Tuesday’s (Nov. 5) episode of “The Originals,” “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree,” did little to answer any of the many, many (MANY) burning questions we still have about The CW’s latest supernatural series, which chronicles the power struggle between vampires, witches, humans, and hybrids in New Orleans. Good thing executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci were on hand to respond to a few probing reporters (including Zap2it) following a screening of the episode.
Because there are so many loose threads, let’s go through character by character to find out what’s next for each of our major players:
Hayley and Elijah
Fun things first. (Ok, sexy things first.) Clearly there’s some chemistry between the pregnant werewolf and her baby daddy’s brother — THAT POOL SCENE, Y’ALL — but could that erupt into something more? Possibly, says Plec. “There’s definitely something [there]. Elijah, as we know, is a good protector, and tends to be drawn to people in spite of himself. When you have a situation like that, where he cares deeply about that child she’s carrying and maybe is starting to have his own level of concern that it’s more than just the child that he is protecting and caring for, it’s definitely not a good thing. I mean, it’s fun to watch!”
Second, Hayley will be okay. Otherwise how could Tyler (Michael Trevino) cross over to help her find her family?
Now that Marcel realizes Klaus isn’t actually on his side, s*** is getting real. “This is the episode where the house of cards starts crumbling around Klaus,” Plec says. “All the clever machinations that he’s put into motion are getting ruined all around him as his plans and evildoings are being revealed.” And he’s definitely not going to be happy about Hayley flirting with his brother. “Klaus is very territorial. He likes what’s his to remain his, so I have a feeling that will stir up a lot of conflicted emotions for him as well,” adds Plec.
Oh, he most definitely knows Klaus is betraying him somehow (hence the kidnapping). He just has to figure out who Klaus’s inside man is. “He very clearly has a Judas in his midst, and he has to deal with that,” says Plec.
The Original sister was finally ready to strike out on her own, but Marcel kidnapping Haley will draw her back into her family’s drama. “Rebekah’s predicament is she honestly believes that everything she wants is outside of the family,” says Plec. “As much as she loves Elijah and as much as she loves and hates and loathes and despises but still loves Klaus, she really believes that ‘If I can just break free of this, I can have all I’ve ever wanted, which is a life that I am in complete control of.’ What she’s going to have to come to terms with is the fact that you can’t escape this group. No matter what you do, the pull of family is always going to be stronger than your own desire.”
When our not-so-naieve bartender is around Klaus, she realizes that he’s compelled her to forget her pain over her brother and “she’s pissed,” says Plec. “She’s going to continue to do anything and everything she can to break free from this bond he’s created between the two of them that is controlling her. She’s not a weak little wilting flower, so she’s probably going to have a little bit of success at it.”
Adds Narducci, “With all of her psychological training and background, she is able to very astutely categorize what his problems are and call him on some of his bullshit in a way that no one really has. … His reaction to that will be very interesting. Someone else calls Klaus out and he might just snap their neck and be done with it, but he feels something toward her that keeps him from doing that.”
Now that the last remaining elder of the coven is dead, it seems Sophie has hit a wall in her attempt to complete the Harvest Ritual. “Everything Sophie was trying to do and everything that the witches need to hold on to their power got killed in the form of the only living witch able to do that spell,” says Plec. “Sophie is going to have a little bit of a spirit crisis that then she’s going to have to snap herself out of and decide ‘Ok, this can’t be the end of this journey. I worked way too hard for this, so what am I going to do now?’ We’ll hit that in a couple of episodes.”
Just because the witches can’t kill Davina and complete their ritual doesn’t mean the little teenage witch gets to leave the attic any time soon. Says Narducci, “Davina may or may not know that that last elder was killed. Who’s going to tell her what in an effort to control her situation? If you’re Marcel and part of the reason you’re able to control your town is because you have beautiful, sweet Davina up in that attic telling you when people are practicing magic and helping you when you need it with your own boost of magic, do you want to be like, ‘You know what? You’re fine, you’re free to go. Hey, this was great. Take care and I’ll see you around sometime.’ Or do you say whatever you need to say to make sure that asset remains under your power? If you were to not be so truthful to her, how might that affect their friendship?”
“The Originals” airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.