In season 1, The Originals ended with multiple shocking twists: Hayley became a hybrid! Rebekah showed up to take baby Hope! Season 2, however, ended on a calmer note: With Dahlia and Esther dead, Klaus told his daughter a fairytale about the vamps and wolves of New Orleans. But for its third season, things are on ending on yet another note.
“This season ends with a very different tone,” says showrunner Michael Narducci. “By the time that we were working on the finale, we knew that we would have a season 4, and I won’t call it a cliffhanger, but it is a completely different tone for us to part on for the season.”
Narducci continues: “This entire season was kind of inspired by the idea of a Shakespearean tragedy, the idea that a fundamental aspect of the core cast of characters would ultimately lead to their destruction, and that fundamental aspect is family above all. Over the course of a millennium, [that] has led to a lot of enemies and a lot of hatred and a lot of animosity.”
According to Narducci, all the tension “is going to come and really tear them apart.” He adds: “With their decision to use Davina’s death and to turn her death into an advantage, everybody else sees that as typical Mikaelson behavior. Everybody else can suffer as long as the family survives, and that leads to something very terrible in the finale, and it’s going to be a big part of our season 4 journey to try to overcome that and to try to understand if there is any way to redeem this collection of individuals. Is there anything beautiful about them or all they all just villains?”
When it comes to a super-charged Marcel, Narducci assures fans that he is not the bad guy. “I want to make this very clear: Marcel Gerard is absolutely not the villain of our show and he will never be the villain of our show. Marcel Gerard is the king of the vampires of New Orleans, he has been a loyal ally to those who are his allies, and he has been a ruthless enemy to those who have defied him or attacked his loved ones. For a very long time he has worked with the Mikaelsons because he has a bond with them of family and friendship and that bond was broken. So by the time we get to the finale, that relationship between Marcel and the Mikealsons is definitely in a very different place. The question you should ask is: Is he capable of condemning them to death? And then the question of assuming that he is capable of condemning them to death, is there ever going to be any hope for any kind of reconciliation for any of these characters? Those are the stories we’re interested in telling.”
Regardless, Narducci says the prophecy storyline will come to an end this season. By the end of season 3, the prophecy will be resolved. Whether or not it comes to pass, I will leave you to watch.”
The Originals airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.