With the news that The Originals is returning for Season 5, fans have been wondering what the next season of the supernatural drama series will look like.
On the heels of Julie Plec's big slip of the tongue at the ATX TV Festival in Dallas, it has become rather apparent that Hope will be making her way to Salvatore School for the Young & Gifted.
We're not against that idea by any means, but a new casting call for The Originals Season 5 certainly makes it seem like another time jump could be on the cards when The CW drama returns in 2018.
The show is casting for a teenage version of Hope. On The Originals Season 4, Hope is seven-years-old, so the leap forward could be more substantial than the five-year one we witnessed earlier this season.
If this casting is the case, does that mean the series is not going to show viewers Hope at the school? Instead, it could show a more mature version of Hope harnessing her magic with like minded individuals such as Lizzie and Josie Saltzman.
With Julie Plec returning as showrunner for the next season, there's a good chance she will want some characters from The Vampire Diaries to crossover. Fans were vocal about their support for Alaric's appearance on The Originals Season 4 Episode 8.
While the school plot has a lot of potential, it could take away too much of the action from New Orleans, so it's unclear what is going to happen.
Also worth noting: The casting call could be a big fat misdirect to get fans talking. Some of you may remember when the show was casting for Freya, she was billed as Davina's sister.
It's not uncommon for different names to be used during the casting process. Sure enough, we should get some clarity on the matter on The Originals Season 4 Episode 13.
On The Originals Season 4 Episode 11, Hayley made some comments that made viewers think it was possible for Hope to be sent out of New Orleans and off to the school.
That theory was further fueled in Entertainment Weekly's interview with Plec when she essentially confirmed Hope would be going to the school.
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