'The Originals': Joseph Morgan on Rebekah's 'Deepest Betrayal' and Revenge Plots

The "Vampire Diaries" spinoff returns after a short Olympics hiatus with the Mikaelson family in shambles.
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"The Originals"

Things are about to get worse for Klaus and Rebekah.

The Originals returns Tuesday after a brief Olympics break with brother and sister incapacitated -- thanks mainly to Celeste's witchy master plan to take over New Orleans. But what Klaus doesn't know is that his own sister, Rebekah, colluded with his former protege, Marcel, to bring Klaus' father to New Orleans, causing him to flee decades ago.

"Klaus and Rebekah have both been captured. They're not able to immediately deal with issues that they may have with each other," Joseph Morgan tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But I think the secrets she's kept from him for a hundred years, when the truth about that comes out, he will certainly be needing some sort of revenge. That will not bode well for their relationship."

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But this latest development will have lasting effects on Klaus. "Over the years they've had their moments of working together, but it's a very conflicted relationship. This is possibly the deepest betrayal because it's very personal," he says. "It's about bringing their father [Mikael] into town, someone who wanted to kill Klaus and the source of all his insecurities. It's going to be very hard to come back from this one for them."

The repercussions for Rebekah will be great, Morgan hints. "I don't know if he'll be satisfied with putting her in a time out with a dagger in her chest. I think what she's done requires more consequences and perhaps the unthinkable," he says.

Though Task No. 1 for Elijah in the return episode, the 1919 flashback-heavy "A Long Way Back From Hell," will be to save his family from further destruction, things will get touchy -- yet again -- when everything is laid out on the table.

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"When the secret does come out, it's going to force the siblings to address their relationship and their ties with each other," Morgan promises. "Each of them have responsibilities toward each other and and they each have things they should feel guilty of, so it's really going to adjust the balance."

Though the Original family will face internal blow-back, Morgan says that their turbulent dynamic will never cease to change.

"They're three adults in a world of children," he says of Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah's outlook. "They are absolutely desperately in love with each other and utterly bored of each other. They hate each other but love each other at the same time. Nobody will be able to understand them as much as they understand each other, so I think it's an incredibly conflicted relationship that's very needy and dysfunctional."

The episode is perhaps one of the darkest they've done thus far in the series' run, says Morgan, who described it as "certainly the most terrifying."

As for the second-season renewal The CW issued Feb. 13, Morgan was thankful for the chance to tell more stories. "It's probably the longest I've known I've got secure work ahead of me," he says, appreciatively.

The Originals airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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