Forget virtual reality, students at the Salvatore School entered a simulation to process their trauma.
Emma transported them into a shared reality aka a film noir-themed chambre de chasse, an invention from the real Professor Vardemus, that would allow them to face their inner demons.
The rules were simple — upon completing their task and learning their lesson, they would get a safe word that would pull them out of the game.
Once in the game, it initially became a classic whodunnit with MG as the key detective working to crack a murder.
But when Emma got killed and pulled out of the game despite being the gamekeeper, she knew something was terribly wrong.
One-by-one, the players began getting killed off. After Emma, the real Vardemus (who comically believed he was Sherlock Holmes in the simulation) was gunned down before Jade succumbed to cyanide poisoning.
After gaining his consciousness, Vardemus rightfully declared that someone was harnessing black magic and had rewritten the rules.
Vardemus wrote down “Josie” before he got killed, but Josie was gunned down in front of MG. And while it wasn’t her, it was a part of her. It wasn’t long before we figured out that Dark Josie was running rampant in the simulation.
Her goal was to eliminate everyone so that only she and Lizzie we left behind to face each other. While the Josie we all know and love would never hurt her sister and proved it by protecting her in the simulation, Dark Josie was ready to end her so that she could win the merge and put this all behind her.
I’ve always wondered how the merge would play out between the Saltzman sisters because they are such forces of nature, but introducing Dark Josie was the only way to keep the balance. Josie may be the stronger sister in theory, but her love for Lizzie and her insecurities would never allow her to prevail without a darker side of her being forced out.
Dark Josie’s plan didn’t work in the simulation because Hope thwarted it and shot Josie while saving Lizzie, which speaks to their blossoming and pure friendship. Even without her memory, Hope came through for Lizzie.
While Emma’s little therapy game didn’t go as planned, some good definitely came out of it.
MG realized he needs to stop viewing himself as a side-kick and become more confident while Lizzie learned she’s too self-centered and uses people when it benefits her. And in those growing pains, the two cemented a friendship that’s stronger than any feelings MG might have for her. We’d love MG to get his happy ending, but this dynamic between them is easily one of the best parts of the series.
Another major revelation was that Dark Josie isn’t going anywhere. Josie and her alter-ego were both gunned down in the simulation, but Dark Josie was the only one that returned to the real world and she was more powerful than anyone expected.
She put Hope to sleep with the twist of a neck, levitated out of the little mystical prison, and burnt down the school (thanks to some meh CGI effects) leaving it in flames as she walked away.
Josie, out. She’s the newest supervillain and far more interesting than the monster-of-the-week, plus, her actions will likely impact the storyline in a greater way especially as we near the dreaded merge.
How will the super squad deal with this one? I can’t even blame Emma and Dorian for packing their bags and leaving the school in their rearview mirror because she’s right, it’s always going to be dangerous.
Hope and Raf’s lessons weren’t as positive as MG and Lizzie’s. With Hope choosing to save a stranger over catching her bus to visit Landon in California in the simulation, she deduced that her relationship would forever be doomed. There would always be some obstacle that came between her and Landon, and she’d have to make a choice that wasn’t him.
We all wish we could console Hope and tell her that everything will be just fine, but you have to admit, it’s a pretty accurate description of what’s been happening lately. Maybe the lesson is that Landon can take care of himself and doesn’t need Hope to constantly worry about him.
But I fear that the very fact that she was talking to Raf about this means that there are some emotions brewing there under the surface that they’ll explore sooner rather than later.
Raf, on the other hand, got some insight into what happened to him when he was found after being “kidnapped.” In the photos he developed in the simulation, he saw the Necromancer, which he needs to take as a dark omen. Don’t keep that to yourself, Raf! Warn the others!
It’s safe to say that after exiting a black and white world, everyone found themselves looming in the gray areas unsure of what their revelations meant or how to proceed.
Unable to help his daughter from being overcome by the dark magic inside, Alaric found himself in the grayest area of all.
Does this mean it’s time to call in Caroline with reinforcements? The merge cannot happen without a guest-appearance from Candace Accola!
What did you think of the film noir theme?
Are you glad we circled back to Dark Josie? What kind of havoc will she wreak on the Salvatore School and the people that love her?
Is ‘Legacies’ Season 3 Killing Off Someone in the Super Squad?
Returning to school has never been associated with feelings of excitement and joy, but when you’re a student at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, “back to school” means something entirely different.
For Legacies fans, back to school means that we’re inching closer to the premiere of Season 3 on January 21!
When the series wrapped up in March, things were looking pretty bleak for Hope and Landon, who were both unconscious and showing no signs of waking up.
And based on the teasers for Legacies Season 3, it’s not looking promising.
The CW released the synopsis for the first two episodes of the season and well, Legacies Season 3 Episode 2 titled “Goodbyes Sure Do Suck” has fans a little concerned.
The synopsis reads: “The Super Squad pulls out all the stops when they learn some devastating news involving one of their own. Alaric (Matthew Davis) turns to Sheriff Mac (guest star Bianca Kajlich) for help getting some timely affairs in order.”
Does the devastating news have to do with Hope or Landon? The phrase “timely affairs” immediately lends itself to the idea of death.
Does someone in the “Super Squad” die? And should we be concerned? After all, if Julie Plec taught us anything with The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, it’s that no death is permanent.
Or could this be in reference to Hope triggering her vampire side? The tribrid has already activated her witch and werewolf side, which means that season 3 could bring on a whole new Hope once she wakes from her deep slumber!
Do you think Legacies will kill off one of their own?
WATCH: ‘Legacies’ Season 3 Trailer Teases an Awakening
The wait for Legacies season 3 is almost over!
The CW released the official trailer for the supernatural drama, which returns on January 21.
Everyone goes above and beyond to help save and awaken Hope and Landon. You can get a refresher on Legacies Season 2 finale, but both have fallen into a deep slumber after Hope saved Josie from her own subconscious, while Landon was stabbed by the golden arrow by Rafael, puppeteerred by the Necromancer.
Feeling the weight of his guilt. Rafael begs the Necromancer to put Landon’s spirit into him.
Check out the trailer below:
Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’
If you’ve been waiting for the day where Klaus Mikealson strolls back into Mystic Falls to pay his daughter, Hope Mikealson, and the Salvatore School — which he helped fund — a visit, well, don’t get your hopes up.
The first two seasons of Legacies have given us some grade-A guest stars from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals including Aunt Freya (Riley Voekel), Kai Parker (Chris Wood), and Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig). We even briefly saw Lizzie and Josie Saltzman’s birth mother Josette (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe).
But as for baddie Klaus Mikealson, the man who brought him to life, Joseph Morgan, doesn’t think he’ll ever reprise his role again.
And turns out, he has a really good reason!
TV Guide caught up with the actor to talk about his Peacock show, Brave New World, and when asked about guest starring on The CW teen drama, he bluntly and rapidly shut down the possibility.
“No never, never. You’re never going to see it.” Morgan said. “You can hold your breath as long as you want. You know why? I have The Originals box set on my shelf, and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s five DVD sets that are a complete story from beginning to end of this guy, Klaus Mikaelson — well, starting back in The Vampire Diaries Season 2. So I just feel like to come back as a ghost or a flashback or something, for me, that journey, that story has ended. That’s the complete story, and it just doesn’t feel right to me to do that.”
As much as we’d like to see Klaus in the flesh again, you have to admit that’s a satisfactory answer. It shows that Morgan cares enough about the character not to reprise him without a purpose or taint his legacy.
Klaus Mikealson’s story came to a fitting end in the series finale of The Originals when he redeemed himself for the greater good and sacrificed himself alongside his brother Elijah to save his daughter. Since then, Hope has carried on his legacy; his memory lives on as she mentions him pretty often and channels what he taught her to protect her friends and fight off a plethora of demons and monsters.
Morgan added that he felt like series creator Julie Plec understood where he was coming from.
“I think Julie [Plec] feels the same. It just feels like it would be strange, like a little forced,” Morgan continued. “Like I’m coming back just so we can see something else of him, but when we see it we go, ‘Ugh, that was it?’ And I don’t want his legacy to be, ‘Ugh.’ I don’t know what the scene could be that it would be exciting enough and epic enough after the journey that he’s had.”
Morgan may get a pass, but Candace Accola surely doesn’t. We’d love to see her reprise her role of Caroline Forbes considering she’s raising two daughters with Alaric but has yet to pay them a visit or help out with the school! Don’t let us down, Caroline!
The fact that she is still alive in the supernatural world and has such close ties to Mystic Falls but yet never comes to visit doesn’t paint her in a great light!
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