I donâ€™t read spoilers but I do read the trades, so I knew going in that somehow Hayley would fit into The Originals backdoor pilot (which is what last nightâ€™s episode of The Vampire Diaries was, in case you werenâ€™t looped on thatâ€”in the simplest terms that means TPTBÂ used their existing series to set up a possible spinoff and it counted as an episode of their show) but the how of it was a surprise.
So, we bookend visits to Mystic Falls where the Salvatores are drying out Elena but the rest of the episode is set in a vampire Disneyland version of New Orleans. Klaus is there to track down Jane-Anne, the witch Katherine suggested he visit, but he doesnâ€™t get a chance to speak with her because his protÃ©gÃ©, Marcel, whoâ€™s now large and in charge in New Orleans, kills her in front of him.
Klaus goes to see her sister, Sophie, and doesnâ€™t get many answers there but Elijah (whoâ€™s been clued in on Klausâ€™s trip and goes with Rebekahâ€™s hope that maybe the witches will kill Klaus for them) does, and he soon summons Klaus to come hear for himself why heâ€™s there. Turns out his one night stand with Hayley has resulted in an impossible (but apparently not) pregnancy, which the witchâ€™s radar detected as a wholly new creature. They have Hayley in their custody and she confirms that theyâ€™re right and then we donâ€™t see her again. Klaus is incredulous but Elijah is downright giddy at the prospect of a Mikaelson heir. So Klaus does what Klaus does and says he wants none of it and the witches can kill her if they want and then he runs away.
He snitsÂ out and goes to see Marcel, and tries to be the bigger dog by biting one of his minions but then he thinks better of it when Sophie tells him that if he wants New Orleans to go back to what it was when he left it 100 years prior, heâ€™s going to have to get on the inside of Marcelâ€™s current crew. So Klaus slinks back and opens a vein to save the minion and everyone is happy.
And then, to appease the Caroline/Klaus fans, he leaves Caroline a voicemail and tells her he wishes she was there with him.
Back in Mystic Falls, Elijah goes home and breaks up with Katherine, whoâ€™s unhappy that heâ€™s chosen his family over a future with her and the Salvatores sneak vervain into the blood bag they offer Elena and she essentially tells them â€œgame on, bitchesâ€ if they still think theyâ€™re going to break her. And thatâ€™s it.
So, what of the players whoâ€™d jump to a spinoff?
First up, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) isÂ a vampireÂ Klaus siredÂ who ascended to power when Klaus left New Orleans in 1913. Thereâ€™s an initial tense fakeout when they first meet up again but then itâ€™s all hugs and smiles until Klaus realizes that Marcelâ€™s gone power-mad in a way not all that unfamiliar to him, and he likely canâ€™t be trusted. Marcel never mentions the white oak stake so we have to assume he believes he canâ€™t kill Klaus but he seems to relish the opportunity to mess with him nonetheless.
Sophie (Daniella Pineda, and casting tripped me up here because I really couldnâ€™t tell her apart from Malaya River Drew, who played Jane-Anne, at first) is stepping into her sisterâ€™s position of power in the coven and going straight after Marcel, with Klaus as an ally. So she has a definite arc set up by the episode.
Camille (Leah Pipes) is the new bartender at the bar after Jane-Anne is killed and Marcel surprises her in the street and she mouths off at him so he lets her live, and then she later meets Klaus and drops some psych student analysis on him before he disappears, so I think sheâ€™s the setup for a human element to the show but Iâ€™d bet thereâ€™s more to her than grad student/bartender.
Aside from them, weâ€™d have Klaus, Elijah, and Hayley. For now, Rebekah says sheâ€™s not interested and is staying in Mystic Falls so weâ€™ll have to see whether that would hold later.
As for the whole pregnancy arcâ€”well, Iâ€™m surprised it took them four seasons to knock someone up. I canâ€™t see everybody taking turns babysitting come next season if the spinoff goes, so Iâ€™d say expect the rapid aging common to soaps (and Twilight and Angel) and the growing pains that go with that. Itâ€™s certainly the last thing Klaus expected and when Elijah throws it up at him that itâ€™s familyâ€”all he ever wantedâ€”heâ€™s not wrong, but daddy Klaus is a terrifying prospect. It would certainly give Joseph Morgan something to actually do (even if this episode itself didn’t really showcase how badass Klaus really is).
Weâ€™re back to regularly scheduled programming next week with the last three episodes of the season. We should find out next month if The Originals gets picked up as a series of its own. The ratings bode well for it to happen.
UPDATE: The CW greenlit The Originals this afternoon.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From on EPIX Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks EPIX’s From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People, which US audiences still have not been able…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
Pegah Ghafoori Talks From “All Good Things…”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode] Tonight on From, Fatima’s anniversary celebration turned into a Colony House of horrors when a misguided Kevin let his monster bae in and she promptly killed him and left the window open for her crew. While the party devolved into terror and sent everyone running,…
Shaun Majumder Talks From “Book 74”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight on EPIX’s From, Father Khatri made a bold move, kidnapping Sara instead of turning her in, and then recognizing her as a vessel for some big messages. That startling realization speaks to him on multiple levels–as a man of faith, a man trapped in…
Avery Konrad Talks About Sara’s Struggle in From “Silhouettes”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Over the course of the season so far on From, we’ve witnessed Sara’s battle against the voices telling her to to do terrible things, and tonight we saw her unravel further, threatening the Matthews and lashing out in a moment of terror with horrifying results….
Hannah Cheramy Talks From “Choosing Day”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight, on EPIX’s From, the Matthews participate in the show’s version of the sorting hat, choosing where to call home–the town or Colony House. At the end of the episode, Julie makes the decision to split from her family and instead settle in with Fatima…
Ricky He Talks From “The Way Things Are Now”
[Warning: Spoilers for episode 102 of EPIX’s From.] Epix’s new series From is two episodes in and it’s already laying the groundwork for a seriously spooky season. Tonight’s episode demonstrated the careful balance of relief and horror that the show hits, with our characters’ worst fears realized, just not when…
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…