If you haven't watched The Originals' big crossover episode with Nina Dobrev yet, avert your eyes now! Major spoilers below. You've been warned...
So much went down on this week's episode of The Originals that we just don't know where to start.
Oh wait, yes we do. How about the fact that we finally learned the origin of Elijah's (Daniel Gillies) suit obsession?!
That's right, the Original brother with a closet full of expertly-tailored designer duds has a reason for always looking so put together, and it all stems from the fact that he had his mother Esther (Alice Evans/Sonja Sohn) mess with his mind right after he was turned into a vampire.
You see, fans found out via flashbacks that Elijah was actually the one to kill Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) and his first love Tatia (Dobrev), the original doppelganger, all because his thirst for blood became too powerful and he attacked and drained the innocent human. Esther buried that memory for her son behind a "red door" in his mind, and ever since that day, he disguises and dresses up his vampirism (literally and figuratively) as a coping mechanism. Plus, he created a story in his mind to explain Tatia's death: he convinced himself and told Klaus that Esther killed her for a spell to bind Klaus' werewolf side.
Now that Esther forced Elijah to realize the true reason Tatia died, will Klaus also come to learn the real story and turn on his brother?
"It's a great question," executive producer Michael Narducci told us after an advance screening of the episode. "I'll leave it at that."
While Narducci was pretty cagey about whether or not we'll see the two Original brothers at war over this new piece of information, he was able to spill some major scoop on another Original brother: Kol (Daniel Sharman).
"I wouldn't necessarily say he's ready to jump in bed with his siblings but he's got his own agenda," Narducci said. "He did not do exactly what his mother wanted but he did protect that linkage spell. And there's a big hint there: why does Esther care that Klaus and Elijah are linked to the other vampires they've sired? With Kol, he knows he's a lesser witch than Finn and Esther, and that's by design. She wouldn't put him into a body of a super witch because Kol's a bit of a trickster. He's on a bit of a leash and everything's he's doing is to break that leash."
And now that Davina (Danielle Campbell) knows "Kaleb" is actually Kol (and has the white oak stake!) fans can expect to see these two young witches working together in the next few episodes.
As for Mikael (Sebastian Roche), he won't be taking his epic defeat in this week's episode quietly. What's his next move after staking his son with the white oak stake only to see its lethal magic disabled by Davina and Kol at that crucial moment?
"He just got his ass kicked," Narducci said with a laugh. "Two episodes in a row he goes head-to-head with Klaus and he actually defeats him this time. It's the thing he's always wanted for over 1,000 years and it doesn't work. I love the frustration that Sebastian played in that moment. And then Mikael had no choice but to flee. I'm sure he's going to regroup, I'm sure he's going to be back but importantly he doesn't have the white oak stake anymore. He's going to have to come up with a plan."
Whe pressed to elaborate on that plan, all Narducci said was this: "He's going to have an interesting one."
Another surprise fans learned? Mikael is still hurting over Klaus' murder of his wife Esther all those years ago.
"Mikael got very emotional and passionate when he says, ‘He killed my wife!'" Narducci said. "It makes you wonder what Mikael's perspective is of Esther if he were to know that she returned. How could Kol use that to his benefit or not in the inevitable moment when Mikael and Esther do come face-to-face? You can expect that to happen this season."
Something else to expect to see this season: the original Original Kol, Nathaniel Buzolic.
"There is a very high possibility that there will be more flashbacks on this show," Narducci teased. "And any flashback to the early 19th century, around the same time [the Kol-centric web series] will be, we would need Nathaniel for that."
And if you think this season of The Originals is focusing on the Original family more than last season, then you're exactly right. Narducci revealed that the entire second season will explore "the family history, who these people are, and why this family is so important. Plus a little bit of the origin of Esther and Mikael.
"As we unpack those family secrets, in every cycle of violence there is an origin story and a beginning," he continued. "The secrets buried within the secrets of this family are going to start to come out and they are fraught with the same complex conflicts that we have shown so far. There's a lot more coming."
The Originals airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on the CW.