Legacies has officially come to an end and with it, seventeen seasons of love, laugh, and adventure ended too with the culmination of The Vampire Diaries Universe.
With this end, ultimately characterised by low ratings against a struggling financial year for parent network, The CW, many have been asking if Legacies is likely to be picked up by another network.
Note: this article contains spoilers from the finale of Legacies.
What Happened in the Legacies Finale?
The Legacies finale saw the return of Klaus Mikaelson, even if it was just a small cameo in which he told Hope that he is okay, and is proud of her. It was a bittersweet moment, and the culmination of what seems like four seasons of planning.
The finale also saw a final (or so, for the meantime) goodbye between epic loves Hope and Landon. Whilst also bittersweet, it was a little saddening to see these two part ways, but at least Landon is happy and found his place in Limbo — even if he had to leave Hope and the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted behind for the meantime.
Whilst a finale, it felt like the episode left the show open to be picked up by another network or, by the CW sometime in the future. Candice Accola reprised her role as Caroline Forbes and opened the Salvatore School up for another influx of supernatural creatures, and it seems entirely possible that the show could return later in the future to follow these supernatural creatures on their next adventure.
A Legacies Revival?
At this point, however, despite the open-end that Legacies was left on, it seems unlikely that the TVDU will return in this current iteration, or that Legacies will be picked up by another network. The show was plagued by low viewership and ratings, and spotty storylines that meant it didn’t favour well in comparison with its sister shows, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, which both did relatively well in comparison.
It also felt a lot like the new “monster of the week” thing didn’t really work for Legacies, and didn’t feel like part of the TVDU at all, so its unlikely that the CW — or any other network picking up a TVDU show — would go for this format again.
Despite this, there are several rumours of reboots and possible spin-off shows from Legacies that could, at some point, make an appearance on our screens. Writers Julie Plec and Brett Matthews have both openly stated that they want the TVDU to continue in some form, whether this is now, or in the future, is yet to be seen, but it could be that our favourite universe isn’t in our rear-view mirrors at all.
A Fourth Series?
One of the most promising discussions around the return of the TVDU is a remark by Plec and Matthews that they have a pitch for one more series that would likely conclude the universe for good. Shortly after the finale of Legacies, Plec tweeted “farewell to the #TVDU for now, but not forever.” This follows on from tweets made by Plec in February 2022 in which she admitted there are many, many more stories to tell for our favourite characters.
Whilst there isn’t anything concrete on paper, or anything solid at the moment, there have been talks about moving forward with another spin-off and its possible that this could be ordered-to-script at any moment by the CW or any network looking to sink its teeth (pardon the pun), into The Vampire Diaries Universe.
There have been talks of specific spin-off’s for characters of the TVDU, however it seems unlikely that these would go ahead.
Plec is a big fan of Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) and remarked that there is always the opportunity for Graham to return to her role as Bonnie if she ever wished to. Despite this, Kat Graham has made it openly clear that her character has run its course and that she has no intention to return to the TVDU and Bonnie — similar sentiments to those expressed by her co-star, Nina Dobrev who departed The Vampire Diaries in its sixth season.
At the moment, Graham is focused on her role as an activist, actress, and singer and discovering herself outside of the TVDU.
Brett Matthews has also expressed an interest in a show focused on the relationship between Ben and Jed, who find themselves human at the end of Legacies. He remarks that they [the writers] would definitely be interested if Warner Bros. are open to discussions.
There has also been previous talks of a show centered around Caroline Forbes and Tyler Lockwood, however these were quickly shut down by the writer who thought that they could think of something better.