I have added 600+ 1080p quality screencaptures of The Originals’ season 3 finale 3×22: “The Bloody Crown” to our photo archives;

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.
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).

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;

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.

Like a handsome, brooding elephant in the room, Klaus Mikaelson received a special shout-out on Friday’s (the May 6th episode) Vampire Diaries — but how much should we read into what was said, exactly?

In case you need a refresher, the moment occurred while Caroline was reading Stefan the riot act for abandoning her three years prior: “Meanwhile, I was so desperate I called Klaus for help — who’s nowhere to be found, by the way.” She was, of course, referring to her visit to New Orleans during The Vampire Diaries‘ crossover with The Originals earlier this year.
“It’s definitely a hint,” though not necessarily a romantic one, executive producer Julie Plec tells TVLine. “This year, as we’ve crossed over, we’ve acknowledged [The Vampire Diaries and The Originals‘] shared universe. As we know from The Originals, there’s a prophecy predicting the demise of the Mikaelson family, so it was a nice little tease for viewers of that show to ask themselves, “Wait, what the hell happened to Klaus?”
If you were hoping for more, fear not. Plec acknowledges it’s entirely possible that The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will have more connectivity as they head into their eighth and fourth seasons, respectively.

“It’s a rare luxury to have two shows in a shared universe that you could do that,” Plec says. “So to not do it feels like we’re missing a really fun creative opportunity, a way to celebrate both shows. But it’s not like anyone over at the network is calling us and being like, ‘You need two crossovers this year.’ I think it’d be fun to keep finding small, organic ways to do it. Like when we had Matt Donovan show up on The Originals — that wasn’t for ratings, it just made logical sense that if the Originals were in Mystic Falls, they’d have a run-in with Deputy Donovan. I’d love to keep doing stuff like that. It’s fun, and it’s easier to accomplish than a massive two-show crossover.”


Spoiler alert: This post contains plot points from the May 6 episode of The Originals.

On the heels of Cami’s death in last week’s episode of The Originals, this week saw Marcel and company do everything in their power to resurrect Davina — until Elijah and Freya took matters into their own hands and sacrificed Davina for the purposes of killing Lucien.

That decision then resulted in two deaths: Davina and Lucien. So EW.com spoke with showrunner Michael Narducci about the twists and what comes next;

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We’ll start with the obvious question. In terms of story, why kill Davina?
We certainly didn’t want to do it. We love the character and we love Danielle [Campbell]. Freya and Elijah realize that the family may suffer more loss if they don’t hijack this power that was meant to bring Davina back and to protect her from the ancestors. It’s just this idea that the choices we make have consequences and thematically, the whole season is about the Mikaelsons will put family first, family above all, always and forever. And that’s not necessarily going to result in justice or fairness or heroic behavior. They do something in this episode that is pretty terrible in order to survive as a family and you have to weigh the consequences, and I hope that the audience asks, “Would I do that? Would I sacrifice a friend for my loved ones, for my family?” We wanted to play with all those things and once we came to that story, we just looked around at each other in the room and said, “This is the best story.”

This was the first time I wasn’t sure if I sided with the Mikaelsons on one of those big decisions.
It is very much our intention for you to have that conflict, and when the episode is over, we expect our fans to debate within themselves. Interestingly enough, Klaus kind of hates Davina. She is responsible for tearing apart the link between him and his sires and that’s going to have consequences going forward. She’s always been a little bit of a thorn in his side and yet, even he — and I think this is because of Cami’s influence — was reluctant to go that route. Freya just wants to do right by this family. She lost them 1,000 years ago and now she finally has them and she’s going to stop at nothing to make sure that she has her family, which is not to say that she won’t feel regret. But I do think it’s interesting to play with the consequences of what they’ve done — the whole issue of “family above all” being problematic.

I did love that it wasn’t Klaus’ call this time. He wanted to find another way.
Yeah, he even says at one point, “I don’t want Kol to have to suffer what I have suffered.” When we talked about Cami’s death before, I talked about how she has irrevocably altered Klaus. I’m not saying he’s ever going to be a good guy. But he is changed and maybe a little bit more thoughtful and may want to strive more towards the person that Cami imagined that he was.

With Cami and Davina, were you all hesitant to have two big deaths happen so close together?
It was absolutely something we were hesitant to go forward with. We debated it. It was just the way these two stories were intersecting and we thought this would be the best version of the story. As we have said in the past, Davina is a special entity. She is a New Orleans witch and we know that those witch souls exist beyond the realm of what we call life. There is an afterlife for witches. Yes, Davina is seemingly gone at the end of episode 20, but there’s still more story to tell with the ancestors. There’s still more story to tell with Kol and Vincent and even Marcel wanting revenge against them. I’d say there’s still more story to tell with Davina.

Last week, we spoke about the decision to have Klaus and Cami say “I love you.” In this case, I’m interested in the decision to have Marcel kind of have that great final moment with his daugter-of-sorts.
Unlike Cami, Davina thought she was coming back. Cami knew she was dying. For Davina, she expected, right up until Elijah and Freya come in, that they were going to find a way to resurrect her, and in that moment while Kol is out handling the business of procuring Van, she has a quiet moment with this guy who’s taken care of her. He’s feeling overwhelmed with guilt that he couldn’t protect her and she’s saying, “I’m not a kid. You did protect me and you can’t lock me away.” This was a very difficult moment. A few of the other writers have children and everybody in the room was talking about that special connection between a parent and child and how we’ve all had to look at our parents and say, “Hey, we’re grown-ups now. We can handle ourselves.” In releasing Marcel from any guilt, she reminds the audience of their connection. He’s overwhelmed with grief at the end of this episode. And we needed to feel that grief and understand his rage because it will have a massive impact on everything that’s to come.

Speaking to that, how will Davina’s death affect things moving forward?
There’s a tectonic shift in the alliance between Marcel and the Mikaelsons. Marcel is changed. Throughout this season, [he] has had opportunities to be loyal to the Mikaelsons and opportunities to betray the Mikaelsons — and he’s always come through. And despite that, this is how things have ended for him. He’s just realizing that it’s systemic — this betrayal, this treachery. The Mikaelsons will take care of each other no matter what and he is not someone inside that circle of protection. And just at this moment when he’s looking at them with new eyes, an opportunity has come into play that would change forever the power dynamic. That, to me, is one of the most exciting things about this entire season, the idea of a Marcel who is no longer beholden to Klaus and a second-string power level to Klaus. Marcel has a very difficult choice ahead of him.

Okay, maybe this is a dumb question, but I’m so bummed: Is Lucien really dead?!
Lucien is dead.

But he’s so good!
Lucien is incredible! Andrew Lees is incredible. I love Andrew Lees. I loved to hate Lucien. And I think he did such a great job over the course of the season; he kept you on your toes. I understand why Lucien hates Klaus — the spurned lover and just the idea of having to be immortal but always be living in the shadow of your maker. I think that’s a very fascinating motive and drive and I loved hating him. Fortunately, he will exist forever on the DVDs.

The Originals airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

The Originals’ season finale finally has a title. “The Bloody Crown” airs May 20th on The CW. Here’s the official description;

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.

Here’s the preview of The Originals’ upcoming episode “Give ‘Em Hell Kid” airing May 13th on The CW;

A MAN ON A MISSION — After receiving new visions of the looming prophecy, Freya (Riley Voelkel) uncovers that her family is on a collision course with a dangerous new enemy. Meanwhile, with the help of Detective Kinney (guest star Jason Dohring), Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) and Kol (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic) travel to the ancestral world to put a stop to the witches and take back their city once and for all. Elsewhere, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) confront Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) after a heartbreaking plan gone wrong has sent him spiraling. Phoebe Tonkin and Danielle Campbell also star.

I have added 600+ 1080p quality screencaptures of The Originals’ “No More Heartbreaks” to our photo archives;

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