Monday, January 28, 2019

Legacies - Maybe I Should Start from the End

The first, and possibly only, appearance by Landon's mother (Ayelet Zurer) fills in some of the remaining blanks about Malivore and Landon's (Aria Shahghasemi) connection to it. Heading in as back-up when Landon gets into trouble, Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and Alaric (Matthew Davis) are able to help convince Seylah than Landon is indeed the son she gave up years ago (while also learning the dark secret behind Landon's birth and why he is tied to artifacts of the Hell dimension). "Maybe I Should Start from the End" also reveals the existence of a shadowy government agency protecting the pit while also secretly taking out magical creatures on the down low.

I'll be interested to see Seylah's former agency fleshed out a bit more. For now though, it seems the show is returning to the monster-of-the-week attacking the school format (at least in the short-term). While Hope is the only one to remember the episode's events thanks to Seylah's sacrifice of returning to the pit (wiping out people's memories of her in this dimension), there is of course the question of why Hope remembers foreshadowing a possible tie between her and Malivore as well. The episode officially sets up Hope and Landon as a couple, undoes those events, but allows Hope to remember and chose to follow her heart (even if Landon is a bit surprised by the turn of events). There is, of course, her lying to Landon about what she remembers of his mother and recent events, and another mystical artifact tied to the Malivore lock which has found a new home at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted.

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