Welcome to this week's edition of The Originals therapy, where we gather to mourn those we love that have been tragically ripped away.
Warning: major spoilers below!
When Finn (Yusuf Gatewood) cursed his younger brother Kol (Daniel Sharman), we didn't think the show would actually go through with killing him off! But alas, that's exactly what happened tonight, as Kol succumbed to the curse, surrounded by his loved ones, finally feeling like he belonged in his final moments. Aaaaand cue the waterworks. Seriously, dams would stand no chance against our tears.
But we did manage to dry our tears for the loveably mischievous Mikaelson brother long enough to grill executive producer Michael Narducci on whether or not Kol is really gone, and what his death means for the show going forward. Check out our full Q&A below, and let's all get together for a group hug afterwards, yes? (Drinks on you, obviously.)
E! Online: Um, I am so bummed about Kol's death. I have no words.
Michael Narducci: Yeah, we're bummed about it, too. The moment we came to it was when we realized that in order to create stakes of what Finn was willing to do and the danger that he poses, someone had to suffer. At the same time, we've walked this line with Kol with being self-absorbed and manipulative and selfish vs. someone who actually is willing to behave in a way some would even call heroic. When Kol went into that bodega with the intention of helping Davina [Danielle Campbell] to rescue her friends, that was the most heroic thing we've seen from Kol. Kol had a real affection for Davina that was above and beyond his desire to get daggers and have a powerful ally. But doing that led to his death.
So is Kol really gone, or just Daniel Sharman's chapter of him?
I can't speak highly enough of Daniel's presence on set and his preparation and hard work, particularly for this episode. He's just an incredible actor who did so much for this role. We're sad to see him go. But at the same time, the Kol, in his hands, has evolved. We've seen Kol as a witch, and through Nathaniel Buzolic, we saw Kol as a vampire.
Now, in the wake of this departure, Rebekah [Maisie Richardson-Sellers] and Davina are both going to have an opinion about Kol's death. In the past, we've seen witches die and come back, like Davina or Papa Tunde or Bastiana or Genevieve. Is there a possibility that we haven't seen the last of Kol Mikaelson? That's a pretty interesting question. We certainly haven't seen the last of flashbacks that deal with Kol and his story and his family. In those ways, fans of Kol can rest assured that his story on The Originals is long from finished.
How is Davina going to be handling Kol's death going forward?
This is the second time Davina has lost someone she cares about. She's a relatively young woman and this is heartbreaking for her. She'll have a definite perspective about it and a desire to try and take charge and do something about it via the spirits of the witch ancestors that are very much present in our show. Will we see Kol again as a ghost? Will Davina try to reach out to him and resurrect him the way she did with Mikael? Is there anything she can do to make up for this terrible tragedy?
But at the same time, what happens when life gets in the way of that intention and you have to choose between trying to save the guy you care about from death and the very scary presence of new and dangerous things coming to New Orleans? Do you protect the living or do you try to save the dead? That's going to be her big dilemma going forward.
We need to talk about his finale scene, because seeing Kol surrounded by his siblings in his final moments was so heartbreaking. He finally got what he wanted!
In the writers room, we all felt that the great journey of Kol Mikaelson this season was seeing him branch out and forge new connections, particularly with Klaus [Joseph Morgan], and Rebekah. So for him to just die on his own, and to not have that connection to family there, that wouldn't have brought closure. Kol always wanted to be included in that "always and forever" pact. We wanted to pay that off by having everyone there with him on his death bed.
The Originals airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on the CW.