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'The Originals' star Joseph Morgan hints at more flashbacks, bigger fights

When The Originals catches up with the Mikaelsons at the beginning of its second season, it’s safe to say that losing Hope hasn’t gotten any easier over the past four months. And not surprisingly, Klaus is ready for revenge. But with two parents and a new brother in town, Francesca isn’t going to be Klaus’ only problem this season.

We caught up with Joseph Morgan, who plays Klaus on the show, to talk about season two, Klaus’ parents, and the ultimate daddy showdown.

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Klaus on 'The Originals' wants revenge in the 'most violent way possible'

On The Originals, Niklaus Mikaelson is not a fan of losing. Or maybe the more accurate statement is: Niklaus Mikaelson is a very big fan of revenge. The really, really bloody kind. And considering that Francesca was a central player in Klaus and Hayley having to give up baby Hope, you can bet that she will be target No. 1 when The Originals picks up for season two. But the thing is, when viewers do catch up with Klaus, he’s been imprisoned in his own home for the last four months.

“If you remember in the finale, there was a spell cast by Genevieve that bound Klaus’ strength to these rings that the wolves had, so every full moon the wolves they wouldn’t change, they would get more powerful and that power would come from Klaus so it would be zapped from him, so he’s been weakened by these rings,” Joseph Morgan said. “So, to a certain extent every month, [Klaus is] debilitated a little bit. So that’s been involved in the decision making.”

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'The Originals': Joseph Morgan on Klaus' greatest threat; plus, a fatherhood edition of 'What Would Klaus Do?'

With every episode of The Originals, Klaus’ list of enemies seems to grow longer. And at this point, he’s got a number of people to worry about (as much as an all-powerful hybrid needs to worry.) There are the witches, who want to kill his unborn child, his father, who’s trying to come back from the dead to kill him, Marcel, who’s readying for battle, and whatever’s going on with that key the humans have … to name a few. But heading into the penultimate episode, Joseph Morgan is most worried about two specific members of the Originals universe.

On the one hand, there’s Mikael, who Morgan identified as “the most terrifying threat,” for Klaus. But in terms of Klaus’ potential for redemption, Morgan is more focused on Klaus’ unborn child. “The emotional investment that Klaus has finally made in his child and the potential for the child to save him, to redeem Klaus is huge, so the witches, Genevieve, particularly, being a threat to his child is pretty worrying as well,” Morgan said.

So basically, Klaus needs to keep his eye on the unborn and the potentially undead. “For Klaus’ person, for his physical form, if Mikael gets his way and is able to get a body and come back somehow, I think Mikael is the biggest threat, but for Klaus’ redemption, for his sanity, for everything that’s good in him, I think that Genevieve at the moment along with Monique is the biggest threat because they take his child and he’ll be going down a pretty dark path, I would imagine.”

And speaking of Klaus’ children, he and Marcel had a great moment last week, in which both affirmed their father-son relationship, and yet, also prepared for a bloody battle. So does Morgan think Klaus will let his feelings get in the way on the battlefield? “[That] is going to be answered on Tuesday,” he said with a chuckle. “He has before let his feelings get in the way at the last minute, [but] he’s also charged at his sister with the white oak stake and only because he was stopped by Elijah did it not happen. I think he tried to stab her a couple of times and was ready to kill her, was ready to end her and then was stopped. I think he’s capable of doing very rash things, which he will deeply regret later, but the potential is there. We’ve seen how much of a monster he can be. He does care for Marcel deeply, Marcel is his adopted son, he raised him and he sired him. There’s a huge love there between those characters, but in the moment, could Klaus do something terrible? Absolutely.”

While we’re talking family, what ever happened to that one member of Klaus’ wolf bloodline that we met? Well, Morgan doesn’t know, but Klaus’ wolf family is a story he’s dying to delve into next season. “That’s a huge untapped resource we have, and I would hope moving into season 2, that we’ll see more of his background, his wolf side. We saw one of his bloodline, and we found this ring that his mother made for his true biological father, so I think the idea of exploring that, certainly for me, is very interesting, because the Klaus we met was very much a vampire. We’ve seen more of the beast in him certainly over the last season, but definitely, we could explore more of that. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we discovered a pack that was descended from his bloodline, so there’s another family of which Klaus is a member, and then you have these two families, and he’s a member of both? I should be pitching this to Julie [Plec]. Season 2, I think we just figured it out!”

So now that we figured that out, we asked Morgan to play a game called What Would Klaus Do: The Fatherhood Edition. It’s pretty much exactly what you think it is. Read his answers below: READ FULL STORY

Joseph Morgan previews new 'Originals': Glitz, glamour, and drama

Last week’s episode of The Originals introduced Klaus’ little sister, Rebekah, to the mix and told viewers all about the backstory behind Marcel’s relationship with the Original family. It also gave us our first Original vampire-Davina showdown and, naturally, put Elijah’s life in danger. So what’s in store now that Hayley gave Rebekah Klaus’ remaining daggers and Klaus (too little, too late!) realized his mistake in handing Elijah over? A masquerade ball, of course.

We caught up with Joseph Morgan to talk tonight’s big event, Klaus’ priority, and when that pesky hybrid baby will come into play:
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'The Originals' star Joseph Morgan steals from EW offices -- PHOTOS

On the Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals (premiering Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW), viewers will quickly learn that Klaus (Joseph Morgan) wants what his former protégé-turned-rival Marcel, played by Charles Michael Davis, has. It’s a stance Morgan has been known to playfully take on set as well. “I’ve been trying to get Julie [Plec, exec producer of both shows] to let me wear a vest for two years. It’s a British thing. I just like the idea of it. What I would call a waistcoat,” he says. “And then one of Marcel’s henchmen, his right-hand man Thierry [Callard Harris], shows up — vest in every scene. And my thing was, Klaus has a few necklaces. From the beginning I’ve done that. And then I’m like, ‘Here’s Charles Michael Davis with a cool necklace. But not only that, leather wristbands.’ And he looks like he spends every day in the gym. On the backdoor pilot, my stand-in was this sort of weedy-looking white guy. Charles Michael Davis’ stand-in was this hugely buff guy. I was like, ‘Look, this is how they see us. These two guys together.'” Morgan got a new stand-in when the show, which filmed the backdoor pilot on location in New Orleans, set up shop in Atlanta: “Now my stand-in’s too handsome,” he says, laughing. “He’s like a younger, more handsome version of me. Now I’m intimidated by my stand-in. I’ve been shot in the foot.”

In the spirit of Klaus/Morgan wanting what others have, we invited him in to different staffers’ offices at EW HQ to see what he’d like to steal from them. Let the tour begin:
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'The Originals': Flashback to the 1800s -- FIRST LOOK

The Originals, the CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff, may debut Oct. 3, but there’s at least one reason to look forward to the second episode (which airs in the show’s regular Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET time slot on Oct. 8): Flashbacks! As you can see from our exclusive first look photo, even in the 1800s, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) had a complicated relationship. Also, it’s nice to know the show wastes no time getting Davis shirtless. Well done. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Klaus wants his kingdom back in promo for Originals' backdoor pilot -- VIDEO

In the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) heads to New Orleans to investigate the threat of witches mobilizing against him. What he finds, as you see in the extended promo below, is his former protegé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) ruling the Big Easy and having everything Klaus has ever wanted: power, loyalty, family, and slow-motion walks through Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. What would The Originals be about if this backdoor pilot turns into a series on The CW’s fall schedule? Klaus sums it up: “I want to be king.”

For a closer look at the new characters introduced in the episode, plus spoilers from exec producer Julie Plec, Morgan, and Daniel Gillies, click here.

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'Vampire Diaries': Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies on filming Originals spin-off pilot in New Orleans -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands today, we have the exclusive first look at the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries, which serves as a backdoor pilot for an Originals spinoff set in The Big Easy. In that hour, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) return to New Orleans — a city they helped build, then fled about 100 years ago when Mikael chased them out — and find that Klaus’ former protégé Marcel (The Game‘s Charles Michael Davis) has turned it into a town where, for all intents and purposes, vampires walk the streets freely. “Marcel’s got people to look the other way while they have these crazy hedonistic parties and do whatever they want,” Morgan says. Shooting one of those soirees earlier this month at New Orleans’ Hotel Royal, which doubled for Marcel’s home, proved memorable for the actor… READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' spin-off: The redemption of Klaus, the unraveling of Elijah? -- EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Gillies’ Elijah returns to The Vampire Diaries tonight, and as he’s already teased for us, Elijah’s going to “shock and possibly even horrify.” That’s something fans might need to get comfortable with… READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Daniel Gillies on Elijah's return -- 'He's gonna shock and possibly even horrify'

In next week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, Elijah is back. “There’s been a lot of talk about what I’m returning for and to do,” Daniel Gillies says. The episode’s synopsis simply states that Elena has a “surprising encounter” with Elijah in Pennsylvania, where she and Rebekah are headed in their search for Katherine and the cure. “All I can say is tune in,” Gillies says, “because Elijah’s gonna shock and possibly even horrify a few. In fact, I’ll say he’s gonna horrify many. But franky, I don’t care. I think what he’s doing is wonderful.”

Exec producer Julie Plec is even more vague: “The first glimpse of Elijah, your heart explodes, you’re so happy to see him. And he is quintessential Elijah, dressed in his beautiful suit with his lovely demeanor, and, as always, trying to find ways to keep Klaus in his place and keep his family together.” (That’s also what Elijah will be doing in the April 25 episode, which serves as the backdoor pilot for the Originals spinoff.)

After this week’s episode, in which Silas put the white oak stake in Klaus’ back and threatened to do worse if he doesn’t get him the cure, Klaus appears to need all the help he can get. While promo shots show Caroline with him — is she getting the splinters out? — we like the shirtless shot of Joseph Morgan, above, the best. Which leads us to an important question: READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Joseph Morgan talks cure answers and spinoff hopes

, ‘We’re uploading the satellite thing now.’ There’s that kind of feel to it.”

As we’ve been pointing out in our recaps, we’ve never actually heard what form the cure takes and how many people can partake in it. That will change this week: “It’ll become a lot clearer,” Morgan says. “We find out a lot more about what the rules are concerning the cure.” Something else to look forward to: Klaus’ incarceration will leave him understandably pissed: “They killed his brother, he saw it, it was right there in front of him. And to top if off, Tyler spent the next two episodes taunting him. I don’t know if we can get quite as glorious as the slaughter of 12 hybrids with an ancient sword, but he’s certainly going to come out looking for vengeance.” (Klaus won’t be in the Feb. 21 episode, “Stand By Me.” Says Morgan, “That’s because of the way he lays it down in this episode.”) READ FULL STORY

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