it happen. This season has basically been a death sentence for Hope and Landon’s relationship anyway, so there’s nothing holding them back there.

With this season being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we won’t get to see “Hosie” anytime soon, but here’s to hoping in season three Legacies will finally capitalize on the chemistry between Danielle Rose Russell and Kaylee Bryant and make Hosie a real thing!

Outside of the fairytale world, the other Saltzman twin faced her own insecurities at her fake funeral. Lizzie’s always worried about other people’s opinions and when people are speaking ill of her at her own memorial, she reaches a breaking point.

In the last episode’s review, I mentioned how the treatment of Lizzie on Legacies was similar to the treatment of Damon on The Vampire Diaries. A lot of emphasis is put on how selfish they are, when really, they’re not much worse than the other characters. And at least they own the fact that they can be narcissistic.

Lizzie didn’t deserve for people to be relieved she was dead. Thankfully, everyone came around eventually, but that was still a low blow for the show to take.

MG is as sweet as they come. He didn’t even know Lizzie was listening when he gave his eulogy. He was just doing it because he wanted to defend her to the school, not so he could win brownie points with her.

MG gave a great explanation of Lizzie when he said that she knew she could be overdramatic, but she was always actively trying to change herself and start over, but no one would let her. This episode gave more backstory as to why both Lizzie and Josie are the way they are than the rest of the series combined.

Finally, we’re getting character development, and then the season had to be cut short!

This wasn’t the worst episode to serve as a season finale, but the cliffhanger at the end is going to make this hiatus feel much longer than it is.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Danielle Rose Russell’s Lizzie impression was spot-on.
  • Kaleb and Jed have the potential to be a great power duo.
  • Josie putting her magic away like Jo once did was sad. Definitely the right choice for now, but hopefully it won’t last too long.

Is Hope still in Josie’s mind?

What is the Necromancer’s plan?

And is Landon really dead?

We’ll have to wait until Legacies season 3 premieres to find out!

Thanks for watching this season with me, Cravers!

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Legacies Season 2 Episode 15 Tweets and Memes: An Early Merge Day, Dark Josie, and The Possible Death of [SPOILER]

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This week’s episode of Legacies featured an early merge brought by Dark Josie and the golden arrow prophecy coming true. Is Landon really dead this time?

Read our full review of the episode here!

 

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