The Hollywood Reporter spoke to outgoing showrunner Michael Narducci, who is exiting for an overall deal at ABC Studios, about writing an episode with plenty of closure, Vampire Diaries crossovers and where the story will go in season five.

The episode provided a lot of closure — does that mean the end of some characters?
I think there’s always more story to tell. This is a family that’s been around for a thousand years, and they’ve had all kinds of turns along the way. We knew we wanted to provide a satisfying season finale. It was not our intention for it to be the series finale, but we also knew that if the worst case scenario did happen, there were some things we wanted to be able to address. So as we approached the writing of the finale and talking about it in the room —and actually, the entire season — we talked about ending a chapter but definitely having there be room for more to come. And I think it’s pretty obvious that there is a lot more story to tell, and I am very excited to see what they’re going to do in season five.

Was the idea always to send Hope to the Salvatore School?
In terms of The Originals, New Orleans is a very important place and it always will be a very important place for their family. But Julie [Plec] and the writers of The Vampire Diaries had this brainstorm to create the school for supernatural children, and she really loved that idea. We have Hope and she is a very, very powerful witch. We’ve talked a lot about how she needs guidance, she needs mentorship. We even chose our villain of this season to be a witch who was so powerful and perhaps did not have guidance. She was a threat who became this grand evil, and the idea was there but for the grace of god go Hope. And so how do you take a child with all this power and provide for her the mentorship she needs? …That felt like a great place for Hayley having to choose to send her to school. It felt like a nice bit of closure.

You’re not involved in the show anymore, but what can you say about where each of these storylines can go?
We knew that we had to provide some type of closure for the fans, but we wanted to not tie it off for good but to tie it off so we had a satisfying season ender. With Hope at the school, it does feel to me like there’s a lot of story to come. What’s going to happen next with Rebekah and Marcel? What’s going to happen next with Kol? Is he going to make good on this idea to propose to Davina? What’s going to happen next with Elijah, who seems to finally be free of this vow that brought out a lot of his worse aspects? And what’s going to be next for Klaus, who, for the first time, is completely unmoored from his family and also his child? There’s a lot there to explore with the family as individuals, and will they ultimately return together? That’s something I definitely, as a fan, want to see.

What can you say about the reports of a potential Originals spinoff?
Every show, as a matter of pride, hopes for success and imagines that their characters are so amazing, that their storylines are so rich and have such depth, that there’s a spinoff element possible. We’ve always joked about what spinoffs we could tell on our show. Certainly, since my days on The Vampire Diaries, we’ve talked about what the show would look like from the werewolves’ point of view or from the vantage point of the witches. Julie and I had had some preliminary discussions and she had pitched me some ideas, but all of that going forward exists in the mind of Julie Plec. I definitely think there’s some amazing potential.

This season introduced a lesbian relationship between Freya (Riley Voelkel) and Keelin (Christina Moses). What was the discussion surrounding that?
Freya was a character who had been unexplored in certain [areas]. We saw her having this great responsibility with her family, and we saw her having a little bit fun, i.e. going to parties and things, but we never saw an intimate dramatization of her romantic life, and at the same time we wanted to get more characters on the show that represented different [supernatural] factions. … Pretty early in the process we had pitched [the story]. We wanted to tell a really good love story.

Is LGBTQ representation something you talk about a lot in the room?
It’s something that matters to us — how to have representation, and then given representation, how to tell the best stories. It’s as simple as that. If you take characters of a diverse nature — gay characters, straight characters, male characters, female characters, characters of different backgrounds and ethnicities, supernatural components — and you put them all together and you just try to tell the best story you can, then you’re cooking with gas.

Klaus has really evolved as a character this season. Do you think he’s finally redeemed himself?
It’s hard to say that about someone who killed Aunt Jenna and killed Mayor Lockwood and tried to kill Elena 100 times, who has done terrible, despicable things throughout his existence, up to and including daggering his own siblings and threatening to throw them in the ocean. He’s not a hero and we have to acknowledge that. I know a lot of fans want to talk about how he can be changed by love, by romance, certainly this affection he has for his daughter. I think those are important things to explore when you’re telling a story. At the end of the day, we took him from a guy who found out he was going to have a kid and didn’t care at all to a guy who was willing to sacrifice himself and did sacrifice himself — he spent five years tortured and in solitude, and then coming out of that experience, while he was still Klaus, he was still capable of doing awful things to his enemies. He had changed and he did very much care about this child up to the point where he gave up the thing that was most important to him, his family, in order to protect her and save her. I do think that’s growth.

A lot of this season hinged on young Hope, who was played by Summer Fontana. Did you worry about that when casting her?
if you take one thing from this interview, please know that with all my heart I believe that Summer Fontana is going to be a big, major star. She was phenomenal. Everything that we gave her to do she was incredible. She exceeded all of our expectations.

Finale writer and former showrunner Michael Narducci talked to Yahoo TV about the siblings’ big sacrifice, Klaus’s future, and Hope’s new home.

Yahoo TV: What did you want to explore by separating the Mikaelson siblings this way?
Michael Narducci:
Throughout the life of our show, they’ve always had access to one another. They’ve always said, “We’re going to stay together.” And yet anyone in their orbit has suffered terribly. So, we wondered if by introducing this 7-year-old child who has her own sense of morals and her own desire to grow up and have a life of happiness and fulfillment — and Hayley and Klaus both want her to have a life of peace and happiness and fulfillment — it may be the Mikaelson way of doing things was perhaps not in keeping with what are Hope’s best interests.

So, that was the germ of the discussion that led us to make these storytelling decisions that we made. I think putting our characters in this difficult position of having to leave one another allows you to explore who Klaus is and what he needs to do before making this decision. It allows you to explore who Elijah is and what he does to ensure that the decision will work and it’s final. What does Hayley do as she watches the Mikaelson family do this, and does it change her feelings for them? What about Freya’s willingness to give up her mortal life and become a vampire in order to preserve Hayley’s role as a mother to this child? Rebekah has her own unique point of view. I quite love that Kol pulled the ultimate comeback and, when his family needed him, despite all of their grievances in the past, showed up. So, putting them in the circumstances allows you to explore their characters in a way we never have before.

Klaus had to do the very difficult thing and say goodbye to his daughter. How does that affect him going forward?
I think that’s a great question. Without guessing what they’re going to do in Season 5, we actually wrote a scene that ended up getting cut from the episode where Klaus starts to return a little bit to his basic instinctive ways. It might be that we will return to Klaus, who’s a little bit lost and a little bit lacking in purpose because he’s isolated and he’s alone and he’s given up access to this little girl who was his pride and joy and was his purpose throughout the season, and actually for the past four seasons.

In order to be a true sacrifice, he had to give up something. And I don’t think Klaus is just smiling and enjoying life separated from his family and his daughter. So how he ultimately reacts is going to be very interesting and will be part of the journey that Julie [Plec] and the writers take us on in Season 5.

Was it always the plan to have Hope end up at Alaric and Caroline’s school?
It was not always the plan. As we broke Season 4, very early on, we had the idea that the family might be separated. And we always knew that in some capacity, Hayley would remain with Hope. The idea of separating those two worlds was too heartbreaking to even consider. We talked about whether or not Klaus could remain with Hope, and for many reasons, it felt like the most poetic version of his sacrifice as dad was to deny him the joy of watching his child grow up.

About midway through the season, Julie came into the room and said she had a great idea that Alaric and Caroline would start a school at the Salvatore house, and she wondered if maybe we could introduce that idea in Episode 8, when Alaric returned as a guest star. And then start to build toward a version of Hope joining that school, which makes sense to me since Hayley would want what’s best for her daughter and provide her with not only mentorship but also companionship in the form of other students. That felt like a very wise decision and one that we all supported.

In the other room that I don’t know too much about, the writers on Vampire Diaries came up with a little bit more of the details and how that was all going to work out, but our finale was actually written a little bit before their finale, so it was a little bit of a juggle for Julie to seed things in one series and pay them off in another. And I commend her ability to do that.

Of course, Klaroline fans will want to know if this means there’s a chance for Klaus and Caroline?
I’m not going to comment on that. I don’t know.

As sad as the separation is, there are some happy endings, like Marcel going to Rebekah. Why did you want to reunite those two?
When you write a finale like this, that is the closing of one chapter and you’re hinting at a new chapter that is about to start, of course there’s a lot of sadness in the episode and a lot of bittersweet moments, and you want to temper that with some beautiful victories. And I think the idea that Elijah finds some semblance of peace and Kol is on his way to propose to Davina — those are beautiful moments, as is seeing Hope at the school.

The Rebekah/Marcel relationship was a major part of the DNA of the series going back to Season 1. The entire history of the Mikaelsons in New Orleans kind of revolved around Marcel and Rebekah. And I think that as much as they kind of denied it and Rebekah has tried to move on and Marcel has been angry at her and tried to forget her, there is something at the core of those two people — a love that they needed to explore without the difficulty of the rest of the Mikaelsons getting in the way. And so now they have a chance to explore that, and where it will lead, I don’t know. But I’m glad that they get that shot.

You’ve left the show now and are working on a new project. Looking back, is there anything you didn’t get a chance to do that you would like to see in the future?
No. Given the limitations of time and production and cast availability and all the different struggles of making a TV show, my work with the writers and with our crew and with the cast is something that I’m proud of.

Of course, I will always want to see more of these characters, and I’m looking forward to Season 5. I think that Davina is a character that I would love to see explored further. We didn’t quite get the chance to do that as much as I would have liked to, given the reduction of being 22 episodes and then being 13.

But I still like the story that we told very much, and I’m looking forward to being a fan and watching it with everybody else. I believe firmly that this is a great group of characters and the family Mikaelson is worthy of further exploration. And the stories are bigger than any one person. So, I’m glad to pass the torch on to the others, and I’m eager to see what they do. I have no doubt that it’s going to be phenomenal.

I have added 600+ 1080p screencaptures of The Originals’ season finale 4×13: “The Feast of All Sinners” to our photo archives;

I have added 500+ 1080p screencaptures of The Originals’ 4×12: “Voodoo Child” to our photo archives;

Spoiler alert: This post contains plot from the season 4 finale of The Originals.

It finally happened. Something was able to separate the Mikaelsons for good (or at least until season 5).

When Vincent came up with a plan to defeat The Hollow in the season 4 finale of The Originals, the decision was simple: Lose Hope forever, or allow Vincent to put The Hollow into all four siblings, after which they’d have to scatter and never see one another again (lest The Hollow get free). So, after saying their goodbyes, Klaus, Rebekah, Elijah, and Kol all left New Orleans (and their family behind).

But one sibling took things a step further. Elijah, knowing full well that his commitment to his brother wouldn’t allow him to stay away, asked Marcel to compel him. And so Marcel compelled Elijah to forget the “always and forever” vow, to forget his siblings. In other words, he erased the most fundamental aspect of Elijah.

In the episode’s final moments, Rebekah and Marcel reunited in New York, Kol ordered an engagement ring for Davina in San Francisco, and Elijah found a new home in France, where Klaus paid him a quick visit (though Elijah didn’t recognize him). And although the show has another season, this was the final episode for executive producer Michael Narducci, who penned the hour. talked to Narducci about the episode and saying goodbye.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: From the beginning, there’s been talk of this show being about Klaus’ redemption. I loved the way you all addressed that, in this finale, particularly Elijah saying the idea of redemption was nothing more than a “wonderful sentiment.”
That was an idea that we had very early on in the season, and we just kept that idea alive in the room. I knew at some point somebody was going to speak those words. We really wanted that statement to be made — that it’s just not valid to say you do one good thing and all of your past evils are forgiven. You have to choose every day to do right, and even then, you have to live with what you’ve done. I think that’s a tough sentence for vampires who are 1,000 years old and who have committed a lot of evils, so there is no easy peace, and there is no easy redemption. But in this episode, they did what they had to do to do the right thing, even though that meant sacrificing this sacred vow and having to leave each other. They made a very painful sacrifice, but they did it for the right reasons. So while I can never forgive them all of the bad things they’ve done, in that moment, I have to give them credit for what they were able to do.

I’m so interested in the decision to have Elijah basically erase who he is. How did that come about?
I think it was episode 316 last year where Finn wants the White Oak to not be destroyed because he someday may want to use it to end his miserable existence. And the look on Elijah’s face [in that moment] says to me that he, too, has contemplated a quiet, peaceful end. We’re talking about suicide right now, and I think that’s a very touchy subject, but when you imagine 1,000 years of a tortured, tormented existence where you’re not fulfilled, I think that that’s on the table for these characters. And I think Elijah commits a form of suicide in the finale of season 4. He amputates the most important thing in his life, the thing that had given him at least a modicum of solace — his commitment to these brothers and sisters. Will that be a good decision for him or a bad decision? Will he find himself enlightened, or will he spiral into madness without his siblings? That remains to be seen, but I like the glimpse of him playing the piano.

His very first words on the show, in our pilot voiceover, he says, “Over the course of my long life, I have come to believe that we are bound forever to those with whom we share blood. And while we may not choose our family, that bond can be our greatest strength or our deepest regret. This unfortunate truth has haunted me for as long as I can recall.” The idea that that’s what’s causing him so much pain, this unfortunate truth — what if he could just forget it? The idea of the red door, that he has sublimated his grief and his most violent tendencies and put them behind that red door — what if he could sublimate even more? And when Klaus says to him in the finale, “I’m going to go crazy without you and without my daughter, but we can never be together again, so when you see that I’m going crazy, don’t come find me,” Elijah says, “I will not come find you,” but the only way for him to keep that promise is to do what he then does. I thought that that’s as close to a heroic act as a 1,000-year-old vampire killer is capable of.

Speaking of Elijah moments, I loved the line this season where Hayley said she was hesitant to be with Elijah, not because of the horrible things he’s done, but because she was worried Hope would see that she’s okay with them.
Hayley would be a hypocrite if she called Elijah a monster and said he was evil. She herself has done a lot of monstrous and evil things, but there’s that ability to say “I want to change” and “I want to be better.” Hayley has embraced that concept, and I think Elijah, to an extent, knows that that may be impossible for him and, in fact, is impossible for him. Hayley got to see that firsthand by going into his mind and seeing the core aspect of who he is. It’s a very frightening thing to bear witness to, and I really like how we took those characters from there.

Did a part of you write this thinking it might be the series finale?
Realistically, we were aware that we had not been picked up for a season 5, and I knew as I wrote this that it was going to be my last episode with the show and with these characters. I’ve been writing Klaus’ character since the first time he appeared in Vampire Diaries episode 218 when he was inside Alaric’s body and threatening Elena and Bonnie at the 70’s decade dance. It was the end of a long run for me, and I quite love these characters, and I love our cast, and so there was a poignancy there. But to be honest, I never thought that this was the end of the entire book on the Mikaelsons. They have a thousand years of story. There’s so much to explore, and I’m very happy that Julie [Plec] and the team get to continue. I think season 5 will be the best season yet. I’m excited to be a fan and to watch it.

I’m interested in the timing of the decision to have Hope attend Alaric and Caroline’s school. Was that something you knew would happen all season?
No, I think that that was a discovery that we made over the course of the season. I’m pretty sure that Julie had a strong opinion that that school was going to exist, and wouldn’t it be great if that school were a place where Hope could find not only mentorship but also something that has kind of been denied her, which is companionship from people her own age. It’s really tragic in a beautiful way that she refers to Marcel as her friend. I love that they’re friends, but she’s a 7-year-old witch, and he’s a 200-plus-year-old vampire, so she needs maybe some friends that are a little bit more on the same age level and are dealing with some of the same things. When Julie pitched that idea, I think I just sat back in my chair and smiled. I wanted throughout the season to protect Hope and to make sure that she had a great ending, and I think this is a great ending for that character for now.

With this being your last episode with the show, is there anything else you want to say?
It has been a great run for me, and I really love the people I have collaborated with. It has been a true pleasure. The fans have been fantastic. I met a lot of them at Comic-Con and different places, and I love the idea that people will watch this show with their brothers and their sisters and their moms and dads, and they cry, or they really love it, or they get mad at some of our choices, and then they turn the show off, and then they talk to the people in their lives about the show, and, in doing so, they realize it’s a TV show, it’s a story. And hopefully it’s given you some entertainment and maybe a hint of empathy for these people and their bizarre and fantastical lives, and perhaps it’s given some perspective on your own life and makes you love your brother a little bit more, love your sister a little bit more, love your parents, love your children. Or at least know that life is short and we should make the most of it because we’re not necessarily always going to be together.

The Mikaelsons will face their hardest decision yet in The OriginalsSeason 4 finale.

Now that The Hollow has taken control of Hope’s (Summer Fontana) body, the only way to defeat the evil spirit is to divide and quarter it into four Mikaelson siblings. The catch is that whatever siblings volunteer to be a host for part of the spirit can never see each other again or they risk the pieces of The Hollow reuniting. Now the family must decide if their bond of always and forever is worth breaking to save the youngest member of their family. got a chance to talk to executive producer Michael Narducci about how the drama of separating the family will play out and what fans can expect in the season finale. Check out his answers below;’\

How are the Mikaelsons going to take the news that they have to be separated in order to save Hope?
Michael Narducci:
I think that is a big part of the drama of the episode. Every single one of them will have a different episode. In fact, their perspectives are pretty unique to each of the characters. There are complications to the spell that Vincent wants to do, such that it’s not immediately clear who will be the four volunteers who have to be a carrier to The Hollow as they divide it, draw and quarter it.
Freya, realizing that she may need to be a part of this in order to make certain that neither of Hope’s parents will be separated from the child she loves and that she loves, is willing to make a pretty terrible sacrifice, which will be revealed over the course of the episode. Without saying too much, I’m really looking forward to the fans’ reaction to Elijah’s point of view, Klaus’ point of view, which is basically, “I’m going to do whatever I have to do for my daughter,” and Rebecca, Hayley. Everyone is going to have a different perspective. There are wrinkles to Vincent’s spell that we will unpack over the course of the episode that make things more and more complicated for the Mikaelsson family.

Speaking of Hope, Summer Fontana has done such a great job this season. What is it going to be like seeing her fully taken over by The Hollow?
When we hired Summer we knew that she could play sweet and we knew that she could play this kind of instinctive power based, this level of authority and power that is demanded of any person playing a Mikaelson. What I had no idea when we hired her was how she would play this dark and very treacherous spirit who has taken over Hope’s body. She outdid herself. I think she is incredible in this episode and in the [penultumate] episode where we got to see this merciless, all-powerful evil peeking through the eyes of this little girl. It’s incredibly creepy, scary and frightening.

Is there any hope for Hayley and Elijah in the wake of all of this?
Whenever you are dealing with characters that are immortal, they are going to live for a very long time — or at least they have the potential for that. You can never really say there is no hope. That’s one of the things that our show has said again and again. Just when you have given up on someone, some thing or some relationship, you are mistaken to believe we have seen the last of anything.
That said, I think the journey of this season for them was to realize there were some irreconcilable differences. Hayley, as mother to this child, wants to raise Hope in an environment where she has responsible mentorship and a possibility for a peaceful life. As we said, the theme of our entire Season 3 [was] that anybody who is in the orbit of the Mikaelsons — loving the Mikaelsons is a death sentence. Hayley doesn’t want that for her child. She doesn’t want her child’s friends or her child’s inevitable eventual romantic interest to be in the orbit of the Mikaelsons and end up dead. Knowing that violence is a big part of Elijah’s life, she has to start to think about whether she needs to distance herself from Elijah and the Mikaelsons.

Who is going to have the roughest time in the finale?
I think the most devastating moments for me are when we see the Mikaelson family together for the last time and the full weight of this decision lands on them. So the people who made a vow a thousand years ago have to consciously choose to break that vow forever. There are some epic scenes between characters we’ve wanted to see together all season kind of admitting how they feel. Certainly Klaus’ goodbye is heartbreaking and I think that’s rough on him. Elijah will have to make a choice that is unlike anything any character has had to choose to do on our series ever before. I think it’s within his character, it’s true to his character, but it’s a very difficult thing that he chooses to do — so probably those two.

Are the Mikaelsons seriously considering separating?! The Originals finale promos have me worried. — Dana
Let’s put it this way: They will do anything to save Hope, and if that’s their only option, they’re definitely going to consider it. But regardless of what decision they make about how to fight the Hollow, it won’t be the only big decision of the hour. By the end of the finale, a main character will completely change their life.

[] reported that The Originals will -finally!- be coming to Netflix;

The full list of what’s new on Netflix in July 2017 including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Pretty Little Liars season 7, Castlevania, and more!

Netflix announced the full list of what’s new on Netflix in July 2017, and there is good news. There are some awesome new movies and shows coming to the streaming service next month including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Pretty Little Liars season 7, Castlevania, and more!

May and June were two of the best months for TV and movies in Netflix history, so it’s going to be hard to top them in July, but I think this list of new additions has a chance.

Rogue One, which is the latest Disney movie to be released on Netflix, is the first Star Wars movie to hit the streaming service in the United States. The film stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, and it’s scheduled to be released on Netflix on July 18.

Oscar-nominated film Lion starring Dev Patel is also coming to the streaming service next month, along with several major movies that had been streaming on Netflix like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Titanic, Matchstick Men, Best in Show, and more!

While May and June on Netflix yielded new seasons of great Netflix originals like House of Cards, Bloodline, and Orange is the New Black, July should have some great Netflix as well. New Netflix original series Castlevania, Friends From College, and Ozark are scheduled to premiere in consecutive weeks, respectively, starting on July 7 through July 21.

And, that’s not all for the TV shows coming to Netflix next month! New seasons of iZombie, Pretty Little Liars, The Originals, and more great shows are coming to the streaming service in July.

The Originals can be found on Netflix starting July 1st!

I have added 400+ 1080p screencaptures of The Originals’ 4×11: “A Spirit Here That Won’t Be Broken” to our photo archives;

The season finale of The Originals’ fourth season airs this upcoming Friday on The CW. Here’s the official description and the preview;

THE END OF ALWAYS AND FOREVER – In an explosive season finale, the Mikaelsons find themselves out of options as they face the all-powerful and un-killable entity known as The Hollow. With the life of Hope (guest star Summer Fontana) at stake, Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) proposes a final, desperate plan – one that will force Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) and Freya (Riley Voelkel) to make the greatest sacrifice their family has ever endured. Charles Michael Davis also stars.

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