The popularity of The Vampire Diaries has led to spin-offs, The Originals and Legacies, which have timelines set both during and after the events that take place during The Vampire Diaries timeline. Julie Plec, the creative mind behind all three series, faced the daunting task of launching two new shows whose characters’ origin stories are rooted in The Vampire Diaries. The writers had to intertwine ongoing storylines while introducing new storylines that ensured the spinoffs could succeed on their own.
The first season of The Vampire Diaries is set in 2009. On the first day of her freshman year, Elena falls in love with the mysterious new Stefan Salvatore, who happens to be a 162-year-old vampire. Stefan and his older brother Damon open Elena’s eyes to the mystical history surrounding the town of Mystic Falls that dates back to the mid-1800s.
Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson, two members of the family known as the Originals, the world’s oldest living vampires (over 1000 years old), first appear in Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries timeline. During the season 4 episode, “The Originals”, Klaus travels to New Orleans and discovers that he has impregnated werewolf Hayley Marshall, which establishes the premise of The Originals. Klaus leaves Mystic Falls after Season 4, making a brief appearance at the gang’s graduation.
When The Originals Are Set In The Vampire Diaries Timeline
During the penultimate episode of The Originals season 1, Hayley gives birth to Hope, who will become a central character in Legacies. The first two seasons of The Originals take place concurrently with the events taking place in seasons 5 and 6 of The Vampire Diaries timeline, during which several major characters attend the fictional Whitmore College.
The Vampire Diaries Season 7 includes a three-year time jump and the birth of Jo and Alaric’s twin daughters, Josie and Lizzie Saltzman. The girls are Siphonhonors and members of the Gemini Clan, and they serve as inspiration for the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. During The Originals Season 3, airing simultaneously with The Vampire Diaries Season 7, there is a brief convergence of the shows’ timelines. Caroline, the former major of the theater, is a mother of two young girls and a television producer. She arrives in New Orleans looking for Klaus and learns that no one has seen him in three years.
The Vampire Diaries series finale shows Alaric and Caroline preparing to open the Salvatore School. Meanwhile, The Originals season 4 picks up five years after its season 3 finale. After spending years apart, Hayley and Hope reunite with Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah, Kol, and Freya. The season focuses on 8-year-old Hope, who barely gets to know her father before all of the immortal Mikaelson siblings scatter due to “The Hollow.” During the finale, Hayley, at Alaric’s urging, enrolls Hope in the Salvatore School to protect her from her family’s enemies and to control her daughter Tribrid’s budding powers.
When Legacies Are Set In The Vampire Diaries Timeline
The fifth and final season of The Originals begins with a 7-year time jump, introducing fans to teenage Hope. The show gives all the central characters satisfying send-offs and inspires viewers to become emotionally invested in Hope beyond the confines of her family.
Season 1 of Legacies picks up two years after the deaths of Klaus and Hayley, making Hope 17 and Lizzie and Josie two years her junior. This poses a big continuity problem since Hope’s birthdate is 2012, and Lizzie and Josie’s is 2014. If viewers view Legacies as a fresh start for the franchise and set in the present day, this disparity becomes less of an issue. . The appeal of Legacies lies in the next generation of supernatural creatures instead of relying on the popularity of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
Cancellation of Legacies ends TVD timeline
The Vampire Diaries timeline is rather convoluted – however, it came to an end after the spin-off series, Legacies, was announced to be canceled after 4 seasons on The CW. Legacies took a lot of creative liberties when it came to the pre-established TVD universe, like Hope’s Tribrid status. Not only that, but characters like Kaylee Bryant’s Josie Saltzman received terribly written outings from the show. There’s a lot to complain about when it comes to Legacies, but while it’s not the most popular series of all TVD content, the reasoning behind the show’s cancellation doesn’t involve poor ratings. Instead, the series was canceled due to the CW acquisition, as the network is primarily controlled by Nexstar Media Group, which now owns the majority stake in the company. A number of popular shows on the network have been canceled, including Batwoman, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the reboot of Charmed and Dynasty – and Legacies was among the number sent to television purgatory. So that means The Vampire Diaries timeline is finally over.