Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) confronts a surprising enemy as she and her unborn baby fall into peril during a celebratory wake to honor a fallen member of the community. In order to save Hayley, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) enlist the help of Genevieve (guest star Elyse Levesque) who struggles to maintain control over Davina (Danielle Campbell) and the other young witches. Cami (Leah Pipes) tells Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) that Francesca (guest star Peta Sargent) is determined to find a mysterious key that may unlock a family secret. Meanwhile, as Klaus suffers from nightmares of his father Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche), he is forced to examine his troubled relationship with his own adoptive son, Marcel
Davina’s mad as hell and she’s not gonna take it anymore. The Originals returns tonight (The CW, 8/7c) with the final five episodes of Season 1, and New Orleans’ youngest witch is ready to stake her claim — pun possibly intended.
TVLine spoke with star Danielle Campbell about Davina’s journey in the coming weeks, including her potential reconciliation with Klaus and next month’s “emotional, action-packed” finale.
TVLINE | It looks like Davina finally gets to play dress up this week. Was that fun for you?
As an actress, I love it. But for Davina, since you never see her dress up like that, I think that’s an uncomfortable situation. In the episode, you’ll see she’s pretty shy and timid because she’s not used to having all that attention and isn’t quite sure how to handle it.
TVLINE | Everybody’s back to playing Tug of War with Davina. How will she respond to that?
In the next couple of episodes, you’ll see she’s not allowing it anymore. She’s been lied to and deceived way too many times. She’s tired of being used as everybody’s pawn. Josh sat her down in the last episode and was like, “You’re a witch. You need to harness your powers,” and she listened to him. She’s starting to find her place in the coven and create new allies for herself.
TVLINE | So she is loyal to the coven?
I wouldn’t say she’s loyal to the coven, but she doesn’t really have a choice right now. She’s still going to do what she believes is right, but she’s also learning how to be a witch, and right now the only way for her to do that is through her coven.
TVLINE | You mentioned Josh, and I love his friendship with Davina. Please tell me we don’t have to be worried about him.
On this show, you have to be worried about everybody. I mean, I just came back from the dead! I wish I could tell you not to worry about Josh, but you should. And I love their friendship, too. I think he’s the one person she can really trust, and she’ll never question whether he has her best interests at heart. He’s her family right now.
TVLINE | Any chance he’ll get a love interest?
Oh, we’ve been joking around about that on set for so long. I think he’s long overdue to have one, so I wouldn’t say that’s unlikely.
TVLINE | Speaking of love interests, is Davina still mad at Klaus for killing Tim?
Absolutely, and I think that’s what’s so special about Davina. You see Klaus kill a different person every episode like it’s not a big deal, but Davina is still young and figuring herself out, so one person dying is still really important to her. She’s seen several deaths, but they still affect her. Tim was someone she really cared about, someone who made her feel human, and he was her first love. She hasn’t forgiven Klaus, and he hasn’t even attempted to say sorry.
TVLINE | I know Klaus gives Davina a gift this week. Is that his attempt at making peace?
In the next episode, you’ll definitely see him make an effort. Klaus is always trying to form alliances and get as many people on his side as he can. Having a witch in your corner, as a vampire — or a hybrid, in his case — is something he’ll always need.
TVLINE | There are only a few episodes left this season. What’s it building to?
I’d say the next couple episodes are where you’ll see things build up the most. Everyone’s been working against each other all season, and you’ll finally see it all play out. The finale is where everything crashes. The tension keeps amping up to where it all explodes, and the finale is that explosion. We’re filming it right now, and it’s crazy on set. There’s so much going on.
TVLINE | In the finale, are you forced to do things you’ve never done, both as a character and an actress?
Oh, definitely. As you’ve seen on The Vampire Diaries, the finales are action-packed and emotional. Our finale definitely hits home with all of those subjects.
We’re exactly one week away from the return of The CW’s The Originals (April 15, 8/7c) – and just when you thought the stakes couldn’t get any higher in the Big Easy, enter “the original werewolves.”
TVLINE | Even in its first season, The Originals is pretty complicated. How familiar were you with it when you joined?
I was familiar with the general mythology from The Vampire Diaries, because I’d met Julie [Plec] and a few of the executive producers when I read for a few parts. Actually, I read for one of the vampires back when The Originals was casting as a pilot. I kept myself up to date on the mythology, so when they called again for the part of Jackson, it wasn’t tough to catch up.
TVLINE | You were almost a vampire? Do you remember which one you read for?
I don’t, unfortunately. They actually don’t tell you the names when you go in. It’s all very secretive.
TVLINE | Let’s talk Hayley and Jackson. What’s really going on there?
Their relationship is complicated. Jackson has watched Hayley as a wolf for years, so he’s had a lot of time to get to know her. When the curse was broken and he finally got to talk to her in person, he’d built up an entire relationship in his head. So for him to just say, “Hey, I’m that wolf that’s been watching you and we’re supposed to be married,” that was a lot to throw at her at once. I think she was a little taken aback. Also, the reality is starting to set in for Jackson: Hayley is pregnant with Klaus’ child. Nothing ever goes the way you plan it.
TVLINE | Jackson seems to care about Hayley, but he also needs her for political reasons. How will he balance his emotions with his politics?
There’s a way, I think, to achieve both. You want the pack to be strong and you want Hayley to be the queen, but she also has a relationship with the vampires. I think Jackson will use that relationship to get back into the good graces of the original vampires. It’s a tough line to walk; you want the personal relationship, but you also need the political relationship.
TVLINE | Should we expect tension between Jackson and Elijah, Hayley’s two men?
I think so. Generally, vampires don’t like werewolves, and werewolves hate vampires. Every time I see one, I want to kill them. But Elijah’s relationship with Hayley does make things complicated. Plus, [the originals are] the ones in power. I don’t think the original vampires are as bad as Marcel was — Elijah seems like a much smarter leader — so maybe this is a relationship we can deal with, once we’ve gotten over that gut instinct.
TVLINE | We’ll also be meeting some of Klaus’ werewolf relatives soon. Will they get along with Jackson’s pack?
Well, we’re all wolves at the end of the day. I’m not sure how their interaction is going to go down, though. We’re starting to learn more about this Crescent pack, but we haven’t really examined the greater werewolf culture yet. We haven’t seen how they interact with the other packs, and I’m curious to see how that develops.
TVLINE | Did you ever think you’d be discussing “the greater werewolf culture” in your career?
[Laughs] You know, I can’t say that ever came up in acting class.
TVLINE | Generally speaking, where is the season headed as we approach the finale next month?
Well, we’ve met the original vampires, now we’re going to start to learn about the original werewolves and we also have some really old original witches on the show now. Basically, everyone is going to butt heads. They all want peace, but they all want it on their own terms. We’re starting to see all of it spiral out of control, as much as Klaus and Elijah are trying to keep it together. Their world is being ripped apart. I can’t wait for the season finale because, the way things are boiling up now, I know it’s going to be explosive.
THE BREAKING POINT — Desperate to help Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick), Cami (Leah Pipes) insists on an unconventional treatment, but her good intentions lead Kieran to a violent episode. After Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) disagree over the best way to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah makes a trip to the bayou, where he is witness to a horrific explosion that only adds to the hatred and mistrust among the communities. While Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) and Elijah work to save the wounded, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns a surprising piece of her family history from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson (#119).