Really, Damon? Legacies' Biggest Midseason Finale Twist Was That Vampire Diaries Update

The Vampire Diaries Damon and Stefan Salvatore driving in Damon's car
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SPOILERS ahead from Legacies Season 2's December 12, 2019 midseason finale "This Christmas Was Surprisingly Violent."

Can we talk about Damon Salvatore's (Ian Somerhalder) car? The Vampire Diaries car made a surprise return during the Legacies Season 2 midseason finale, and we got an unexpected update on its new owner(s). Oh, and Damon's car was also the site of a witch and a vampire having sex while a phoenix's body was in the trunk. Just a normal Thursday in Mystic Falls!

Sure, the Legacies 2019 winter finale also surprised fans by revealing The Necromancer was the main one under the red hood. Remember him from Season 1? Didn't see that coming. It's a big deal. We're going to have to deal with everything it means -- and hopefully learn about other red hood allies -- when Season 2 returns on January 16, 2020.

But, to me, the biggest twist of the Christmas-but-in-October setting of the Legacies fall finale was seeing Lizzie Saltzman and Sebastian in Damon's car. She told Sebastian her dad's friend gave it to her and Josie as Sweet 16 present. (She and Sebastian later had sex in or just outside the car while Phoenix Landon was in the trunk.)

Well, that's Damon Salvatore's car, his 1969 Chevy Camaro convertible from The Vampire Diaries.

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We knew Damon Salvatore was still in Mystic Falls in the timeline of Legacies. Lizzie and Josie Saltzman were still very young when The Vampire Diaries ended. Legacies Season 1's "Mombie Dearest" episode covered their Sweet 16 birthday party. So now we know Damon was part of that celebration, even if we didn't see him. And for some reason, he gave the twins his own car. The car that got destroyed when Damon crashed into the Mystic Grill to kill Travelers. Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) had the car rebuilt and gave it to the resurrected Damon as a belated Christmas present. Would Damon really give that car away?

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If Damon Salvatore is willing to give the twins gifts that important, he must still be a huge part of their lives. I understand Ian Somerhalder probably isn't going to show up on Legacies as Damon -- although he may show up to direct an episode. It would be cool to at least get a cameo showing Damon and Ric drinking in the bar, though. As I've said before, they could even promote Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley's new bourbon line.

Or, what Legacies could've done is kept the car as an easter egg on the show. Just have two characters walk through Mystic Falls and in the background we see Damon's car. The Powers That Be or eagle-eyed fans could point out "That's Damon's car!" and we could imagine -- but not quite see -- that the driver is Damon or Dr. Elena Salvatore, perhaps leaving her medical practice in town.

At any rate, now we know one of the "Legacies" of the new spinoff is Damon's car. Season 2 previously showed that Landon now has Stefan's old room at the Salvatore home.

Vampire Diaries' Damon and Elena reportedly have kids in Mystic Falls now, including daughter Stefanie Salvatore, named in Stefan's honor. That was revealed during an alternate timeline episode, but later acknowledged by Julie Plec. Ian Somerhalder knows who Stefanie is too, so it would be nice to make one of the other "Legacies" seeing Damon and Elena's daughter.

For now, we know The Necromancer is back. He chopped off Clarke's head. Hope and Landon are back together. Alaric Saltzman is back as headmaster. (Did anyone ever tell Caroline that Vardemus was an impostor? She's the one who hired the real guy.) Apparently Lizzie and Sebastian are an item. Raf just met his dad. Kaleb should produce a Christmas album. Hope upset Pedro. And MG wasn't even around, for some reason.

The Vampire Diaries' Kai is not scheduled to show up until Legacies Season 2, Episode 12, set to air in February 2020. So anyone looking for him in the midseason finale was out of luck. I doubt he's one of the folks under hoods, since he should still be in his Prison World, but we'll find out when Legacies returns.

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Legacies Season 2, Episode 9, "I Couldn't Have Done This Without You," airs Thursday, January 16, 2020 on The CW. Here's hoping The Necromancer gives us another update on Klaus Mikaelson in the afterlife. Maybe even Hayley this time? And Stefan?

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.