|Created by||Julie Plec|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||68 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41–42 minutes|
|Original network||The CW|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||October 25, 2018 –|
June 16, 2022
Legacies is an American fantasy drama television series, created by Julie Plec, that premiered on The CW on October 25, 2018. A spinoff of The Originals, it is part of The Vampire Diaries Universe, and features characters from both that series and its predecessor, The Vampire Diaries. Danielle Rose Russell stars as the 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson, continuing the role she originated in the fifth and final season of The Originals. Matt Davis also features prominently in the series, reprising his role as Alaric Saltzman from The Vampire Diaries. In May 2022, it was announced that the fourth season would be its final season.
Legacies follows Hope Mikaelson, the daughter of Klaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall, who is descended from some of the most powerful vampire, werewolf, and witch bloodlines. Two years after the events of The Originals, 17-year-old Hope attends the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. The school provides a haven where supernatural beings can learn to control their abilities and impulses.
Main article: List of Legacies episodes
In August 2017, it was announced that early discussions on the development of a spinoff of The Originals focusing on Hope Mikaelson, the daughter of Klaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall, were taking place with Julie Plec, creator of The Originals and co-creator of The Vampire Diaries. In January 2018, it was revealed that a pilot for the spinoff had been ordered; Plec penned the pilot script and is credited with creating the series. It was announced in March 2018 that the spinoff had been ordered to pilot, but instead of a traditional pilot, a fifteen-minute pilot presentation of the series would be presented to The CW.
On May 11, 2018, it was announced that the spinoff, titled Legacies, had been ordered to series for the 2018–19 U.S. television season. In June 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on October 25, 2018. On October 8, 2018, The CW announced that they had ordered three additional scripts for the series, bringing the first season total script order to sixteen episodes.
On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a second season. The second season premiered on October 10, 2019. On January 7, 2020, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on January 21, 2021. On February 3, 2021, the series was renewed for a fourth season which premiered on October 14, 2021. On May 12, 2022, it was reported that the fourth season would be the last season.
In March 2020, production on the second season was shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 16 of the ordered 20 episodes had been completed. On March 26, 2020, it was announced that the sixteenth episode that aired that same night would serve as a spring finale as the production team had run out of episodes to air following the production shut down. Filming on the third season began on October 15, 2020. Production on the third season finished on June 24, 2021. Twenty episodes for the season were filmed, but the remaining four were held for the fourth season. Filming on the fourth season concluded on April 27, 2022.
It was announced in March 2018 that The Vampire Diaries veteran Matt Davis would reprise the role of Alaric Saltzman and that Danielle Rose Russell would star as Hope Mikaelson. Quincy Fouse, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, and Aria Shahghasemi were also set to star. Shahghasemi would debut in the twelfth episode of the fifth season of The Originals as Hope's friend Landon. It was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2018 that Paul Wesley would direct an episode and that Zach Roerig would appear in the series. Steven R. McQueen was revealed to be reprising his role as Jeremy Gilbert in the series' third episode.
In July 2019, it was announced that Thomas Doherty would appear in the second season and that Alexis Denisof would recur in the second season as Professor Vardemus. In August 2019, Bianca Santos, Bianca Kajlich, and Leo Howard were cast in recurring roles for the second season. In September 2019, it was reported that Riley Voelkel would reprise her role as Freya Mikaelson for the sixth episode of the second season. In November 2019, it was announced that Chris Wood would reprise his role of Kai Parker in the twelfth episode of the second season. The same month, it was reported that Chris Lee had been promoted to a series regular during production on the second season and that Olivia Liang had been cast in a recurring role for the second season. On January 20, 2020, Charles Jazz Terrier was cast in a recurring capacity.
In September 2020, it was announced that Leo Howard and Ben Levin had been promoted to series regulars for the third season. On January 27, 2021, Omono Okojie was cast in a recurring role for the third season. The same month, it was revealed that Peyton Alex Smith was leaving the regular cast. Candice King performed an uncredited voiceover as Lizzie and Josie's mother, Caroline Forbes from The Vampire Diaries, in the third-season episode "Salvatore: The Musical!"
On August 27, 2021, it was reported that Okojie had been promoted to a series regular for the fourth season. Claire Holt reprised her role as Rebekah Mikaelson for the fifth episode of the fourth season. In December 2021, Zane Phillips joined the cast in a recurring capacity for the fourth season. In December 2021, Kaylee Bryant left the series in the ninth episode of the fourth season. In February 2022, Piper Curda was cast in a recurring role for the fourth season. In March 2022, Charles Michael Davis and Nathaniel Buzolic were set to reprise their roles as Marcel Gerard and Kol Mikaelson for the April 14, 2022, episode of the fourth season. In April 2022, it was announced that Luke Mitchell was joining the fourth season in a recurring role. In June 2022, it was announced that Joseph Morgan would reprise his role as Klaus Mikaelson in the series finale.
The first season of Legacies premiered on October 25, 2018 and concluded on March 28, 2019, on The CW. The second season debuted on October 10, 2019 and finished on March 26, 2020. The third season premiered on January 21, 2021 and concluded on June 24, 2021. The fourth season premiered on October 14, 2021.
A manufacture-on-demand DVD for the first season was released by the Warner Archive Collection on October 22, 2019.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 82% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. The website's critic consensus states: "A fun and fast-paced addition to The CW's stable of supernatural high school series, Legacies emerges from the shadows of its sister shows an unexpected delight." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 59 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Viewership
|1||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||16||October 25, 2018||1.12||March 28, 2019||0.93||2018–19||176||1.52||147||0.6|
|2||16||October 10, 2019||0.80||March 26, 2020||0.67||2019–20||121||1.41||119||0.5|
|3||16||January 21, 2021||0.69||June 24, 2021||0.57||2020–21||145||1.01||132||0.3|
|4||20||October 14, 2021||0.33||June 16, 2022||0.41||2021–22||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Hope Mikaelson, the tribrid daughter of Niklaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall-Kenner, is being eyed for a potential spinoff of the series, which wraps its run after five seasons next year.
Unlike most series ordered to pilot by the network, Legacies was given the opportunity to present a 15 minute pilot presentation for the series.
As showrunner Brett Matthews explained in a tweet earlier today, this episode is the 'unintentional' season finale. Additional episodes were filmed — in fact, Thursday marked the show's final day of production before going on hiatus — but they will be held for Season 4 this fall.