So far several The Vampire Diaries veterans like Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig), Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen) and Jo Laughlin (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) have swung by Legacies — and that's just in the first seven episodes! It's probably safe to say we'll get even more over the course of the series, but the guest star at the top of TV Guide's wish list is the wonderfully wicked Kai Parker (Chris Wood).
On The Vampire Diaries, Kai was Jo's twin brother, who found himself locked in a 1994 prison world with Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) after he tried to murder his whole family. In case you couldn't tell, this guy's a villain. When The Vampire Diaries ended, Kai wound up locked in another prison world, which is where we assume he's been rotting for the past decade or so. Whether or not he'll stay there forever? That's up to showrunner Julie Plec and her powers of persuasion.
"I have big plans for [Kai's return] in my head. Even if they never make it to the screen, I have massive plans," Plec recently told TV Guide.
Massive plans? Want! Want! Want!
How and when Kai will ever return depends on Chris Wood being ready and willing to make an appearance and whether that appearance properly serves the story, but if Plec can lock down that first part, the second seems pretty easy.
Given that Legacies planted the first seed of a Gemini storyline sure to come, it seems like the show could organically create the perfect opportunity for Kai to pop in. Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) and Josie (Kaylee Bryant) are actually Kai's nieces, and the only surviving members of the Gemini Coven, a family of siphoner witches who have some gruesome customs when it comes to twins. So far, Josie and Lizzie don't know about that particular part of their family history, but it only stand to reason that they'll discover it one day. When and if that storyline comes into play, it could surely provide ample opportunity for a visit from Kai.
For now, don't get your hopes up too high since Plec did warn that there are currently no plans to make Kai's return happen. We'll just have to wait patiently to see where the Gemini storyline takes us, and in the meantime we can speculate non-stop about what these "massive" plans Plec has for Kai could be.
Legacies returns Thursday, Jan. 24 at 9/8c on The CW.
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