Warning: Spoilers up ahead!
Since the last episode of The Originals, it seems that the entire vampire universe has been turned on its head. Not only is Aiden dead, but Elijah has also slipped the dagger to his brother Klaus.
So ultimately, since Dahlia arrived in town, we have been bombarded with colossal plot developments and the finale is still quite a while away.
Thankfully, to prevent our heads from spinning out of control, series executive producer Michael Narducci has revealed a few details about the decision to kill Aiden and the future of The Originals.
Killing off Aiden was not an easy decision
“We knew off the bat that we wanted to tell a beautiful Romeo and Juliet story between Josh, a vampire, and a werewolf [...] And our goal was to create a complicated, layered person who was put in many dilemmas with regard to his loyalty to the pack, and outside sources putting pressure on him—the difficulty of being a werewolf loyal to the Crescents and dating a vampire, but also his belief that maybe he should be alpha.”
Upon Dahlia's arrival, he elaborated that Aiden's struggles increased as a result:
"All these story points kind of collided in a way that the idea really seemed like it would be the thing that would happen—even though every one of us in that room loves Aiden and every one of us is really sad to see Colin Woodell go. He was such an incredible actor, such a beautiful performer and a star in the making. But we felt like that was the best story.”
What about Josh?
Naturally, Josh experiences great suffering but no matter how "wrecked" he is, he is not stupid enough to take on Klaus in revenge. This is because he understands that in comparison to the vampire original, he is only a measly 2-year-old vampire. Narducci thinks:
"I think the first thing he needs to do is to wrap his head around how he’s going to recover from this grief.”
How will the Originals fare without Klaus?
As Elijah takes Klaus away from the fight with Dahlia, he puts his family in intense danger.
The executive producer humbly praises actor Daniel Gillies with what he has to portray. He says:
"In the final seconds of this episode, Daniel Gillies does something I’ve never seen him do on this show. [...]“His expression of grief and sadness and also fear at what is to come is just incredible. If you ever doubt that Daniel Gillies isn’t a world class actor, take another look at that shot.”
Difficult end of the season
Narducci says that the final episodes of the season will be very complex. He wonders:
“The question is: Will they be able to survive? Who is going to live and who is going to die? Who is going to be changed forever? What relationships are going to be destroyed? What relationships may have a chance at being healed? I think that things are going to get worse before they get better.”
In particular, he alludes to a definitive showdown with Dahlia, which is likely to lead to more loss.
Additionally, he gave fans a little more insight into what to expect. These include:
- The fact that Davina hasn't fully given up on Kol just yet
- That Cami will be in every episode for the rest of the season, despite taking a backseat sometimes
- That Marcel will face some incredibly difficult choices
- Jackson and Hayley's relationship will be greatly tested
Yet with a lot more death, there will also be a lot more romance. Narducci elaborates:
“One of the things we’re really excited about is the ability on our part to have even more romance on the show. So family is the core but romance leads to family so I think that’s a big part of it as well.”
So, what should we really expect?
“You will be—I hope, if we’ve done our jobs correctly—devastated, but you will see that these people are not yet defeated. You can be destroyed but not defeated. And then season 3 is the story of them figuring things out and coming back together. I hope.”