|“||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?||”|
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 selves...in spite of their worst impulses.
Special Guest Star
- 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.
- 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 help his daughter control through the use of her mind; i.e. through mediation 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.
- Approximately 17 unnamed bus passengers - Incinerated; killed by an unnamed dragon girl
- Alaric, Josie, and Lizzie Saltzman were last seen in I Was Feeling Epic on The Vampire Diaries and in The Tale of Two Wolves on The Originals.
- Matt Donovan was last seen in I Was Feeling Epic, the final episode on The Vampire Diaries and in Behind the Black Horizon on The Originals.
- Landon Kirby was last seen in The Tale of Two Wolves on The Originals.
- The Hollow was indirectly mentioned by Alaric. She was last seen in The Tale of Two Wolves as a spirit in blue light.
- The Mikaelson Family is indirectly mentioned.
- Esther was indirectly mentioned by Hope. She was last seen in Ashes to Ashes on The Originals.
- Hayley was indirectly mentioned by Hope. She was last seen in When The Saints Go Marching In as a spirit.
- Klaus was mentioned. He was last seen in When The Saints Go Marching In.
- Caroline was indirectly mentioned. She was last seen in I Was Feeling Epic on The Vampire Diaries and When The Saints Go Marching In on The Originals.
- The Parker Family were indirectly mentioned.
- Jo was indirectly mentioned. She was last seen in I Was Feeling Epic as a spirit.
- The Saltzman Family were indirectly mentioned.
- Connor was both mentioned and seen in archive footage. He was last seen in The Tale of Two Wolves on The Originals.
- The time Hope danced with Landon from The Tale of Two Wolves is brought up.
- Hope brings up her parents' deaths which respectively happened in What, Will, I, Have, Left and When The Saints Go Marching In when she explains to Landon about her past.
- Hope mentions enrolling in the boarding school when she was seven, this was previously alluded to her final scene of The Feast of All Sinners.
- Stefan Salvatore was indirectly mentioned as Hope shows Landon the "Stefan Salvatore Memorial Library". He was last seen in I Was Feeling Epic in The Vampire Diaries and A Streetcar Named Desire on The Originals.
- Mystic Falls, Virginia
- Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted
- The Stefan Salvatore Memorial Library
- Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted
- Atlanta, Georgia
Behind the Scenes
- Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman) is the first starring cast member in The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Legacies to be credited with the honorary "and".
- The episode's title This is the Part Where You Run is a line from Landon Kirby, and also used by Hope Mikaelson.
- Alaric explains to Landon that he usually has a speech to explain the school's purpose to new comers; however, most people have read Harry Potter and cool skipping the details.
- Stemming from the Harry Potter reference, Josie and Lizzie explain that Alyssa Change 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: "I 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."