Season two finds our heroes adjusting to a new status quo, with the newly empowered werewolves controlling the city and a myriad of unknown threats lurking. Though Klaus and Hayley have vowed to scorch the earth in order to make New Orleans a safe home for their daughter, Hope, they also have inner demons to battle. As she adjusts to life as a hybrid, Hayley experiences crippling rage and depression after saying goodbye to her daughter, and Klaus – who needs his strength now more than ever – finds himself regularly weakened as the werewolves use the moonlight rings forged in his blood. Elijah, finding himself isolated from his troubled family, sets out to destroy Francesca (guest star Peta Sergeant) and her traitorous werewolves, connecting with Marcel and his renewed vampire community in the process. Despite the dangerous climate of the city, Cami recommits to her studies and to pursuing the life she wanted before she met Klaus – but the werewolves in the Quarter aren’t the only enemies preventing New Orleans from any semblance of peace.
Unbeknownst to Klaus and Elijah, their ruthlessly devious parents have returned from the dead. Though their father, Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roché), is controlled by Davina’s magic, he remains ever-intent on killing Klaus – even if he has to go through Davina to do it. Elsewhere, their mother, Esther (guest star Alice Evans), inhabiting the body of a teenage witch, is fueled by a consuming and twisted love for her children as she devises a disturbing plan to reunite her fractured family – a plan that involves untold torment not only for the Original siblings, but for any and all of their loved ones.
The Originals has just cast Devious Minds alum, Collin Woodell, in a recurring role for season 2. Woodell has been tapped to play
…a badass werewolf named Aiden, who is respected and feared.
Aiden is a lieutenant in the leading werewolf army and will do whatever it takes to protect his family, including teaming up with the right witches. We will first see Aiden in episode 4 and he will enjoy a mutually beneficial, non-romantic, relationship with Davina; he will be teaching her how to extend her power.
The Vampire Diaries and Originals alum, Claire Holt, exited the CW hit at the end of The Originals Freshman season with baby Hope in tow. Showrunner Julie Plec revealed at this years’ SDCC that Holt would be returning in season 2. Plec was vague on how many episodes we can expect to see the Original sister in, but spoiled that we definitely would see Rebekah at least once in the first three episodes.
She likely won’t be coming empty-handed, either. Julie says the writers are all dying to see Hayley and Klaus hold their child once more, but they’re “still working to build to that moment.
The Originals will start it’s sophomore season Monday, October 6th on the CW. The season 2 opener is titled “Rebirth” and Executive Producer Julie Plec spoils that it has a two fold meaning. Rebirth will be an underlying theme throughout season 2 and some of that will stem from the confrontation Elijah and Klaus will have with their parents. It won’t be long before Mikael and Esther’s presence is known throughout the Quarter.
Not only is it[Rebirth] indicative of the episode’s theme — the loss of Klaus’ baby, the start of his new life, etc. — but it also has a special meaning for the show, itself. Every title we use, we try to make it a song title from New Orleans or an artist from New Orleans, Plec said. Rebirth is one of the best brass bands in New Orleans, and they were in our pilot. We’ve been waiting to use that title for 22 episodes.
Plec and fellow producer Michael Narducci have the freshest scoop for what’s in store in the Big Easy for our Original family & friends, including Elijah and Hayley’s would be romance and a flashback fest of Klaus’ early years.
Unfortunately, it sounds like Hayley and Elijah’s relationship will be taking a step back in Season 2. [Hayley] and Klaus are the only two hybrids in existence now, so Elijah will inevitably wonder, ‘Is there a connection between my brother and Hayley that I could never surpass?’” Narducci explained. There’s going to be some interesting friction. Ultimately, Elijah is going to have to decide, ‘Do I want to help this girl?’
Klaus’ Flashbacks To The Early Years
Season 2, Narducci explained, is all about confronting the sins of the past. We’re very much defined by our parents, but as we become adults, we begin to choose our own paths. … Klaus is very much a product of his abusive father, and very much a product of his mother. In going deeper into Klaus’ moral origins, we’ll see flashbacks to when he was a child, as well as right before he became a vampire. All of this will examine what his relationship was with his mother, and the sense of betrayal that he felt when she came back from the dead and judged him as an abomination.
When The Originals returns in the Monday, October 6th, Hayley, Elijah and Klaus will all be reeling in the tragedy of having to give up baby Hope. However everyone’s focus differs slightly, and EP Michael Narducci spoils that Klaus will have a singular desire that will be outlined with the bodies of everyone standing in his way.
Everyone has a different reaction to tragedy. Some people look to replace it with another love, some people focus on self-improvement, but Klaus has decided that he will only imagine a day when he’ll be reunited with [Hope] while he destroys everyone keeping that child away from him, executive producer Michael Narducci spoils. So he will make everyone [pay] and that’s a very Klaus-ian response. Some people said, ‘Oh, Klaus is so sensitive and emotional this season’ and I like that stuff, but I feel like Joseph is so good at playing vindictive and dangerous and now he gets to be that with purpose.
Hayley will be a broken version of herself, a far cry from the strong, independent woman in season 1. Her main focus will also be on revenge, but she will once again be faced with having no family.
In the early episodes, you will see her shattered, Narducci says. There’s postpartum depression and then there’s postpartum depression when you’ve given up the baby, died and were reborn as a hybrid and you don’t know what it’s all about. The thing that defined Hayley in Season 1, besides interaction with the Original family, was her desire to find her family, he says. She found her family and right at the moment when she connected with them and saw she had a purpose and a legacy to be a part of thiswerewolf pack, she’s now completely severed from that connection to the point that those werewolves look at her as just another vampire. So what will her reaction be? [She'll] pull herself up from the depths of a very low place and find a purpose which is similar in some ways to what Klaus wants … to make her enemies suffer. But she also has another agenda, which is really cool.
The Originals will have a whole new set of worries when season 2 premieres in October. Elijah’s interests will be threatened in a familiar way, while Esther and the mystery brother’s agenda will reveal itself early in season 2.
Elijah should be nervous about a lot of things. Elijah is going to go through some s–t this year at the beginning of the season, Julie Plec told us. It’s not going to be all puppy dogs and rainbows for him at all. And one thing he’ll definitely have to worry about? Hayley reconnecting with Jackson, as Nathan Parsons will make his return about six episodes in.
Bonus Scoop: Esther and Finn’s(?) Return
Do we know that it’s Finn? executive producer Michael Narducci muses when my colleague Robyn Ross asked him the same thing. Regardless, Esther and whoever was with her will make their names known soon. If you think about the kind of stories that Julie Plec tells … based on that you have a sense of how quickly we’ll play it out, who’s returned, what their agenda is and we’ll start to see some pretty intense complications before too long.
When “The Originals” returns for Season 2 this fall, one character is finally going to come into her own.
After being controlled by pretty much everyone except herself all last season, Davina got the upper hand at the end of the Season 1 finale by bringing Mikael back from the dead … with a catch. She controls him, not the other way around.“It’s that old, Marvel/Spiderman saying: ‘With great power comes great responsibility,'” executive producer Michael Narducci tells Zap2it. “With access to the most dangerous weapon, monster, destroyer, ever, people are going to get interested in what she has. People are going to start to come after her and she’s going to decide how she wants to use this great power that she has.”
So what will Davina decide to do with Mikael? “Does she want to send Mikael after Klaus?” Narducci wonders. “If Mikael kills Klaus, all of the vampires Klaus sired will die, including Marcel and Josh, so she can’t really allow that to happen. She’s got to figure out what her next move is. At the same time, everyone wants to know where she is, what she’s up to, because not only does she have Mikael, she has the white oak stake. So everyone will be after her for a while. How she responds to that is going to be a big arc for her character, to grow up and take responsibility for her actions.”
Since Narducci brought up everyone’s favorite character, Josh, we had to push him for more details on what’s coming up for our favorite “gay club kid who came back as a vampire.” And what he told us almost caused us to have a heart attack.
“He dies in the first episode,” Narducci deadpans. “I’m just kidding! We love Josh.”
Understatement of the year. “He is a newly-turned vampire who has a very fresh perspective on, ‘What is this world, why am I here? I can’t go anywhere else, I know who the good guys are, I know who the people I trust are, and I’m going to do whatever I can to help them,'” Narducci says. “He’s going to have some great scenes coming up with Marcel and Davina and Cami and maybe he might even have a romantic interest down the line as well.”
So what is Narducci most excited for fans to see from “The Originals” Season 2? It’s actually something we’ll get to see pretty soon. “Immediately as you asked, the first thing that popped into my mind was that I’m really excited for our fans to see our Comic-Con trailer,” Narducci says. “I think it’s really awesome and it gives you a sense of what the season is going to be about. Now that we’re bringing back Mikael, Esther and one of the brothers (and I won’t say which one), we’re going to play up and explore all of those complicated family connections and I think it’s going to be fun.”
“The Originals” Season 2 premieres Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
With exactly 11 weeks until the second season premiere of The Originals, TVLine caught up with executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci for the scoop on what the Big Easy has in store for our (anti)heroes.
In addition to being the title of the premiere, the EPs told us “Rebirth” will be a running theme of the CW drama’s sophomore season. Part of that will come from Klaus and Elijah confronting their parents — and, spoiler alert, Narducci told us “it’s not going to be a huge amount of time” before they figure out Mikael and Esther are back with a vengeance.
Ready, set, spoil!
HAYLIJAH | Unfortunately, it sounds like Hayley and Elijah’s relationship will be taking a step back in Season 2. “[Hayley] and Klaus are the only two hybrids in existence now, so Elijah will inevitably wonder, ‘Is there a connection between my brother and Hayley that I could never surpass?’” Narducci explained. “There’s going to be some interesting friction. Ultimately, Elijah is going to have to decide, ‘Do I want to help this girl?’”
KLAUS: THE EARLY YEARS | Season 2, Narducci explained, is “all about confronting the sins of the past. We’re very much defined by our parents, but as we become adults, we begin to choose our own paths. … Klaus is very much a product of his abusive father, and very much a product of his mother.” In going deeper into Klaus’ moral origins, we’ll see “flashbacks to when he was a child,” as well as “right before he became a vampire.” All of this will “examine what his relationship was with his mother, and the sense of betrayal that he felt when she came back from the dead and judged him as an abomination.”
A WITCH’S CONFLICT | Davina’s agenda, Narducci explained, is going to unfold in an interesting way this fall: “She has Mikael under her control, and she wants Klaus to suffer — but she also loves Josh and Marcel, and she knows they’re connected to Klaus. She’s going to have to be smart about what she ultimately decides to do with Mikael.” As for which of Klaus and Elijah’s brothers Esther brought back with her, the EPs are remaining tight-lipped for now.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? | The explanation behind the season premiere’s title, “Rebirth,” is two-fold, according to Plec. Not only is it indicative of the episode’s theme — the loss of Klaus’ baby, the start of his new life, etc. — but it also has a special meaning for the show, itself. “Every title we use, we try to make it a song title from New Orleans or an artist from New Orleans,” Plec said. “Rebirth is one of the best brass bands in New Orleans, and they were in our pilot. We’ve been waiting to use that title for 22 episodes.”
TheOriginals‘ second season premieres Oct. 6 at 8/7c on The CW.