'The Originals': Leah Pipes talks Cami's (sort of) love triangle, more fire stunts, and 'our darkest episode yet'

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Being a human in New Orleans isn’t something most people would see as a problem. But in the world of The Originals, it’s a major disadvantage, especially if your uncle has a hex that’s literally driving him mad and you’ve got some sort of weird almost love triangle happening with a vampire and a hybrid. Welcome to Cami’s world.

Last week, we watched Cami beg for Genevieve to help Kieran only to have Klaus ruin it all. And let’s not forget that bit where Klaus found out about Cami and Marcel’s night together. So where do we go from here? Is this thing with Marcel and Klaus a real love triangle? Is there hope for Kieran?

We caught up with Leah Pipes to talk about all of those things, as well as a few O’Connell family secrets, her favorite scene that never aired, and more. Here’s what we learned:

Klaus, Cami, and Marcel are forming a love triangle (of sorts): “I think love triangle is just too simple. It’s a simple little triangle, it makes sense. But this is a complicated, like, swirly line. Where is it going? What does it mean? Is it romantic? Probably not. But why am I feeling this way? Jealousy! Anger! It’s like when your really close guy friend gets a girlfriend and you’re happy for him, but for some reason, you’re jealous of her and you don’t really know why. It’s a complicated thing. And I think Cami got a little feisty with Genevieve when she figured that out too, so it’s a really complex relationship. And I think her relationship with Marcel is very complex too because they hooked up but she said this is never happening again and that obviously makes things complicated.”

Cami and Marcel aren’t necessarily done: “I don’t know. You know what? I hope she has the self control that I don’t have, because if she could say, ‘This can never happen again,’ that’s a mature, smart decision, Cami. I hope you mean it. But we’ll see if that actually follows through.”

The O’Connell family might have a few secrets of its own: “The O’Connells have been in New Orleans a long time. That has been revealed, so I think there’s a lot of history with the O’Connells and these supernatural people, and so maybe there are family secrets, but I’m going to keep that a secret from you.” [Laughs]

Cami doesn’t actually have a black belt: “Poor thing. She’s walking around being so snarky to all these supernatural creatures with nothing. She has nothing! In the pilot she says, ‘I have a black belt in karate.’ That was a bluff, we’ve decided. She actually does not have a black belt in karate. She has no way to defend herself. I’m pretty sure she’s pro gun control too. She doesn’t even have guns.” [Laughs]

There are more fire stunts coming, and they’re kind of a big deal: “I can tell you this: When I read [tonight's] episode, I was confused because I don’t know when we got a Michael Bay movie budget, but apparently we have one now. I have no idea how we made these episodes with a television budget. It’s like watching a huge-budget movie and every episode has something. It made for very long days of shooting, but I think it’s going to be completely worth it. We have a lot of cool fire stunts. And I think you might see more of them!”

Her favorite scene never aired: “I really enjoyed the last scene that Cami was in this last episode. That, I think, was one of my favorite scenes of the season. My other favorite scene of the season never made it to the episode. It was between Cami and Elijah, and we were talking about our brothers. And so I hope that ends up on the DVD somewhere because I actually think that might be my favorite scene of the season, but it never aired.”

Cami’s not ready to give up on Kieran, but that only means things are getting darker: “It’s looking bad [for Kieran] but she has definitely not given up hope. At no point do you see Cami wallowing in self pity, which I really appreciate about her. She is not the victim. So much has happened to her, [but] she refuses to see herself as a victim. She will fight and fight and fight. And she’s not done fighting. She is willing to do anything [to help Kieran]. Nothing’s too far, so it gets pretty intense, and I would not watch this episode with your five year old. It actually might be our darkest episode of the season.”

Other things we learned: We will get a conclusion to the hex storyline this season, and viewers can expect to find out exactly why the witches want to kill Hayley’s baby soon. And as far as Klaus and Marcel are concerned, expect a showdown. As Pipes put it, “I don’t think Klaus makes threats lightly.”

The Originals airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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