When we last saw The Originals‘ Hayley Marshall-Kenner, she was bracing for an uncertain future after her entire pack was cursed to remain in wolf form outside of a full moon. Needless to say, Season 3 is going to be rough for her.
TVLine caught up with Phoebe Tonkin last week at The CW’s upfront presentation, where we got her thoughts on Hayley’s journey, including her hopes for her character’s many ‘ships.
TVLINE | How much of Hayley are we going to see in Season 3? Less, I imagine?
Right now, we’re only going to see Hayley once a month. I hope that at least one episode will be the full day when I’m human. I’d also like to see Hayley in wolf form. I don’t know if we’ve seen that yet, and it could be really cool.
TVLINE | And now Klaus is, sort of, a single dad. How do you feel about that, and what are your thoughts on his future with Hayley?
[Laughs] I think Klaus had better sire some nannies. Hayley’s not going to be able to forgive him easily for what he’s done. Even if he did it for the good of his baby, I don’t think he did it in the right way. He should have let Hayley know that’s what he was doing so she could have been part of the plan. But he didn’t do that, so now, [she’s] pissed.
TVLINE | Riley Voelkel is coming on full-time. Are you looking forward to potentially building a Hayley-Freya friendship?
My favorite storylines on our show are the ones with the girls working together for the greater good, and not talking about men. Now that we have four girls — me, Riley, Leah [Pipes] and Danielle [Campbell] — I’m excited for storylines with us four.
TVLINE | Well, speaking of the men she doesn’t want to talk about, I’m a fan of the ever-present Hayley-Jackson-Elijah triangle. How do you hope that resolves itself?
I love it, too! It’s like There’s Something About Hayley, which is really fun. I don’t know, they’re both great characters and they’re both amazing actors, so I’m just lucky that I get to work with both of them.
We also spoke with executive producer Michael Narducci after the finale, who gave a little more insight about what we can expect from Hayley in Season 3:
Built into the DNA of the show is the Mikaelson family. There’s also this young baby, and that baby has a mother, and she has a clear tie to Klaus and a clear tie to Elijah; she’s fundamentally important to the show. Even though she’s in a worst-case scenario, we definitely have not seen the last of her. We have to resolve what has been done to her and what it means to her, and if there is any cure to her situation, we’ll have to deal with that as priority one. Whether that improves her condition, or significantly worsens it, I can’t say. She’s not being written off the show.
Showrunner Michael Narducci previewed what’s ahead for the Mikaelson family when The Originals returns next fall.
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On what’s ahead for Davina:
Davina has been chosen as the emissary between the witch community and the spirits of their ancestors. She is their defacto leader. She is the head of the nine covens and what she has to do is be an advocate for the goals and the causes of her covens, and it feels like that will put her at odds with vampires in New Orleans… even Marcel—who Davina cares for and has a friendship with and who has been good to Davina. When we met him in the pilot, he was assassinating and executing witches in the streets, so Davina is going to have a really difficult choice to make going forward. But yes, she’s definitely going to be standing up for herself and for her people.
On season 3’s new mythology:
That’s what we’ve been talking about in the writers’ room for a very long time now. I think when we are finally able to reveal what’s happening, it should make a lot of sense and feel like the next stage in what this family will need to go through and deal with. It’s pretty frightening and we’re having a lot of fun with it.
On Claire Holt’s presence in season 3:
Claire is awesome. We love her very much and we want to have her on the show whenever she’s available. I know that we plan on using her in a very interesting flashback story that we have coming up, and I know that we would love to see her at some point reclaim Rebekah’s original body. But for right now, it feels very fun and natural for us to see Rebekah go off in a mortal body where she can have all those things that she wanted going back as far as Vampire Diaries where she said she wanted to be cured and wanted to live a human life. Maybe she’ll meet a guy and maybe she’ll have a family or maybe she’ll just have a child of her own, maybe she’ll adopt. She can do all these different things and she can also practice magic and she will perhaps make good on her promise to help Kol or perhaps become a very powerful witch.
On Marcel’s future:
Klaus is seemingly retiring to focus on caring for his family, but of course that’s not who Klaus is, so Marcel’s going to find himself in a really tricky place, caught between Klaus Mikaelson the manipulator on one hand and Davina and the witches on the other hand. And then there is going to be a new arrival into the town of New Orleans, and I think that it’s going to highlight Marcel’s special relationship with this family in a way that’s going to bring Marcel back to the forefront.
The Originals showrunner Michael Narducci has previewed the upcoming season finale in an interview with EW.
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We haven’t seen the last of Maisie Richardson Sellers aka Rebekah 2.0:
The question is, will we ever see that body rise up. There’s a lot of interesting ways stories twist and turn, so I just look forward to everybody seeing the finale.
Claire Holt’s return will change things:
If Rebekah is in her original bod, she’s a little bit more durable and a little bit less likely to be easily killed in battle. So maybe Klaus wanted her back in that original body to protect her, and to make sure that nothing happened to her. Maybe he did what he did because he wanted to delay her and keep her out of the fight as long as possible. I think it very much, as Rebekah pointed out in last night’s episode, was also a punishment.
And then finally, I think—it’s very interesting of Klaus. This is something he has done throughout all the time that we’ve known him—he daggers his siblings and he stores them away as punishment until such time as he wants to bring them back. And he can’t dagger Rebekah in Eva Sinclair’s body. But if she’s in Rebekah’s body—in Claire Holt’s body—he can dagger her. So it’s all kind of playing into who Klaus is and why he does certain things.
Davina will fous on resurrecting Kol:
She’ll have the power to bring back Kol who is yet another ally that we can use in our battle. He’s a smart guy and he’s a witch, and if he’s resurrected, he can help us. But also, she could convince the nine covens, as their leader, that Dahlia coming to town is a bad thing even just for the witches of New Orleans.
A satisfying finale:
[The finale] is going to tie up a lot of loose ends. It’s going to resolve the big question of Davina’s desire to bring back Kol. It’s going to resolve the question of, what is Freya’s play in this family? Can she be trusted? It’s going to deal with first, what Klaus’s plan was. And second, can his siblings ever find a way to look him in the eyes again, let alone trust him to help carry out a plan to help their child? And even though we may think that we have seen the last of Hayley and the Crescents for a while, there’s a little surprise there as well.
If you’re holding your breath for a Klaus-Davina reconciliation on The Originals, allow me to mourn you now.
“She is enraged,” Danielle Campbell says of her character following the death of Aiden, whom she (and everyone else) believes was killed by Klaus. “The most important thing to Davina is taking care of the few people she really trusts; Aiden became one of those people while he was with Josh, and she can’t understand how Klaus has managed to kill yet another person [that she loves]. … She’s ready for Klaus to be dead and out of her life.”
As for poor Josh, Campbell says that Davina will try to help him through his grief on Monday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c), “but at the end of the day, he’s not ready to face the fact that Aiden is gone. He’s going to deal with loss in his own way. And that’s what makes the show a little more human — normal people don’t just kill everyone you love and have it be fine.”
Of course, there’s another boy weighing heavily on Davina’s mind; she’s still in the process of resurrecting Kol, and according to Campbell, she’s about to make a major breakthrough.
“Vincent presents her with an opportunity that could bring her closer to bringing back Kol,” she reveals, “and it’ll also put her in a [higher position] of power.”
Speaking of power, Campbell notes that Davina has been “experimenting a lot with dark magic” which will “come into play next season.” In the meantime, she’s just excited for fans to see the final three episodes, which culminates in a “really big finale. It closes a lot of doors that have been left open, and the third season will basically feel like a new show. We’re introducing a new storyline and it’s going to be very exciting.”
EVERYTHING WE LOVE, WE TURN TO ASH
With time running out, Klaus’ ultimate plan to protect baby Hope at all costs continues to take shape.
As tensions between the siblings come to a head, Cami reveals a vital piece of information that causes Elijah and Rebekah to reconsider their plan of attack against Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black).
Davina finds herself one step closer to fulfilling the promise she made to Kol, while Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) is forced to take drastic measures to protect herself against Dahlia.
Elsewhere, Marcel has to put aside his fury at Klaus in order to protect himself and everyone in their sire line.
Meanwhile, Vincent finds himself torn between the prospects of a magic-free life away from New Orleans and a personal obligation to protect Davina.
Finally, with their risky plan in place, the Mikaelson siblings prepare for the fight of their lives.