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The Originals - Season 2 - EP on Esther's Plans for Klaus, Rebekah and More

On Kol’s allegiances moving forward: “I wouldn’t say he’s necessarily about to jump into bed with his siblings,” Narducci told EW. “But he’s got his own agenda. With Kol, he knows he is a lesser witch than both Finn and Esther, and that is by design. Esther knows she can’t completely trust Kol; she thinks she’s given him an opportunity for a new life and expects some loyalty, but she wouldn’t put him into a super powerful witch because Kol’s a little bit of a trickster. So when Kol refuses to answer that phone and then two seconds later his nose starts bleeding, you know Finn’s like ‘Don’t mess with me. I own you.’ He’s on a little bit of a leash and everything he does is going to be a part of his agenda to break free of it. So with Davina, does he care about her or is he using her as a potential ally to get himself out of a hot spot? That’s one of the great questions with him.”

On Mikael piecing together a new plan: “He just got his ass kicked. Two episodes in a row, he goes head-to-head with Klaus, and in this episode, he actually defeats him. It’s the thing he’s always wanted for a thousand years and it doesn’t work,” Narducci said. “It was this notion that Mikael has made an existence out of his desire for revenge, and Klaus has made an existence out of his desire to keep his family—even if he’s keeping them in coffins with dagger in their hearts, family is very important to him. And because of that, his son Marcel, his baby mama Hayley, the adopted daughter of his adopted son Davina, Cami, who’s kind of the family therapist, everybody stood with him. Confronted with that, Mikael had no choice but to flee. I’m sure he’s going to be back, but he doesn’t have the White Oak Stake anymore, so it’s not like he can just come charging in at any point. He’s going to have to come up with a plan and I think he’ll have an interesting one.”

On why Kol hasn’t told Finn or Esther about Mikael: “It’s just a game of poker. What are the assets I have? What do I get out of telling them? If it would help him and his agenda, then I think absolutely, he would tell them. But it’s just one more thing, even if it is as simple as making an alliance with Mikael to turn against Esther, and if Esther dies, all of a sudden there’s no one holding that leash on Kol.”

On whether Alaric is on Esther’s radar: “Maybe down the line it would be a remnant she would have to address if ultimately the most important thing in her drive is to deal with vampires, but right now, the most important thing is to deal with her children. I liken her to someone who realizes that her children are all alcoholics and knows she was the one who gave them their first drink and now is basically kidnapping them and forcing them into rehab. That’s really kind of what she’s trying to do. We’ve seen how she’s addressing Elijah. We’re going to see what she has in mind for Klaus and we’re going to see what she has in mind for Rebekah, so to me those are the stories that I’m most excited about and yes, if everything were to remain the same, she would have to deal with Alaric because he’s something special and unusual and unique under the sun that she is responsible for.”

On what’s coming up for Josh and Aiden: “It’s very important to us that these two characters are not defined by their relationship. They have to be real people. What we’ll see going forward is Josh is struggling because the vampires are absolutely in a crappy place—they are under attack; they are diminished in power; they are exiled to Algiers; they are the opposite of the vampires that we met in New Orleans at the start of the first season, and so Josh has to figure out where his allegiances are. Does he trust Marcel? Is he part of that group? Will he fight for them?”

MOTHER’S LITTLE MONSTERS | By challenging Elijah with the truth about what he did and the suit of honor he wears to mask his behavior, Esther “wants to break him down completely, and she’s not done,” Narducci says. “Confronted with this by his mother, how will he react and what will he do?” And she’s not stopping with Elijah. “What does she intend to do with Klaus?” the EP posits. “What does she intend to do with Rebekah? If that was Elijah’s Kryptonite, what’s theirs?” The good news about mommy’s not-so-kind plans for her children: We’ll get a glimpse of Claire Holt before the end of the year. As for whether Klaus will learn that Elijah killed Tatia, Narducci would only say, “That’s a great question. I’m going to leave it at that.”

CHAIN OF DEATH | If Klaus dies, all his vampire offspring tumble. But does that include Hayley and baby Hope, too? “I don’t think they know, but if I’m a mother, I certainly would be afraid that that would be the case,” Narducci replies. As a result, when Hayley is put in the position of having to choose between saving Elijah or Klaus, her “wheels are turning, and you see what decision she makes.”

FAMILY TIME | Next week’s episode, “The Wheel Inside the Wheel,” will continue to uncover more buried Mikaelson skeletons. “We’re going to get into a lot of other stuff with the family history and who these people are and why this family is so important and a little bit of the origin of Esther and Mikael,” Narducci previews. “The secrets buried within the secrets of this family are going to start to come out, and they are fraught with the same kind of complex conflict as what we have shown so far.” The official description also reveals that someone from the Original hybrid’s past returns. “It’s a storyline that is pretty central to not only Klaus, but Esther’s plan and what’s going to happen to the family,” Narducci teases.

WITCHY WASHY | Kol has been placed into the body of a lesser witch, so “he’s on a little bit of a leash and everything he does is going to be a part of his agenda to break free of that leash,” Narducci previews. “So with Davina, does he care about her, or is he using her as a potential ally to get himself out of a hot spot?” Meanwhile, Kol’s got an ace in his pocket with the knowledge that Mikael is back, something neither Esther nor Finn are aware of. “It’s just a game of poker. What are the assets I have? What do I get out of telling them?”