Daniel Gillies as Elijah
By Kendra Beltran
With The "Vampire Diaries" spin-off, The Originals, coming, fans just have to ask: what’s that mean for "The Vampire Diaries," and is it too soon to be breaking the show apart? In a nutshell, "Vampire Diaries" will be fine and they’re actually okay as far as spin-off timing.
For those worried that "The Originals" will replace "The Vampire Diaries" in the fall, don’t. Damon and the gang were renewed for a fifth season as of February 11th. Thank goodness because we’d all be out hitting the pavement to make sure Ian Somerhalder was in our lives on a weekly basis again.
As for "The Originals," well the pilot will actually be in an episode of "TVD." The network got crafty with it and is sneaking it in an episode they started filming this week. Director Chris Grismer shared this on Tuesday: "The beautiful cast of #theoriginals wait for the next shot."
Claire Holt as Rebekah
If you haven’t heard who, it’s obvious from the title but "The Originals" will feature Phoebe Tonkin’s Hayley, Daniel Gillies’ Elijah, Joseph Morgan's Klaus and Claire Holt’s Rebekah. Okay, I wasn’t trusting Klaus before this mini-break, but I hope that’s not why he’s leaving Mystic Falls. My inner thoughts obviously have complete control over the show’s future.
The pilot/episode has Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah heading down to New Orleans to find Hayley. She headed there after backstabbing the whole lot back in Mystic Falls. They’ll stumble upon a pair of witches and Camille, a psych student. Camille’s into learning about all that is evil after a family tragedy, so of course these new folks in town will be her BFFs.
Oh yeah, too soon? Again, nope. Let’s take "Grey’s Anatomy’s" spin-off "Private Practice" for example. "Practice" came out two years after "Grey’s" started and went on to last six seasons. That’s the hope for "The Originals." Plus, Kate Walsh’s Addison was always hopping back on "Grey’s" when necessary, so it’s likely there’ll be back and forth between "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals". And yes, one example is enough for me to place money on it lasting.
The"Originals" pilot/new episode of "The Vampire Diaries" will air on April 25th.