On Legacies’ latest episode, Landon meets his golem father, but it’s not exactly a touching family reunion.

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Legacies Season 3, Episode 4, “Hold On Tight,” which aired Thursday on The CW.

While Landon appeared to be a normal human when he first came to the Salvatore School in Legacies, he later discovered he was a phoenix. If that weren’t enough, he also found out that his father was the golem Malivore, a creature made to absorb all the strange paranormal beings that walk the Earth. Yet, given the odd circumstances of his birth, Landon never actually met his father. That is, until now. In Legacies‘ latest episode, “Hold On Tight,” the Necromancer raises Malivore from the pit, leading Landon to meet his dad for the first time.

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The Necromancer chooses Mystic Falls High School to raise Malivore, and as the supernatural mayhem at the school starts, the students of the Salvatore School arrive. Hope, as usual, is their first line of defense, and Landon sneaks her into the school so she can find the Necromancer and stop him. Yet, when she tries to go into the school, she finds there’s a magical barrier preventing her entry. Landon soon realizes that since he recently lost his phoenix powers and is now a mere mortal, the barrier doesn’t apply to him, so he convinces Hope that he should head inside to find the dark object that’s maintaining the barrier.

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Just as he happens upon the Necromancer, however, Malivore rises up behind him. It’s not exactly a happy father-son reunion, though. Whether Malivore recognizes his son or not is debatable, given he doesn’t exactly have the most expressive face or a wide vocabulary. However, what is clear is that he is now under the Necromancer’s control and the Necromancer’s first instruction is for Malivore to kill Landon in whatever way he prefers.

When the Necromancer leaves and Malivore approaches, Landon makes an appeal to his muddy father. He knows from Hope that magic always has a loophole, so they just have to find the loophole in the spell the Necromancer cast on Malivore to set him free. He also mentions he’d like Hope and his father to meet, but notes that since they technically already have when Hope jumped into the pit and her blood is toxic to Malivore, it probably isn’t a good idea.

Then Landon remembers something important: Malivore created Landon to be his vessel and since Landon hasn’t been magically bound by the Necromancer’s spell, Malivore can use Landon to escape the Necromancer’s control. Malivore takes him up on the offer, and Landon/Malivore goes to confront the Necromancer on the school’s football field, where he’s killing teachers for their blood. The Necromancer soon realizes Malivore is completely in control of Landon’s body — and he’s furious. As Malivore attacks, the Necromancer tries to negotiate but the golem isn’t interested. It appears as though Malivore is about to consume the Necromancer when a zombie dragon the Necromancer raised from the dead breathes fire on Landon’s body, causing it to disintegrate to ashes.

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Just then, however, Landon, the Necromancer and all the rest of Malivore’s monsters are pulled into a prison world, which not only brings Landon back to life, it leaves him Malivore-free. Meanwhile, Malivore has been reconstituted in the prison world but is no longer under the Necromancer’s control, so he can now go after the Necromancer without Landon’s help.

Thus, ends a singularly strange father-son reunion. Landon knew he was destined to be Malivore’s vessel, and while that fate sounded ominous, it turned out that it helped prevent the Necromancer’s plan from being more deadly than it would have been otherwise. Of course, the episode ends with Landon turning into mud, essentially making his own Malivore pit, so perhaps Landon hasn’t escaped his father as easily as it initially seemed he had.

Legacies stars Danielle Rose Russell, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, Quincy Fouse, Aria Shahghasemi, Peyton Alex Smith, Matt Davis, Chris Lee, Ben Levin and Leo Howard. New episodes air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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