A fan-favorite queer character is saying goodbye to Legacies.
Last night’s episode of the popular CW series about vampires and witches featured the last appearance as a series regular for pansexual witch Josie Saltzman, played by Kaylee Bryant.
Both the character, and the actor who portrays her, are queer. On Legacies, Josie Saltzman is a twin witch and a “siphoner,” meaning she’s a witch who can siphon magic from other users and sources and use it herself. She’s also the first pansexual character on the show, and in the entire Vampire Diaries franchise.
Bryant herself came out earlier this year, when she made a post on social media saying, “Hi, my name is Kaylee and I’m queer!” for Pride Month. She starred on Legacies for four years.
“As a fan of The Vampire Diaries universe myself, I am so grateful to the fans and will love them always and forever for welcoming and accepting me into this world,” Bryant wrote on Instagram about leaving the show. “Josie has helped so many beautiful humans feel comfortable in their sexuality, and I hope her legacy lives on so that one day everyone feels free to love whoever they want regardless of gender.”
While this was her last appearance on the show as a series regular, the show’s executive producers say we might still see more of her. “While it’s heartbreaking to say goodbye to such a beloved Super Squad member, we wish Kaylee happiness and success,” executive producers Julie Plec and Brett Matthews said to TVLine. “We look forward to watching her career grow in the future, and our door at Legacies will always be open to her, because the world is simply a better place with Josie Saltzman in it.”
Fans will definitely always remember the character, with many reacting incredulously to Bryant’s “goodbye” post.
“We love you Kaylee, but what does this mean, pls don’t let this mean goodbye,” one fan wrote.
“Screaming, crying, throwing up,” another added.
A third wrote, “I love you Kaylee!! Thank you for everything you’ve done! You made me feel comfortable with my sexuality and I will never have enough words of gratitude.”
Up next for Bryant is the crime thriller The Locksmith, where she’ll be starring alongside Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth, and Ving Rhames.