The CW’s TV take-over begins in earnest with their eagerly anticipated Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals– airing from 22 October 2013 on Syfy in the UK – which follows the original clan of bloodsuckers in their New Orleans bastion. But with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) heading up the new show, what does this mean for his romance with Caroline (Candice Accola)? And how much will the shows cross over? Co-creator and showrunner Julie Plec explains….
What excites you the most about the first season of The Originals?
The Originals feels deeply connected to The Vampire Diaries. It’s essentially everything I love about the show; it’s a launching platform for all the same wonderful people and the same things, but you get to open up the world a lot more. All of the rules we make for ourselves on The Vampire Diaries don’t apply on The Originals. It’s like a playground of opportunity. The Originals is emotional and scary, as well as sexy and powerful – but it is also deeply emotional and I’m really excited about that.
What is the core of the story of The Originals?
For us, The Originals is about a brother, Elijah, who has watched his family fracture over and over and over again for a thousand years. In particular, he has watched his brother go dark and really, really crumble psychologically over centuries – but he gets a glimpse of a chance at redemption. And this redemption is not just for his brother, but also for his entire family legacy.
Everything is going to be built around him wanting to bring the family back together and reinvigorate the power of his family. There’s a reason they stayed together this long in spite of all the terrible things they’ve done to each other. It’s like the salvation of the family unit amidst of a war that is happening over the control of a town, as opposed to vampires trying to control girls. It’s about trying to win the power of New Orleans.
How much is the baby going to factor into the story?