How the Events of 'The Originals' Series Finale Will Affect Hope in the Spinoff 'Legacies'

The Originals ended its five-year run on the CW, but the Mikaelson family's story continues in Legacies in October. The losses Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) suffered in the series finale will affect her in the spinoff, showrunner Julie Plec revealed in an interview with TVLine Wednesday.

The Originals series finale ended with Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies) dying alongside his brother after Klaus (Joseph Morgan) decided to sacrifice his life to save his daughter, Hope, from the dark magic of the Hollow killing her. Like any other dead character, it is still possible they could show up on Legacies. "I would like to see some of the characters again, whether in dream sequence flashback or having them show up for parent-teacher conference day," Plec told Deadline Wednesday.

Legacies will follow Hope at the Salvatore School for supernatural kids in Mystic Falls, where the series that started it all in 2009, The Vampire Diaries, and led to The Originals in 2013, took place. It takes place two years after she lost her father and uncle and will see a changed Hope. "She's going to have bruises and damage that she didn't have prior to the end of this," Plec told TVLine. "She's going to be a young woman with a lot of emotional scars, and I think that'll make for a more dynamic heroine."

Hope's journey in the spinoff could have looked different if the actors had expressed an interest in appearing, according to Plec. If Morgan and Gillies had expressed "enthusiasm" to "continue on this legacy," she "might have thought twice about saying goodbye to both" Klaus and Elijah, she said to Variety Wednesday.

Hope does still have family left to visit her in Mystic Falls, and Plec even suggested ways a few characters could show up. "I would love to see Vincent [Yusuf Gatewood] come to teach some classes, or Auntie Freya [Riley Voelkel] show up for the parent-teach weekend [or] Rebekah [Claire Holt] sneaking Hope out of school for a fun getaway," she told the publication.

Legacies follows a group of students "who have it in them to be the darkest version of themselves," Plec told Deadline. "They've, in some way, been cursed or plagued with their own inner demons, whether literal or figurative. And it's about rising above the things inside your brain, or your body, that might betray you and figuring out how to be the best version of yourself."

Matt Davis, who plays Alaric Saltzman, the headmaster of the Salvatore School, teased there will be new supernatural elements in Legacies in a cast interview posted by the CW Friday. "The supernatural realm is expanded and runs deep," he said. Plec added they're not just dealing with werewolves, witches and vampires.

Legacies premieres Thursday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.