I have added episode stills from the season premiere of TO “Rebirth” to the gallery!
When Season 2 picks up – on a full moon – the Guerrera werewolves “have taken control of the French Quarter,” executive producer Michael Narducci reveals. A grieving Klaus will put all his focus into destroying the threat “to quite catastrophic effect.” Meanwhile, Cami won’t be keeping her distance from the self-destructive Original despite his orders. “They certainly start off in a place where Cami is seeing someone else. Yet, she feels a responsibility [to help Klaus] because she knows she has a connection to this guy – when she speaks, he listens.” As for baby Hope’s mama, newbie hybrid Hayley will get “defensive” and “angry” as she wonders “if [Elijah's] ability to look down on vampires translates to her,” Narducci previews. “Hayley’s new status will force them to have some interesting conversations about what this means for their future.” And as Hayley adapts to her new life, Elijah’s “decision on what to do to help her is going to be a bit surprising.”
BONUS SPOILER | The Originals could be headed back to Mystic Falls. “There’s an interesting possibility for some flashback stuff,” Narducci teases. “Remember, that’s where the Original family was – in ancient Mystic Falls.”
RETURN DATE | Monday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c (The CW)
When to Watch: Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.
What to Expect: A teen wolf is coming to town to stir up trouble and flirt with a certain teen witch as Teen Wolf’s Daniel Sharman is set to play Kaleb, a new witch in NoLa. Oh, and Hayley and Elijah aka Haylijah fans may want to start a prayer circle for their fave couple now as a darker Hayley will be “reconnecting” with Jackson, as Nathan Parsons “will make his return about six episodes in,” per EP Julie Plec.
Plus, we’ll see a fun back-and-forth between Davina and Mikael, with Danielle Campbell teasing, “They have a lot of banter. It’s just fun. Davina is just completely sarcastic with him and doesn’t care about anything he’s saying.”
I have added two scans of The Originals featured in the October issue of SFX Magazine to the gallery.
Question: Any scoop on what baby Hope will be up to in Season 2 of The Originals? — Ash
Ausiello: Sorry, Ash, nothing on that particular tyke, but it sounds like someone else will have babies on the brain. Producers are currently casting Ingrid, a supposedly barren young woman who will stop at nothing to be with-child — including lying to her husband. (Gee, if only there were a few witches in town who might be able to help her out….)
Considering that The Originals is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries and exists in the same universe, it doesn’t seem all that hard for the shows to cross over every once in a while. But as executive producer Julie Plec mentioned at Comic-Con, it’s harder than fans might think. Not only do the stories have to come together in a natural way, but the logistics of getting an actor (or two) from one show to another isn’t the simplest task.
That being said, the two shows did manage a total of two crossovers last season—one when Tyler came to The Originals and another when Klaus and Rebekah made an appearance in Mystic Falls during TVD‘s 100th hour. And the good news is that it looks like the stories are going to converge again this year.
Plec revealed that, as of right now, there is a crossover in the works. “It looks like we are going to be able to do a crossover in the first half of the season, and I can’t tell you what or who or when because it hasn’t been shot yet, but things are looking good,” she said. The one detail she would share? Despite his current status as an Original vampire, Alaric will not be the focus of this crossover—though Plec is not totally against the idea of that happening in the future. “I just love the idea of Matt Davis playing in the pool with Joe [Joseph Morgan] and Daniel [Gillies],” Plec said when pitched the idea.
But a crossover isn’t the only thing fans (and Plec herself) have to look forward to this year. After more than five years as the showrunner of The Vampire Diaries, Plec is going to make her directorial debut in season 6. Why the long wait? Well, probably because she never wanted to do it before. “I was convinced I would be dreadful at it,” Plec said. “I directed a school musical in college and it was being so terrible at directing that made me realize I was such a good producer and that put me on my first career path. [Laughs] Then I had to remind myself that I also thought I would absolutely positively never be a writer because I thought I was a terrible writer for years,” she admitted. “I just was convinced, ‘Oh, I’m good producer; I’m a s—ty writer.’ And then I actually started writing and I thought, ‘Oh, actually—I’m pretty good at this, at least intermittently good at this.’”
And thankfully, Plec’s years of producing have left her feeling prepared and excited for the task. “The beauty of television, much more so than feature films, is when you are the showrunner, you make all those decisions anyway,” she said. “You choose the casting and the hair and the makeup, and you oversee the art direction, and you sit and you edit each episode, and you talk through every single scene with the actual director in terms of what you want for tone and character journeys and emotion and sometimes even lenses and shots and how you want the camera to move. You can be that specific when you’re collaborating with the director. So we all collectively, the producers and some of the actors and I, talked about it a lot and everybody seemed really excited to see what I could do behind the camera. So I’m gonna dive in and see how it goes.”
Although it is subject to change, Plec is currently slotted to direct episode 15 of The Vampire Diaries.
Any mild spoilers for The Originals? –Nasir
Now that Hayley is a hybrid, life will only get… hairier… for her. “Just when this woman found a connection to her werewolf ancestors, she’s now severed from that connection,” co-EP Michael Narducci observes. “For a lot of reasons — loss of her child, loss of her family, loss of her identity — she’s really going to be struggling. It’s going to push her to a place where she lashes out at everybody.”