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

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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

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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

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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 1 episode "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)

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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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The Protclown from the episode “Was This The Monster You Saw”

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By Carrie Berk

On Legacies, every holiday or special occasion at the Salvatore School begets a monster. Instead of celebrating, the students bond together to fight mysterious, often gruesome creatures. Most arrived through golem Malivore’s mud pit in seasons 1 and 2. We unpacked some of the most memorable monsters the series has featured to date. (Spoilers ahead!)

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Protoclown

A closeup of the monstrous Protoclown with a bulbous, warty red nose, four horns, and a mouth full of jagged pointed teeth

The Protclown from the episode “Was This The Monster You Saw”

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A bite from the Protoclown poisons and forces its victim to confront the worst thing they have ever done. The Super Squad lures the clown to a bonfire so it can bite Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) and force her to remember killing Landon (Aria Shahghasemi). The memory rekindles old emotions and brings Hope closer to turning her humanity switch back on.

Necromancer

A seated Necromancer sports a gray pompadour hairstyle with a black leather jacket and points a finger warningly.

Ben Geurens as The Necromancer in "Death Keeps Knocking on my Door"

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Once an all-powerful monster, his reputation was reversed by Malivore (Douglas Tait). The Necromancer briefly finds peace after returning a supernatural knife to Malivore yet reclaims necromancy to reinstate his magic powers. The current season finds him trapped in limbo with Landon.

Cupid

A smiling Cupid stands in the school gym wearing a toga with a red sash over one shoulder.

Steven Taylor as Cupid in "What Cupid Problem?"

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Cupid’s arrow reveals feelings of love in whoever it targets. It brings Alyssa and MG together, and even ignites a love triangle between Dorian (Demetrius Bridges), Jed (Ben Levin), and Emma (Karen David). Things take a gruesome turn when the winged creature is found eating someone’s heart. The “Super-Squad” later discovers that they were not dealing with Cupid after all: The creature was actually Pothos, an erote that tried to eat the hearts of both Hope and Landon.

Leprechaun

A closeup of the Leprechaun with a pointed beard and ears, wearing a green hat and matching green jacket

The title character from the episode "Yup, It's a Leprechaun, All Right"

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While the Salvatore School faces financial troubles, the creature attracts customers to a fundraiser. However, their luck is reversed when the leprechaun eats all of the money, as well as some supernatural objects. When the leprechaun later attempts to strangle Alaric, Cleo (Omono Okojie) must take matters into her own hands.

Henchman/Bartender

The charred and chained remains of the henchman who posed as a bartender, seated in a bar with a dartboard in the background

The bartender in "I Thought You'd Be Happier to See Me" after bursting into flames

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Seemingly a bartender, the man is actually a henchman working for Triad, an organization on a mission to kill all supernatural beings. Hope throws darts at him to discover his motive: Triad wants to destroy the tribrid. Before he can reveal the names of his employers, his Triad brand bursts into flames and kills him.

Mummy

A closeup of the grimacing Mummy with rags over his arms and an exposed rib cage that holds a glowing green heart

Cheetah Platt as the Mummy in "There's a Mummy on Main Street"

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When a new threat in the form of a mummy steals a precious urn, Alaric, Hope, Josie (Kaylee Bryant), Lizzie (Jenny Boyd), Kaleb (Chris Lee), Dorian, and Emma take a road trip to find the artifact. The gang runs into some trouble when the mummy attracts a horde of flies—and Hope starts throwing them up.

Gargoyle

A human-sized winged gargoyle with horns and pointed ears stands menacingly in a wood-paneled hallway

The Gargoyle King from the episode "We're Being Punked, Pedro"

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A Gargoyle King comes to life and is eager to attack supernatural creatures. The gargoyle only targets magical beings who he considers evil, so he spares Alaric (a human). Hope and Josie use this to their advantage in defeating the creature.

The Ferryman

A closeup of the Ferryman, who has a skeletal face, glowing eyes and mouth, and smoke pouring out of the top of his head

The Ferryman in the Season 4 episode "You Will Remember Me"

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The psychopomp resides in Limbo, where he ferries souls to “the other side.” Alaric, Landon, and the Necromancer earn coins in hopes of a spot on the Ferryman’s boat, although Alaric eventually uses a jinni’s wish to return to the living world.

And Don't Forget...

A closeup of the Puckwudgie, with pointed porcine ears, yellow eyes, a pig snout, and jagged teeth

One of Season 4's' not-so-scary creatures—the Puckwudgie, a woodland sprite that's playful and friendly when it's not under a curse

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Among the many other spine-chilling supernatural creatures the Super Squad has faced are:

A Dragon: Alaric, Rafael (Peyton 'Alex' Smith), and Hope encounter a girl in the woods who breathes fire. When she later demands a knife from Landon, she angrily transforms into the form of a dragon.

Krampus: In a violent Christmas at the Salvatore School, the characters must fight a monster who chooses antagonism over holiday cheer. In defeating the creature, they save Santa, who it had trapped.

The Headless Horseman: The monster takes Landon hostage and brings him to Triad. It also steals a supernatural object from Landon to give Malivore, but fortunately Hope is able to stop it and save her boyfriend just in time.

A Unicorn: The characters soon discover that the beautiful animal is not as innocent as it seems: It harbors a parasite that controls minds. When students are infected during a school-wide talent show, Hope, Landon, Alaric, and Dorian must undo the damage.

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