Between The Vampire Diaries and then The Originals, Legacies debuted with a built-in fanbase that already loved the universe and many of the characters. Although Legacies' main cast is mostly comprised of newcomers, some very familiar faces from the first two shows have appeared to the delight of franchise fans everywhere. Matt Davis of The Vampire Diaries is one of the biggest stars, and actors ranging from Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert to Jodi Lyn O’Keefe as the temporarily not-totally-dead Jo. So the question is: who else?
There's no shortage of characters from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals who could pop onto Legacies, but some are more likely to appear than others. Executive producers Julie Plec and Brett Matthews spoke with CinemaBlend and other outlets at San Diego Comic-Con, and they said this when asked what they could reveal about returning fan favorites:
Julie Plec: I can't because there's nothing happening yet. But I can promise that we are trying. And that we want it.... We have written a scene that stars Freya Mikaelson and only to find out that she's working on Roswell in the exact same work window. So we'll have to see if we can make that happen. But we've got a long list of people from Vampire, from The Originals, that we'd love to see. First and foremost, I think would be Kai Parker.
Brett Matthews: Kai Parker. Because I think that would be a cameo, there's a story there. It would be very exciting to tell it. Caroline Forbes, obviously. There's so much story there. Whenever the time's right for Candice [King] is the time we'll tell that story.
Plec: Of course.
Julie Plec and Brett Matthews haven't managed to sign any of the Vampire Diaries and The Originals stars they wanted to bring into the second season, but the question is of when they'll get to bring back some faves rather than whether they'll bring them back. Candice King, who has played Caroline Forbes from the very first episode of The Vampire Diaries, seemingly has an open invitation to drop by Legacies, and it's easy to imagine her fitting right in.
Lizzie and Josie's adoptive mom, Alaric's ex and friend, one of the founders of the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted, and still connected to Mystic Falls, Caroline turning up out of the blue one day would almost make more sense than for her to stay away forever. She needs to fill her daughters in all about The Merge at some point, right?
Of course, Caroline isn't the only character mentioned by the executive producers, although she is the only one who has been confirmed to have a part to play in the Season 2 premiere, even if it will be off-screen. Julie Plec revealed that Freya Mikaelson would have appeared in the new season if Riley Voelkel's schedule with Roswell (also on The CW) didn't conflict. And then there's Kai Parker.
Played by Chris Wood (also known as Mon-El from Supergirl), Kai Parker is the uncle of Lizzie and Josie and one of The Vampire Diaries' greatest villains. Much like Caroline, Kai is practically already set up for an appearance on Legacies, and even one of the stars thinks Kai needs to return to the universe for the spinoff. Julie Plec has been open about wanting Wood to reprise the role.
Find out how Legacies pays off on the cliffhanger that saw Hope take down Malivore, but fall into nothing with Clarke by her side, leaving everybody behind to completely forget that she ever existed when Season 2 premieres in the fall. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more developments from San Diego Comic-Con.