Tyler said he couldn’t focus on anything besides his revenge against Klaus on a recent episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” and he truly meant it. The werewolf/vampire hybrid sired by Klaus is heading to New Orleans in Tuesday (Nov. 12) night’s big “TVD”/”The Originals” crossover episode, “Bloodletting,” and the cast and show runners promise the showdown will have huge ramifications for both Tyler and Klaus (read what Michael Trevino had to say about the episode here).
“He comes in, as anyone who watched ‘The Vampire Diaries’ knows, he’s pissed,” executive producer Julie Plec tells Zap2it. “He sees Klaus as a true mortal enemy and he doesn’t seem to have any insecurity about going after him. So I think the question that we need to ask ourselves is, ‘What’s going to happen to Tyler as a result of his run-in with Klaus and how is he going to get himself out of it?’ He comes in and takes a really hard stand on what he’s intending to do to Klaus, and he goes for it.”
“The Originals” writer Marguerite MacIntyre — who you might recognize as Sheriff Forbes on “The Vampire Diaries” — reveals that Tyler’s revenge might not come in the form you expect … since killing the Original hybrid would mean Tyler’s death as well. “That’s a big wonderful twist on this show, that he can’t kill Klaus because that would result in other deaths, including his own,” MacIntyre tells Zap2it. “I think it’s going to be fascinating, the way he tries to exact his revenge. To me it was surprising. I really liked how that scene turned out. It was a nice, interesting place to get to, to see him say, ‘It’s worth it to me to do this to him, because of everything that’s happened.'”
As for everything that’s happened, for all the non-“TVD” fans of “The Originals,” here’s a crash course: Klaus turned Tyler into the first hybrid, made him betray his friends and girlfriend more than once, killed his mother, and was the cause of his official breakup with his girlfriend. “They’ve really turned him into this guy with nothing to lose. Everything has been taken from him,” Joseph Morgan, who plays Klaus, tells Zap2it. “He comes into this absolutely reckless and fearless due to the fact that he’s lost everything. He did a tremendous job as well. It was really lovely to be working with him again. I think you guys are really going to like the next episode.”
So how exactly will Tyler seek out his revenge? “I feel like if you just think about whoever wants Klaus out of the picture, he’ll probably want to join up with them. Making friends with the enemy,” Morgan teases.
Does that mean Tyler will join up with Klaus’ enemy in New Orleans, Marcel? “You may and you may not [see Tyler with Marcel],” Charles Michael Davis, who plays Marcel, teases. “But Tyler will be interacting with people. Marcel might be one of them. He’s coming in and he’ll shake things up and definitely have interactions with multiple characters.”
One of the main components of Tyler’s plan has to do with Hayley carrying Klaus’ child. “Tyler comes back and we revisit the relationship that Hayley and Tyler had, especially on ‘The Vampire Diaries,'” Phoebe Tonkin, who plays Hayley, tells Zap2it. “We talk a little bit about their history and their bond together. We realize he’s a little disappointed in Hayley and the situation that she’s in.”
One thing that will be interesting to see is how Tyler is portrayed in “Bloodletting,” Morgan says, because on “The Vampire Diaries” Tyler was the hero while Klaus was the villain. But for viewers who may not have seen “The Vampire Diaries,” Tyler could be viewed as the villain on “The Originals,” despite all the bad things Klaus has done. “I think it depends on how you look at it. He’s not really the villain. I’ve done some terrible things,” Morgan says. “You say Klaus is the hero of the show when I’ve talked about killing my own child for the past couple of episodes. And I’m constantly doing these terrible things but the writers have allowed me these moments of intense vulnerability and showed that the character cares and has brought people inside. So I don’t think Tyler’s necessarily the villain but he is as layered a character as Klaus or as Marcel.”
Morgan says that Tyler’s motivations for revenge will be made clear during his crossover episode. “They’ve given us reasons to root for him but it’s a tough thing,” Morgan says. “Doing the crossover in general is a tough thing because when Tyler first appears on ‘The Originals,’ a large portion of our audience will go, ‘What’s Tyler doing there?’ And another section of our audience will go, ‘Who’s this guy?’ So there’s a certain amount of his backstory that has to be explained to give weight to his cause. But you can’t go over everything so I imagine certain viewers who have never see ‘The Vampire Diaries’ might possibly view him as a villain. But still, it’s very clear that he’s had a lot taken from him.”
No matter how viewers see Tyler, the entire cast is in agreement: his crossover appearance will have major lasting effects on the show. “He came to cause a stir. He’s coming for a reason and he really makes his mark,” Claire Holt, who plays Rebekah, tells Zap2it. “He is so phenomenal in it. He just came to ‘The Originals’ and knocked the ball out of the park. I think the fans are really going to love what he brings to it. We were so lucky to have him and I hope we get him some more.”
“The Originals” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.