We still have a long wait ahead of us before Legacies Season 2 premieres, but details about the new season are already starting to trickle out, and it's enough to get us hyped!

The finale left fans in a bit of a lurch, as Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) dove to her apparent death into the Malivore pit to stop the evil monster-gobbling golem from rising. As a result, literally everyone forgot she ever existed, meaning her friends at the Salvatore School aren't exactly champing at the bit to rescue her. Meanwhile, Josie (Kaylee Bryant) and Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) found the ascendant (a magical device used on The Vampire Diaries) they made when they were children to lock their evil uncle Kai (Chris Wood) in a prison world, which sounds all kinds of bad.

So where will these dangling plotlines pick up when the show returns? Here's everything we know so far about Legacies Season 2.

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Legacies will return to The CW this fall. Legacies will fall in the middle of The CW's fall premiere schedule, with Season 2 debuting on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9/8c.

We'll find out what became of Hope right away. "The mystery of where [Hope] is and what happened is actually the way we begin the first episode," showrunner Julie Plec told TV Guide at the ATX Television Festival. "Within the first few minutes, we'll see what's become of her. I think it's going to be fun to watch her first realize that she's not dead and, two, realize how she's going to get herself out of this mess that she's made."

Danielle Rose Russell, <em>Legacies</em>Danielle Rose Russell, Legacies

Hope will be trapped somewhere with Ryan Clarke (Nick Fink). "One of our favorite stories from Vampire Diaries was when Damon and Bonnie got stuck in the prison world together. We love sticking people together who do not want to be together, and in this case, Hope and Clark are with each other and none too happy about it," Julie Plec told TV Guide.

Whether or not that situation will turn them into the best of friends or mortal enemies is still up for debate though. "I think when you're stuck with someone — we call it the 'trapped in the elevator' pitch — the end result of that is always going to either be you have a new and very important understanding of who that person and maybe have been able to find your way to common ground and to bond, or you just really hate them even more than you hated them to begin with. So you'll have to tune in to find out what their future is," Plec said.

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We'll be introduced to a new vampire character. A new vampire is headed to the Salvatore School, and though he'll be young in spirit, he'll be old in years. "We really want to bring in an old, old, old-world vampire," Plec told TV Guide. "But we want to introduce a vampire who kind of got desiccated when he was 17 in maybe the 15th century and now wakes up in the 21st century and realizes that all the rules of being a vampire have changed and that he does not fit in into this very modern world."

Julie Plec announced at San Diego Comic-Con that this new character will be played by Scottish actor, Thomas Doherty, best known for his role as Harry Hook in Disney's Descendants 2. Jenny Boyd hinted that Lizzie might have a romance with this vampire, even though he's got "old ideas about the way things work. But Lizzie might be into that."

Jenny Boyd and Kaylee Bryant, <em>Legacies</em>Jenny Boyd and Kaylee Bryant, Legacies

We may get a visit from the Originals. Nothing is set in stone yet, but Plec did reveal there's a decent chance for the Originals to pop up in this season's storyline. "I think there's going to be an opportunity this year to see some of the Originals," Plec told TV Guide. "I don't know who and I don't know when, but the way that Hope's storyline is shaping up, there's definitely a link to the family that got left behind as well that we will have to address at a certain point. And it would be nice to see a familiar face."

Plec mentioned at San Diego Comic-Con that they'd actually written an episode for Season 2 that had three scenes with Freya Mikaelson (Riley Voelkel) in it, but Voelkel was already booked to guest-star on Roswell that week, which derailed their plans.

Romance could be on the horizon for Josie. Plec told TV Guide that the twins will be spending the summer apart from one another and trying to get back to healthy places both physically and emotionally. For Josie, that means digging into the Gemini Coven future in store for her and her sister, but it might also mean a new romance for her. "When they're apart that opens a world up for Josie that's very different than the world she lives [in] with Lizzie day by day," Plec said. "And actually, we'll see her start to make new friends and maybe even some new romance."

Lizzie will spend the summer in Europe with Caroline (Candice King). While Josie is busy with summer at the Salvatore school with their dad, Lizzie will be getting in some mommy-daughter time. "We're having a lot of fun with the idea that Lizzie is spending the summer in Europe with her mom, both doing some therapy and also touring all the hot boy hot spots of Europe," Plec told TV Guide.

A Christmas episode is on the way. Executive producer Brett Matthews revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that he and Julie Plec love doing Christmas episodes, so what better way to celebrate the holidays than with evil, monster Santa Claus? M.G., in particular, he said will have trouble reconciling himself to the fact that "all of his friends are plotting to kill Santa."

Season 1 of Legacies is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Danielle Rose Russell and Jedidiah Goodacre, <em>Legacies</em>Danielle Rose Russell and Jedidiah Goodacre, Legacies