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.
- 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.
- Alyssa Chang - Broken Neck; killed by Josie, but resurrected by the Necromancer
- Rafael Waithe - Stabbed; killed by Chad, but resurrected by the Necromancer (flashback)
- Landon Kirby - Linked to Lizzie's life; indirectly killed by Josie, but resurrected
- Lizzie Saltzman - The Merge; killed by Josie, but resurrected
- Alyssa, Jed, Kaleb, Landon and the Necromancer were last seen in You Can't Save Them All.
- Chad was last seen in What Cupid Problem?.
- The last birthday of the twins was in Mombie Dearest, meaning that a year has passed between the two episodes.
- This creates another continuity error with the timeline.
- Josie and Lizzie are the only characters in TVD Universe to have two birthday episodes.
- Caroline was mentioned. She was last seen in I Was Feeling Epic on Template:The Vampire Diaries and When The Saints Go Marching In on Template:The Originals.
- Ryan is mentioned. He was last seen in I Couldn't Have Done This Without You as a corpse.
- Cassie was mentioned. She was last seen in Death Keeps Knocking On My Door.
- Walt was mentioned. He was last seen in This Christmas Was Surprisingly Violent.
- Mystic Falls, Virginia
Behind the Scenes
- This episode's title was a line used by Lizzie.