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Spoiler alert: This post contains plot points from the season 3 finale of The Originals.
The Originals season 3 finale saw Klaus Mikaelson do the unthinkable: He put his fear of being alone aside in order to sacrifice himself for his siblings. No, he’s not dead. But he is in excruciating pain thanks to Papa Tunde’s blade, which Marcel buried in his chest. And thanks to Klaus, his siblings are hanging out in a safe place created by Freya while Hayley tries to find a way to cure them all of their ailments.
EW.com spoke with showrunner Michael Narducci about the show’s finale and what comes next;
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I’m a little obsessed with the choice to link all of the siblings back to Klaus, the man who has daggered pretty much all of them at one point, and have him be the thing that keeps them alive.
MICHAEL NARDUCCI: Yeah I’m obsessed with that too. That was a Julie Plec special. I left the room for a short trip to Atlanta to be there for the filming of episode 19, and I remember Julie called me and said we have this idea, what do you think? I heard it, and I just loved it. I thought it was brilliant. And of course it just makes sense: Elijah and Kol and Rebekah have all been daggered by Klaus, so he is benefited by putting them to sleep and putting them in a kind of time-out, and now they are relying on one of those time-outs, which will force him to be put down and to suffer greatly and to be alone and to be not with his family. One of the things that’s at the core of Klaus’ being is his desire to be with his family. Now, going into our hiatus, Klaus is alone, and it’s terrible. It’s the ultimate sacrifice, and it’s something I don’t think Klaus Mikaelson may have been capable of prior to the person we’ve started to show him to be on our series.
And that points to a greater arc on this show. You all have always talked about this show being the story of Klaus’ redemption. I’m not saying this is it — I’m sure he’ll make mistakes — but what is the significance of this moment in the show’s overall arc?
I think one thing to keep in mind is, we’re not at the end of our series, so as you said, there’s going to be steps forward and then there’s going to be steps backward. This season was all about Klaus recognizing that last year he may have gone too far — taking down Dahlia involved betraying his family, making Elijah suffer, hurting Marcel, killing Gia, and hurting Hayley. That was a brutal, savage, monstrous thing to do, and everybody called him on it. And then over the course of the season, not only was he confronted by Hayley and Elijah and Lucien, but he also was going through these intense interactions, both therapy sessions and ultimately a romantic connection to Cami — Cami, who proved that someone can become a vampire and still retain their soul and still cling to their values and what makes them human. Klaus saw all of this, and with Cami’s dying words, she told him that he had to be a better man for his daughter. I think all of these things touched a nerve, and we have Klaus in the finale do this selfless thing.
But now he’s going to be suffering unendurable agony for who knows how long, and when we see him again, will that choice to be selfless, which resulted in so much pain and agony and solitude — the thing that he fears most — will that actually make him even more of a monster? And remember, he won’t have Cami to help him. That’s going to be one of the great things to play. I’m not saying that we’re going to see Klaus backslide to his most terrible version, but I’m saying that threat exists, and I’m very curious to see who Klaus will be when we see him again.
I know this is a decision he makes for a lot of people for a lot of reasons, but I’ve always loved the Elijah-Klaus dynamic, and the idea that after years of Elijah sacrificing himself, Klaus has this opportunity to return the favor. That’s such a huge moment in their journey.
It’s pretty massive, and I have to say, one of the scenes that makes me cry every single time I watch the cut is the last scene between Elijah and Klaus. I think it’s two actors really taking the material to another level, and they’re phenomenal.
In terms of Hayley, you’ve been building throughout the season that she’s a part of this family, but I’m interested in the decision to put so much responsibility on the shoulders of a person who’s not necessarily a Mikaelson.
My feeling is, the story that we told in season 3 was really Hayley becoming definitively one of the Mikaelsons. Hope is absolutely a Mikaelson, and Hope’s mother is a Mikaelson, not maybe in name. She’s not an Original vampire. But she is a part of this family. By the definition of what a family is, Hayley is a part of this family. I think that there’s also a beautiful moment between Klaus and Hayley in the finale — the look that these two give each other of desperation and fear and knowing that they’re hopelessly outmatched, and yet it’s a mother and a father looking at each other and saying, “I’m going to go do this thing, I need you to protect our child, and I know that there’s no one on this planet who will do a better job of protecting this child.” It gives me goosebumps. To go from where we were last season, where they really despised each other and Hayley wanted nothing to do with this family and Klaus was paranoid that she was going to take Hope away and raise Hope to hate him, now we see a completely different dynamic, and that is a story arc that I’m extremely proud of.
I don’t know what you have planned for season 4, but can I request we get to see some of the siblings, without Klaus, in that room? In an odd way, Klaus links so many of them, so I’m always intrigued to see them interact without him around.
I hear you for sure, and that’s definitely something we want to continue to do, and that was something we did in episode 16 when Klaus and Hayley were on a road trip, and Elijah, Freya, Kol, and Finn are all locked in the compound. So you get these great interactions, and again, I know he died, but Finn had some great scenes with Elijah. I really felt their connection as brothers, and then he made that sacrifice to save his brother, I think we will continue to see that as we explore what’s going on with the Mikaelsons who are in this dreamscape that Freya has created as they lie in hibernation, and how are they going to save themselves? What’s going to be their status once they return? Where is Rebekah? Where is Freya? Where is Kol? Where is Elijah? We definitely want to tell those stories and show those interactions. I also think that all of those siblings know their brother Klaus made the ultimate sacrifice for them; they’ve got to get together and go get their brother, and I love that. I love that for once the siblings deciding, we can’t let our brother Klaus down. He actually did the right thing, and now we’ve got to go find out where he is and what’s going on with him.
After season 2, the landscape was wide open, the canvas was blank. We could’ve done anything, and I really love what we did. But going into season 4, we have stories we still need to finish, and I’m very glad that we have the opportunity to do that.
The Originals returns with its fourth season during mid-season which makes it has been pushed back to next year (2017).
Pedowitz was also pressed on the status of “The Vampire Diaries,” which is heading into its eighth season. Pedowitz said there was no decision yet on whether the next go-round will be the last for the workhorse supernatural drama, nor has there been a decision on the number of episodes for season eight. “We’ll see how the audience reacts,” he said.
In other words, there is no information yet about whether if season 8 is The Vampire Diaries’ eight season nor the number of episodes it will have.
Every night of The CW is going to have a different lineup this fall.
But the biggest mystery about The CW’s new schedule: Where will the network put its CBS transplant Supergirl?
Turns out, The CW made the most conservative choice possible: Exactly where CBS had been airing the series. Supergirl is staying put at Mondays at 8 p.m., so fans won’t have to change their viewing schedule just because the show has switched networks. Supergirl will lead into the third season of acclaimed-yet-ratings-challenged dramedy Jane the Virgin. “We are beyond thrilled to have Supergirl and Melissa Benoist to join our roster of DC heroes,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “Just imagine what our superhero crossover episode is going to look like come December.”
The other notable decision is that The CW is moving Supernatural – again! The 12th season of the fan-favorite drama (and handy time slot utility player) is shifting back to Thursdays at 9 p.m., where it will get a lead-in from D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow. The last time Supernatural was on Thursdays was back in season 5.
The CW’s new fall shows are pre-apocalypse bucket list romantic comedy No Tomorrow (Tuesdays at 9), and time-travel mystery thriller Frequency (Wednesdays at 9).
The CW is also breaking up The Vampire Diaries and spin-off The Originals. The Vampire Diaries is going to be staying on Friday nights, where it shifted earlier this season, while The Originals has been pushed to midseason. (As a result of Supergirl sticking to its Monday night timeslot, cult favorite Crazy Ex Girlfriend will now be paired with The Vampire Diaries on Fridays.)
Other midseason entries for The CW alongside The Originals will include its Archie Comics reimagining Riverdale.
Here’s the schedule:
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL(New Network)
9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN
8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH
9:00-10:00 PM NO TOMORROW (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM ARROW
9:00-10:00 PM FREQUENCY(New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL(New Night)
8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
9:00-10:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (New Night)
I have added 600+ 1080p quality screencaptures of The Originals’ 3×21: “Give ‘Em Hell Kid” to our photo archives;
I have added 600+ 1080p quality screencaptures of The Originals’ 3×20: “Where Nothing Stays Buried” to our photo archives;
I have added 600+ 1080p quality screencaptures of The Vampire Diaries’ Season 7 Finale “Gods And Monsters” to our photo archives;
I have added 600+ 1080p quality screencaptures of The Vampire Diaries’ “Requiem For A Dream” to our photo archives;
The Originals’ season 3 finale airs May, 20th and carries the title “The Bloody Crown”. Here’s the official description and preview;
THE PROPHECY FULFILLED — After months of thwarting off dangerous threats and deadly attacks, the Mikaelson siblings finally come face to face with the one person that could lead to their ultimate demise. With the stakes higher than ever and the compound overrun by an army of his oldest sworn enemies, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is put on trial for centuries of atrocities he’s committed. Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who has been spiraling out of control following an act of betrayal by those closest to him, is stunned by the unexpected arrival of someone from his past. Finally, Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Freya (Riley Voelkel) and Kol (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic) frantically search for a way to save their family before it’s too late. Phoebe Tonkin also stars.
TVLine spoke with executive producer Julie Plec about the episode’s biggest twists, as well as what’s in store for the gang in Season 8. But first, a quick recap…
Caroline and Alaric tricked their twins into opening the Armory, allowing for Damon to enter the vault and murk the final Everlasting. But when a (magic-less) Bonnie grew concerned about Damon — yes, that really was new Nina Dobrev audio he was hearing — Enzo followed him into the vault, and they were both trapped inside. Meanwhile, Caroline and Alaric amicably parted ways, allowing for her long-awaited reunion with Stefan. Elsewhere, Matt stared death in the face after a hellish car wreck, but a ghostly visit from Penny gave him the strength to go on.
Three months later, after the vault was opened and revealed no one inside, Stefan and Co. learned of a killing spree on the West Coast. Just as they feared, Damon and Enzo turned out to be responsible for the 60+ missing bodies — and there’s no sign of them slowing down anytime soon.
OK, time for some answers…
TVLINE | What are we calling this evil force that’s totally ruined Damon and Enzo?
[Laughs] We are not calling it anything, we are waiting for Season 8. I mean, internally, we’re calling it something, but we’re not telling people what that is yet. It’s funny, this is the first time we’ve done this little story trick where we’re actually withholding the identity and mythology of the new villain from the audience before the next season. What could it be that’s been around for thousands of years? We didn’t see it, but it has some creepy ass monster hands, and it has the ability to get inside your heard and strip away everything good about you. There’s a nice mystery taking us into next season about what exactly this creature is.
TVLINE | How is Bonnie going to handle this, considering it was all to save her?
Bonnie, out of everybody, is the one who’s going to be just paralyzed by this struggle. She has two men in her life — Damon, who’s a platonic, but also deep, soulful best friend, and Enzo, who has really become her one true love — and she lost both of them in one fell swoop. In addition to that, she also lost her magic. She’s starting at an absolute deficit in terms of being able to fix this problem. That’s going to have a great impact on her.
TVLINE | If there’s anyone who can recover from this, I feel like it’s Bonnie.
[Laughs] She certainly has crawled out of some deep holes, but this is going to be tough for her, emotionally.
TVLINE | I appreciated Stefan and Caroline getting back together, but I have to wonder: Will we get any happiness between them before some new obstacle comes along?
You know, I always say that the saddest and truest rule of television is that there’s no drama in happy. But there’s also the exception to that rule, which is that sometimes happiness is as comforting as soup when you’re sick. I’d really like to see Caroline and Stefan enjoy some of that comfort for as long as we can eek it out, before they have to stumble across another obstacle.
TVLINE | I think that should make some fans happy.
Well, Stefan’s really going to need her. He’s very determined to get Damon back on track, and it’s not going to be an easy task. He’s going to need someone there for moral support.
TVLINE | How much of a connection is Caroline going to maintain with Alaric and the twins?
Alaric made a beautiful statement, saying, “We are family, and we will always be family.” He believes that in his heart, and that’s what she needed to hear. I fundamentally believe that they’ll be able to keep their unconventional family together and to stay strong for the girls and for each other.
TVLINE | So Matt Davis is sticking around as a series regular?
Oh yes. My silent campaign to get him cast as Young Indiana Jones failed, so I guess he’s stuck with us.