Thanks to the Olympics, it’s been a while since we last saw the Original family on “The Originals.” Quick recap time: Everyone’s screwed.
Elijah (Daniel Gillies) chose to save Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) from the witches over Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah (Claire Holt), so they’re still missing … and in grave danger. Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Rebekah’s secret shame over being the ones to tip off Mikael (Sebastian Roche) that Klaus was in New Orleans back in the ’20s is in danger of being exposed now that Genevieve (Elyse Levesque), their accomplice, is back from the dead. And the witches declared an all-out war on everyone, with Sophie (Daniella Pineda) being the first casualty — killed by her own niece. Brutal.
But the witches didn’t just target the Originals, though. Father Kieran (Todd Stashwick) is in pretty hot water at the moment, cursed with the same hex that led to his nephew’s demise years ago.
“Everyone’s sure as hell going to try [to help him]. It’s not pretty,” executive producer Julie Plec tells a small group of reporters after a screening. “We saw what happened with Sean in the past, his nephew, and it’s definitely not going to be an easy thing to overcome. The hexes and dark objects and all that witchy business, sometimes you wonder what’s reversible and what isn’t. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.”
And unfortunately we’ll be waiting a while, since Kieran’s hex is a slow burn. “The Kieran and Cami [Leah Pipes] journey plays out quite a long while until our next chapter, mostly because right now we’ve got two missing Originals and a bunch of crazy pissed-off witches,” Plec says. “It’s a long-term disintegration of his psyche. It won’t be just wrapped up in one episode.”
If Father Kieran — knock on wood — doesn’t survive the hex, will Cami step up and take control of the human faction of New Orleans? “We’re setting up Cami to be, in her own way, offered a place at the table, so to speak. And whether she chooses to take it or not will be up to her,” Plec says. “Those human characters are so fun to play with because on the one hand, just run! Just go live in Topeka! Kansas is lovely this time of year.”
She continues, “But on the other hand, she’s bright and she’s smart and she understands the psychology of the brain and she’s very protective of human nature in general so it will be fun to explore that option for her when we get down the road to it.”
And as for all those naked werewolves in the most recent episode … “Yummy, right?” Plec says with a laugh. “There won’t be another full moon for a few more episodes, but this is our first taste of the crescent wolves. With luck and schedules and all those things in our favor, we’ll be able to have a nice, good story with them.”
Since the crescent wolves are under a curse of their own, they can’t change back into humans until the next full moon, but Plec promises they will become a bigger part of the story soon. “The final chapter of this season which begins right around episode 17 definitely brings the werewolves much closer to the front of the line,” says Plec. “As the other supernatural factions are trying to figure out their way with each other in the quarter, suddenly there’s werewolves to be reckoned with as well.”
Expect that to complicate things for Hayley now that she’s met Jackson (Nathan Parsons) — the wolf that was meant to be her husband — and promised that she would help break the curse keeping him a werewolf.
“It’s going to be driving her forward a lot in that she made this promise to this person and she has this connection to these people that she barely knows,” Plec says. “Because ultimately it’s her bloodline that she comes from, the pack she comes from, from birth. She’s going to be very determined to free them and then ultimately in success in freeing them, then there’s that whole, ‘Well who’s my real family? Who do I belong with? Where do I belong the most?”
What does that mean for her and Elijah? “Of course, her draw towards Elijah is both very alluring and very forbidden,” says Plec. “So we’ll see if she decides to stick around the quarter or head out to the bayou.”
If Hayley does choose to ditch the Original family for the werewolves, that doesn’t mean good things for Hayley and Elijah’s attraction.
“I don’t think he’s going to be very happy about it,” Plec says with a laugh. “We’ve got another few episodes before we return to the werewolf story but just this idea of her attention falling towards these people and her sense of family unity and family bond drawing her towards them and away from the Originals is a lot for Elijah to handle. And once hopefully if he’s ever able to stand face to face with Jackson, I’d be like, ‘Hey wait a second! Who’s this guy? I’m not so sure I like this guy.'”
And Jackson won’t be the only returning face to stir up some trouble. “We have not seen the last of Thierry [Callard Harris],” Plec teases. “It’ll be a couple episodes but he’s now living on the outskirts and he might come in handy to one of our characters someday soon.”
“The Originals” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.