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Life Was So Much Easier When I Only Cared About Myself is the fifteenth episode of the second season of Template:Legacies and the thirty-first episode of the series overall.


HEROES SAVE THE DAY — When things take a dark turn on the twins' 17th birthday, Lizzie is left to make a difficult decision. Meanwhile, Hope takes drastic measures when she and Alaric clash over how to handle an issue involving Josie. Finally, Rafael makes a heartbreaking discovery.[2]




Main Cast

Recurring Cast


  • Antagonists: Josie Saltzman and The Necromancer
  • With 44 letters, this is the longest episode title of all three shows.
  • Rafael was previously murdered by Chad and has been resurrected and now controlled by the Necromancer.
  • Alaric plans to trap Josie within Professor Vardemus' Chambre de Chasse device, but Hope disagrees and traps him within it instead.
    • Hope's plan involves Lizzie performing the Merge, and winning, so that her potion would create a safe space Lizzie's mind to hold Josie's consciousness. With her consciousness contained, then they could detox her with a dark magic cleanse, and move her consciousness back to her body.
    • Hope's potion also had a secondary effect should Lizzie lose the Merge. It linked Lizzie's life with Landon's, albeit temporarily, so that should she died Landon would die too and then resurrect them both.
  • Josie reveals that performing the Merge at 22 is a guideline, not a strict condition of the ritual. Josie then forces Lizzie to perform the Merge with her on their 17th birthday.
  • Plot hole: There is no celestial event for the Merge to take place.
  • Rafael stabbed Landon with the golden arrow, leaving Landon's fate currently unknown.

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Behind the Scenes

  • This episode's title was a line used by Lizzie.

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