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Julie Plec
November 12, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EST

The Mikaelson family is extremely complicated, and who better to untangle that drama than Julie Plec? The Originals showrunner will blog each week’s installment throughout the season exclusively for EW. From answering burning questions to giving behind-the-scenes stories and more, this is a place for fans to hear directly from Plec about the episode they just watched. 

Thanks for watching “Beautiful Mistake,” written by Chris Hollier & Kyle Arrington and directed by Steven de Paul, or as I like to call it: Two Rebekahs, No Waiting. In this episode, we said hello again to Claire Holt and goodbye to the beautiful Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who spent half of season two playing NewBekah. When Esther Mikaelson took over Rebekah’s body in Season 3 of The Vampire Diaries, I don’t think any of us new how much real estate we would be able to get out of the great Mikaelson Body-Swap Spell. Thanks to Esther and her Freaky Friday Shenanigans, Rebekah still regularly graces our presence in spite of a little show called Aquarius, the wickedly talented Daniel Sharman got to play in our Kol Mikaelson sandbox, and we made the discovery of a lifetime in the tremendous Yusuf Gatewood who has gotten to shine as both Vincent and “Finn-cent.” Farewell, spell, it’s been a hell of a ride.

Tidbits from set:
  • Daniel and Joseph loved doing the scene where they were tattered post-fight and worked for 45 minutes with writer Chris Hollier, make-up, and costume departments to try to best each other’s damage. If you never thought you’d see Elijah’s bare toes, tonight was your chance.
  • When Klaus casually pushes the armoire away from the wall to reveal the painting he made of Aurora, it took a 50-ft. wire, three guide levers, and two F/X guys to pull on cue to make the gag look as if it were done with ease. Ahh, movie magic.
  • Propmaster Dort Clark told us that the gentleman who made the ornate dagger with the skulls that felled Rebekah created a whole backstory to it. It’s called “The Elder Slayer” and it’s further proof that everyone who works on this show gives 100 percent creativity and commitment to everything they do.
  • Director Steven de Paul won an Emmy for NYPD Blue. The Originals is his niece’s favorite TV show, so he jumped at the chance to do an episode.
  • Writer Kyle Arrington started on The Originals as the Script Coordinator, having already written, directed, and produced his own independent film. He wanted a foot in the door of television writing, and we were happy to oblige. Chris Hollier’s first writing job was with me on Kyle XY.  Before that he worked for some total unknown named JJ Abrams, whoever that guy is.

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