Samantha Highfill
December 02, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EST

For any show, it’s difficult to summarize the plot in 30 seconds. But for a show about vampires that have been around for more than 1,000 years, it’s even more complicated.

And yet, we got the cast of The Originals to attempt it anyway. The biggest takeaway? In case you didn’t know, this show is really about family.

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The Originals airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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