Paul Wesley and Matthew Davis smile and chat near a line of trees covered in fall foliage on the set of Legacies

The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley chats with Matthew Davis on an outdoor shoot for an episode of Legacies he directed.

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Tracing bloodlines and other references between the two hit supernatural shows

By Carrie Berk

Since The Vampire Diaries ended in 2017, fans have been “dying” to know what happened to their favorite characters. Luckily, the characters linger—the original vampires did promise “always and forever” after all.

The spin-off show Legacies follows a new generation of supernatural teens, including Hope Mikaelsson (Danielle Rose Russell), daughter of original vampire Klaus. In addition to second-generation Vampire Diaries stars—Josie (Kaylee Bryant) and Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) are the twin daughters of Alaric Saltzman and Caroline Forbes—Legacies features several connections to its sister show.

Although Damon and Stefan do not appear on the spin-off, fans who pay close attention will find subtle nods to the brooding brothers. We gathered references to The Vampire Diaries you may have missed while sinking your fangs into the new episodes.

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“Aunt Elena”

Josie lies on her bed doing homework and looking forlorn.

Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman

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In Season 3, Episode 9, it is revealed that Josie is staying with Elena and Damon while attending Mystic Falls High School. She tells Alaric (Matthew Davis) when inviting him over for dinner, “Aunt Elena’s gonna be home soon from her shift. And she’s planning on making some old Salvatore family recipe.”

A Nod to Damon’s Dating History

A closeup of Ian Somerhalder in black tie formalwear

Ian Somerhalder in 2015

In the same episode, Alaric hints at Damon’s poor track record when it comes to dating: “The last person I want giving you relationship advice is Damon.”

Damon and Elena’s Children

Elena Gilbert and Ian Somerhalder put their heads together and smile at the camera at Comic Con in 2015

Elena Gilbert and Ian Somerhalder at Comic Con in 2015

In Season 1, Episode 10, Josie reveals that Damon and Elena now have children. “Damon Salvatore has been as generous as he can be,” Josie says. “But he and Elena have kids of their own that they need to take care of.” The name of their daughter is also made known: Stefanie Salvatore, in honor of Stefan.

The Return of Kai

Kai holds a jar in one hand and a vial with a red label in the other as he gives a mischievous smile.

Chris Wood as Kai Parker

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The former Vampire Diaries villain (he murdered his sister and entire coven) is out for vengeance. At the end of Season 2, Josie, Lizzie, and Alaric are trapped in Kai’s prison world. He manipulates each character into helping him escape, particularly Josie, who imparts the information he needs about the Malivore pit to return to real-life.

Salvatore: The Musical

Josie stands on stage between Kaleb and Jed as the three point their joined hands at the audience during a musical number

(L-R): Chris Lee as Kaleb, Kaylee Bryant as Josie, and Ben Levin as Jed in their school musical

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The Salvatore School organizes a musical production about Elena and the Salvatore brothers in Season 3, Episode 3. The show is written by Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) and stars Josie as Elena, Lizzie as Caroline, Stefan as Jed, and Damon as Kaleb.

Stefan Salvatore Memorial Library

Paul Wesley stands on a porch holding a script and wearing a black winter hat and jacket as he directs Aria Shahghasemi and Quincy Fouse

(L-R): Aria Shahghasemi as Landon, Quincy Fouse as MG, Director Paul Wesley, Peyton Alex Smith as Rafael, and Christopher De'Sean Lee as Kaleb

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The study hall at the Salvatore School was built in honor of Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). The space also houses several of his belongings, including diaries and a picture of Katherine.

Wesley also directed the Season 1episode "The Boy Who Still Has a Lot of Good To Do."

Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress

Clad in a long formal purple and white dress, a worried Hope stands at the pageant backed by floral arrangements and a pair of applauding guests.

Danielle Rose Russell as Hope

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For the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant on Legacies, Lizzie lets Hope wear a dress that Klaus gifted to Caroline.

An Ongoing List of Guest Stars

Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan in a police uniform stands next to Rose Russell as Hope and Matt Davis as Alaric.

(L-R): Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan, Danielle Rose Russell as Hope, and Matt Davis as Alaric

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Matt Donovan, Jeremy Gilbert, Freya Mikaelson, and Dorian Williams have all appeared on Legacies. Matt was referenced as the new mayor of Mystic Falls in Season 2, Episode 6, while Jeremy helps Alaric find and return Rafael and Landon safely to the Salvatore School in Season 1, Episode 3.

The Legacy of Bonnie Bennett

A closeup of Kat Graham smiling and wearing a sleeveless blouse with a black collar and a pattern of wild cats

Kat Graham (a.k.a. Aunt Bonnie fromThe Vampire Diaries)

Although Bonnie has not appeared on Legacies, her name has emerged in conversation several times. In Season 1, Episode 5, Dorian refers to a locator spell Bonnie performed to find a dryad’s lover. At the end of Season 2, Josie and Lizzie are trapped in the Prison World they established with “Aunt Bonnie.”

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