After a wildly-successful first season, “The Vampire Diaries” spinoff series “The Originals” is back with a vengeance for Season 2. More specifically, Mama and Papa Original are back with a vengeance against their children.
Zap2it couldn’t wait until the fall to find out how Mikael and Esther (and the mystery son who returned with them as well) will make Klaus and Elijah’s lives a living hell, so we went straight to “The Originals” boss, executive producer Michael Narducci, to get all the scoop we could. And lucky for us (and you!), he was feeling generous with dishing all about the upcoming season. Check out our full Q&A with Narducci below:
Zap2it: When you first approached mapping out Season 2, what was your main goal?
Michael Narducci: There was all this conflict on the show in the first season between the vampires, the witches, the werewolves, and we really wanted to personalize the conflict in Season 2 by introducing some enemies that weren’t just random bad guys. They are, in some ways, the existential villain of Klaus and Elijah’s lives: The abusive father, Mikael, and the manipulative, dangerous mother, Esther.
How is Mikael and Esther’s return going to affect Klaus and Elijah?
By showing our characters in conflict with their mother and father, we really get to explore the past and present, who they are, why they are the way they are, what made Klaus change from a sweet little boy we saw in flashbacks to the person he is today? And it’s not just because of his abusive father, but also his mother had a hand in who he became. So we really get to unpack the origin story of our Original Mikaelson family, and that’s something we really wanted to do.
You had a hit show from your very first episode, but is there anything you learned during Season 1 that you’re going to implement in Season 2?
Wow, that is a really good question. I think Season 1 accomplished a lot of things that we really wanted to do. We started off with the premise of Hayley being pregnant, Klaus wanting to take over New Orleans, and a lot of mysteries like what was the relationship between Klaus and Marcel, Marcel and Davina, and what I learned was as much fun as it is to tell stories in the present, I really like to delve into who these characters were in flashbacks. So I really would love to do a Marcel flashback to 1930s, 1940s New Orleans. I really want to see Hayley’s story of when she activated her werewolf curse. Now those aren’t things we’re planning to do at this moment, but what I’ve learned is that I love to explore where these characters come from and I really do hope we get to do more of that.
I also hope you get a chance to do that, because I know I’d love to see those flashbacks. The flashbacks in general are my favorite part of the show because it gives viewers a chance to feel empathy for villains you’d never expect to feel anything for.
Right! Klaus is the bad guy who killed Aunt Jenna, he’s the monster who drowned Mayor Lockwood, but he’s also something else. I hope that when you get past the supernatural element, the violence, and all that other stuff, what you’re left with is a show about the very complicated human souls that have been through great tragedies and have found bad ways to express themselves, but are still striving to reconnect with humanity. That’s our goal. That’s really what we wanted to write about.
At the end of the Season 1 finale, Rebekah returned to take Klaus and Hayley’s daughter Hope away from New Orleans and to safety. Since the baby was the thing connecting all the characters in Season 1, with her gone in Season 2, is her presence still going to be felt?
Absolutely. The baby represents a major drive for our characters. They know that they have certain enemies, and if they don’t defeat those enemies, then the baby will never be completely free or safe. But there is a world where, if they can clean up New Orleans, and make it safe again, they can bring Hope and Hayley together. And then if Rebekah ever wanted to return, she’d obviously have a connection with the baby so she could at some point. So we definitely will refer to and see that baby again.
Let’s talk about Hayley, because she went through quite a lot in the Season 1 finale, giving birth to Hope, saying goodbye to Hope and dying and coming back to life as a hybrid. When we come back in Season 2, how is Hayley going to be handling all this?
Not very well. Hayley is going to go through a very difficult time transitioning. I saw some fan speculation online, like, “Oh, I wonder if Hayley’s transition into being a hybrid is going to be the same story of Elena becoming a vampire,” and of course not. We’re not going to repeat ourselves.
So what can you tell me about Hayley’s transition into a hybrid?
I think that Hayley is going to go through the world’s worst post-partum depression. Not only has she lost her child, she also died and came back as a hybrid. By dying and coming back as a hybrid, she completely severed her connection to her werewolf pack. They will now look at her as just another vampire. So whereas she could have been a queen, now she’s just the enemy. What’s that going to do to her? If you had a connection to your family and then they disowned you, what would that do to you? That’s one of the things we wanted to explore with her as she’s trying to find a new identity. I think she’s going to have a really interesting journey.
“The Originals” Season 2 premieres Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.