After a two week break, the drama down in New Orleans is back with a vengeance in Tuesday (Nov. 26) night’s all-new episode of “The Originals.”
In “The River In Reverse,” Elijah must deal with the aftermath (read: hallucinations and sickness) of Klaus’ bite after the hybrid got jealous of his brother’s blossoming relationship with his werewolf baby mama Hayley. “[Elijah] seems to covet those really, really complicated relationships. He’s a thousand years old. One would think that he had a better sense of self-preservation,” Daniel Gillies told Zap2it on a recent set visit down in Atlanta. “It’s weird, isn’t it, that he sort of wants this. Could it be any more complicated and more of a minefield than choosing Hayley? It’s this burgeoning thing. And it seems like the more that they try and resist it, the more that it snowballs. They are definitely magnetically drawn to one another.
And as for Hayley, after Elijah rescued her from Tyler’s hostage situation, she’ll help Elijah deal with his werewolf bite and their relationship may or may not be taken to the next level. “I think it’s a really nice bond at the moment and they’re still being very careful,” Phoebe Tonkin tells Zap2it. “Obviously she’s pregnant with his brother’s child and she’s not trying to get herself in a situation between two brothers or anything right now. But she’s been let down by a lot of men in her life, she sees Elijah as a big change in terms of what she has come to expect from people. People always let her down and not supported her and here’s this guy who wants to protect her and almost involve her in his own family. Hayley obviously doesn’t have a family of her own, so she really appreciates that.”
We’ve already started to see Klaus last out in jealousy of Elijah’s growing affections for Hayley (he did bite his brother, after all). Joseph Morgan is excited for fans to see Klaus handle his brother’s relationship with the mother of his future child. “He won’t deal with that well,” Morgan says with a laugh. “There’s the idea that Elijah is usurping his role as father. Having this family is what Elijah wants most. You know, family above all. He’s taking on that role and that is addressed in the show. We’re not beating around that bush. We’ll absolutely make reference to the fact that you might think that he’s the father with the way that he’s acting. I think that was a really fair decision from the writers to create that romantic tension between those two characters because that really messes with Klaus.”
Claire Holt says that Rebekah senses what is going on between Elijah and Hayley, and isn’t a fan of it for more than one reason. “There’s a pang of jealousy there. She loves Elijah so much, and there’s another woman now that’s in town and is taking some of the attention of her brother,” Holt tells Zap2it. “I don’t think it’s too much of an issue now to the point where she’s not going to protect the baby or not going to feel like Hayley’s a part of the family. But I think she definitely acknowledges it and realizes that it may not be the smartest thing for Elijah to pursue. She knows that this could go very wrong. But she also thinks so highly of Elijah, so she’s not one to really tell him how to behave or act. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes.”
Going back to Hayley’s family, the wolf girl was dealt quite the shock when she found what appears to be her long-lost werewolf family tree out in the bayou in the last episode. Tonkin reveals we will find out more about the mysterious werewolf clan Hayley from which she originated. “At this stage we know that Marcel’s banned the werewolves from the quarter, as well as stopped the witches from doing magic, and we find out exactly how he banned the werewolves and the curses he put on some of the werewolves that are still in New Orleans,” Tonkin says. “As Hayley finds out more about her family, she’s obviously going to want to bring them back and allow them to be free and happy in the quarter alongside all the other witches and vampires.”
We haven’t seen any other wolves besides the mysterious wolf that appeared to Hayley in her backyard a few episodes back, and Tonkin says we will find out more about that. “We learn a little bit more in the next coming episodes exactly who that wolf is, why that wolf is following Hayley and why there are werewolves when it’s not a full moon,” Tonkin says.
Now that Marcel knows Hayley is carrying Klaus’ child (thanks a lot for that one, Tyler), the once-veiled battle between Klaus and Marcel will finally be aired out in the open. “All of this is going to come to a head. By [episode] 8, it’s going to be cards on the table time,” Morgan says. “There’s going to be no more skirting around the issue. I think the first hint of it was in episode 5 when we were sitting at the bar and I said, ‘If I had an all-powerful teenage witch, you’d want to know how I got her as well.’ And he said, ‘And I’d want to take her from you just like you do from me.’ And that was it. All the cards were on the table. So really, we can’t be waiting for episode 13 to bring these guys head to head. I think pretty soon, Klaus will make his play for the king.”
As for dealing with his old mentor, Marcel is going to be strategic in his moves against his old friend. “Marcel is a chess player. When he takes action, he’s looking to go for the kill,” Charles Michael Davis tells Zap2it.
Part of Marcel’s revenge involves his ex Rebekah now that they’ve rekindled their relationship. “I think he would just like to love somebody, like all the characters would, and Rebekah is the one I think he thought was closest,” Davis says.
So will Rebekah join Marcel in his fight against her own brother? “She doesn’t know what she wants — whether she’s going to engage, whether she isn’t, who she’s siding with, who she cares about, who she’s loyal to,” Holt says. “That’s part of the struggle of this whole thing. Rebekah wants to be loyal to her family. She loves Marcel, but struggles with that relationship. She is protective of Hayley, but doesn’t really have the bond that’s as strong as the bond with her and her brothers. I really think it’s a confusing time for her and she isn’t sure what she wants and she’s easily swayed by people, which we will see.”
While Holt wouldn’t reveal whether or not Rebekah helps Marcel get revenge on Klaus, she did dish on Rebekah’s feelings for her former love. “She has a really long history with Marcel so I think it’s something she’d like to continue and something they might both like to continue,” Holt says. “But of course, with Klaus around, that never normally happens. She is often deprived of happiness because of him.”
Someone else whose life is majorly affected by Klaus? Human Cami, who is compelled to continuously forget all about the supernatural drama every time Klaus leaves her. Though expect the psychology major to cleverly try to figure out a way to outsmart her own compulsion. “She does not want her memories erased. I think it’s pretty unjust of Klaus to continue to erase her memories and use her as a pawn,” Leah Pipes tells Zap2it. “He’ll find that if he wanted a pushover, he found the wrong girl because she’s definitely not. She’s not going to take this lying down, for lack of a better way to put it. She’s fighting it and continues to fight it.”
So how can a human overcome an Original’s compulsion, especially if she won’t remember any of it as soon as Klaus walks away? “She’s a smart girl. She’s getting her PhD in psychology. You’ll see her figure out how she can overcome this supernatural thing via human tactics,” Pipes teases. “It’s a lot of cryptic notes that she’s writing herself in the moment to try to, outside of the moment, remember. Obviously, the writers watched the movie ‘Memento.’ It’s very apparent in the next few episodes.”
“The River in Reverse” also features a flashback that Davis says the fans will enjoy. “There’s some early 1800s stuff,” Davis teases, “for fans that love the wigs and things like that.”
Now that Marcel knows the Mikaelsons have been staying at the plantation where he was once a slave, it’s moving time for the Originals and Hayley. “You’ll see soon we don’t stay there for much longer,” Tonkin says. “We do find somewhere else to live.”
“The Originals” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.