10:08am PT by Marisa Roffman
'The Originals' EP, Star Tease the "Key Villain of Our Next Chapter"
The Originals returns Monday from its midseason break, and The CW drama is hitting the ground running.
Fresh off of being placed in a new body (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) — not the body she agreed to be placed in if her brothers' plan didn't work out — Rebekah finds herself in a sticky situation.
"Rebekah is trapped," The Originals executive producer Julie Plec tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She got [screwed over] by Kol (Daniel Sharman). In his mind, it's all in the name of sibling rivalry. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has a different opinion. [He and Elijah (Daniel Gillies)] are definitely not too thrilled with Kol, and if Kol ever wants to have a place in the family, he has some fixing he has to do. Which is part of the fun of that dynamic: Kol has always been on the outside and a little bit jealous of being on the outside. So for him to realize, yet again, he's the odd man out and to have to prove himself to them. The question is, does he even want to prove himself to them? Or is going back to Finn (Yusuf Gatewood) an easier choice?"
"Any time you add another Mikaelson to the mix, it's certainly going to shift things, and create new divisions and alliances," Gatewood allowed. "In terms of what specifically, I don't want to reveal too much, because that's what the next few episodes are about, but it's going to be exciting to have [Rebekah] back, to say the least."
Complicating matters is the fact that Esther (Sonja Sohn), the Mikaelson matriarch, was killed in the midseason finale with vampire blood inside her. Now, she faces the choice of feeding on blood and turning into a vampire, or dying in the name of not becoming what she hates.
"We will find out right quick — when we come back from hiatus — the choice what she made: whether she drank that blood or she didn't," Plec said. "The reveal there actually puts Finn into a very bananas place, and launches him, hard-core, as the key villain of our next chapter. As though he hasn't been villainous enough in our next chapter. As if he hasn't been plenty bad — he really goes off the rails in the next few episodes. And it's just so delightful to watch, because he's so good about being bad. And Yusuf is such a terrific actor. So we'll see what [Finn] thinks about the choice Esther made, and how he chooses to react to it."
Gatewood acknowledged the dilemma with Finn's mother is "a great reveal into his character because we're going to see whether he's a hypocrite, or whether he's going to stand up for what he stated his beliefs are…in this episode, we're going to figure some of that out."
As Finn spirals more solidly toward a darker path, it might not actually be his mother's influence that impacts him the most.
"One of the things you've seen in a few of the Mikaelson brothers is they do take on their father's personality in many respects," Gatewood teased. "This is a cool opportunity for us to see if this is one of the moments when [Finn] takes on the domineering qualities of the Mikaelson clan, which I think Sebastian [Roche] as Mikael does so well. Or does he play second fiddle, as he has in the past like his mother? I don't want to reveal too much, but I think it's a good question fans will get the opportunity to see more of."
"I think we're really get the chance to see how loyalties are playing out," he continued. "And see [Finn] have to fight against the camps that are aligned against him. We're going to see him go head-to-head against Marcel and his vampires. We're going to see some very interesting things there."
The Originals airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW.