The Originals Finale: What Can We Expect From Season Two?

Photo: The CW
Photo: The CW

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of The Originals. The Mikaelson family were always my favourite part of The Vampire Diaries, and so I was super excited when they got their own spin-off, and those feelings grew and grew as the freshman season progressed. And what a freshman season! The explosive finale aired last night, with countless twists and turns full of blood, ‘awws’ and a whole lot of tears (enough to beat the Glee finale in the ratings!), leaving me counting down the days until what is, I must confess, my new favourite show, will grace my television screen once more.

The Originals renewal for season two was confirmed way back in February, keeping fans calm as the television networks were deciding on pick-ups and cancellations these past few weeks. The show is predicted to remain on Tuesday nights and return in early October 2015, similar to it’s pilot last year, although confirmation is expected when The CW announce their Fall schedule tomorrow.

As for the cast, current stars Joseph Morgan (Niklaus), Daniel Gillies (Elijah), Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley), Charles Michael Davis (Marcel), Leah Pipes (Camille), and Danielle Campbell (Davina) are all anticipated to be returning, as they have already begun filming the first three episodes of the next season. Daniel Gillies told TVLine, “Structurally, it just made sense to continue on with the second season, given where everybody’s schedules were at and when everybody was working. We were all of the mind that, ‘Look, the engine’s already firing on all four cylinders and we’re all here, so let’s just get this done.’ People still get their hiatus, but it’s nice to continue going without having to do a reset. There’s something awkward about coming back for a new season. That first episode is just a little clunky; you’re not quite at ease.”

Last night’s finale has set up the involvement of several new characters for season two, not least that of the Mikaelson parents Mikael and Esther. Arguably the world’s worst father, Mikael, played by Sebastian Roché, was brought back to life by witch Davina in order to finally kill Klaus. On the other hand, in the ultimate cliffhanger, the most powerful witch ever and Mikaelson mother Esther (originally played by Alice Evans) has taken on the form of Harvest witch Cassie (Natalie Dreyfuss) so she can sacrifice her newborn granddaughter, Hope. She was accompanied by who fans, myself included, are assuming to be her second-eldest son Finn, also in a body other than his own (usually played by Caspar Zafer). Addressing this theory, showrunner Julie Plec said, “It’s definitely meant to be a mystery, but if I was a Vampire Diaries fan, I could probably give a good guess”, meaning it definitely isn’t a new character! The fact that he called Esther ‘mother’ pretty much confirms it for me. At this rate, by the end of season two we could have a full-blown Original reunion on our hands – all we need now is Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) and Henrik (Devon Allowitz), and a full time return for Rebekah (Claire Holt) and baby Hope! Of the possibility of seeing Hope and Rebekah again, Plec explained, “Yes, we will [see Hope again]. Like I said, in that same context as Claire [Holt], being able to check in and not forget that she was born and [they] handed her off. We will definitely keep the idea of her alive in story and every now and then, with luck, we’ll be able to see her again”.

Here’s hoping we’re getting the gang back together!

As well as this, the finale saw the death of witches Genevieve (Elyse Levesque), Monique (Yasmine Al Bustami), and Abigail (Alexa Yearmes), leaving the door wide open for the two new witches the French Quarter are gaining for season two! It has previously been announced that Daniel Sharman (Teen Wolf) will be joining the cast as Kaleb, a handsome and charming witch who comes from a horrible family background, which he tries to mask with a quick wit and a quick temper. In addition to this, E! have teased the welcoming of Lenore! The as of yet uncast salt-of-the-Earth witch will debut in episode three, and “prove to be quite the new foe for Klaus” – as if he needs any more enemies!

Furthermore, I think it’s safe to assume we’re losing Diego and the other vampires who were killed by Mikael, but I am hoping Josh (Steven Krueger) escaped and that we will be seeing him again, as he quickly became one of my favourites of the recurring characters.

When it comes to storylines, Plec has teased a lot of bloody revenge in Klaus’ future, as well as more for Davina, hinting, “I’d like to see Davina with a romantic interest. I’d like to see Davina really exploring different worlds of magic and where her strengths lie. I’d like to see her find her own way outside this militant witch community that exists within the French Quarter. I’d like to see her have some sort of normalcy despite the abnormal circumstances that she’s living in. There’s so much to look at with her.”

So there you have it! It may not be much at the moment but the finale did only air yesterday! Stay tuned to 4YE as we bring you more details about the second season of The Originals.