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‘Legacies’ pilot: Spoiler-free review of the next ‘The Vampire Diaries’ spinoff

The Legacies pilot premiered at NYCC this weekend, and based on the crowd reaction, fans are thrilled for yet another telling of The Vampire Diaries Universe. As fans are aware, Legacies picks up a few years after the events in The Originals series finale. Focusing on the students at The Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted, series creator Julie Plec teased at NYCC that not everyone at the school is a hero, in fact, she said, “they’re dicks.” Cheers to more high school turmoil!

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Here are five things you can expect from the series based on the pilot episode.

1. A more campy, fun vibe than The Vampire Diaries or The Originals

Plec stated at SDCC this year that TVD was about love, The Originals was about family, and Legacies is about friendship. I definitely got a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-vibe from the pilot, and I’m digging it. Each character has a bit of comic relief, which sets an enjoyable tone throughout the episode.

2. True to Plec’s style, expect twists.

Fans of TVD and The Originals have grown accustomed to juicy twists and unexpected storylines, and the Legacies pilot is no different. Mystic Falls is FULL of supernatural lore, and the stage the writers are setting doesn’t feel tired. There’s a library at the Salvatore School full of juicy catalysts for supernatural activity.

3. Diversity of all kinds

The show has a diverse cast, already introducing LGBTQ characters, as well as characters dealing with more forefront issues like mental health. Lizzie Saltzman (played by Jenny Boyd) suffers from bipolar disorder, and the actress said at NYCC she’s been doing research on the condition to better understand her character and what she goes through.

4. Fan-favorite cameos

While there’s a surprise cameo in the pilot, Plec also promised at NYCC that we’ll see Jeremy Gilbert in episode 3 of the series.

5. Love triangles galore

Honestly, I lost track of the number of possible pairings throughout the pilot, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The writers aren’t trying to force a specific couple, so there isn’t any star-crossed business going on (yet.)

Stay tuned for more exclusives and updates leading up to the October 25 premiere, and follow us on Twitter @Pure_Fandom for our latest giveaways!

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Liz Prugh

Liz is the co-founder of PureFandom.com, an always aspiring #fiercefemale, and loves geeking out over anything and all sci-fi. She believes Luke Skywalker is the most underrated Jedi and has spent an embarrassing number of hours theorizing about 'Game of Thrones'. She hosts several Pure Fandom podcasts on Game of Thrones, Marvel, and Star Wars. Nerd out with her on Twitter @lizprugh.

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