The Originals at PaleyFest: Who's Going Dark? Who Could Be Returning?

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All hope is not lost.

Despite the events of The Originals Season 1 Episode 16, and despite the online chatter soon afterward, Claire Holt said in a recent interview that she needed a break from the series, but she plans for this to be a "temporary absence."

And she reiterated that stance on stage at PaleyFest in Los Angeles last night.

“As far as I’m concerned, this is a temporary hiatus,” Holt said. “I’m taking a little vacation in the sun, but I’m going to return to my New Orleans family.”

Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies at PaleyFest
Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies share a laugh on stage in Los Angeles at PaleyFest 2014.

Altogether now: PHEW.

What else can fans look forward to as The Originals Season 1 ends to a close?

The Mikaelson brothers will be on contrasting paths, according to Daniel Gillies, teasing that "the redemption of Klaus and the undoing of Elijah seems to be where we’re creeping towards," with Joseph Morgan piping in of his hybrid:

“He likes to see Elijah embrace the darker side. There’s an excitement."

Elijah doesn’t actually expect the treaty everyone signed on The Originals Season 1 Episode 17 to last, either.

“He’s starting to understand there’s a lot of method to Klaus’ madness and a degree of mayhem he can’t avoid,” Gillies said. “I think he’s expecting poor results, but he’s giving the factions this one final opportunity to do the right thing - which is his thing."

Hayley stepped to the forefront last Tuesday. Will we be seeing more of her as a leader?

"Throughout Hayley’s life, she’s been looking for a family,” Phoebe Tonkin explained. “Now she’s just trying to work out where her loyalties lie and what she wants to fight for. She’s a woman on a mission to protect her baby and protect what she thinks is right.”

Could there be more Originals-The Vampire Diaries crossovers? “Yes… maybe… I don’t know,” Plec said, though, come on: clearly she knows!

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I AM LOVIN IT!!! #The_Originals … I got hooked after watching the first two episodes and I CAN-NOT! wait!! to see season 2 (even though I am waiting for it.. humbly)


I could really care less if Rebekah is coming back or not. As long as I have Elijah and Klaus, I'm interested.

Sarah silva

I am glad that Claire will be back. I wonder if she was burnt out and needed time away. OOPS sorry for the double post.

Sarah silva

I am happy that Claire Holt will be back!


I love the cast! To have that many phenomenal actors and actresses on one series, first season, is a rarity. I was kind of on the edge about phoebe Tonkin being in this series as I didn't really like her acting style in "secret circle" but I find that she has kind of come into her character more and more with each episode.
I am not though, a cami fan. That character to me is just kind of annoying.
What does make this show so good, is their commitment to their characters. They stay true to them unlike vampire diaries where the characters do to much flip flopping. I can't even say I have a mikaelson favorite. They are ALL SO GOOD! Even when they are so bad in the behavior department. :)
Those 3 characters have so much depth. Especially niklaus. I can't wait for next season! Quite frankly, I feared for this shows survival at first die to such a heavy plot line/story line but they pulled it off!! Great job to all those That Work on this series!

@ nicole

I couldn't agree with you more, you must be my sister Rebekah. lol the really did a good job pulling this off. For real!!


I find it incredibly ironic that Daniel Gillies is not wearing a suit...

The Originals Quotes

They say the passage of time will heal all wounds, but the greater the loss, the deeper the cut and the more difficult the process to become whole again. The pain may fade, but scars serve as a reminder of our suffering and make the bearer all the more resolved never to be wounded again. So as time moves along we get lost in distractions, act out in frustration, react with aggression, give in to anger, and all the while we plot and plan as we wait to grow stronger, and before we know it, the time passes. We are healed. Ready to begin anew.


Hayley: What is it with you two? You say you hate him but the way you deal with him it's so clear. Even when you hate him you still love him.
Rebekah: I guess when you spend a thousand years with someone deciding to quit them is like losing a part of yourself. But sometimes the hate is just so powerful

The Originals Music

  Song Artist
Song Too Late M83 iTunes
The hawk in paris freaks Freaks The Hawk In Paris iTunes
Ms mr bones Bones MS MR iTunes