'The Originals' Boss on Deaths and Betrayals: "The Family Is in Complete Disarray"

"These deaths all have purpose, and it's this slow spiral as the family is falling apart," 'The Originals' boss Michael Narducci tells THR.
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[Warning: This post contains spoilers for Monday's episode of The Originals, "When the Levee Breaks."]

The Originals' death streak continues.

Following the recent demise of both Mikaelson parents, Monday's hour brought the death of Aiden (Colin Woodell) at the hands of Dahlia (Claudia Black), who made it appear like Klaus (Joseph Morgan) had turned on his spy.

When Klaus was confronted by the wolves about the death, he took responsibility for it, believing it would force Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Hope to remain close to him, and prove the wolves couldn't keep them safe. Instead, it backfired. Klaus' family turned on him, and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) opted to dagger his brother in the hopes that the rest of the family could work together to defeat Dahlia.

"The family is in complete disarray after this episode," The Originals showrunner Michael Narducci told THR. "Alliances are shifted, and it's a really exciting story."

Narducci spoke with THR about the decision to kill off Aiden, the fallout from Elijah daggering his brother and the "big" finale.

It's safe to assume that, despite all appearances, Klaus is only being shelved temporarily, correct?

Of course we haven't seen the last of Joseph Morgan. You can put a dagger in Klaus' heart, but you can't keep him down.

Hayley asked Elijah to buy her time before he made the move to dagger his brother. Is his plan to simply undagger Klaus once he gives Hayley enough of a head start?

Elijah's plan is to leave Klaus daggered long enough that he can take down Dahlia with Freya (Riley Voelkel) as his ally. Freya and Klaus each told Elijah, "You have to choose...." Elijah decides to align with Freya because she has the expertise, she knows Dahlia and she knows that threat. Elijah began to feel that Klaus was a bit unstable. [Klaus] was so desperate to do things his own way, he was putting his own child at risk. Elijah stepped in and took matters into his own hands. In the next episode, we'll hear that Elijah basically thinks, "Once we have aligned with Freya and defeated Dahlia, of course I will undagger my brother. I don't want him to be daggered, but I can't leave him walking around, plotting and manipulating, tearing the family apart, and putting our one chance to [defeat] Dahlia at risk."

 

 

In the meantime, what does this do to Elijah, who was already on shaky ground?

There's a moment at the very end of tonight's episode where you can see the pain on Daniel Gillies' face. The pain and the fear Elijah is experiencing — not only has he really broken that vow of standing next to his brother, always and forever, but he is now without his greatest ally at the moment when the danger is at its greatest.

What will Klaus' eventual reunion with his family be like?

You've just seen the first step in how bad it's going to get. It's going to get much worse. When he is undaggered eventually, he's going to be very angry at his family for having done this to him.… The fact that Elijah would be complicit in letting Hayley escape and take his daughter has made him incredibly full of anger and rage.

Cami (Leah Pipes) is the only one who knows that Klaus didn't kill Aiden. How will that weigh on her?

Once she finds out what has happened, she will be aghast and she will want to correct this wrong, but the question becomes, what can she really do? She's got a very interesting storyline in terms of her relationship with the Mikaelson vampires in the next few episodes.

Someone who is seemingly going to stay dead is Aiden. What went into the decision to kill him off?

It was a very difficult decision. We really loved the story of this beautiful Romeo and Juliet romance, of these two people from very different communities: Josh (Steven Krueger), a vampire, and Aiden, a werewolf. Despite the inherent mistrust and animosity between these two groups, these two met each other and fell in love. That love was real and protected them, and helped them grow..... They were ready to run off together. That was, at one point, what we thought might be their fate: that they would run off together. But because Dahlia has come to town, and because she needs to tear this family apart in order to weaken them, we felt she had to make a move. As we discussed what she might do, and how she might turn the family against Klaus, Klaus has this one little secret that he's keeping: that he's tried to turn Aiden to be his mole. We thought, "If Dahlia were smart, she would use that against Klaus." That put Aiden in the crosshairs. Once we arrived at that moment, it was the most terrible thing our villain could do.

The past few episodes have been pretty brutal in terms of character deaths. What pressure does that put on the writing staff for these final few episodes to either up the bloodshed or go on a completely different path?

These deaths all have purpose, and it's this slow spiral as the family is falling apart. In this episode, Aiden's death absolutely forces everyone to question Klaus' ability to lead. Klaus takes responsibility. He claims, "So what if I did kill this guy?" even though he didn't. That in itself is such a reckless move, but with the intention of keeping the wolves from being completely loyal to him and Hope and Hayley so they cannot run. He's doing it with reason and with purpose, but ultimately it backfires on him by getting [him] daggered. Now the family will continue to spiral because they're without their brother, and they're facing Dahlia. Things are going to get worse. The rest of the season, any deaths, any huge moves, it will be with that same purpose until our family is pushed into a place where they have to find a way to defeat this villain by standing together.

 

 

Hayley has put a lot of trust in the wolves to protect her family from Dahlia. Is there anything that could sway that mindset?

I don't think Hayley is convinced that Klaus has the means to protect her daughter from this witch. She doesn't think Klaus is willing to make the alliances necessary to protect her daughter. If you were the mother of a child who was in a situation where they were being threatened and the father of that child was not, by your judgment, doing enough to protect that baby, it's perfectly within reason…to run. That's what she's doing. She's running with a pack of wolves who are seemingly loyal to her, and loyal to her husband, Jackson (Nathan Parsons). She and Jack and this baby are going to get as far away as they can. She's in an incredibly difficult, awful situation, but she's behaving heroically. Some people will disagree with that, but if my child were in danger, that's exactly what I would do.

Meanwhile, Davina (Danielle Campbell) is desperate to reunite with Kol, somehow. What can you say about her journey?

Very shortly, she's going to come across a slim possible chance for a means by which she could bring Kol back. It will come with a definitive cost, which will change her character, if she were willing to accept it. She'll have to debate her willingness to go that extreme route.

We're very close to the finale. What can you tease about what's in store?

The climax of the season is so great that it will have an effect on more than just the members of our cast and the characters on our show. It will be so big, and so great, that it will draw in — and draw the attention of — other entities who have vested interest in what happens to the Mikaelson family. We will be exploring that in season three.

Is there anything else you can tease?

People are going to feel the threat of Dahlia — which we teased all season long — has arrived. It's going to get bloody. People will enjoy her as a villain and what ultimately happens between her and this family.

The Originals airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW. What did you think of Elijah daggering Klaus, as well as Aiden's death?

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