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Warning: Spoilers for the Legacies midseason finale ahead.

Legacies just aired a haunting midseason finale that was mostly about The Originals' Klaus Mikaelson -- with a cameo from the Bennett witches of The Vampire Diaries fame.

Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) said the Episode 7 title, "Death Keeps Knocking on My Door," in reference to the monsters that keep showing up at the Salvatore school. But the line was used in a letter to her father. Yes, Hope normally blows off the Mystic Falls' Remembrance Day tradition (another nod to The Vampire Diaries), but the episode ended with Hope writing a loving letter to Klaus.

The Originals series finale ended with Klaus sacrificing himself for Hope. The father and daughter had a heartbreaking goodbye. Many fans were not happy with the decision to kill off Klaus, and it definitely left Hope suffering with guilt and worry about her father. What would happen to Klaus after death? It's not like there's a special vampire/werewolf heaven. In The Vampire Diaries, spirits of dead supernaturals were sometimes stuck in the limbo of The Other Side instead of being able to move on and find eternal peace.

Now Hope is the main character of The Originals/Vampire Diaries spinoff, and she is still carrying around that guilt. During the Legacies midseason finale, Hope took a surreal journey into the Necromancer's subconscious. Ultimately, though, he shared with her some good news:

Klaus died with love in his heart. He never regretted his choice. He watches over Hope every day. But he won't be able to find true peace until she does.

That led Hope to write her letter, telling herself it was time to get to work on finding peace for herself, and her father. That means she's going to try to be more open, and maybe make more friends. (She does seem to be off to a good start with Rafael, and also maybe Josie, and she's apparently more than friends with Landon.)

Joseph Morgan didn't appear himself as Klaus, but just the mention of Klaus left longtime fans deep in their feelings:

Josie actress Kaylee Bryant had warned CinemaBlend that Episode 7 would end on a cliffhanger, and it did in regard to Landon's fate. We know Landon went to New Orleans to visit a Mikaelson family friend (said to be Vincent, although we won't see him on screen), and the episode showed us some familiar sights from The Originals' New Orleans world.

However, we also saw Rafael's dead girlfriend Cassie revived long enough to take the all-important knife and hand it off to one of the Bennett witches. As The Necromancer noted, many Bennett witches were buried in the local Mystic Falls cemetery and they excel in the art of magical transportation. (This is another reason I want Bonnie Bennett to appear on Legacies; we need her in this fight.)

The knife was explained to be one of three keys to unlock the Malivore. So we can expect to hear more about the other keys in the upcoming hours of the 16-episode season.

Speaking of what's to come, showrunner Julie Plec told E! about some of the action ahead for 2019:

We've got a big nightmare episode, we've got a talent show, and we may or may not see a merman in action.

Nice! Kaylee Bryant also told CinemaBlend they have a great tonal mix of episodes ahead in the new year:

We have such fun, fun episodes and such dark episodes. I think that Legacies is really fun in that -- The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have a mature dark tone to them, and Legacies is a lot lighter, in my opinion, and kind of doesn't take itself too seriously.

Legacies Season 1 will return Thursday, January 24 at 9 p.m. on The CW. Here's what else you can look forward to in midseason 2019.

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