Josette "Josie" Saltzman is a major recurring character on The Vampire Diaries, a guest character on The Originals, and a main character on Legacies. She is one of the twin daughters of Alaric Saltzman and Josette Laughlin, the other being Lizzie Saltzman. Due to Josette's death, she was carried via surrogacy by Caroline Forbes. Her existence was revealed in Let Her Go by Kai, the babies' uncle. However, in I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime, Kai stabs Jo in the abdomen multiple times, killing her and supposedly killing the twins. However, in Best Served Cold, it was revealed that the Gemini Coven transferred the twins into Caroline's womb. Since then, she has been raised by both Alaric and Caroline.
- 1 Early History
- 2 Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
- 3 Throughout The Originals Series
- 4 Throughout Legacies Series
- 5 Personality
- 6 Physical Appearance
- 7 Powers and Abilities
- 8 Weaknesses
- 9 Relationships
- 10 Appearances
- 11 Episode Absence
- 12 Name
- 13 Trivia
- 14 Gallery
- 15 References
- 16 See also
Josie was born on March 15, 2014 as a set of twins with her sister, Lizzie. She is the daughter of Alaric and Jo, and the surrogate daughter to Caroline.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
In Let Her Go, while Jo was thinking she was sick from food poisoning it was revealed by her brother that she's pregnant, after she gives him her power in order for him to survive the consequences of the jacked merging ritual he performed with his brother, Luke, instead of Jo.
In A Bird in a Gilded Cage, Jo and Alaric began to pick out names for the baby.I'd Leave My Happy Home For You, Jo and Bonnie are attacked by Lily during Jo's bachelorette party. As she is about to feed on Jo, Lily hears the babies' heartbeats and tells her that she is expecting twins. Later, Jo tells Alaric that they will be having twins and that the Gemini Coven will want to get their hands on them to strip Kai of power by performing another twin merge. In I'm Thinking Of You All The While, Damon reveals that Jo is dead after Kai stabbed her in the abdomen and believed the twins were killed too.
In Best Served Cold, it is revealed by Valerie Tulle that the twins actually survived Kai's attack on Jo, due to the fact that the Gemini Coven performed a spell to transfer the twins into another body. It was also revealed that Caroline Forbes is currently pregnant with the twins.
In Postcards from the Edge, it was revealed that she and her sister had siphoned a bits of magic from Caroline's body for a long time, but as they grew in her womb, they siphoned out more and more magic out of her system, until Caroline began to desiccate.
In This Woman's Work, before she was born with her twin, they used telekinesis to keep from being born because they were attached to the magic in Caroline's body. Bonnie and Valerie finished the job by drawing magic out of Caroline's body as the doctors perform a C-section, allowing her and her sister to finally be born. They're also seen with Caroline in the ending flash-forward scene.
In Moonlight on the Bayou, Alaric, the twins, and Caroline head to Dallas as he wants to keep his promise to Jo. While at a diner, the twins begin to cry and Caroline is having a hard time putting Josie to sleep. After talking to Klaus for a few minutes, Josie is silently sleeping and Klaus mentions they shouldn't wake her up, and he proceeds to hang up. In a flash-forward, Caroline is seen with the twins in New Orleans at St. James Infirmary looking for Klaus. The bartender tells Caroline that Klaus hasn't been seen or heard from in 3 years, which leaves Caroline puzzled.
In Requiem for a Dream, Josie, along with her sister and her father, call Caroline before they go to bed. Josie along with her sister appears to miss Caroline being she has been on the run with Stefan Salvatore trying to get away from Bonnie. Before they go to bed, they say their good-nights to Caroline before Alaric takes the phone from them to talk to Caroline alone.In Gods and Monsters, Alaric and Caroline both decide to use Josie, along with her twin sister Lizzie, to siphon Bonnie's spell over the Armory as Bonnie was suffering for the effects of Rayna's poisonous blood. Josie, along with Lizzie, was successful in opening the Armory doors and she embraces her father in triumph, while Caroline hugs Lizzie.
In Hello, Brother, Josie and her sister, Lizzie, are seen video calling Alaric until he asked for Seline. Seline tells them to go put on their swimsuits while they chat. Later, the girls visit Caroline at work; Seline leaves to go have a salad for lunch and leaves the girls with Caroline. While she left, Caroline mentions that Seline probably loves kale, which makes Lizzie ask her what is kale; Caroline responds with you don't want to know. The video, that is given to her by Seline from Pete, that Caroline is attempting to watch gets to a certain point and the sound messes up to which Lizzie tells her mommy that it is too loud. Later that evening, Virginia breaks into the house, attacks Seline and tries to kill the girls for opening the armory. Virginia stalks through the house where she comes to the girls' room. When inside, she hears laughing come from the closet and proceeds though before she is able to approach is knocked out by Caroline. Caroline checks the closet and finds the girls, Lizzie saying hi to her mommy, to which Caroline tells the girls don't move while she goes to handle Virginia.
In You Decided That I Was Worth Saving, Josie and Lizzie are first seen fighting over the tuning fork, to which Alaric tells Lizzie to put the fork down immediately. She tells her dad she had it first, which prompts Alaric to yell at Lizzie to drop it. Lizzie drops the fork and she and Josie begin to scream over the vibrations the tuning fork makes. Alaric picks up the fork to stop the vibrations and proceeds to comfort the girls.
In An Eternity of Misery, Josie and Lizzie are getting ready for bed. Lizzie asks Seline for a bedtime story, which Josie answers nothing sad. Seline then tells them "The Legend of Arcadius".
In Coming Home Was a Mistake, Seline takes Josie and Lizzie to the local carnival where the sisters have fun playing games and won a goldfish. However, it's dead and Seline explains that the deceased need to be treated with dignity so that they can find peace in death. She also explains to them about how their souls are taken by Cade and that they can show him what they've done. She teaches the twins the Incendia spell and sets a pile of wood, albeit hiding a corpse underneath, on fire.
In Detoured On Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell, Caroline and Alaric issue an Amber Alert for her and Lizzie as Seline has kidnapped them. She and Lizzie are taken to a diner and then to a motel, where Seline offers them to Arcadius, who Seline and Sybil have called out to. In order to spare the twins the same fate as the sirens, Stefan offers himself to be Arcadius' servant; an offer which Cade accepts.
In The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You, Josie and Lizzie visit Caroline for Christmas since they haven't been with her since their dad took both to a safe location.In The Lies Will Catch Up To You, Alaric brings the girls back to Mystic Falls and takes them to the Armory. He calls Caroline wanting to bring the girls over admits that he needs good parenting advice as unbeknownst to her, they've been acting up and their siphoning and magic are growing unstable. As he checks in on the girls, they continue coloring as levitating crayons above their heads. Alaric soon arrives at Caroline's later that night with Josie and Lizzie in tow. Both are thrilled to see their mother and embrace her in warms hugs, commenting about how big they've grown seen she last saw them. They sit down as a family to get dinner and Lizzie accidentally siphons Caroline as she wants to use her sister's cup, the pink one. Josie sits by as she watches Alaric scold her sister and sees that she hurt their mom. Josie is visibly upset at her sister and attempts the Incendia spell on Lizzie but the spell failed without any magic to draw from. Nevertheless, Alaric and Caroline intervene grabbing the two girls; Caroline scolding Josie that those words could seriously hurt her sister. Alaric and Caroline look on, worried about their wild and troubling behavior.
In It's Been a Hell of a Ride, she and her sister hide under their bed when Kai breaks free from his cell in the Armory. After he's subdued by Alaric and Caroline, she and Lizzie, with Bonnie's guidance, lock him away in a new prison world, ensuring their safety.
In We're Planning a June Wedding, she and her sister are the flower girls for Stefan and Caroline's wedding. Later that night, during the reception she, Lizzie and Bonnie are caught in the crossfire when Kelly Donovan made the Lockwood Mansion exploded although, with Bonnie's guidance, she teaches them the spell that they need to survive, ultimately, Bonnie removes all the fire from the building and leads them to safety.In I Was Feeling Epic, Bonnie leads Josie and Lizzie out of the charred building. Alaric and Caroline are overwhelmed with joy as Bonnie saved them. They soon learn that they are not out of danger and they all leave Mystic Falls, stopping briefly at the Armory. They are seen later playing outside the Salvatore Boarding House as Alaric unpacks the newly designed Salvatore Boarding School sign, established for supernatural kids. Josie and Lizzie, as well as Alaric, are last seen being watched over by their mother, Jo's spirit, who had found peace.
Throughout The Originals Series
In The Tale of Two Wolves, she and Lizzie are first seen waving at Caroline as she gives a tour. Later, she and Lizzie are talking to their mother about having them siphon The Hollow out of Hope to save her life, but also bargain with her. They want new phones, permission to go to the Senior Solstice Dance, and Josie wants to get rid of the skirt length rules from the dress code due to it being against feminist values. Before they can talk to Klaus, Alaric shoots an arrow through his chest and they look at him. At night, they begin the spell to siphon and once it's out of Hope and into Klaus, Alaric takes his daughters away.
Throughout Legacies Series
In We're Not Worthy, Josie struggles being the outcast of the witches, given her prior behavior. The witches, nor the rest of the Salvatore School have forgiven her for her actions and only a minority are willing to associate with her.
When the witches, led by Alyssa Chang begin taunting Josie, Lizzie decides that she must return to her former abusive self in an attempt to persuade the witches to forgive Lizzie. In an attempt to do this, she has Josie made the captain of the witches at the Salvatore field day, but Lizzie is reluctant to listen when Josie tells her that she can no longer practice magic. This ends badly for Josie who is severely embarrassed in front of the entirety of the school body; she tells Lizzie sternly to keep out of her business given the witches have a right to be angry at her for her behavior.
In Salvatore: The Musical!, Josie finds to difficult resonating with the other members of the Salvatore School surrounding the musical organized by Landon. Josie tries explaining her feelings towards the direction of the musical, but is largely ignored by those involved. Things become increasingly difficult when Dr. Goodfellow breaks Josie's arm in an effort to exclude her from the musical therefore allowing Hope to take her place.
After the musical, Josie talks with Jade, who uses a healing spell to fix the break in her arm. Josie tells Jade that she no longer feel at home at the Salvatore School, nor that the school is a good fit for her moving forward. Jade tells her that she should explore life beyond the walls of the Salvatore School, and the two kiss before Jade departs the Salvatore School.
In Hold on Tight, Josie pretends that she is writing a paper on the lives of the students at Mystic Falls High School and begins asking Ethan numerous questions. The two talk about how Ethan's football career has been ruined with his funding pulled after the accident that hurt his shoulder; Josie apologizes, but Ethan is unaware why she is apologizing, being largely responsible for the incident.
Later, Josie agrees to help her father and the other members of the Salvatore School Group to battle against the Necromancer. Josie finds she is of little use without her magic, however and is convinced to take the magic back in an effort to help their friends. As the day ends, and they successfully defeat Alyssa Chang, Josie tells Lizzie that she is leaving the Salvatore School in an effort to explore a human life at Mystic Falls High.
In This is What It Takes, Josie struggles with her decision to begin a new adventure at Mystic Falls High. She tries to pull out of the tour with Finch, but finds herself thrown even deeper upon meeting the mysterious student. After the tour, Josie opens up about Lizzie's reaction and feelings towards Josie leaving the Salvatore School, but Finch tells her that her happiness is just as important as Lizzie's.
When Josie returns home at the end of the night, Lizzie tells her that whilst she isn't fully okay with Josie leaving the school, she is supportive of her feelings and wants her to be happy. With this, Lizzie shows Josie an outfit she has picked out for her, citing that nobody at Mystic Falls wears a uniform.
In To Whom It May Concern, Josie attends her first day of school at Mystic Falls High. She finds Dorian at her locker who welcomes her to the school and she learns he's now principal. She mistakes the decorations draping her locker as a welcoming from him, but it's actually Finch's doing, who also appears and greets her.
As the day progresses, she finds herself in chemistry with Finch, who sits next to her. Finch informs her that it belongs to her lab partner, but the position is open. The bell rings and Finch comments on how she's having a good day. She admits that everyone has been really nice and helpful, she didn't expect to feel so welcomed. As she goes through her bag, she finds a note from Lizzie, telling her to focus on herself. Finch inquires about the note, but Josie realizes that she's not even thought about her sister all day. Upset, she abruptly leaves class.
At lunch, she sits in the hall away from the cafeteria. Ethan finds her and wonders if she couldn't figure out the social order. She explains that she prefers this, and questions his reasoning for not sitting in the cafeteria with the football team. He admits that he saw someone who could use a friend. He gives her a bit of advice and tells her that it gets easier. They both share a commonality of being separated from their siblings. She asks if he ever feels guilty for staying behind. He does, sometimes, but he remembers that they would want him to be happy.
Following from her talk with Ethan, she goes to find Finch. She apologizes for acting weird, but Finch admits that she can be a lot - especially with the decorations and flirting. She, however, has had one of the best days ever in a long time, and that freaked her out. Finch relates to her and shares a bit of her history and how she emancipated herself at fourteen. The hardest part was feeling guilty for getting out, but she deserves to be happy; just like Josie does.
In Yup, It's a Leprechaun, All Right, Josie leaves the Salvatore School, but finds a city messenger out at the gate. The messenger has something from town hall - it's a property tax lien on the school.
Later, she runs into MG in the kitchen, knocking flour all over him. Fundraiser day is going good. Too good, in fact. Everyone loves his cookies, and unlike him, the oven doesn't have vamp speed. She offers her assistance, but she has to be back at Mystic Falls High by lunch. Likewise, MG can't spend all his day baking cookies.
With MG in tow, she heads to the garden. He's impatient but Josie is looking as fast as she can. She has a study date to get to with her new lab partner, Finch. She's looking for herba fermentum and explains that it's a leavening accelerant and if he were to put it in his dough, it'll bake in half the time. MG inquiries about any herbs that would help with illusion spells, but she doesn't. She finds what she's looking for, rather, she's found two similar herbs but doesn't know which is which. The one that MG wants, however, tastes like cinnamon and suggests for him to pick one for her to try. Immediately, she begins expelling her true thoughts, like she is not ready for a real date and that he wasn't good at baking. She apologizes to MG, who has chosen incorrectly. She ate Blue Calamus, otherwise known as 'Truth Weed'.
Josie doesn't dare leave and lays down on a swing. MG wonders if they should leave, as they both have places to be. She doesn't see the point. She's already late and reveals that even entertaining the thought of dating Finch is a bad idea. The people that she loves always leave, or hurt her or both. MG tries to convince her otherwise. He's been dumped and cheated on, but that can't stop her. She confesses that she doesn't want to, because repressing things has taken her to a super dark place, but the truth is she's scared. MG tells her that she can't let fear stop her from being honest with the people she cares about. MG decides to take his own advice and encourages her to get to her study date.
Josie makes her way back to Mystic Falls High, but doesn't find Finch. She does find Ethan and learns that Finch caused a scene at lunch, everyone saw. She admits that it was her fault and tells him that she needs to see her. Ethan reveals that she works nights at the Grill and offers to drop her off. He warns her to be careful with her, as he used to do with his sister.
At the Square, she finds Finch who gives her the cold shoulder. She apologizes to her for missing their study date. She was interested in her but it freaked her out. She wants to get to know Finch better but she has so much baggage and doesn't want to mess it up. She proposes to her that they go on a real date if she can give her a chance. Finch turns her back to her and tells her that she works doubles on the weekend. Defeated, she turns to leave Finch, but she's sure that they can find a time that works best as she drives her home. She happily agrees and climbs behind Finch on her moped.
In Long Time, No See, she spies on Lizzie and Hope as they prepare a spell. She lies about looking for her chemistry book, but Lizzies begins to force her out of Landon's room. She admits that she heard it was about the ascend and Landon and offers to help, but Lizzie forces the door closed on her.
Putting the morning behind her, she heads to school. Later, she and Finch discuss options for their first date. Finch mentions mini golfing and pleads with her that she's not one of those people. She mocks Finch for dissing her favorite sport and suggests they're not compatible. Finch suggests that as well, as all they can agree on is that they want to go on a date, but can't decide on the 'where'. She proposes to Josie that perhaps they go on a 'ditch-date' and encourages her to take a walk on the wild side. Before she can agree, Hope interrupts their plans and inquires further about the help she previously offered.
Hope thanks her for coming with her, but she admits that her not mentioning the cemetery helped, considering she was once buried alive. Hope needs this place as it's a hotspot and has a perfect view of the celestial event. She understands that Lizzie was trying to protect her this morning, but is happy that she finally came around, but wonders where she is. Hope reveals that she's probably pissed as she explicitly went behind her back and involved her. Not only did Hope lie, but because she came to help Hope, Finch is now mad at her. Hope brushes off her frustration, believing she had no other choice since she believes that Lizzie bailed on her. Hope believes that if she takes her magic back, they can save Landon.
As night begins to fall, she paces back and forth contemplating Hope's actions. Hope reminds her that the planetary transit will be visible just after the sun goes down and a decision needs to be made. She's angry and conflicted and wonders if she even understands the risk that she's asking her to take considering the last time she had magic. Hope believes that she's stronger than the darkness, but will be right by her side. She reminds her that, even though she went into her mind before thinking that she needed to be saved, but in reality, she pulled herself out from her own darkness. In truth, Mystic Falls High was supposed to be a fresh start. A new her without magic, monsters, or drama. Hope believes otherwise, these things are a part of her and always will be. She can't run from them and guilts her into remembering that she's the reason that led to the creation of this new prison world and Landon being trapped there. Despite this, Hope wants to focus on the good and hates the position she's put Josie in. She's made her decision and wants to help.
Josie prepares the space to perform the spell but Hope reveals that the ascendant isn't in her possession. Alaric had Lizzie spell the ascendant but it shouldn't be a problem for a fully operational siphon witch to break down the barrier. Hope reveals that she has her coin that contains her siphon power. Lizzie, however, appears and takes the coin from Hope. Hope wants to skip the verbal sparring and get to the actual fighting and demands that she give the coin back so they can perform the spell. Lizzie refuses, cloaks the coin, and tosses it into the field. Lizzie will take her place. Josie doesn't want her to do this, but Lizzie is adamant that she must. She is Lizzie's blindspot, just as Landon is Hope's. She stops protesting Lizzie's wish and tells her that she loves her.
With the preparations complete, Hope and Lizzie tell her to leave the circle and to not step back in. No matter what happens. She watches as the two begin the spell and a portal opens to the prison world. It's working, but Lizzie begins to experience pain. The ascendant and spell is corrupted and dark magic is flooding out from the portal. She believes that the prison world is equivalent to being radioactive as the Necromancer was full of it when he was banished. It's infecting them both. She begs Lizzie to let go, but she can't. Hope wants to continue and that they just have to push through. Josie demands Hope to let go, that they could die, but Hope refuses. She doesn't want to abandon Landon again. Lizzie screams as dark magic infects her and Josie steps inside the circle and grabs the ascendant, taking in dark magic as well. Landon appears from the portal and destroys the ascendant, sending them all flying through the air. Landon is free and it's not a dream. He's real.
The next day, Alaric gives her the magical test results - she is free of black magic. She's safe to return to Mystic Falls, which is still her choice. If anything, last night was a painful reminder of why she needs to distance herself from this place. In fact, she did as he suggested and has spoken to Caroline. She's learned that they have a friend in town with a spare room and wonders if she can use it, at least for a little bit. Though he's a little sad, he encourages her to live the life she wants so that she's safe doing it and takes her off to school.
In Do All Malivore Monsters Provide This Level of Emotional Insight?, MG has officially joined her at Mystic Falls High school and sits with her at lunch. Specifically she gives him tips to fit in considering this school is clique-ier than the Salvatore School. Ethan joins them and introduces himself. He remembers him from their flag football game and MG wonders if he has any pointers because he wants to join. Ethan tells them both that he's been cut.
To her dismay, she learns that Alaric is stepping in as a sub for the gym teacher. She believes him to be spying on her given his questionable timing and urges MG to not use any of his vampire powers. Meanwhile Ethan nearly gets into a fight with Blake and Alaric has the class run laps. Letting out his anger they witness Ethan kick a ball and Alaric has him go pick it up. Ethan doesn't notice the truck barreling down the road towards him and MG is forced to use his powers to save him.
Josie accompanies her father, MG and Ethan back to Dorian's office. Alaric wants MG to erase his memories in order to keep their secret safe. Ethan offers to keep the secret himself but Alaric can't risk it.MG attempts to compel his memories, but they quickly learn that Sheriff Mac has instructed Ethan to take vervain, he's been taking it as a supplement for his arm. Josie steps out with her father to talk privately while the vervain wears off of Ethan.
Later that night, Alaric walks Josie back to the Gilbert House, where she's staying in town. They sit on the steps and chat. She believes that the conversation was going to be about her willing to do black magic, again, with Hope and losing her chance to go to Mystic Falls High School. That would be pretty hypocritical of him, but understands why she would think that. He explains that he doesn't condone it, but he knows she was just trying to make up for a past mistake. Kind of like what he's trying to do between them. He tells her that there is nothing more important to him than she and her sister. To end, he tells her that she can always talk to him about anything and doesn't want to keep each other in the dark. All he's trying to do is let her grow up a little.
In All's Well That Ends Well, Josie is surprised by Lizze at Mystic Falls High School. She's upset that she told their father she has a crush before telling her own sister. However, she's there to help. She doesn't want Lizzie's help. She wants to fix it the regular way without any magic.
However, Lizzie doesn't leave it alone and, while cloaked, causes Finch to drop her books that causes her to help. She and Finch talk and agree to have lunch together. With step one complete, they move on to number two. Lizzie gives her a class on rom-coms and tells her that step two is sneaking out to a bad party together. Step three they can skip and four is where the real fireworks happen. Josie doesn't like what Lizzie is suggesting. She doesn't want to manipulate Finch and wants her to actually like her. However, Lizzie is blunt with her. She informs her that is never going to happen because that would require her to actually shoot her shot. This upsets her and she makes up her mind to ask her out on a real date and storms out of the classroom.
At lunch, she owns up to her feelings for Finch and asks her out, because she likes her in a way that she hasn't liked somebody in a really long time. She asks her if she wants to hang out tonight, but Finch tells her they can't. Disheartened, she asks about the next night, but Finch blows her off again and walks off.
Josie returns back to Lizzie, saddened. They believe she's missed her shot and is dating someone else. Josie is content with letting Finch be happy but wants to know who she's dating. Lizzie offers to do some invisible spying.
Later that night, Lizzie comes back to tell her what's happening. Lizzie tells her that Finch is seeing someone else and it's serious. She thanks her sister for keeping her from months of spiraling. Lizzie confesses that she should have let her find out on her own, but felt like she didn't need her anymore. Josie knows the feeling. Lizzie stays the night with her and they cuddle.
In You Can't Run From Who You Are, Josie comes back to the school, only to find it empty. It's a three-day weekend and business is usual. Hope is with Landon performing a spell, and Wade, in a suit of armor, scares her. She's come to talk to Lizzie, but she's left. Instead, she borrows the prism and decides she'll talk it out with her subconscious. To her shock, 'Dark Josie' appears before her.
She doesn't understand how this is possible. She destroyed her an ax. Her subconscious tells her that she's been hiding inside her, waiting for the perfect time to escape. But she is just as gullible as ever. 'Dark Josie' is really just her subconscious projection. Josie admits that she has trust issues and doesn't believe her, though her subconscious tells her to drop the prism and she'll disappear. Josie does and 'Dark Josie' disappears. Her subconscious is practically harmless. She believes the prism to be malfunctioning, but deep down she must want to hear what she has to say. She does know all of her weaknesses and knows exactly what's wrong with her. 'Dark Josie' tells her that if she really doesn't want to talk to her, all she has to do is just drop the prism. Josie doesn't and they chat.
Her subconscious tells her that she is never gonna have that happy human life that she wants. She didn't want her opinion on her future. She asked why all of my romantic relationships are such disasters. Dark Josie has answered that. The problem is not the relationships. The fault lies in her. She never said that Josie couldn't have "a happy life." They both know that she can't have a real relationship if she's repressing an essential part of herself. She's a witch who's pretending that she isn't. Josie believes it's her subconscious trying to trick her into taking her magic back. Like it or not, Josie could have asked any of her friends the same question, but deep down, she already knew the answer. Meanwhile their conversation is interrupted by Landon and Hope is in trouble.
Hope has some sort of magical infection and her astral self is stuck in the prison world. They need to find what bite her in the prison world, though the school is empty. They talk with Wade and he deduces that the creature is a berbalang. Left unchecked, she'll also turn into one. Hope is already undergoing the process and attacks them. They run and seek shelter in the kitchen, but Hope breaks in and attacks Landon. Josie breaks off from them to figure out how to stop Hope's transformation based on what Wade has told her. She finds what she needs, but the spell is in Sanskrit and doesn't remember anything from the one class she took. Using the prism, she's sure that her subconscious still remembers. With the page in hand, 'Dark Josie' translates; to stop a person from becoming a berbalang, you need a pearl-bladed weapon. The blade also needs to be imbued with an enchantment. Josie refuses. She's not going to take her magic back just for her to take back control. Josie however doesn't understand. She already lives within her. If she's so strong and good, why is she so afraid of her own power, she wonders. Josie decides to take back her magic and stops berbalang Hope. Running out of time, Landon has no choice but to stab Hope with the enchanted dagger.
That night, Hope apologizes to her. This is the second time where she's been in a situation to take back her magic. Josie admits that it was time. When she defeated her darkness, she wanted to make sure that it never happened again. But in a way, that was kind of like letting the dark part of her win. It's a battle that's always going to be with her, and she doesn't want to run from that anymore.
In I Was Made To Love You, Lizzie magically sends Josie a letter indicating that she's left for a wellness retreat. In the letter, she tells her that Finch is a werewolf. She confronts Alaric, who had hoped to tell her herself, but Lizzie felt bad about what happened. She also inquires about what he's working on. Josie can help though; she's back in the game. Alaric refuses, because of what it involves, but decides to give her the option to make the decision for herself.
Alaric confesses that he believes the Necromancer is back again and responsible for the monsters. Hope and Landon saw his dead body in the prison world, which means he should have come back to life. He believes he did, but resurrected in their world as opposed to the prison world. She decides she can perform a locator spell if she has something of his. They have history together and hand her his grimoire. Josie doesn't lie. She's a little afraid of it, but not of him and performs the spell. To their surprise, the spell works and they find him at a funeral home, though he's amnesiatic, and insists on going by Ted.
Alaric believes it to be a charade but never-the-less they tell him everything that he's done to them. Ted believes the whole situation to be prosperous. Alaric instructs her to place a shield spell and leaves Ted with a grenade and Josie to watch over him.
With a different perspective, Josie and Ted talk. She would rather be here than confront Finch. But with all the drama, trying to get Ted to remember who he is seems less impossible to accomplish. In truth, Ted convinces her that she should tell her how she feels because she sees people doing that every day, although for them, it's too late. Alaric walks in as the corpse that Ted was trying to raise comes to life. This startles Ted and he drops the grenade. Alaric tries to re-pin it, but Ted throws it into the coffin. Josie protects them both with a spell from the debris.
At wits end with Ted, Alaric moves on to plan C, which involves torture. However, Josie stops him, getting him to remember his control issues. She assures him that they'll find another way.
Taking Ted's advice, she goes back to Mystic Falls High School and confronts Finch. They talk and eventually come to terms with one another as she still likes her. She regrets not saying it before. Knowing what she is now, she assures her that her father built a school to help young supernaturals. If Finch is willing to give it a shot, she can find the courage to come back if she's there with her. Finch embraces her in a kiss and Josie's magic causes the lights overhead to spark
In One Day You Will Understand, Josie finally gets Finch to have breakfast with her at the Salvatore School. She eventually agrees to a school tour, but is approached by her father to be an impartial judge with Cleo. Both Alaric and Kaleb believed she would be perfect considering they don't know each other. She attempts to build trust with Cleo, sharing her experience with black magic and how she did terrible things to the people she loved because of it. However, Cleo tells her she is not the villain here. She was taken by Malivore as a child and forced to create. Cleo opts to show her a portion of her time with Malivore and takes her hands and shares her memories. Josie sees Cleo's time with Malivore and how she was eventually inspired to create a vessel for Malivore. She, however, wanted her freedom, but when Malivore denied this, she betrayed him and cursed him to the vessel she created for him.
With their short time at an end, she reports back to her father. Alaric believes that Cleo has also convinced her just as with Kaleb. Josie cites that Cleo was taken and forced to do black magic, unlike her who chose to do it. She thought their situation was similar but she was wrong. She asks if Cleo was his daughter, like she is, would he be treating her like this. He can't play judge, jury, and executioner with Cleo's life. The entire mission of the school is to help supernaturals, not to condemn them to an eternity of loneliness.
Returning to Finch, she finds her and Jed wrestling and wins. Finch made a friend and has enjoyed the time with the Salvatore pack. They have a heart to heart and she apologizes for pressuring her to attend the school. She does want to go here, but agrees to join but on one condition. The condition that they make their status official; girlfriends. She accepts Finch's proposes and embrace one another.
In This Feels A Little Cult-y, Josie sits with Finch as Mr. Springthorpe announces the roles for their play, Romeo and Juliet. Hope enters but is dealing with anger issues from the fallout of her breakup with Landon, even witnessing her release a large burst of magical energy.
Following her out to the Old Mill, Hope doesn't want anything from her. She admits that Hope controlled herself better than when she and Lizzie had the school tour, however, wonders if she could help her with another problem. She explains that Lizzie went on a witchy wellness retreat and she hasn't heard from her in over a week and believes she could be in trouble. Still wanting to release her anger, she accepts, believing there might be something she can punch.
Sometime later, they arrive near the retreat in the woods. Hope believes them to be too exposed, but Josie suggests they just introduce themselves. Hope realizes all too late that she's been tricked and Lizzie is already there to greet them both and happy to see them. She was expecting them because she and Lizzie have been talking about Hope coming since Lizzie first got there. Hope is angry but continues, obviously that it's a trap. When they enter the grounds of the retreat, the witches are happy and frockling among themselves and Lizzie gives them a tour. Hope comments that it looks like a cult while Josie asks about the crystals around the witches necks. Lizzie explains that each colored crystal represents a step on the pathway to enlightenment. Blue is the top step. Samantha's crystal, however, is red; she was Andi's star pupil until her petty jealousy and anger knocked her down several pegs. Another blue crystal witch summons the witches for afternoon enrichment. And Lizzie brings them to Andi.
Eventually, she falls under the effects of Andi's "teachings" as did Hope. She follows Andi's every command, even after Lizzie breaks the effects of the psychotropic drug that controlled her. After Andi captures Lizzie, she commands Josie to watch over Lizzie until she can be used as a sacrifice. Lizzie, however, learns that if he pushes enough of her buttons, she can force her out of the mind controlling effects of the drug. Lizzie basically blames her for the events that have transpired and she breaks free, yelling at Lizzie for indoctrinating them into a cult. Back to normal, they devise a plan to free Hope and stop Andi, but the plan is stopped when Samantha knocks Lizzie out and Josie reveals herself to be free from the drug's effects. Andi commands Hope to deal with Josie, while she prepares the other witches. Josie uses the same method that Lizzie used on her. She tells Hope that she's been blaming Landon for their breakup, but Landon did the one thing that she wasn't strong enough to do. Hope snaps out of it and dispatches the witches, leaving Andi by herself. With no other option, she sacrifices herself to complete the summoning ritual, but throws a chalice filled with the drug at the witches.
Later that night, they wait for the summoning ritual to complete, but quickly fall under the effects of the drug. As a being is raised from the crater, they're blasted into the air and knocked unconscious.
In A New Hope, Josie is under the effects of the psychotropic drug that Andi dosed her, Lizzie and Hope with. They're in a shared hallucination based on a story that Lizzie wrote when she was young, as well as a sequel that Hope added to. She is J-O 513, a service android to Lizzie, Princess Saltzstar.
Eventually the effects of the drug wears off and the three of them wake up next to the crater of the wellness retreat. Hope believes that her fate is sealed and she's destined to become a fully activated tribrid to destroy Malivore. She tries to convince her otherwise, but Hope wonders when she should just stop fighting it. Josie tells her that she doesn't. Lizzie confirms that right now is different. She's still a work in progress, but definitely a better version of Lizzie Saltzman. And Josie has become stronger and more independent. She tells her that there is no reason why she can't be whatever you want, too. A new Hope. Josie believes that she only became the tribrid in their hallucination because she did it alone. She has friends and they won't let that happen.
Hope notices footprints leading away from the crater. They follow them to Andi's cabin. Lizzie wonders if it's Andi's, but Josie believes them to be from someone else. The show cuts off and finds Ryan Clark wrapped in a towel, newly raised from Andi's death.
In Fate's A Bitch, Isn't It?, she, Lizzie and Hope confront Ryan Clarke, newly raised by Andi's summoning spell. She confirms to him that Malivore is still sending monsters, but Lizzie berates both her and Hope for giving him any information. Lizzie casts a sleeping spell over him and lets him fall to the floor unconscious. She declares that the adults will handle him once they return to the school. Following suit, they load him up into their car and make their way back to the school.
On their way, they stop at Lakeshore Stop 'n' Shop for gas and snacks. While Lizzie is inside, Hope wonders if seeing Ryan must be traumatizing for her after everything that happened in his wake. She confesses that she thinks that being traumatized is her permanent resting state. Hope believes that will change if they ended Malivore, once and for all. She agrees with Hope, but without the help of Ryan. Hope is convinced that their only other option is her going full tribrid. She doesn't believe that, but regardless, they can figure it out back at the school and remind her that it was nearly destroyed, along with her, by Ryan's lies. With the tank full, she leaves to join Lizzie inside, leaving Hope with the car. However, Hope runs off with Ryan and their car leaving them stranded at the gas station.
Josie attempts to get in contact with someone at the school, though nobody is answering the phone. Lizzie contemplates walking back, but she's more concerned for Hope as Ryan has talked her into doing something. Lizzie, on the other hand, believes that Hope has made her choice and she clearly didn't choose them. Lizzie assumes it has something to do with Landon and comes up with the idea to find Hope a rebound guy. She's not convinced about Lizzie's plan, but by happenstance, Ethan pulls up into the gas station and offers them a ride back to the school.
Later that night, they arrived back at the school. Lizzie can't stop going on and on about Hope and how wonderful she is to Ethan. Lizzie gets another idea to give him a tour of the school but she objects. She reminds her sister that they need to update their father on Hope's surprise field trip. Lizzie knows she's right, but opts to let her do it herself and brings Ethan into the school. Finch comes outside and greets Josie upon her arrival back to the school. Given the situation with Ethan, she asks for Finch's help in hiding supernatural related material from Ethan's impromptu tour. Finch wonders why they just can't have a vampire compel him should he see something he's not supposed to, however, Josie objects. Instead of explaining, Josie, again, asks for Finch's help. However, Josie is forced to cloak them and the items she's holding to prevent Ethan from finding them. However, when she releases the spell, Finch is gone.
Later, after Ethan leaves, Josie finds her reading by the fireplace, claiming to have been looking everywhere for her. She thinks Finch is mad at her, but Finch doesn't want to have secrets between them considering the ones her family hid from her. She decides to tell Finch the truth and explains that last year, she used black magic during their football game and broke Ethan's arm, which lost him his football career. This year, they were forced to compel Ethan to forget the supernatural world, and cost him his friendship with MG. She believes they hurt him in so many ways that he doesn't even know about and doesn't want to see him hurt again. Not by her or her sister. Finch admits that Lizzie is a lot, but it was because of her meddling that ended up with her being at the school. Finch suggests they should look on the brighter side of things instead of dwelling on the past and assuming the worst. She believes that, maybe, things will be different this time. Lizzie enters and she immediately assumes the worst has happened. Lizzie confirms that her plan has utterly failed and that Ethan asked her out, as opposed to Hope. Moreso, she said yes.Sometime later, Hope returns to the school and casts the purge spell again. Their memories of Cleo are returned to them, confirming the spell has worked. Hope apologizes to him for running out on them and, of all people, it was Ryan who really made it set in. She promises them to never do it again. Josie joins her, along with the others, in the gymnasium to confront Malivore who has taken control of his vessel, Landon.
One-half of the powerful Gemini twins, Josie is level headed, borderline brilliant, and comfortable in her pansexuality. Though well-liked and her twin's social equal in every way, Josie is content to play second fiddle to her sister Lizzie. With Gemini's prone to bipolar behavior, the stable Josie is quick to protect Lizzie when her sister starts to go off the rails.
Having never known their biological mother, the twins were raised by Caroline Forbes. Now at this key time in their development, with their mother often absent, their need for their father's approval and love is heightened. Alaric's bond with Hope Mikaelson, and having to share his attention with the rest of the school, has led to each daughter alternately striving for perfection and acting out. In general, Josie is the calm to her sister Lizzie's storm.
Josie, like her sister and ancestors, battles with an inner-darkness that she doesn't quite understand. Through this, she is susceptible to the use of dark magic and negative influences. The lack of her father's involvement in her life led Josie to rely on the than-believed Professor Vardemus, who used her yearning for magical knowledge and the ability to protect her loved ones, against her. When she broke the Mora Miserium containing all the dark magic she used while partnered with Vardemus, the darkness consumed her and she became someone devoid of rules, human-life, and boundaries. Out of fear, the real Josie hid in her subconscious to avoid confronting her dark side. She was afraid that being powerful also meant being Evil. When she realized she can be both strong and good she was able to embrace her full potential and rid herself of dark Josie.
Josie is a pretty young woman with brown hair and eyes. She also has an athletic build and light skin. Josie often wears her hair up, mostly in a simple, loose ponytail, but she once wore it in messy twin buns for a football game.
Powers and Abilities
Josie possesses all standard powers and abilities of a siphoner, a subsection of witches.
Josie has the typical weaknesses of a siphoner.
- Main article: Alaric, Caroline, Josie and Lizzie
Alaric Saltzman and Caroline Forbes are Josie's biological and surrogate parents, respectively. Josie's ancestry is made up of bloodshed and a witch coven, which was decimated prior to Josie's birth. After Josie's biological mother, Jo Laughlin, was killed by her twin brother, the Gemini Coven placed Josie's fetus into Caroline, saving her life. After Alaric and Caroline found out about what truly happened, they agreed to raise Josie, and her twin sister, Lizzie, together. Today, Josie now lives in Mystic Falls and attends the Salvatore Boarding School, where she grew up. As a siphoner, Josie grew up with her parents running the school, while they raised her. Currently, Alaric is primarily raising Josie and Lizzie extensively due to Caroline's involvement in school-recruitment in Europe. Josie copes without her mother as her father is more involved with running the school. This, however, puts the burden of assisting Lizzie on Josie, though she's dutiful in this task so that they're both happy, even though their parents aren't as involved as either she or Lizzie would like. However, Josie still loves her parents and visits Caroline in Europe whenever she can.
Lizzie is Josie's twin sister, closest friend, and helps Lizzie to see reason whenever she goes off the rails. They have known each other for basically their whole lives and currently go to the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted. Alaric Saltzman and Caroline Forbes are their father and mother, but Jo Laughlin was their biological mother. There is a dark history in which their biological mother, unfortunately, paid the price from her life. Also, both twins are descended from a dark history involving their magical lineage, which is partly due to their siphoner heritage. Despite this dark history, Josie is growing and learning to control her magical powers with Lizzie. Josie is also learning to become more comfortable with herself with Lizzie by her side though, between the two, Lizzie is more outspoken and demanding, so much so that Josie is content to play second fiddle. This is notable when Lizzie outright assumed that she'd be voted on to the school's honor council, without question from her sister. Josie implicitly helped Lizzie campaign and was forced to endure listening to Lizzie asking Rafael out as a deal if she voted with him to have Landon stay. However, Josie is surprised that she won over Lizzie, due to Penelope's influence. However, over the course of her friendship with Hope Mikaelson and reigniting her relationship with Penelope, Josie begins to stand up to her sister more and has opened up about how much her sister puts her through. Their relationship becomes strained when Penelope has to leave the school and Lizzie hid the fact from Josie. Angered by this and seeing her sister for the person that she is, Josie turns her back on Lizzie, even culminating in a magical fight between the two that Josie wins.
- "I'm still nursing a wounded soul."
- —Josie about her former relationship with Penelope in This is the Part Where You Run.
Penelope is Josie's ex-girlfriend and frenemy. The history of their former romantic relationship isn't known yet, but it has been stated several times that Penelope hurt Josie prior to their relationship ending. Josie despises Penelope and calls her "evil" every time she irks her. Josie is furious at both Penelope and MG when she catches them making out. As revenge, Josie sets Penelope on fire with a spell, burning her hair. Later, Penelope confronts Josie about burning her hair and states that she likes her new hairstyle, which further annoys Josie. Despite their cat-and-mouse game, Penelope, in her own way, still cares for Josie. Penelope believes they will never have a real relationship because she spends all of her energy taking care of Lizzie - a black hole of time and energy and love, just sucking it all up and never giving any of it back. Penelope resolves that if Josie won't stand up for herself, she'll burn Lizzie's world down around her. This proves that Penelope still cares about Josie. The feelings are also slightly mutual as Josie claimed to be "nursing a wounded soul," in reference to Penelope. Penelope helps rescue Josie after she was buried alive by a 'possessed' Jo. After the whole ordeal, Penelope reveals to Josie that she's selfish and wants Josie for herself. Josie then reciprocates and the two kiss. After this, things between Josie and Penelope are quite awkward due to Josie avoiding conversing with Penelope about their complicated relationship issues. They have awkward conversations here and there, as well as Penelope escorting Josie at the Miss Mystic Falls contest. However, Josie ticks Penelope off by purposefully losing the contest to follow her twin sister's wishes, which Penelope has had enough of. Josie finally reconciles with Penelope when she finds out her ex-girlfriend is transferring schools overseas, partly due to her finding out about Josie and the Merge. They share a heartfelt and tearful good-bye.
As soon as Josie met Rafael, she and her twin sister, Lizzie, took an immediate liking to him. Josie and her sister gave a tour of the Salvatore Boarding School. Josie soon tells Lizzie she can go for a romantic relationship with Rafael, but this still disappoints Josie being she took a liking to Rafael too. Josie later met up with Rafael at a school party and they talk for a bit, which causes Josie to think about him after their conversation. Two episodes later, Josie rescues Rafael from a brutal werewolf fight in which he emotional excuses himself away from her afterwards. Soon after, Josie goes to look for Rafael and finds him in the nearly-burnt down house. He yells at her in anger and physical pain to leave him alone, but she doesn't and goes to comfort him. Josie then helps Rafael to calm down, in which he's grateful for afterwards and this bonds them further. Shortly after this, they discover an unconscious body of a teen girl who was abducted by a life sized spider-monster and they too become captured by spider webs. Rafael tells Josie to magically rescue them, but she explains that she can't without siphoning from a magical source. Impulsively, Josie kisses Rafael to siphon his werewolf magic, which she apologizes for, but he admits that he was fine with it. He also said that the kiss wasn't what he expected it to be. Their kiss helps Josie to receive the magic she needs to rescue them both. After their fight with the giant spider, Josie helps Rafael set his place amongst the main werewolf group of the school.
While Josie is helping Lizzie in campaigning for the student council, she awkwardly and jealously watches Lizzie ask Rafael to be her date to a party. She watches Rafael turn to her and hesitate before accepting Lizzie's request. However, Josie and Rafael are later elected into the student council. Josie later finds the decision hard to make about whether or not she should vote to keep Landon at their school. Rafael begs Josie to vote 'yes,' which only makes her decision harder. She gives her reasons to the council that Landon has put her family in danger, whether it be indirectly or directly, and she voted 'no.' This infuriates Rafael and he claims that he is done with her and the rest of the members of the council. Josie watches Rafael as he storms out of the council meeting.
Hope met Josie when she moved to Mystic Falls and for a decade their relationship was distant and cold, mostly because Hope used to distant herself from Josie. However, after Hope's parents died, they became closer and eventually became friends. Despite this, Josie harbored a secret crush on Hope, having once tried to tell her with a note but immediately regretted the decision due to Lizzie and her goals to go for whoever Josie liked. Josie attempted to burn the note with a fire spell to conceal her feelings, but set Hope's room on fire and convinced Lizzie that Hope said mean things about her "episode", leading to their mutual dislike for one another. Although Josie's involvement with Lizzie's and Hope's issues with one, Josie and Hope have developed a friendship. Hope tried to cover for Josie when they practiced dark magic together. Sometimes their friendship seems to make Lizzie (Josie's twin sister) jealous, mostly because of Lizzie's dislike towards Hope. On Josie's birthday, Hope leaves a note and a gift for Josie on her pillow. Hope wants Josie's wishes to come true. The gift is a necklace, charmed to "make quiet things heard", showing that Hope observes Josie holding herself back, and wants her to shine. Josie smiles and blushes as she puts on the necklace, admiring it and holding the pendant. Later, the necklace's magic helps save Josie's life. Hope is shown to care strongly about Josie and defend her.
MG and Josie are close friends and have been for some time. They are shown hanging out and talking often. However, Josie feels betrayed when MG hooks up with her ex-girlfriend, but MG sincerely apologizes and the two share a hug. When Josie's life is in danger on her birthday, MG is desperate to help her. They often confide in each other and are friends despite MG's mistake of hooking up with Josie's ex-girlfriend.
When Landon first arrives at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted, they have very little interaction as he's not deemed supernatural. This ultimately leads her during the Honor Council meeting to vote against him staying at the boarding school for his safety. However, with the revelation of his supernatural status as a phoenix she she welcomes his return, though not without Landon casually reminding her of her vote. When Hope is absorbed by Malivore, all memories of her were erased, and she and Landon began a friendship. With a rocky start of Josie witnessing him drown himself she confides in him that they should both stop worrying about dying, specifically her and Lizzie in regards to the Merge and they should just start living. As the semester comes to a close, they spend the summer of 2028 together off and on - Josie watching over Alaric as Landon took care of Rafael - and they became close friends. Their relationship eventually evolved into a romantic one where they shared their first kiss.
At summer's end and a new semester beginning, Landon finds himself to be the popular guy at the school for his role in "defeating Malivore". This leads to unwanted attention from other girls that spurs Josie's jealousy, so much so that she harmed another student. Despite this, they eventually go on their first date for sushi that ends awkwardly. Landon comes to find out that in order to not be a problem on their date she accepts even though she's allergic to seaweed. More so, she is worried about their relationship because of her codependency and her need to "fix" things and wondered where she fit in his life if she wasn't fixing problem. Landon notes that it could just be that she's never been in a relationship where what she wanted matters. The two then make up and kiss after Landon officially refers to himself as her boyfriend.
Things get turbulent with Hope returning and Josie performing a spell that returned everyone their memories of Hope. Ultimately, Landon chooses Hope, leaving Josie heartbroken. However, he wanted to remain friends.
- Josie and Elena (Family/Step-Sisters)
- Josie and Jo (Biological Mother/Former Allies)
- Josie and Jade (Former Frenemies/Kissed)
- Josie and Finch (Dating/Girlfriends)
The Vampire Diaries
- Where You Left Your Heart (Indirectly Mentioned)
- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Indirectly Mentioned)
- God's Gonna Trouble the Water (Indirectly Mentioned)
- The Tale of Two Wolves
- When The Saints Go Marching In (Indirectly Mentioned)
- Josette is a French girl name. The meaning of the name is 'God Will Increase'.
- Saltzman is an Ashkenazic Jewish occupational name for a producer or seller of salt, from German Salz "salt" + Mann "man". Altered spelling of German Salzmann.
- If the Gemini Coven found out about the twins then they would have tried to take them from Jo and Alaric in order to strip Kai of his power as leader of the coven.
- However since it was revealed that they were siphoners, the Gemini Coven would wait for another set of twins to lead them because of their own prejudice against siphoners.
- She and her twin sister, Lizzie, are the first babies that are known to have been carried by a vampire.
- She and her sister were the third on-screen birth after Nadia's birth in Katerina and Hope's birth in From a Cradle to a Grave.
- However, she and Lizzie were the first to be born via C-section.
- She is the first pansexual character to be featured in Legacies and the TVD Universe.
- In This Year Will Be Different, it is revealed she is allergic to seaweed yet still went on a date with Landon for sushi.
- In Since When Do You Speak Japanese?, it is revealed that she can speak Japanese.
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- Between When The Saints Go Marching In and This is the Part Where You Run, there has been a two-year time jump to 2028. Despite this time jump, Lizzie and Josie celebrate their sweet sixteen - having been born on March 14, 2014, in This Woman's Work, this is a timeline error. Without the timeline error, this would make them 14, not 16. As of Life Was So Much Easier When I Only Cared About Myself, the timeline error is continued with their 17th birthday.
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