As the first half of Legacies’ first season comes to an end with the fall finale, I continue to be pleasantly surprised and impressed with how the show engages with The Vampire Diaries and The Originals’ mythology. While “Death Keeps Knocking on my Door” continues the show’s good work of remaining its own thing and explains what Malivore, it’s not afraid to reference tons of important people like Klaus and Stefan Salvatore. But those allusions don’t feel forced at all. Instead, they’re organic and help flesh out the emotional lives of all of the characters in a way that is more immediate and far from easy nostalgia.
Naturally, the fall finale begins with yet another person coming back to the dead: Rafael’s girlfriend Cassie, who couldn’t have picked a better time to show up as it just happens to be Remembrance Day in Mystic Falls/at the school and she was definitely on her boyfriend’s mind at the time. Yes, this is the Necromancer’s doing. Even though Alaric’s been torturing him in the basement for the past few days, he’s still playing games with them because this Grim Reaping Jack Sparrow loves to play — as does the show. One thing that impressed about this episode is how it does deal with some heavy material — Raf’s guilt over Cassie’s death, Hope’s conflicted feelings about her father’s death, everything to do with Alaric — it does a good job of a balancing it out with some fun dialogue (“Everybody hates Nazis,” says the Necromancer) and general “We can’t believe what the hell we’re dealing with” spirit.
Of course, Alaric hasn’t been able to get anywhere with the Necromancer, and Dorian, who takes Remembrance Day off every year to honor his family that was killed by Stefan Salvatore, hasn’t had any luck with his research since Necromancer, like every other magical creature, has been erased from the everyone’s memory. Impatient as always, Hope decides to take a stab at getting some answers herself and breaks the new charming lord of the dead that no one knows who he is, which he doesn’t take well. But Hope offers him the chance to find out why no one remembers, a.k.a. permanent death, and how it’s related to the knife.
They both realize that in order to figure out why he wants that knife to revisit how he died all those years ago since that’s when he was thrown in darkness and faced permanent death. Unfortunately, the memory of his death is locked away in his subconscious, which means they’re going to need to dive in to get it. So, Hope recruits M.G. to help her enter the Necromancer’s mind (For the uninitiated, yes, that’s a thing vampires can do), which doesn’t go according to plan at all.
Once inside his brain, which looks like Rousseau’s in New Orleans because he loves messing with Hope, the Necromancer points out that the only reason she’s doing this is because she actually wants to know what happened to her father, meaning did he find peace or is he suffering. If we’ve learned anything about Hope from this season, it’s that she avoids talking about the past and her feelings, so she denies that’s why she’s actually there. But then the Necromancer traps her in his subconscious, which is a dark and empty space, and in the face of her loneliness, Hope finally breaks down and admits that she indeed wants to know what happened to her father in the afterlife. With that confession, the Necromancer returns and frees her from his mind.
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