Dahlia’s arrival on Monday’s The Originals (The CW, 8/7c) also triggers the return of Mikael, played by Sebastian Roché, who has simply this to say about the long-awaited hour: “It’s truly going to be epic.”
“Mikael was sent by his newly-found daughter to find some element to be able to combat Dahlia,” Roché reminds TVLine. “We’re going to see him come back in Episode 18, and he’s definitely going to be surprised by what’s happened in his absence,” including that Freya has chosen to end her mother’s life in his absence. “It’s all going to be huge.”
And while he can’t comment on the show’s next big death — executive producer Julie Plec recently tweeted about reluctantly offing a major character — Roché has some very interesting ideas about his on-screen late wife.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t think anyone really dies on this series,” he admits. “You never know when someone is going to resurface. I’ve died in a pretty definite manner on The Vampire Diaries; I’ve been stabbed and spiked and had my neck broken. I never see a finality to it. On other shows, I’d be done, except for maybe a flashback — and there’s always a chance for a flashback! You could see Esther there, who knows?”
Since I’ve already brought up TVD, Roché also has some insightful thoughts about his former co-star Nina Dobrev’s decision to leave the show after six seasons.
“I think it’s wonderful,” he says. “She did such great work for the past six seasons, and I totally understand. She’s at such a young age, and she wants to explore and have new adventures. She really turned [Elena] into one of the most seminal characters on TV, and she’ll be such a huge star because of that, so I give her kudos. She’s going to go on to do amazing things, I’m sure. She’s a really wonderful person, too, and she did this in a very classy way. There is that element of excitement and surprise and fear in letting go of such a monumental show as TVD. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, so I think it’s very brave, as well. I give her props for that, very much so.”
Originals fans, how do you hope Dahlia’s arrival will pan out? And which character is next to go?
LOOMING DEADLINES AND ENTICING PROPOSITIONS
When Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black) devises a clever way to get Klaus’ attention, she reveals some startling details about baby Hope and leaves him with an enticing proposition to consider. Elsewhere, while Elijah and Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) find themselves with opposing views on how best to handle Dahlia’s looming deadline, Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers), Davina, and Cami work together to come up with their own strategy.
Meanwhile, following a tense stand-off between Elijah and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) in the bayou, Hayley is left to make a difficult decision about her and Hope’s future.
Finally, Vincent, who is eager to leave his witch past behind him, approaches Davina with an offer that leaves her intrigued.
Although Claire Holt is now starring on NBC’s Aquarius, she remains hopeful that she can still reprise her role as the original Rebekah on The Originals.
Get the scoop:
Yes! They’ve been really great with Aquarius, in sharing, so I hope I can continue to do both in some capacity. Definitely, when I can, I am going to venture back to that world.
Setting the stage for a bloody showdown, Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black) gives Klaus and Hayley a deadline to turn over baby Hope. Elijah attempts to convince Klaus that they need to work together in their fight against Dahlia, but Klaus forges ahead with his own dangerous plan, leaving everyone concerned about his next steps. Meanwhile, when Hayley realizes their chances of outrunning Dahlia are slim, she devises a risky plan and enlists Aiden’s (guest star Colin Woodell) help.
Elsewhere, Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) gives Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Elijah an ultimatum, and Marcel strategizes on how best to deal with Klaus’ erratic behavior.
Next week’s episode of The Originals will find Klaus and Freya try to save Rebekah from Eva.
With Eva taking over Rebekah’s body, will Klaus struggle with how to neutralize her without killing his sister forever?
Here’s a preview from series star Joseph Morgan:
That’s exactly the struggle he faces in [Monday’s episode]. It would be easy to just kill her, but he can’t do that because but there are parts of Rebekah that are still in there. It’s a delicate operation, and they have to find a way to bring her out of there and suppress Eva somehow. What’s exciting for me about the episode is to see more of Maisie playing Eva.