Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Legacies Season 3 episode, “Salvatore: The Musical!” If you haven’t watched, read at your own risk!
Musical episodes of non-musical television shows can either be a hit or a miss, depending on whether or not they actually line up with the show’s storyline. In the newest episode of The CW’s Legacies, the kids at Salvatore put on a big musical all about the origin of the school, thanks to counselor Mr. Goodfellow. The entire hour took fans back to the Mystic Falls they fell in love with, complete with The Vampire Diaries drama that kept everyone on the edge of their seats during that drama's eight seasons, but a surprise TVD cameo really took the cake.
Towards the end of the episode, Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) received a letter from her mother Caroline (Candice King), who many know from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. But instead of Lizzie just reading the letter in her head as it would have gone in the past, the voice viewers heard came from none other than her mom. Series creator and executive producer Julie Plec told TVLine that the limited role made it easy to convince King, who wanted time away from her role after the end of the other two shows, to get on board. The actress definitely has a soft spot in her heart for the show. Julie explained:
As you know, Candice is a good friend of mine and Brett’s, and there’s a soft spot in her heart for this show. She has said over the years that she will show up one day, but she wanted a break after The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. She wanted to go out and live a non-Caroline Forbes life for a while. But she has always said, ‘If you never need something small or simple, just let me know.’ So I just sent a text and she said, ‘Absolutely.’ And then nine months went by before we actually needed her to do it because of the COVID shutdown.
Candice King is only one of many former The Vampire Diaries and The Originals stars to show up on Legacies. Steven R. McQueen, Zach Roerig, Christopher Wood, Riley Voelkel, Sam Ashby, and Jedidiah Goodacre have all appeared on Legacies in some way, shape or form, meaning that Candice King will most likely not be the last one, either. Trying to figure out who will be the next special guest star makes it all the more fun and worth watching. With characters from the always-expanding The Vampire Diaries Universe showing up at the Salvatore School, Legacies is expanding its reputation as a spinoff while also still maintaining its own show identity.
Candice King’s surprise cameo in the Legacies musical episode was just one of many great moments the hour had. Maybe this is only the beginning of Caroline coming back, hopefully she’ll visit the school in person someday soon to see her daughters, and maybe cause a little trouble elsewhere. Keep tuning in on Thursday nights and The CW will keep giving Julie Plec a chance to expand this universe.