Spoilers for Legacies Season 2, Episode 3 “Salvatore! The Musical” past this point.
Basically from the moment that the Salvatore School announces they’re doing a musical about the founding of the institution on this week’s episode of Legacies, everyone is on board. And Lizzie Saltzman (Jenny Boyd) more than most, immediately sitting down with writer director Landon Kirby (Aria Shahghasemi) and demanding she gets to play — who else — her mother, Caroline Forbes (Candice King).
There’s only one, big problem with this: Lizzie has an outsized view of her mother’s legacy (pun intended), and having to play her on stage almost completely psyches her out. That is, until she gets a letter from none other than Caroline herself.
This is a big moment for the episode, of course, but it’s also a huge moment for the series. The show has had numerous cameos and recurring players from The Vampire Diaries/The Originals universe over the past two seasons and change, but Caroline has been this question mark hanging over the show’s head. Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant) and Lizzie are her twin children (it’s a little more complicated than that, but point being she’s the person who they call Mom), but she’s been off-screen the entire series. In fact, the last time King showed up on screen as Caroline was the final episode of The Originals, back in 2018.
We’ve had multiple mentions of Caroline on Legacies, she’s called on the phone, the twins have gone and hung out with her in Europe, but King has been entirely absent. That is, until now.
Mind you, King doesn’t show up in the flesh. But the letter, which is passed from Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) to Lizzie is narrated by King, and exactly what Lizzie needs to hear at the moment.
“Dear Lizzie,” it reads. “Hopefully this can give you some perspective on who I used to be. When I was your age, I remember feeling like I was a total mess. Like I was waiting to become a better version of me so my real life could start. But it wasn’t becoming a vampire that changed everything. Change is a series of small moments that build on each other like steps up the side of a mountain. Your life isn’t on hold until you figure everything out. It’s already happening. You’re already changing, moment by moment.”
That would have been enough to get frequent fans’ tears rolling, but it’s the second part that is perhaps even more important. Lizzie, you see, is bipolar, something that the show has touched on before, albeit briefly. Here, Caroline addresses it head on.
“And Elizabeth,” she continues, “there is nothing wrong with you. Your brain chemistry creates unique challenges for you, but you are not broken. You are growing and changing every day. And it is beautiful to watch.”
Okay, you can let the tears flow, now.
The scene ends there, and we’ll have to see how Lizzie deals with the ramifications of the letter next episode. For now, though, we can bask in the enjoyment of hearing Caroline Forbes’ voice, one more time.
Legacies airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.
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