We knew that romance (of various sorts) was in store for the Mikaelson women in The Originals‘ fifth and final season, but now we can finally put some faces to names. TV Line published;

First up is Declan, the flirty Irish chef with whom Hayley will be involved — at least physically, if not romantically — following the eight-year time jump between seasons. Per EW.com, he’ll be played by CW veteran Torrance Coombs, best known for playing Bash in the first three seasons of Reign.

And then there’s Roman, the charming vampire who meets grown-up Hope (now played by Danielle Rose Russell) at school and takes an interest in her family after a “mysterious incident” occurs. He’ll be played by Jedidiah Goodacre, best known to Disney Channel viewers as Prince Chad in the Descendants movies.

The Originals‘ final season premieres in 2018.



After putting Josh Rosza through the wringer for the past four seasons (RIP, Aiden!) The Originals is finally giving the club kid-turned-vampire exactly what he deserves, TV Line says;

Steven Krueger has been promoted to a series regular for the CW drama’s upcoming fifth season, TVLine has learned, ensuring that Josh will remain in the Mikaelsons’ orbit for the foreseeable future. When last we saw Josh in the Season 4 finale, he was convincing Marcel and Sofya to ally themselves with Klaus & Co. in order to stand against the followers of The Hollow.

Though little is known about the show’s future, its fourth season ended with the Mikaelson siblings being forcibly scattered to the winds — gotta keep those Hollow pieces separate! — and Hope entering her first year at Alaric and Caroline’s school for supernatural tinies in Mystic Falls. Additionally, a massive time jump is in order, after which teenage Hope will be played by 17-year-old Danielle Rose Russell.



EW.com confirms that Danielle Rose Russell is set to play Hope Mikaelson as a teenager for The Originals’ fifth season;

The Originals’ fourth season kicked off with a five-year time jump, which introduced viewers to a 7-year-old Hope Mikaelson, played by Summer Fontana. And in the show’s fifth season, there will once again be a time jump and, along with it, a new Hope.

EW can exclusively reveal that 17-year-old Danielle Rose Russell (Wonder) will play a teenage Hope, joining the cast as a series regular for the fifth season. But could there be more to Hope’s future?

There have been rumors of a potential spin-off for the character, who ended season 4 by attending Alaric and Caroline’s school. And even though there’s no official word on that front, showrunner Julie Plec told EW back in March — when Vampire Diaries ended — that although she couldn’t make any promises, they purposefully left a few things open-ended. “While I love the world of the boarding school and all that it represents, that would be an entirely new show that I haven’t even begun to think about, but the doors were not left open unintentionally,” Plec said. “They’re open with a hope, not a promise.”