The mid-season finale of The Originals airs tonight, and the show’s executive producer is spilling details on what viewers can expect to go down with the Mikaelson family, what’s in store for Hayley and Elijah’s relationship and even when we’ll start to find out what abilities baby Hope harbors in her mysterious DNA.
This show is all about familial drama, but with the revelation of the Mikaelson curse and the role of the siblings’ aunt, Dahlia, in the whole situation, the drama was definitely kicked up a notch. “Dahlia’s definitely somebody we haven’t heard the last of as we move closer to the end of the season,” hinted Julie. “When we come back [from holiday break] we’re going to start to dig into that backstory deeper and really start to understand what that curse is all about – How it came to pass, even more so than what we’ve already seen, and what it means for this family.”
At the center of the curse and its effects is baby Hope, the supernatural melting pot whose abilities no one really knows much about. Plec shared that we could start catching little glimpses of Hope’s abilities in the second half of the season saying, “There’s a lot of things coming up in the second half of the season. What is this curse of the first born? What does it mean? What does it mean for Hope? What does it mean the fact that Hope is born to witch blood, born of werewolf descent and also born, sort of, as a progeny of a vampire, what does that mean? While we’ll never kind of drop that all on you at once, little things will start to materialize that will make us realize that there is something extraordinary about this baby. Not just because she’s so damn cute, but because she is sort of a trifecta of all the supernatural beings.”
Although keeping Hope safe will be Hayley and Klaus’ main concern, it sounds like there could still be a little room for romance for at least one of them. “I wouldn’t go writing off Hayley and Elijah anytime soon. In fact, along with the holidays often comes some joy and cheer in that area,” teased Plec. “I think that the saddest thing about Elijah is he, whether it’s through conditioning of his mother or just his own sense of self-loathing, he genuinely believes that if he loves too deeply he will hurt the person that he cares for. That coupled with the fact that Hayley is the mother of this child that’s not his, and she’s the mother of his brother’s child, it’s like ‘hands off’ that he needs to feel with her, but it’s so hard because he deeply cares for her. We’ll really get to watch that struggle moving forward, for both of them. He’s been blowing Hayley off all year, and it’s been kind of killing her a little bit. She’ll finally get to confront him about that, and they’ll have it out a little bit. We’ll try to start getting a sense of where everybody stands in that relationship. Not to say it’s going to end in flowers and rainbows, but it’s definitely going to be very profound.”
On another romantic note, many fans were expecting some sort of Klaus/Caroline reunion, or even just a mention of the TVD favorite, that has yet to happen this season. When asked about why The Vampire Diaries regular hasn’t shown up in physical or mention form yet, Plec replied, “I started getting all these tweets saying ‘where’s the Caroline mention,’ ‘how dare you, where’s the Caroline mention!’ and I looked at all the writers like ‘what are they talking about? Did we promise a Caroline mention?’ Because I didn’t know what anybody mean. Then finally I saw something where somebody tweeted a TV Guide article that said there’ll be someone from Klaus’ past showing up in episode 7, which of course is his actual father. And then something that I said at Comic-Con when I first, we were breaking the story of that episode, when his father made reference to Caroline, and I said ‘oh yeah we’re actually talking about her right now’. When we actually wrote the script and delivered it, the mention went away.” If you want to know more about what Julie said about a TVD/TO crossover episode, you can read it here.
Finally, the supernatural show’s EP teased what fans can expect from tonight’s mid-season finale. “In our 9th episode, our midseason finale, we get to see our version of holidays with The Originals. There’s something that’s a Louisiana tradition that’s been around since about the 1700s called Bonfire Season. Starting in the beginning of December, they’ll start to build bonfires out by the water, and back in the day, all around all the land. It’s almost kind of like a wooden version of a Christmas tree, and so all through December leading up to actually Christmas Eve, there’s fires burning through the city. So we decided to take that folklore and make it our own as though The Originals had actually been the ones to bring it with them from Mystic Falls to Louisiana back when they first arrived.”
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The Originals airs tonight at 8pm on The CW.