In the latest episode of Legacies, Landon meets his golem father, but it’s not exactly a heartwarming 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 arrived at the Salvatore School in Legacies, later found out that it was a phoenix. If that wasn’t enough, he also found out that his father was the golem Malivore, a creature created to absorb all the strange paranormal beings that walk the Earth. However, given the strange circumstances of his birth, Landon never met his father. That is, until now. In LegaciesIn the latest episode, “Hold On Tight”, the Necromancer lifts Malivore from the well, leading Landon to meet his father for the first time.

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The Necromancer chooses Mystic Falls High School to raise Malivore, and when the supernatural chaos begins at the school, the students from the Salvatore School arrive. Hope, as usual, is her first line of defense, and Landon sneaks her into the school so that she can find the Necromancer and stop him. However, when he tries to enter the school, he discovers that there is a magical barrier preventing him from entering. Landon soon realizes that since he recently lost his phoenix powers and is now a mere mortal, the barrier does not apply to him, so he convinces Hope that he must head inside to find the dark object that holds the barrier.

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However, just as he meets the Necromancer, Malivore rises up behind him. However, it is not exactly a happy reunion between father and son. Whether or not Malivore recognizes his son is debatable, given that he doesn’t exactly have the most expressive face or a large vocabulary. However, what is clear is that it is now under the control of the Necromancer and the Necromancer’s first instruction is for Malivore to kill Landon in any way he chooses.

When the Necromancer leaves and Malivore approaches, Landon appeals to his muddy father. He knows from Hope that magic always has a way out, so they only have to find the way out in the spell the Necromancer cast on Malivore to free him. He also mentions that he would like Hope and her father to meet, but points out that since they technically already did when Hope jumped into the well and her blood is toxic to Malivore, it’s probably not a good idea.

Then Landon remembers something important: Malivore created Landon to be his ship and since Landon has not been magically bound by the Necromancer’s spell, Malivore can use Landon to escape the Necromancer’s control. Malivore accepts the offer, and Landon / Malivore confronts the Necromancer on the school soccer field, where he is killing teachers for their blood. The Necromancer soon realizes that Malivore is in full control of Landon’s body, and is furious. As Malivore attacks, the Necromancer tries to negotiate, but the golem is not interested. It appears as if Malivore is about to consume the Necromancer when a zombie dragon raised from the dead by the Necromancer fires at Landon’s body, causing it to disintegrate into ash.

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At that moment, however, Landon, the Necromancer, and the rest of Malivore’s monsters are taken to a prison world, which not only brings Landon back to life, but sets him free of Malivores. Meanwhile, Malivore has been reconstituted in the prison world, but is no longer under the Necromancer’s control, so he can now hunt down the Necromancer without Landon’s help.

Thus, a singularly strange father-son reunion ends. Landon knew it was destined to be Malivore’s ship, and while that fate sounded sinister, 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 to mud, essentially making his own pit of Malivores, so perhaps Landon hasn’t escaped his father as easily as he initially seemed to have.

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. The new episodes air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET / PT on The CW.

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