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As The Originals gears up to explore the Original siblings’ sire lines — and double-down on being a vampire show — The Hollywood Reporter asked showrunner Michael Narducci to share his defining moment of the series (so far).
In episode eight [“The River in Reverse”], we saw Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) stand up against a room full of vampires, and fight his way out of an ambush, and kill quite a few attackers. And he was this vicious monster. Then in a later scene of that same episode, he confronted his siblings in a very honest and raw way about how betrayed he felt.
The only thing they have, truly, is each other. Our show is a family drama set in a supernatural world where the family is immortal. There are ups and downs and highs and lows, and this is a story of cycles of abuse and a desperate need to connect, and try and redeem one another.
I think that’s the story we’re going to continue to tell. This notion of, can Klaus Mikaelson change? What is Elijah’s (Daniel Gillies) responsibility to this brother that is so damaged? Can Rebekah (Claire Holt/Maisie Richardson-Sellers) ever find freedom, or will she be lured back into the family. And is Freya (Riley Voelkel), who herself was an abused and damaged soul, going to find any healing by being connected to these people? So it’s a story of love, and passion and connection and redemption set in the backdrop of this violent, vampire world. And I think that episode was where a lot of those ideas crystallized.
The Originals returns Thursday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. on The CW. Which Originals moment stands out to you?
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