5:10pm PT by Philiana Ng
'The Originals' Boss, Nina Dobrev Talk "Tragic" 'Vampire Diaries' Crossover
New details for The Originals' Vampire Diaries crossover have surfaced.
Nina Dobrev heads to The Originals in the Nov. 3 episode as original doppelganger, Tatia, who will be seen in Vikings-era flashbacks. A character previously mentioned during the 13th episode of The Vampire Diaries season three, "Bringing Out the Dead," she will be interacting with Joseph Morgan's Klaus and Daniel Gillies' Elijah. How did the opportunity to have her on The Originals present itself? As the season was being realized, The Originals writers came up with an arc that almost required Dobrev's presence — and it would have likely been scrapped had the Vampire Diaries star not been able to do it.
"We want to have these crossovers take place from a point of story. What makes the most sense for our story? "There's no possible way to tell the story if we didn't get Nina Dobrev," co-executive producer Michael Narducci told a handful of reporters at a recent screening. "We basically got on our knees and begged her."
"She was, to her credit, wonderful," added Narducci. "We tell a story that will make you understand [Tatia's] fate, what happened to her, her relationship with both brothers, and why what happened between her and the two brothers is so beautiful and also tragic."
The writers spent significant time making sure Elijah's dinner scene in Vampire Diaries, when Tatia is first referenced (Elijah called her "an exquisite beauty"), remained intact. (Watch that scene above.) "We studied every word of that to make sure we were honoring that and I think we do," Narducci assured.
In fielding obligatory questions about future Originals-Vampire Diaries crossovers, Narducci admitted, "That's a little bit above my pay grade." The likelihood of stories in Mystic Falls and New Orleans converging, specifically in reference to Klaus and Caroline's courtship, seemed slim. "It doesn't feel like there's an easy way to make people drop what they're doing in Mystic Falls and come to New Orleans, and certainly once our story lines get rolling, it's going to be very obvious that it'll be very impossible for our characters to take a vacation and go to Mystic Falls," he explained. "If anything, the last thing [Klaus] would want is to involve someone else in that. There's a lot of dirty family business to deal with first."
As for Dobrev, Tatia represented a contrast to the other doppelgangers (see: Elena, Katherine, Amara) she's played over the years.
"She's the very first doppelganger so she doesn't have the history of all the other doppelgangers behind her. She is the purest of them all, she's the most unaffected, she's the most regular — almost like how Elena was before all this shit happened," the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter, laughing at the thought of what has since transpired on Vampire Diaries. "But it definitely catches up to her as any character on this show affected by all these supernatural beings [are]. It doesn't really go well for her. It's all about love and happiness until everything goes wrong."
The Originals returns Oct. 6 on The CW.