The Vampire Diaries new spin-off series, The Originals has already began filming and the spoilers are certainly as fresh as the CW’s newest addition. Hayley and Klaus are definitely having a vamp/hybrid/werewolf baby, but EP Julie...
The Vampire Diaries new spin-off series, The Originals has already began filming and the spoilers are certainly as fresh as the CW’s newest addition. Hayley and Klaus are definitely having a vamp/hybrid/werewolf baby, but EP Julie Plec promises that Hayley’s journey is not going to be a Cinderella type plot.
“Hayley is, by no means, the Cinderella in the Klaus love story. Hayley is a girl who’s pretty tough, fiery, independent … a survivor in her own right who got drunk, had sex and got knocked up. She’s going to have her own journey. She’s not really meant to be a threat to Klaus’ love life.”
Star Joseph Morgan also had a few spoilery teases to share about The Originals.
It looks… so different from TVD.
I think in terms of the looks of it, I know the director, Chris Grismer, really wanted to bring out the color of New Orleans, so it retained some of that kind of shadowy quality of Vampire Diaries, but it absolutely has more colors and more vibrancy to it. It’s less muted. And then, also tonally, it’s got a more adult tone to it. It’s a little darker. Vampire Diaries is much more of a coming-of-age story, and this is more about people, supernatural creatures that really embrace what they are, who love to be vampires. So it’s a little different, yeah.
It’s hard to come of age when you’re all hundreds of years old. Are we talking about adults here?
Absolutely, yeah, that’s true. There’s no prom in The Originals.
What can you tell us about the plotline [starting off]?
The French Quarter of New Orleans was a town that Klaus built with Marcel, his protégé. And when Klaus and his family were forced to leave New Orleans behind, Marcel stayed and built it as he saw fit. And he managed to rise up in power and control the witches and drive out the werewolves and really run the town. So when Klaus hears that one of the witches is plotting against him, his ego gets the better of him. And he goes back to New Orleans to find out who that is and to nip it in the bud. And in doing so, he runs into his old friend Marcel and starts to realize that this guy, this vampire has got everything he wanted.
And Marcel is now running this town, in a way is king of this town, and Klaus is still scrabbling in Mystic Falls, thinking, “What am I doing? Wait a second. This is something I want.” And he’s prone to jealousy and envy and all of those more negative types of traits anyway. So I think that Marcel is a little bit of a show-off, shall we say, in terms of showing Klaus what he has and what Klaus could have had. And so, Klaus rises to that bait. He doesn’t like it, so he wants it back.
If we’re talking strict hierarchy, it was Klaus who turned Marcel. So technically, they shouldn’t be each other’s equals, but is there a power struggle at this point between the two of them?
Well, I mean, Klaus is by far the more powerful being. He’s an Original vampire. Plus he’s a hybrid, so he has that on Marcel. But Marcel runs the town, so he has all of the vampires in the town who work for him. That’s over a hundred vampires. Plus, he’s in control of the witches. None of the witches can do magic without his say-so. So that’s a huge.
What kind of stories do you see there being told [on] The Originals?
I would hope over the course of the seasons that there would be potential for it to be a story of Klaus’s salvation. I think from the point where we brought him in from where he started, and then those little cracks we’ve seen in his kind of villain demeanor, I think there’s potential there to be redeemed. And I think this whole season of Vampire Diaries has been a setup.
I love the scene where Caroline says to him, “Anyone who is capable of love is capable of being saved.” If I were to make the decisions — which I don’t — that would be the buzz line for him, for the season. But our storyline, the Original story