TV Goodness Reports: What’s on the Agenda for CW’s The Originals [INTERVIEW with EPs Julie Plec and Michael Narducci]
Congratulations to the cast, crew and fans of The Originals. The CW has ordered a full season of the vampire series. Admittedly, this news isn’t a total shock considering the spin-off is every bit as exciting as the show that spawned it —The Vampire Diaries. After all, Marcel is already on to Klaus, the human Council has been introduced, the witches’ last elder is dead, Hayley’s disappeared (again) and Elijah is firmly back with his family and is kicking ass while doing so. Â The show is unrelenting in its capacity to give us some deliciously tasty drama.
It also doesn’t hurt thatÂ The Originals/Supernatural Tuesday night pairing is turning out to be a winning combination for the network. Now that it’s sticking around the entire season, it’s time to celebrate with some intel on what’s to come from executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci.Â We’ve already told you Tyler’s TVD/Originals crossover appearance is happening sooner rather than later (we’re actually thinking tonight). Here’s what else we found out about the next phase of the story:
[WARNING: Spoilers for future Originals episodes including tonight’s installment]
Marcel has a lot to deal with where Klaus is concerned.
JULIE PLEC: The first level of suspicion has been raised. And he clearly knows that this person who’s been buddying up to him all along isn’t necessarily on the up. So it’s just the beginning of this next stretch of Marcel trying to figure out what Klaus’s game is and where he fits into all of it and so we shall see what he chooses to do about that.
But there’s something else Marcel might have to tackle first.
JULIE:Â First and foremost what’s important to him is the fact that he’s very clearly got a Judas in his midst. So he’s got to deal with that. But, overall, his vampire community has the hold on the quarter that they have because they can completely control the witches and so as long as Davina is still in that attic, and is able to sense who’s doing magic and what ’til that Harvest window passes, he’s not gonna let the cat out of the bag.
Cami has compulsion issues that make her not too happy with Klaus.Â
JULIE: She’s pissed and interestingly enough, and though she’s compelled by Klaus to forget these things as he separates from her, she consciously won’t remember any of this until she’s back in Klaus’s presence. But she’s not going to let him off the hook from it. And she’s going to continue to do anything and everything she can to break free of this sort of bond that he’s created between the two of them that is controlling her. And she’s not a weak little lilting flower. So she’s probably gonna have a little success at it.
MICHAEL NARDUCCI: Yeah, she very smartlyâ€¦when she is with him with all her psychological training and background she is able to very astutely categorize what his problems are and call him on some of his stuff in a way that no one really has and I think that’s what makes her such a great foil to him and a character in her own right. And his reaction to that will be very interesting. You know, someone else calls Klaus out he might just snap the neck and be done with it but he feels something, some kinship towards her that keeps him from doing that.
Rebekah has some decisions to make. Will she be able to get what she wants?
JULIE: Â Well, Rebekah’s predicament is that she honestly believes that everything she wants is outside of the family and, you know, in terms of peace, harmony, happiness, sanctity. As much as she loves Elijah and as much as she loves and hates and loathes and despises but still loves Klaus, she really believes that ‘if I could just break free of this I can have all I’ve ever wanted which is a life that I am in complete control of.’ And what she’s gonna have to come to terms with is the fact that you can’t escape this group. No matter what you do the pull of family — it’s always going to be stronger than your ownâ€¦I mean, she’s on her way out of town. Hayley’s missing. We’ll see what choice she makes. I mean, this is her opportunity for freedom. She could hit the road and be gone. Here it is, a family member in jeopardy. So what is she going to do? Is she gonna turn around and come home or not? And given what we know about Rebekah, I would safely guess this is not the last we see of her. But I think that what she’s going to have to work through in her own life — it is to reconcile this belief that the power of this family is consuming her in a bad way and figure out how she can fit within this family dynamic in a way that makes her happyâ€¦or if she can.
After what we saw in “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree,” there are sparks between Hayley and Elijah that can’t be denied. But will those sparks lead to anything?
JULIE:Â Well, there’s definitely something. I think that Elijah, as we know, is a good protector and tends to be drawn to people just in spite of himself. And I think that when you have a situation like that where he clearly, I think, he believes he cares deeply about that child that she’s carrying and maybe is starting to have his own level of concern that it’s more than just the child that he is protecting and caring for. It’s definitely not a good thing. It’s fun to watchâ€¦
MICHAEL: In Vampire Diaries episode 4×20 when [Elijah] realized that this woman was carrying his brother’s child he thought, ‘Wow, this could change everything.’ A baby being born into Klaus, this monster’s life might introduce some feelings of humanity. It might make his heart break. He might start to care. He might feel things, emotions he has never felt, especially as an abused child. He will be able to be a father to someone else and be able to right some of the wrongs that he’s never been able to right. ‘All I need to do is protect this woman and her baby. That’s great.’ And then, ‘Wow, crap.”
JULIE: ‘She slapped me!’
MICHAEL: ‘Yeah and I felt something about it. Now my drive of protecting this woman and having this child be a part of redeeming my brother — that drive comes into conflict with these emotions. And I don’t even know where they’re coming from or how to feel about them or what to do.’ And so that’s going to be a little of Elijah’s journey. For Hayley, Hayley was given up for adoption. She spent some time in a foster home. She was raised by this woman who then — her foster parents abandoned her when they realized she was a werewolf. And so she’s gone through her life not really trusting anybody and having to survive on her own. And clearly we saw in Vampire Diaries, is someone who’s capable of breaking promises and being a little bit treacherous. And then she meets this guy, Elijah, who lives and centers his whole life on, ‘My word is my bond.’ And she’s like, ‘Does this even exist? Is this real?’ And what a great fantasy Elijah is to someone like Hayley. So how could she not be drawn to this protector who’s noble and a good man — someone she’s never seen before. And so it’s a real great chemistry.
The witches are going to need to regroup.
JULIE: They have sort of hit rock bottom in that everything that Sophie was trying to do and everything that witches need to hold on to their power kind of got killed in the form of the only living witch able to do that spell. I think that they are gonna nurse their wounds for a little bit and then gear up and Sophie is gonna have a little bit of a spirit crisis that she’s gonna have to snap herself out of and decide like, ‘Okay, this can’t be the end of this journey. I worked way too hard for this. So what am I gonna do now?’ And we’ll hit that in a couple episodes.
Davina will have her own journey.
JULIE: Davina — the journey that she’s going on now that we sort of learned her origin story, at least her origin story with Marcel — is just beginning. She is about to embark on the next sort of round of episodes onâ€¦on a journey that is basically going to sort of put her both at odds with everyone but also create some surprising new friendships and new alliances that maybe we didn’t see coming.
There will be a tug of war for Davina’s loyalties. Her friendship with Marcel is on shaky ground.
MICHAEL: Davina may or may not know that that last elder was killed. And who is going to tell her and what in order to control her situation? If you’re Marcel and part of the reason you’re able to control the town is because you have beautiful, sweet Davina up in that attic telling you when people are practicing magic, and helping you when you need it with your own boost of magic, do you want to be like, ‘You know what? You’re fine. You’re free to go. Hey, this was great. Take care. And I’ll see you around some time.’ Or do you say whatever you need to say in order to make sure that that asset remains under your power? And if he were to not be so truthful to her, how might that affect their friendship?
The Originals continues tonight on the CW at 8/7c with an episode called “Bloodletting.”
Synopsis for “Bloodletting”:Â When someone from Hayley’sÂ (Phoebe Tonkin) past makes a startling revelation, she grows concerned for herself and the baby. Amidst growing tensions between them, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) turn to Sabine (guest star Shannon Kane) for help in locating Hayley, who has gone missing. After making a trip down to the bayou, Klaus has a surprising and dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor. Meanwhile, Davina (Danielle Campbell) makes a surprising connection, and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) makes Rebekah (Claire Holt) an enticing offer that leaves her torn.
Interview edited for space and content.
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