Legacies Creator Julie Plec Says the Vampire Diaries Saga Will Continue

Legacies coming to an end on The CW doesn’t mean fans have seen the last of the characters in that world. On Thursday, the series, which served as a successor to The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, aired its series finale after a four-season run. For many fans who have been with the franchise since the first episode of The Vampire Diaries, the story coming to its conclusion has been a bummer as it has seemingly bookended the overall story.

But perhaps there’s more to see in Mystic Falls after all. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Julie Plec shed some new light on her future plans for the franchise. According to Plec, who co-created The Vampire Diaries with Kevin Williamson before developing The Originals and Legacies, there are some ideas in mind for where to take the story next and declared that there will be another show to come to keep the franchise going. It just might be a bit of a wait for fans, as these ideas are still in their infancy and nothing has yet been scripted out. As Julie Plec says:


“We had a plan to keep the franchise on the air until the next installment, which exists in our brains, but not on the page yet. There will be another one. We’re a little sad, we’re going to take a beat, but yeah, there’s more ideas. There’s more to do.”

Plec also described the shock and sadness that she felt when she first learned that The CW would not be moving forward with a fifth season for Legacies. She thought of all of the people who had been working together for years throughout all three shows in the Vampire Diaries saga that had suddenly been left without work. Because the team was expecting to go for another season, the news of the series getting canceled came as a big surprise.

“What I felt in the moment was concern for the hundreds and hundreds of people who’d just lost their jobs across three of my shows. We did 331 episodes of television and a lot of people that worked on season 1 of Vampire Diaries worked on season 4 of Legacies. There was such a beautiful family that we were able to build in Atlanta across these three shows. To think that that’s just gone now is sad.”

The Vampire Diaries Franchise Had Been Ongoing Since 2009

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The Vampire Diaries originally premiered in 2009 and ran for eight seasons before concluding in 2017. Its first spinoff, The Originals, aired for five seasons from 2013 to 2018. Legacies also premiered in 2018 before wrapping up its four-season run this week. For more than a decade, fans always had new content to look forward to in the Vampire Diaries saga, but now a wait must commence. But for those fans, it should be good to know that there are still plans to keep the story going.