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‘Legacies’ season 3 premiere recap: Breaking down the top moments

Teamwork is magical.

Legacies season 3 premiere aired on January 21, 2021

The return of our favorite school of supernatural superheroes is here! Legacies returned tonight after what feels like a decade-long hiatus, and let me just commend the writers quickly for reminding us where we left off:

  • Landon’s dead
  • Hope’s unconscious
  • The Necromancer wants access to the dark magic
  • Raf did some body-connection to the Necromancer, and side effects will ensue.

Those are the highlights that we needed to kick things off with the season 3 premiere, and coupled with the fun, silly antics the show is known for, this episode was a welcomed one.

Let’s recap by breaking down the top moments!

Like Malivore’s pit, the bad guys never stop coming.

I’m kicking things off with a deep theme that trickled throughout the episode: Saving the day doesn’t mean you’re done playing superhero. The fight never stops—that’s why the gig’s so hard. Hope seems to be the only Scooby to truly understand what this means. She’s seen her family continue to fight so that she can be safe, and she understands what kind of sacrifice that requires.

The Necromancer (Ted) reveals that he can’t access the dark magic until Landon’s soul returns to his body, so Ted drags Landon’s spirit back to the school. It’s revealed Raf can see Landon due to his temporary connection to The Necromancer, and he starts to beg Landon to come back to the land of the living. It was heartbreaking! After the two whiteboard why Landon should or shouldn’t come back, Landon starts to see the bigger picture: This act of martyrdom doesn’t absolve him of the guilt and fear he suffers from when he thinks about Hope and his friends in danger.

The two decide to fight each day together (unity!) and pull each other out of any dark place. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: The friendships are the heart of this series.

Field Day turns into the LARPing festival we all needed. Nay, wanted.

Let me preface this by saying I am a NERD. Like, a massive one. I am l i v i n g for the Renaissance Fair realness this premiere is setting the stage for this season. The Lady of the Lake! Excalibur! A jaded knight that’s been transformed into a demon! Wade living his fairy-tale (see what I did there?) fantasy and having no shame in it! We stan it all.

Unity was another theme throughout this episode, and with Josie, Lizzie, MG & Co., we saw a unified front to the threat before them. The growth Lizzie has had these last couple of seasons is the foundation of her and Josie’s sisterhood. We may have seen Dark Josie last season, but my bet is that we haven’t even scratched the surface of the demons Jo will face. We may have ended the episode with Jo leaving to spend time with her mother, Caroline (please, Candice King give us that cameo!), but my bet is this escape will bring drama upon her return.

The case for Alyssa Chang

Y’all know I have a soft spot for Ms. Alyssa. In my case for her as an underdog last year, I broke down what type of villain she is (the Klaus Mikaelson kind, IMO). Girl just wants to belong! Be loved! Anyone can see past those gorgeous puffed sleeves if they look close enough.

Now Miss Thing has caught herself back up with Ted, and her destiny’s looking pretty grim. Will the Super Squad honor their “we’re all worthy” motto and save her… from herself? Time will tell.


This was definitely not on my Legacies season 3 bingo card, but I l i v e! If we are bringing proper Camelot into this season we have even more to look forward to, y’all. Remember when Once Upon a Time did the Camelot storyline and we were hashtag blessed with Dark Emma? I’m feeling the vibes!


  • I’m loving that we’ll have even more of Jed and Kaleb this season as season-regulars. 
  • M.G. and Lizzie: We still ship it
  • Landon and Hope: Y’all know I’m a sap, and I love them. Does that mean I wouldn’t love seeing Hope explore her sexuality and/or another flame? Absolutely not.

There’s a lot more to break down, but I’ve thrown a lot at you. Tweet me your thoughts @lizprugh and @pure_fandom!

Want to take a walk down memory lane? Check out all of Pure Fandom’s Legacies coverage here.

Legacies airs Thursdays at 9pmEST/8pmCST on The CW.


Liz Prugh

Liz is the co-founder of PureFandom.com. She loves geeking out over any and all sci-fi/fantasy and always thinks vampires are cool. You can currently find her co-hosting the Pure Fandom Podcast and writing about pop culture. Nerd out with her on Twitter @lizprugh.

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