When we're young, we're taught the distinction between a hero and a villain, good and evil, a savior and a lost cause. But what if the only real difference is just who's telling the story?

This is the Part Where You Run is the first episode of the first season of Legacies and the first episode of the series overall.


SERIES PREMIERE — Under the guidance of headmaster Alaric Saltzman, the next generation of supernatural beings at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted — including tribrid Hope Mikaelson, Alaric's twins Lizzie and Josie, high-energy vampire MG, newly-triggered werewolf Rafael and the mysterious Landon — come of age in the most unconventional possible way, nurtured to be their best spite of their worst impulses.[2]



Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Cast




  • Antagonists: None
  • This episode was originally named after the series, Legacies; however, it was changed for unknown reasons to This is the Part Where You Run.[3]
  • The Salvatore School stays involved with Mystic Falls just enough by participating in town events so as not to draw attention to the school.
  • Lizzie is revealed to have a temper, of which Alaric is trying to help his daughter control through the use of her mind; i.e. through meditation and breathing exercises. He believes that her late birth mother's ancestors left her with a legacy of darkness.
  • While in the Chemistry of Magic class, Dorian, subbing for another teacher, states how mispronouncing a syllable in a spell can change the effects of the spell; for example a Love Charm becoming a Stink Spell by mispronouncing Adoray to Odoray.
  • Landon takes a knife of unknown supernatural origin. Hope and Josie use Dark Magic to try to locate him with the knife, though seemingly, the knife reacts to the spell and glows, resulting in the death of everyone on the bus Landon is on, with the exception of himself.
  • There is a continuity error in this article. In the Stefan Salvatore Memorial Museum is a photograph of Katherine Pierce from 1864, however, the photograph was burned in The Vampire Diaries by Bonnie Bennett; it is unlikely there was a copy.

Body Count

  • Approximately 17 unnamed bus passengers - Incinerated; killed by an unnamed dragon girl



Behind the Scenes

Cultural References

  • Alaric explains to Landon that he usually has a speech to explain the school's purpose to newcomers; however, most people have read Harry Potter and cool skipping the details.
    • Stemming from the Harry Potter reference, Josie and Lizzie explain that Alyssa Chang made a broom fly in physics class but the student, Rick Rogers, fell 30 feet, thus making "real-life" Quidditch an elusive pipe dream. Their version is called "Wickery", which could be a reference to Wickery Bridge.


Alaric: "Block with your hand."
Hope: "I got it."
Alaric: "If you had, I wouldn't have to say it."
Alaric: "Cheater"
Hope: "You should really let a vampire start doing my training. You're getting a little old for me to break your human bones."
Alaric: "How dare you."
Alaric: "You and Landon have a thing or something?"
Hope: "I don't have things."
Alaric: "Yes, I'm well aware of your quest to avoid of all emotional tendencies. It's obviously something."
Hope: "I liked him. He's normal. "
Alaric: "Let's keep him that way. We survive here because we follow the rules. We can't get sloppy about it."
Hope: "You're the one that tells me I need to get out more."
Alaric: "I tell you that you need to stop locking yourself in your dorm room, binge watching Cutthroat Kitchen. I don't tell you to go out on Friday night with a human."
Hope: "You know, you can just be my headmaster. All this other stuff is not in the job description."
Alaric: "Attempt to make an actual friend here and we can re-evaluate this relationship"

Lizzie: "Welcome to the Salvatore school. We're your tour guides."
Josie: "I'm Josie."
Lizzie: "I'm Lizzie. Sisters."
Josie: "Twins."
Lizzie: "Fraternal. Obvs."
Alaric: "Rafael, why don't you go ahead with the girls while I talk to Landon?"
Lizzie & Josie: "Morning, Hope."
Hope: "Morning, girls."
Lizzie: "More like despair."
Hope: "I heard that."
Lizzie: "No you didn't."
Hope: "Didn't have to."
Alaric: "Everyone behave."
Lizzie & Josie: "Love you, dad."
Alaric: "So, let's get started."



Last.fm_play.png "Love Is Madness" – Thirty Seconds To Mars feat. Halsey
Last.fm_play.png "On The Brink" – I Am ORFA
Last.fm_play.png "Kids (Ain't All Right)" – Grace Mitchell
Last.fm_play.png "You Without Me" – Dryspell
Last.fm_play.png "Alive" – Battle Tapes
Last.fm_play.png "You Should See Me In A Crown" – Billie Eilish
Last.fm_play.png "Fireworks" – First Aid Kid




See also

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