The Vampire Diaries’ spinoff The Originals is set to premiere its backdoor pilot in the April 25 episode of the original series. The spinoff, starring Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Daniel Gillies, and Phoebe Tonkin, will take us on a trip back to the city of New Orleans as they respond to news that the witches in town are threatening to revolt.
So what’s in store for viewers come April 25? Per Entertainment Weekly, the backdoor pilot will have Klaus return to New Orleans to respond to the threat and Elijah will tag along to keep his brother in check. Creator Julie Plec has said that if the series gets picked up, Klaus will have a series-long redemption arc, but he can’t quite do that without the help of the noble Elijah. “What he sees in New Orleans, and what he finds out in the context of a place where they were once happy as a family, is an opportunity to rebuild that with Klaus and with Rebekah and put the broken bits of the Original family back together,” Plec says of Elijah’s purpose in the spinoff.
Another character we’ll be seeing a lot of during the backdoor pilot is Klaus’ former protege, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who the hybrid runs into at a karaoke bar in New Orleans. Klaus will soon realize the kind of community Marcel has built in the city. Feelings of envy at the realization that he’s doing much better than him will cause their friendship to falter a bit. The fact that Marcel doesn’t seem to be giving Klaus the respect he thinks he deserves, doesn’t help the situation.
While Marcel thinks the city is under his complete control, Klaus knows that an impending revolution is threatening to disrupt the celebratory mood of the vampires in town. The witches, led by Sophie (Daniella Pineda), have become tired of the oppression they’ve suffered at the hands of Marcel. As always, Elijah is in charge of sorting out the mess his brother – or in this case, his brother’s protege – has created. ”He’s sort of beneath this suspended sword of Damocles, and I can’t reveal what that is. But I can say that she does have both Klaus and Elijah trapped in a sense, and they’re negotiating,” says Gillies of his interaction with Pineda.
So we have a story about a brother’s redemption, the return to a city that they could very well call home, and a witch revolution that needs to be contained. The core of the show, however, is most definitely the bond between the two brothers – Klaus and Elijah – as they struggle to once again become a family unit with their sister Rebekah. The possibility of throwing a romantic interest into the mix, however, isn’t something Plec wants to dismiss quite yet. But don’t fret Klaroline fans, because while Klaus does interact with Cami (Leah Pipes) – the only human on the show – during the backdoor pilot, his heart is still very much set on Caroline. “Klaus is still very attached to Caroline Forbes and the idea of what it could be like if they were ever to be together. It’ll be a little bit of time before, if ever, he’s able to be distracted from that,” she assures us.
After all this talk about brothers, witches, and a possible love interest, we almost forgot to mention Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), who as we learned in a past episode of TVD, has already been living in the French Quarter. After her tryst with Klaus, she learned that a pack of werewolves baring the same birth mark as her, once lived in New Orleans. Her journey in the would-be series will entail her searching for her real family.
As for the other female lead in the series, Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) role in the backdoor pilot is being kept a bit under wraps. She’ll be joining the series if it gets green-lit, but it’s uncertain if she’ll follow her brothers to New Orleans on the April 25 episode.
If The Originals gets picked up for a series run, Vampire Diaries creator Julie Plec is set to take the reigns of the project. Her commitment to both series will be made a little easier by having both film simultaneously in Atlanta. The series would debut as early as this year as part of the CW’s Fall 2013 lineup. Can we say crossovers?