Here’s the panel video of The Originals’ cast at San Diego Comic-Con;

The Originals’ Riley Voelkel (Freya) has been promoted to a series regular which means we will see her do her work next season on The Originals;

Despite Aunt Dahlia’s best efforts, there’s just no breaking up the Mikaelsons. In fact, following the events of Monday’s season finale, you’ll be seeing a lot more of one family member: TVLine has learned that Riley Voelkel (aka Freya) will be a series regular in Season 3!
“Freya is going to stick around and help raise [Hope],” executive producer Michael Narducci teases. “She’s allowing Rebekah the chance to go have a life by sticking around. I’m really excited to see what role this new sister is going to have in the family and how she may play off of both of her brothers. I’m really excited about that family dynamic.”


Executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci preview this monday’s season finale of The Originals called ‘Ashes To Ashes’;

Producers Julie Plec & Michael Narducci promise a new paradigm between Klaus & Elijah on the season finale of #TheOriginals on Monday at 8/7c.

Posted by The Originals on vrijdag 8 mei 2015

Daniel Gillies sat down with Alloy Entertainment to discuss The Originals’ upcoming season finale that airs next Monday (May 11th) on The CW;

Alloy Entertainment: Hi, Daniel! How’s it going?
Daniel Gillies:
Did you say your name is Theo? My son’s name is Theo. He was just born — well, technically four weeks ago.

Alloy Entertainment: Congratulations on the baby. Such an exciting addition to your family!
Daniel Gillies:
Yea, he is — and he has your name! I love that name. It’s a good name.

Alloy Entertainment: Speaking of babies, we’re worried about Hope. If the penultimate episode was that bloody and gruesome, we are scared to imagine what sorts of twists the finale holds. What can you tell us about the final blowout with Dahlia?
Daniel Gillies:
That’s actually one thing I need to congratulate the director of the episode [David Straiton] about. That gentleman was awesome. I have to say, last night’s episode was one of the show’s best. Ever. The tension was beautifully realized, and [David] did a marvelous job. He was doing some things with the show I had never seen before. He visually captured the tone of each scene in a way that seamlessly told the story and moved the action. He found an energy that was somewhere between horror and thriller and some sort of contemporary Shakespearean play.

Anyway, in my long-winded way, I’m trying to say this: How can we top everything that happened? Well, I don’t think we need to. I think that the wonderful thing is that the next episode is all about standing on the shoulders of a giant, since we’ve established such an exceptional platform upon which to jump. In terms of any season, a penultimate episode should be a captivating brawl of an event, you know what I mean? This episode certainly was and I don’t say that lightly. This one set the pace for what’s to come when they [face off] with Dahlia [in the finale], and I think we matched that dangerous level of energy.

Alloy Entertainment: It’s safe to say Klaus’s latest rampage affected Elijah the most. How will Gia’s death impact their relationship? After all, Elijah has always been his brother’s champion, fighting for his redemption no matter what. Do you think they can ever move past the fact that Klaus used Elijah’s love interests as collateral damage?
Daniel Gillies:
It’s interesting isn’t it? There something strange and removed about Klaus. I mean, I don’t know what kind of king he yearns to be, but his behavior certainly resembles that of certain North Korean leaders. There’s something heinous and unmerciful about it this sort of detachment…the mentality behind “it’s okay to lose the battle in order to win the war.” And I don’t think even Elijah, a monster in his own right, is capable of such brutality. Based on what happened though, I almost think Klaus is wiser in a way; he understands that when it comes to protecting his daughter and from having his kingdom usurped, he can’t worry about dignity, There is no dignity left any more. However, Elijah is a bit delusional and tries to maintain that small semblance of dignity, even within brutal strategies.

Oh, now you’ve got me in a spin! [Laughs.] So, how do I feel that the brothers will be affected? I personally don’t think it will impact them that much. This is what they’ve been doing for thousands of years — betraying each other and making amends. This is all they do. That said, the thing I could never understand about Elijah, specifically, is his fortitude. [Pauses.] Actually, that’s incorrect. It’s more like his capacity to forgive. I’ve never understood that. You’d think he be enraged after everything Klaus has done to him, but he’s not going to seek revenge the way some people think he should.

Alloy Entertainment: Ironically enough, Elijah’s weakness is also his strong point.
Daniel Gillies:
Are you familiar with mathematics? Their entire saga is like the course of parabolas. [Laughs.] These guys are like parabolas: they go up, they go down, they go up, they go down. One week they’re squabbling over battle tactics and murdering each other’s flames, the next they’re fighting alongside each other to protect their family.

Alloy Entertainment: It’s interesting you say that, because all season long we’ve watched Elijah grapple with his inner monster, and, at this point, there’s a lot of rage simmering below those pristine suits. Do you ever want him to yank that Red Door wide open and unleash the beast within?
Daniel Gillies:
It’s not so much about unleashing the beast. I actually think it’s the opposite, Theodora. I think it’s more about opening the door to the most rational concept of all time — to dethrone a lunatic. [Niklaus] is just a lunatic. I don’t understand him. I don’t understand the [siblings’] commitment to him, and there’s no redemption in any of these guys. Any redemption that’s been achieved, thus far, has been abandoned in the last few episodes, especially in [2×21].

Personally I don’t think Elijah needs to loosen the reins on his inner monster in order to let off steam and show rage. It’s actually more about surrendering all his anger and saying, ‘You know what? This doesn’t work for me any more. We need to go our own way.’ Which is its own tragedy in a way, but they are just maniacal to one another. I mean, at the end of the day what is the story really about? I’d love to say it’s about Rebekah, Elijah, and Niklaus, but the deeper we get, it becomes more about these two brothers and their hopeless devotion to one another. Because, when you really think about it, they’re not really that devoted to the rest of their family. They’re not even that devoted to each other. It’s weird, they’ll betray each other in a blink of an eye, then hypocritically toss around words like, “family” and “loyalty” and “nobility.” It’s kind of their shortcoming — trying to honor a code they forged centuries ago.

Alloy Entertainment: It’s no secret that Elijah is head over heels for Hayley; he pretty much confessed his love for her right before her wedding to Jackson. How will he be there for her now that her curse has been reactivated? This is going to somewhat hinder her ability to lead her pack and raise Hope the way that she wants to.
Daniel Gillies:
I think you already know the answer to that question, Theodora: He’s never going to leave her. The truth is, on a scale of things, no one is viewing the return of Hayley’s curse as this grave and terrible predicament. There are larger issues to address, including figuring out how to defeat Dahlia and save his niece. However, naturally, [Elijah] is going to do everything in his power to support Hayley — to end that curse and find a remedy to obliterate it. That goes without saying. Unfortunately, the giant, black hurricane hovering above them right now is that he has to confront his brother about sacrificing the mother of child in the name of who knows what. He has real feelings for Hayley so he will help [her] through this ordeal.

Alloy Entertainment: Well, here’s to hoping no one else dies in the finale. Thanks for your time, Daniel. Congratulations on an incredible season!
Daniel Gillies:
Thank you so much, Theodora. Lovely to talk with you.

Next monday (May 11th) is The Originals’ season finale “Ashes To Ashes” (2×22)

EVERYTHING WE LOVE, WE TURN TO ASH — With time running out, Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) ultimate plan to protect baby Hope at all costs continues to take shape. As tensions between the siblings come to a head, Cami (Leah Pipes) reveals a vital piece of information that causes Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah to reconsider their plan of attack against Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black). Davina (Danielle Campbell) finds herself one step closer to fulfilling the promise she made to Kol, while Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) is forced to take drastic measures to protect herself against Dahlia. Elsewhere, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) has to put aside his fury at Klaus in order to protect himself and everyone in their sire line. Meanwhile, Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) finds himself torn between the prospects of a magic-free life away from New Orleans and a personal obligation to protect Davina. Finally, with their risky plan in place, the Mikaelson siblings prepare for the fight of their lives.

Here’s the official description for The Originals’ season finale “Ashes To Ashes”. The episode airs May 11th on The CW!

EVERYTHING WE LOVE, WE TURN TO ASH — With time running out, Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) ultimate plan to protect baby Hope at all costs continues to take shape. As tensions between the siblings come to a head, Cami (Leah Pipes) reveals a vital piece of information that causes Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah to reconsider their plan of attack against Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black). Davina (Danielle Campbell) finds herself one step closer to fulfilling the promise she made to Kol, while Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) is forced to take drastic measures to protect herself against Dahlia. Elsewhere, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) has to put aside his fury at Klaus in order to protect himself and everyone in their sire line. Meanwhile, Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) finds himself torn between the prospects of a magic-free life away from New Orleans and a personal obligation to protect Davina. Finally, with their risky plan in place, the Mikaelson siblings prepare for the fight of their lives.

Here’s the preview of The Originals’ upcoming episode “Fire With Fire” that airs May 4th on The CW;

A FAMILY DIVIDED — After discovering that he’s been betrayed by his own siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) teams up with an unlikely ally and sets off on a warpath, hell bent on revenge. Amidst the news that Klaus is on the loose, Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) move forward with their plan to lure Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black) to the compound and take her down once and for all. Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) attempt to escape through the flooded bayou, even as Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) finds himself hunted by a dangerous new threat. Finally, Davina (Danielle Campbell) is presented with an offer that could allow her the chance to bring back Kol, though it will require her to make a life-altering decision. Leah Pipes and Yusuf Gatewood also star.

The Originals’ executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci sit down to discuss The Originals’ upcoming episode “City Beneath The Sea” airing this monday (April 27th) on The CW;

Producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci preview Dahlia getting inside Klaus' head on Monday's new #TheOriginals at 8/7c.

Posted by The Originals on vrijdag 24 april 2015

Here’s the first webclip of The Originals’ upcoming episode “City Beneath The Sea” airing April 27th on The CW;

Elijah deals with conflicting emotions when Cami reveals the truth about Klaus on Monday's all new #TheOriginals at 8/7c.

Posted by The Originals on donderdag 23 april 2015

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Monday’s episode of The Originals. Read at your own risk.]

The Originals’ executive producer Michael Narducci sits down with TV Guide to talk about that shocking, heartbreaking death, the intense last scene and more;

A beloved character on The Originals has died and his killer is only getting started.
On Monday’s heartbreaking episode, Aidan (Colin Woodell) met his demise after Dahlia (Claudia Black) killed him to frame Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and divide the family. And it worked: Klaus’ siblings wasted little time staking him, unwittingly leaving themselves to fight Dahlia — and protect baby Hope — without their fearless leader.

“When you see Rebekah and Freya and Elijah standing there over the dessicated, daggered corpse of Klaus it’s shocking and it puts the people we care about in the most jeopardy we’ve ever seen them in,” executive producer Michael Narducci told a small group of reporters after a screening of the episode. “That’s the story we’re going to tell in these last three episodes.”

Keep reading for more scoop about how Aidan’s death impacts his love Josh (Steven Krueger), how the Mikaelsons will go up against their aunt, what’s next for Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Jackson (Nathan Parsons) and how Cami (Leah Pipes) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) will return to the fold. Plus: Will Davina (Danielle Campbell) resurrect Kol (Daniel Sharman)?

When did you decide to kill off Aidan?
Michael Narducci:
We knew off the bat we wanted to tell a beautiful Romeo and Juliet story between Josh, a vampire, and [Aidan], a werewolf. Our goal was to create a complicated, layered person who was put in many dilemmas in terms of his loyalty to the pack. Being an ambitious person and questioning the leadership of his own friend led him to be vulnerable to Klaus. [Then], Dahlia comes to town and her goal is to divide the Mikaelsons and ruin the vow of “always and forever” so that they would be easier to take down. We thought, “If Dahlia is smart, she could use someone’s death the way she says she’s going to use Aidan’s death as the kindling to light a fire that divides the Mikaelsons.” … Everyone of us loves Aidan and everyone of us is sad to see Collin Woodell go because he’s such an incredible actor and a beautiful performer and a star in the making. But we felt like that was the best story. So, like with any death you arrive at it, you debate it, and if it’s right, that’s what you have to do.

Was this always the ending you had planned for him?
We talked about many different endings for Josh and Aidan. We talked about them running off together. We talked about one of them being captured and the other risking everything to save him. This [exit] was really tough; we felt this one in the room. But there’s an argument to be made that Josh, as a vampire, would’ve lost Aidan no matter what, and it goes back to vampires being immortal. Nobody [in life] really gets a happy ending. What you have to do is live for those beautiful moments as they come and live in the now. If that’s the metric by which we judge Josh and Aidan, then they had one of the most beautiful, happiest stories of anybody on our show. They got to a place we all want to get to, and his life was taken and Josh has to continue, which is a very universal story.

How will he react next week?
He’s wrecked and … the reality is [he’ll think], “No matter how much I’m angry and no matter how much of a vendetta I want to carry out against Klaus, I’m just a couple-of-years-old vampire and that’s Klaus MIkaelson.” But his rage is no less. So, the first thing he needs to do is wrap his head around how he’s going to recover from this grief and that’s something we explore in the next episode.

Will any of the Mikaelsons doubt Klaus when he takes credit for the killing?
I think it’s very believable Klaus would do it, and it’s very telling that in that moment that Jackson completely believes he did it. Hayley is shocked, but believes he did it. Elijah believes he did it and still defends him! Nobody is thinking, “Well he was clearly framed.” Yet he has confessed the truth to Cami, and once that truth starts to get out, our characters react to the question of who could’ve done that and why.

Do the siblings believe they can take on Dahlia without him?
That is the million dollar question everyone is struggling with. In the final seconds… [Elijah’s] expression of grief and sadness and fear of what [this has] come to is incredible. It is chilling what is going on because that child is certainly in danger and could be taken. They’re never going to let that happen, so they’re going to stand up to someone who is the most powerful thing we’ve ever seen in this universe. They’re going to have to find a way to deal with her without the most dangerous member of their family.

On a show where death isn’t necessarily the end, how much weight should we give these deaths?
You haven’t seen the last of Klaus. Aidan is gone. Josephine LaRue (Meg Foster) is gone, Oliver (Chase Coleman) is gone. There is no “other side” in this show because it was dissolved on The Vampire Diarieslast season. If you’re a witch and you die, your body is consecrated and you could go into what we call the ancestral spirit well. So, if you’re a witch, there’s the possibility we’ll see you again in a vision and, like Celeste or Esther, you might be able to come back in someone else’s body. Finn has been ejected from Vincent’s body and Freya keeps him in a little necklace. I think we might see Finn again someday, but right now we’re having so much fun exploring the character of Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood). Eva St. Clair is dead, which gives Rebekah (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) the right to own that body. But for how long we don’t know. So, our goal is to make the drama count by making these deaths as permanent as they can be on this show. We won’t be seeing a corporeal Mikael (Sebastian Roche) any time soon. [Last week’s episode] was meant to be the definitive finale between Klaus and Mikael and that last conversation was intentionally left inconclusive.

What can we expect from Hayley and Jackson in the bayou?
I think they’re reeling with the loss of the guy who was, in effect, the vice president, the top lieutenant, the most trusted No. 2. Hayley has to honor the very threat Klaus made in his conversation with Cami: “How can we possibly trust the wolves to protect Hope given what Klaus has done?” Hayley, as a leader, is going to have to work with Jackson to find a way to earn back that trust, and those wolves really need to be loyal to Hayley and Jackson. [They] want to protect that baby because , as we saw, that person coming for that baby is not going to stop. It’s going to get bad.

Are Davina and Rebekah still working to resurrect Kol?
In the next episode, there are some pretty important witch shenanigans going on that will keep her from moving on with the spell, but she’ll get one ray of hope possibility of what she might be able to do. [It’s] a very surprising twist that might aid her in her quest to resurrect Kol, and then she has to decide if that’s the path she wants to follow given what its going to cost her.

What is coming up for Cami and Marcel who have both been a bit sidelined?
We’ll see Cami in every episode for the remainder of the season. It was our intention to tell the story of the return of Kol and Finn and the surprising revelation that this long-lost sister is not dead. All those things are Mikaelson-centric. [But] Klaus needs his connection with Cami because it provides him with a certain calm and solace. She is the one person who has been able to understand him and sympathize with him and show him forgiveness he craves, but can never admit. So, she’s important to him and this family. Marcel has some very difficult scenes coming up, and he has to decide what part he wants to play in all of this. We know he has a rule about protecting kids and we know he has a fierce loyalty to the Mikaelsons and especially Rebekah. Some choices will have to be made for him that I would call impossible choices. We’re going to see more of Marcel for sure.

Any hope for Hayley and Elijah?
Hayley made a decision to marry Jackson because it’s the right thing to do for her child and it’s the right thing to do for the people she cares about. It’s also clear this guy loves her and [that] he’s a really good guy. Over the course of preparing for that marriage, I think she found herself having legitimate feelings that this could be the right thing, and over the course of the next episodes, we’re going to see where that relationship is going and how far both of them are willing to go to stand up for one another. At the same time, clearly she had strong feelings for Elijah for a very long time. We all know if Elijah is someone whose principle focus is family above all, it’s very difficult to be in love with the woman who is the mother of his brother’s child. He still loves her and wants to protect her. He may suppress that and bury that and maybe it’s one of the things he’ll have to hide behind his red door, but the pain and the conflict of living with this person who you could never be with is very present in that character.

Finally, who should we be most worried about for the remainder of the season?
Nobody on our show has an easy go of it for the rest of the episodes. The question is: Who is going to live and who is going to die? Who is going to be changed forever? What relationships may have a chance at being healed and which relationships will be destroyed? But there is a ray of hope. We’re shooting the finale right now… and the fundamental thesis of this show is how we draw strength from the people who we are born with and who we choose to be our family. If there is any hope for these people it comes from that, [and] we will make that story manifest in the finale.

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