Every good high school yearbook has a "cutest couple" superlative, but the one they should really have is "cutest couple that never was" because it's often the couples who aren't officially together that are most ripe for rooting for. That's why, in addition to the typical cutest couple honor, TV Guide also wanted to spotlight the Legacies ship that stole our hearts this TV season: Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant).
Legacies' first season had so many hookups that it got a bit hard to keep track of this giant love-octagon (yep, we seriously clocked eight people in the mess together). However, the one relationship that wasn't really highlighted this season was the one that actually qualifies as the cutest. Hope and Josie, aka Hosie, explored a tentative but ultimately very sweet friendship with each other this year, and there certainly seems to be the potential for growth (and romance) there.
Hope seems to automatically understand the one thing that very few people get about Josie: She needs to be heard. As the more submissive twin, Josie often lets her opinions and needs give way to whatever her sister, Lizzie (Jenny Boyd), wants. When Hope gave Josie a talisman to "make quiet things heard," it was a clear indicator that the pair share a deep understanding of one another, something that is quite rare in Josie's life.
That connection goes both ways. It would be impossible to have a parent like Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and completely escape the dark impulses in those genes. But rather than be scared of the darkness lurking in Hope, like many of the other students at the Salvatore School are, Josie relates to it. Legacies has only hinted at Josie's darker nature, but it's evident that there's a raw energy inside her that she tends to hold back. Yet the first time we really see her and Hope interact, it's to perform dark magic together in a quest for revenge over a broken heart. The tendency to give in to her dark side is something Hope constantly struggles with, which is why it's good that there's someone in her life who can relate to that. Of course, beyond the emotional support reasons, is it so wrong if we also love this bond for giving us an excuse to see both of them turn into wicked witches and raise a little hell?
As for whether or not these two could actually find themselves ensconced in a romance? It's hard to say. While Josie is openly pansexual, Hope hasn't really declared her sexuality yet. Her first two love interests were male, but Legacies has expressed a healthy amount of disdain for the binary concept of gender and sexuality, so you can't assume that Hope is straight simply because she's dated two boys so far. And in Lizzie's wish world where the Salvatore School turned into the Mikaelson School, there was more than a little flirtation between the two girls. What's more, it was later revealed that Josie had a crush on Hope years ago, something she never admitted to anyone until that moment. Little nuggets like this might not mean much for the overall mythology of the show, but for fans hoping for a relationship to blossom between Hope and Josie, they're everything.
For now, we're still really digging the chemistry between Josie and her on-again, off-again girlfriend, Penelope (Lulu Antariksa), and we're not quite ready to see Hope and Landon's (Aria Shahghasemi) love story come to an end. But in the future seasons of Legacies, we wouldn't mind exploring what a relationship between these two self-sacrificing witches could look like. And who knows? Maybe by the time the Salvatore School's own yearbook arrives, Hosie won't have to settle for "cutest couple that never was."
Because this is such a competitive category, TV Guide wanted to take this opportunity to shout-out all the runners-up who just barely missed out on the honor of Cutest Couple That Never Was: Sex Education's Otis and Maeve, who will hopefully have better timing in the sweet Netflix comedy's second season, Nailed It's Nicole and Wes, whose joking flirtation remains a highlight of the baking competition; and Game of Thrones' Brienne and Tormund, who could have been a lot better together than the nonsense the show pulled with Brienne and Jaime.
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