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Created by
Julie Plec

Country of origin
United States

First episode date
3 October 2013

The Vampire Diaries

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Joseph Morgan Daniel Gillies Claire Holt Phoebe Tonkin Charles Michael Davis Daniella Pineda Leah Pipes Danielle Campbell Yusuf Gatewood Riley Voelkel

Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Daniel Gillies, Danielle Campbell, Charles Michael Davis


The Originals is an American television series that began airing on The CW on October 3, 2013. Created as a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, the series follows vampire Klaus Mikaelson as he and his family become embroiled in the supernatural politics of New Orleans.


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The series premiere aired after The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013. A week later, on October 8, 2013, it moved to Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. Central) in its regular timeslot where it led into Supernatural.

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On March 11, 2016, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season consisting of 13 episodes, which premiered on March 17, 2017.

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Series overview

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The Originals is a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries which centers around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The backdoor pilot, which aired on April 25, 2013, also revealed that the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus's child and would, therefore, join the cast. The show begins with the original siblings returning to the city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally built the city, they had been forced to flee from their vengeful father. In their absence, Klaus's protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took charge of the city. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and get back the city that once belonged to them. While doing that they must also protect their city from a war brewing between vampires, werewolves and witches. Over time new and old friendships are formed, love is in the air, death surrounds them and most of all they learn more about their own family past. The 2nd season, describes how Klaus's mystical child is going to be born and speaks of the threats that all of the family together must keep away from her. The 3rd season shows the Mikealsons facing a prophecy that speaks of their fall.

Cast and characters

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  • Joseph Morgan as Klaus Mikaelson, the main protagonist. He is the Original Hybrid; half-Original Vampire and half-werewolf. Klaus is one of the most evil and relentless supernatural beings in history but has a soft spot, especially for his family.
  • Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson. He is an Original Vampire and despite the many quarrels with Klaus, always tries for his brother's redemption. Family is his most important thing in life and he always keeps his promises.
  • Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson (season 1; special guest star season 2–). She is an Original Vampire and is a woman who will fight for what she loves. She's the youngest of the Mikaelson siblings after the death of Henrik. When the numerous enemies are coming for the family, she took Klaus's daughter (Hope) out of trouble.
  • Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley Marshall-Kenner, a werewolf who conceived a daughter with Klaus. She is now a vampire-werewolf hybrid and struggles with a lot of pain but she will get through it with the help of some people.
  • Charles Michael Davis as Marcel Gerard, a vampire turned by Klaus, his former protégé, who will have a struggle of choosing from the good and bad side.
  • Daniella Pineda as Sophie Deveraux (season 1), a witch of the French Quarter.
  • Leah Pipes as Camille O'Connell (seasons 1–3; guest season 4), a human therapist for Klaus who was later turned into a vampire along the way she struggles with the supernatural but finds love in the end.
  • Danielle Campbell as Davina Claire (seasons 1–3), a powerful young witch who can stand her own ground whilst falling for one of the Mikaelsons.
  • Yusuf Gatewood as Vincent Griffith (season 2–; guest season 1), a witch once possessed by Finn, the eldest brother among the Mikaelson siblings, and the now recently impeached Regent of all witch covens in the city.
  • Riley Voelkel as Freya Mikaelson (season 3–; recurring season 2), a thousand year old witch, former immortal, and the eldest of the Mikaelson siblings who has just been reunited with her family and the struggles that come with them.
  • Production

    On January 11, 2013, it was announced that a back-door pilot focused on the Originals, starring Joseph Morgan as Klaus and titled The Originals would air sometime in April for a potential series pick-up for the 2013–2014 season. On April 26, 2013, The Originals was confirmed for a full series. This second spin-off attempt will be overseen by Julie Plec, with no involvement by Kevin Williamson. The Originals was officially picked up by The CW on April 26, 2013, for the 2013–14 season. Season one of The Originals was set to premiere on Tuesday, October 15. However, on July 29, 2013, The CW announced that the series premiere would instead air on October 3, 2013, following the fifth season premiere of The Vampire Diaries in order to attract fans of the series. On October 10, 2013, the CW ordered three additional scripts for the series. On November 11, 2013, the CW decided to order a full season for The Originals.

    Following her March 11 episode Claire Holt left the main cast. Holt confirmed that she will be returning to the show, but she needs to spend time with her family first.

    The Originals: The Awakening

    The Originals: The Awakening is a webseries. The series explores the character Kol Mikaelson and his relationships with his siblings. Flashing back to 1914, Kol is on a quest to form an alliance with the witches of the French Quarter. Awakening gives answers to some questions about Kol's past, including the origins of his rivalry with his family and the unique backstory he has with the New Orleans witches. Each webisode is approximately two minutes long.

    Principal cast

  • Nathaniel Buzolic as Kol Mikaelson
  • Keri Lynn Pratt as Mary-Alice Claire
  • Aleeah Rogers as Astrid Malchance
  • Novels

    On January 27, 2015, the first book in a series of novels based on the show was released. The Rise, The Loss, and The Resurrection are the three novels in The Originals Series Written by Julie Plec


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