In the Season 3 premiere of Legacies, both Hope and Landon are still unconscious for very different, but connected, reasons.
When Season 2 of Legacies was forced to end prematurely by the COVID-19 pandemic, both Hope and Landon were left unconscious. Hope had failed to wake up after going into Josie’s mind to help her retake control from the evil, black magic-infused version of herself. Meanwhile, immortal phoenix Landon was stabbed by a Necromancer-controlled Rafael with a golden arrow. In the Season 3 premiere, “We’re Not Worthy,” Alaric is still trying to wake the pair up, but it will come as no surprise that things are never that simple on Legacies.
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Alaric made a bargain with the Necromancer to save Rafael and Landon last season — he exchanged Josie’s black magic for Rafael, Alyssa and Chad’s freedom and Landon’s life. But so far the Necromancer’s only delivered on part of their agreement as Landon still hasn’t woken up. It turns out, though, that this is a choice Landon is making. He doesn’t want the Necromancer to get Josie’s black magic so he plans to die to prevent it from happening. At the last minute, though, his ghost is stopped by the Necromancer and dragged back to the Salvatore School where he insists Alaric and Rafael talk sense into the stubborn phoenix.
Turns out, the Necromancer’s powers to raise the dead come with a catch: the individual being raised has to consent, and Landon is refusing to give the okay. Alaric promises to convince Landon to get back in his body, but he has bigger things on his mind because he believes the Necromancer is responsible for Hope’s current condition as well. Given the news of Hope’s magical slumber comes as a surprise to both the Necromancer and Landon, however, it seems Alaric was wrong.
Alaric goes to try to figure out another reason for Hope’s coma, leaving Rafael to talk sense into Landon. But Landon still refuses to come back to life, so Rafael comes up with a plan B: letting the Necromancer put Landon’s spirit in his body. At the same time, Alaric realizes Hope isn’t waking because somehow she knows Landon is gone and wants to avoid the grief of another loss. Alaric tries to convince the unconscious Hope to come back just as Landon tries to convince Rafael not to sacrifice his body for him.
Just then, Chad shows up to inform them that there’s trouble at the field day the rest of the students are currently participating in. Landon tells Rafael to go help but Rafael refuses until Landon gets back in his body. When that still doesn’t convince him, Rafael shows Landon the sleeping Hope and explains that she won’t come back until Landon does. That finally convinces Landon to give his consent and return to his body.
A now-conscious Landon’s first order of business is to kiss the still-sleeping Hope and, in true fairy-tale fashion, wake her up. So Landon and Hope are now back in action as Season 3 moves forward. Still, the revelation of the source of Hope’s magical coma is a little disappointing. While it’s true she’s experienced a lot of loss in her young life and it’s understandable that she didn’t want to face the loss of Landon too, even Landon believed Hope would be able to not only face his loss but understand his sacrifice was for the greater good. Hope’s decision to essentially not deal with it indicates he may have been wrong, but this seems out of character for Hope. We’ll see if Hope’s reluctance to deal with any further loss comes up again as she inevitably gets drawn into more drama during the season, but for now, the Salvatore School will be happy to have its greatest champion back.
Legacies stars Danielle Rose Russell, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, Quincy Fouse, Aria Shahghasemi, Peyton Alex Smith, Matt Davis, Chris Lee, Ben Levin and Leo Howard. New episodes air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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