Klaus Mikaelson is returning to Mystic Falls, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
The Originals‘ Klaus (Joseph Morgan) will cross over onto The Vampire Diaries for the first time since he exited the series in the Season 4 finale. As part of his goodbye — and in one of our favorite scenes of all time! — Klaus told Caroline (Candice Accola) that her boyfriend Tyler (Michael Trevino) was free to return to Mystic Falls. He then added, “He’s your first love. I intend to be your last.”
Well now that Tyler and Caroline have pretty much called it quits, has Klaus returned for another go at getting Caroline to give in to his love? The timing of Klaus’ return could coincide with The Vampire Diaries upcoming 100th episode, which will air in early 2014. Reps for CW and Warner Bros. TV had no comment.
Before the season began, Morgan said he was thrilled with the momentary ending between the two characters, but wasn’t sure it was permanent. “[There was] a responsibility for the fans who were rooting for Klaus and Caroline to at least give them some sort of resolve,” Morgan told us. “That’s not saying it’s the end of that because there’s the potential of crossovers.”
When we last talked to Accola, she wasn’t overly confident about the two ever getting together. “Klaus is a bit of a bad word for Caroline,” she said. “It’s a little out of sight out of mind — but he’s still there.”
We caught up with The Originals star on set in Atlanta where he opened up about Klaus’ possessive nature, his relationship with his siblings Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and more.
In this week’s episode, we get a glimpse into Klaus’ new-found friendship with Cami (Leah Pipes) as well as his continued manipulation of Marcel (Charles Michael Davis).
Joseph also told us about his reaction to the Klaroline fandom!
JustJaredJr: So Klaus has befriended Marcel in order to take him down. Do you think Marcel is privy to what’s going on at all?
Joseph Morgan: I think Marcel doesn’t trust him, regardless. I think they are both wary of each other. They are two very powerful beings, especially Klaus. And Klaus returning to the town has sort of everybody on edge. I don’t believe he trusts him entirely to begin with. I think it will play out a while longer. It’s all sort of played out beneath the surface, comments to one another and sussing each other out. They are circling one another at the moment. But there will come a time where the cards will be on the table. But I think we still have a little more of this underhanded manipulation for a while.
JJJ: Klaus and Cami will strike up an interesting friendship. Now that Marcel is dating her, will that cause more problems between them?
JM: It depends on how much Marcel knows about the friendship. If Marcel knows that Klaus wants Cami to tell him what Marcel’s doing, where he goes, who he sees, then that’s going to be a huge problem. At the same time, the Quarter is a relatively small place so they all knowing each other…I would imagine Marcel is slightly suspicious of anything Klaus does because he didn’t get where he is today by being trusting and naive. And he knows Klaus well and spent a long time with him. He grew up with Klaus, so I don’t think it’s necessarily a problem. I think it will be interesting to see how that affects Cami being used in that way, and whether she does have a spark with Marcel and where that goes.
JJJ: Klaus daggered Rebekah for 52 years after he found out she was seeing Marcel. He doesn’t have the best track record with her boyfriends. Will he ever approve of a guy for her?
JM: I think if there was something that he was getting out of it then he may be OK with it. The thing is, with his relationship with both of his siblings who are still living, he wants all of the attention and love, and affirmation he can get from then. So the idea of them having some exclusive thing with someone else that he’s not a part of makes him…it goes right back to his childhood. He’s feels like an outsider again. He feels rejected. He feels like he’s not having the love and affirmation of his parents and family. I think that’s why he has a real problem with that. He’s very possessive.
JJJ: As for Klaus and Elijah, even when they aren’t on the best of terms, you can tell they still care. Could you think of any situation in which one would actually kill the other for good?
JM: At the end of season two, Elijah was plotting with the Salvatore Scooby-Doo Gang to properly end Klaus and take out his heart. But Klaus has always resorted to the dagger, to put them in a box for a while. It’s putting him on timeout (laughs). I’ll literally put him in this box and control him. But I don’t know. I don’t think so. I don’t think that they would ever want to destroy each other. Who else is going to understand him after that amount of time, other than the people who have been around and shared all those memories with him. I don’t think they could do it to each other.
JJJ: And we have to ask about Klaus and Caroline’s relationship. What was your initial reaction to all the fan support?
JM: It was more than I thought it would be. It wasn’t supposed to be, I think, as big of a thing in the beginning. Although, I always wanted a love interest for him or a focus for his affections because I felt like it would allow me to explore different aspects to the character that we haven’t seen. We’ve seen a little bit in terms of his siblings and how he felt about them, but not in that way. But it really became something huge. And in fact, initially, the main threat to the spin-off was that people were so invested. I was like, “We shot ourselves in the foot by making it too convincing” (laughs). But you know, everybody is aware of it. It’s not like we’re like, “Oh, people care about that? Really?” We’re building something here and it will be referred to. It’s not like we’re like, “Well, that’s done. Forget everything we built up and you invested in.” I think there’s got to be some kind of resolve. But yeah, for me it was a surprise how much people responded to it.
The CW’s TV take-over begins in earnest with their eagerly anticipated Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals– airing from 22 October 2013 on Syfy in the UK – which follows the original clan of bloodsuckers in their New Orleans bastion. But with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) heading up the new show, what does this mean for his romance with Caroline (Candice Accola)? And how much will the shows cross over? Co-creator and showrunner Julie Plec explains….
What excites you the most about the first season of The Originals?
The Originals feels deeply connected to The Vampire Diaries. It’s essentially everything I love about the show; it’s a launching platform for all the same wonderful people and the same things, but you get to open up the world a lot more. All of the rules we make for ourselves on The Vampire Diaries don’t apply on The Originals. It’s like a playground of opportunity. The Originals is emotional and scary, as well as sexy and powerful – but it is also deeply emotional and I’m really excited about that.
What is the core of the story of The Originals?
For us, The Originals is about a brother, Elijah, who has watched his family fracture over and over and over again for a thousand years. In particular, he has watched his brother go dark and really, really crumble psychologically over centuries – but he gets a glimpse of a chance at redemption. And this redemption is not just for his brother, but also for his entire family legacy.
Everything is going to be built around him wanting to bring the family back together and reinvigorate the power of his family. There’s a reason they stayed together this long in spite of all the terrible things they’ve done to each other. It’s like the salvation of the family unit amidst of a war that is happening over the control of a town, as opposed to vampires trying to control girls. It’s about trying to win the power of New Orleans.
How much is the baby going to factor into the story?
The baby is the smoking gun, the bullet that got fired. That’s Elijah’s catalyst; his call to arms. It will be the thing that inspires him. It will also be what mystifies him. The baby will be a source of mystery for everybody because it’s a hybrid baby and what does that mean? Let’s not forget there’s a lot of history of bloodlines all coming into this one child. We haven’t even started talking about what the werewolves are going to say about it.
Which of the characters has surprised you the most in the writing room for the show?
You know what? I’ll be honest with you… Some people will roll their eyes at this answer and some people will be very happy – but Hayley is a thrilling character to write because she is the ultimate challenge. She is a character that we know very little about. She is a lost girl who never had parents that loved her and now she’s stuck in a situation where she is going to be this mother. Nobody asked her if she wanted it, and yet she’s the pawn in the whole chess game.
The idea of being able to explore her and give her character a rich, deep life history has been so much fun for us. She’s been the biggest surprise, as far as opportunity goes.
What storylines can you tease from the first few episodes of The Originals?
The first episode of The Originals will take place on the same night as the pilot. This time, it will be seen through Elijah’s point of view, which will be really exciting. And then, when we get to episode two, Rebekah comes roaring into town very angry about something that launches into a series of flashbacks – and that shows us a glimpse of Klaus and Marcel meeting for the first time back in the early 1800s.
We dive straight in and we’re not going to hold anything back. We’re going to tell backstories. We’re going to show flashbacks. We’re going to introduce new characters. We’re going to build up this really powerful ensemble of witches, and eventually werewolves, as well as the human element of the French Quarter who agreed to look the other way as Marcel and his vampires run rampant over parts of the streets. I’m excited about all of that good stuff.
How quickly will we learn about Marcel’s backstory?
The flashback showing Klaus and Marcel meeting for the very first time shows Marcel as a 10-year-old boy – but we’re going to unfold a lot of their story over the first season. Slowly but surely, we’re going to give you little pieces of information on how this friendship was born. We’re going to discover what the friendship meant to Klaus, how it ended and why them coming back together has brought so many different emotions: jealously, love, loyalty and betrayal.
At what point are you going to address the romantic relationship between Caroline and Klaus? They appear on two different shows now, so does that mean they can’t be together?
In the very beginning, Caroline is like a ghost in Klaus’ psyche. She may or may not get mentioned right away because ultimately he’s not thinking about love. He’s not thinking about romance, he’s thinking about revenge. He’s thinking about taking down Marcel and he’s a little distracted by the whole baby scenario, too. However, we will get to see her again and it’s sooner rather than later. If logistics don’t facilitate that, then we will certainly let him work through it in the narrative of the show because he had a powerful, powerful feeling for her and we’re not going to pretend like it never happened.
A lot of other relationships cross over between The Originals and The Vampire Diaries. How are you going to tackle them?
As writers on the show, we have plans for Matt, Rebekah, Caroline and Klaus. In a perfect world, we’ve even got plans for Catherine and Elijah. We want to revisit these pairings, but we haven’t got to that section of the story yet to know if they will fit in or not. When we find out, that’s when we will make the phone call, “Oh, do you want to do this? But we can only pay you that, and it’s going to mean you working eight days in a row.” That’s when it becomes out of our hands and it becomes their choice. We’ll have to see what happens.
The characters in The Originals are more mature than the characters in The Vampire Diaries. What kind of freedom does that give you?
We’re pretty bold and risqué in The Vampire Diaries, so we’ve never felt truly constricted. The freedom that we do have with The Originals is the fact that these are not humans that start kind or need to be protected in any way. These are vampires and they’ve been vampires for a thousand years. They have killed people and they have eaten people – and they are at the top of the food chain. We have freedom of behaviour because they can do whatever they want, so there is a lot of opportunity for bad behaviour. I mean that in big, epic, bold moves, sweeping you to more conflicts that will be really fun to explore.
What were your toughest challenges in bringing the show to the small screen?
Well, this is a show about vampires and they can’t be fooled – but they are not necessarily inherently likeable folk. How do you take a group of not inherently, instantly likeable folk and make the audience root for this family to find their way with each other? That’s been interesting.
How tough is it to juggle two shows?
To be honest, it hasn’t been tough at all. Ultimately, we’re shooting both shows 10 miles apart from each other, so I think we’ll make it. I think we’ll survive. My goal is to nurture the launch of this new show as though it is my baby and yet never betray, abandon or sacrifice my first baby. It might put me in the hospital but until that happens, that’s the challenge. I want to do right by both shows, so that’s what I’m going to do.