“The Vampire Diaries” is a fan-favorite at San Diego Comic-Con, and now its spinoff “The Originals” made its big premiere with its first-ever panel. Some new video was shown, but the bulk of the panel focused on introducing these familiar and new characters to the audience in attendance beyond what they saw in “The Originals'” backdoor pilot.
In addition to a sizzle reel, an alternate ending featuring a witch locked up in an attic by Marcel was screened that showed a different taste of the direction “The Originals” is taking. Plec promises this character is one of the big mysteries in Season 1 that will be dealt with right off the bat. The pilot was already shown on preview night, but it turns out that the show’s actual first episode will be a retelling of what fans saw back in April.
“Elijah goes to New Orleans to figure out what his brother is up to,” showrunner Julie Plec teases. “We’ll see similar scenes and moments that we didn’t get to see in the pilot.”
Rebekah won’t appear in New Orleans until episode 2 because she has her own story to finish. “She’s still hoochin’ it up with Matt Donovan,” Plec says. Rebekah will also appear in the premiere episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” which will see her storyline with Matt come to a close. “Something will bring her to new Orleans in the second episode with an … agenda,” Plec says.
Rebekah isn’t the only one leaving someone behind in Mystic Falls. Elijah also had to say farewell to Katherine. “I 100 percent thinks he still has feelings for Katherine, but the level of his devotion to his family [comes first],” Daniel Gillies says of Elijah’s departure.
Then there are Klaroline fans, who aren’t super happy about Klaus having a new baby mama. Expect that the Klaus and Caroline relationship will still be dealt with. “It’s not like she doesn’t exist,” Plec says. “If anything she’s sort of like the Buffy to his Angel. She made an impact on him.” Joseph Morgan adds of the seeming end of that relationship, “It’s all I hear about.”
Beyond the original vampires in “The Originals,” Marcel will also be put front and center. Charles Michael Davis‘ new character will be explored through flashbacks all through Season 1, with the first few episodes looking into how Marcel and Klaus first met and then watch Marcel “grow from a boy to a man.”
Phoebe Tonkin throws a wrench in “The Originals” storyline as her werewolf character Hayley is pregnant with Klaus’ child. Plec says that romance might not necessarily follow the one night stand-turned-parenthood, but at least both characters have a bond. For Morgan, something a bit different brought Klaus to Hayley.
“He’s had two and a half seasons of celibacy, so he has some pent up energy,” Morgan jokes. “I got away with two seasons of having a shirt on ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ I think that’s got to be a record.”
When a fan asked whether Klaus and Hayley’s baby will be a hybrid or some new creature, Plec hedged and says, “I obviously can’t give an answer to that.” Still, she gave an answer of sorts, saying, “I think that everybody will have their own opinion about what this baby and what it means.” She continues, “There will be a million supernatural debates. … It will be part of the fun of waiting for it to be born.”
All Holt wants, though, is for it to be a “husky puppy.” We’ll be the first to second that.
“The Originals” premieres on The CW on Oct. 15.