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The Originals is an American television series that began airing on The CW on October 3, 2013. Created as a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, the series follows vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson as he and his family become embroiled in the supernatural politics of New Orleans.[1]

The Originals
The Originals intertitle.png
Created by Julie Plec
Composer(s) Michael Suby
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 79 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The CW
Original release October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) – present
Related shows The Vampire Diaries
External links
Official website

On May 10, 2017, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season.[2] On July 20, 2017, it was announced by series creator Julie Plec ahead of Comic Con that the series' fifth season would be its last. The final season is set to premiere on April 20, 2018.[3][4][5]


Series overviewEdit

The Originals is a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries which centers around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The backdoor pilot, which aired on April 25, 2013, also revealed that the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus's child and would, therefore, join the cast. The show begins with the original siblings returning to the city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally built the city, they had been forced to flee from their vengeful father. In their absence, Klaus's protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took charge of the city. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and get back the city that once belonged to them. While doing that they must also protect their city from a war brewing between vampires, werewolves and witches. Over time new and old friendships are formed, love is in the air, death surrounds them and most of all they learn more about their own family past. The first season describes how Klaus's mystical child is going to be born and speaks of the threats that the family together must keep away from her. The second season deals with the return of Klaus' parents, and the arrival of an aunt who threatens the baby's life. The third season shows the Mikealsons facing a prophecy that speaks of their downfall, and the first sired vampires who've wanted revenge for a millennium. The fourth season jumps ahead five years, with the Mikaelsons returning to NOLA, and a new, powerful, and ruthless menace set on destroying anything in its path.

Cast and charactersEdit

  • Joseph Morgan as Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson: The self-proclaimed King of New Orleans and the Original Hybrid: half-Original Vampire and half-werewolf. As the son of a witch and a werewolf plus being a vampire by magic, Klaus is one of the most ruthless and feared supernatural beings in history but also has a soft spot for his family. He is the father of Hayley's daughter, Hope, and is the adoptive father of Marcel, also his former protégé. Previously on The Vampire Diaries, he was romantically linked to Caroline Forbes. He eventually develops feelings for Cami.
  • Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson: An Original Vampire and Klaus' older maternal half-brother. He is shown to be extremely suave, always sporting a suit, and relatively level-headed compared to Klaus' more heated tendencies. He harbors romantic affections for Hayley.
  • Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson (season 1; special guest star season 2–): An Original Vampire and Klaus' younger maternal half-sister. She is Klaus' favorite and the youngest of the Mikaelson siblings after the death of Henrik. At one time, she was in a romantic relationship with Marcel. Despite her unwavering love for her family, she desires to find love and start a family of her own, which is complicated by her family name and vampire status. She eventually leaves New Orleans to pursue a simpler life outside of her family. Holt departs the main cast near the end of season 1, but has guest starred sporadically in every season since. Maisie Richardson-Sellers portrayed Rebekah during the second half of Season 2 and one episode of season 3, when Rebekah possessed witch Eva Sinclair's body.
  • Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley Marshall-Kenner: Originally a werewolf, later hybrid, who conceived a daughter with Klaus named Hope. She is initially reluctant to be involved with the Mikaelsons, but is eventually accepted into the family and accepts them in return. She reciprocates Elijah's romantic feelings, but marries Jackson Kenner in order to unite their packs.
  • Charles Michael Davis as Marcel Gerard: A vampire, now enhanced Original Vampire, and former slave. He was turned by Klaus, his adoptive father and former mentor. He has a romantic past with both Rebekah and Cami. His relationship with the Mikaelsons is complicated as a result of his history with them as well as philosophical differences. They are often adversarial as Klaus and Marcel constantly struggle for power over New Orleans. He rescues Davina from being sacrificed and takes her under his wing as his adoptive daughter.
  • Daniella Pineda as Sophie Deveraux (season 1): A powerful witch of the French Quarter.
  • Leah Pipes as Camille O'Connell (seasons 1–3; special guest star season 4[6]): A human therapist for Klaus who he is later affectionate toward, though she is also romantically involved with Marcel.
  • Danielle Campbell as Davina Claire (seasons 1–3; special guest star season 4[7]): A powerful young witch and Marcel's adoptive daughter who becomes Regent of all witch covens in New Orleans. She doesn't much care for the Mikaelsons and seeks to destroy them with Marcel's help, until she unknowingly falls in love with one.
  • Yusuf Gatewood as Vincent Griffith (guest star season 1; season 2–): A witch once possessed by Finn, the eldest brother among the Mikaelson siblings. He is the ex-husband of Eva Sinclair, the witch Rebekah possessed. He succeeds Davina as Regent of all witch covens in New Orleans.
  • Riley Voelkel as Freya Mikaelson (recurring season 2; season 3–): Klaus' long-lost maternal older half-sister, Freya is an immensely powerful and skilled thousand-year-old witch, former immortal, and the eldest of the Mikaelson siblings.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot April 25, 2013 (2013-04-25)
1 22 October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
2 22 October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06) May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11)
3 22 October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08) May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20)
4 13 March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17) June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)
5 13[8] April 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)[5] TBA


On January 11, 2013, it was announced that a back-door pilot focused on the Originals, starring Joseph Morgan as Klaus and titled The Originals would air sometime in April for a potential series pick-up for the 2013–2014 season. On April 26, 2013, The Originals was confirmed for a full series.[9] This second spin-off attempt will be overseen by Julie Plec, with no involvement by Kevin Williamson.[10] The Originals was officially picked up by The CW on April 26, 2013, for the 2013–14 season.[11] Season one of The Originals was set to premiere on Tuesday, October 15.[12] However, on July 29, 2013, The CW announced that the series premiere would instead air on October 3, 2013, following the fifth-season premiere of The Vampire Diaries in order to attract fans of the series.[1] On October 10, 2013, the CW ordered three additional scripts for the series.[13] On November 11, 2013, the CW decided to order a full season for The Originals.[14]

Following her March 11 episode Claire Holt left the main cast.[15] Holt confirmed that she will be returning to the show, but she needs to spend time with her family first.[16]



Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
18–49 rating
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Tuesday 8:00 pm 22 October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) 2.21[17] May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) 1.76[18] 2013–14 149 2.61 1.6/4[19]
2 Monday 8:00 pm 22 October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06) 1.37[20] May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11) 1.19[21] 2014–15 172 1.81 0.9/3[22]
  • Thursday 9:00 pm (1–9)
  • Friday 9:00 pm (10–22)
22 October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08) 0.89[23] May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20) 0.85[24] 2015–16 181 1.44 0.6/2[25]
4 Friday 8:00 pm 13 March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17) 1.05[26] June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23) 0.80[27] 2016–17 TBD TBD TBD

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Refs
2014 Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
  • Colleen Labaff
  • Kimberley Spiteri
Nominated [28]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor in a New Series Joseph Morgan Won
Favorite New TV Drama The Originals Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Joseph Morgan Nominated [29]
Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Claire Holt Nominated [29]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Joseph Morgan Nominated [30]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Liplock Joseph Morgan and Leah Pipes Nominated
Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Joseph Morgan Nominated [31]

The Originals: The AwakeningEdit

The Originals: The Awakening is a webseries. The series explores the character Kol Mikaelson and his relationships with his siblings. Flashing back to 1914, Kol is on a quest to form an alliance with the witches of the French Quarter. Awakening gives answers to some questions about Kol's past, including the origins of his rivalry with his family and the unique backstory he has with the New Orleans witches. Each webisode is approximately two minutes long.


On January 27, 2015, the first book in a series of novels based on the show was released.[32] The Rise, The Loss, and The Resurrection make up the three novels in The Originals series written by Julie Plec.[33]


In August 2017, it was announced that a spinoff was in development focusing on Hope Mikaelson, the tribrid daughter of Klaus and Hayley Marshall-Kenner. The Vampire Diaries co-creator and The Originals creator, Julie Plec, will write the script and is credited with creating the series.[34] On January 17, 2018, it was revealed that the filming of the pilot was scheduled to go into production in spring 2018.[35]

See alsoEdit


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  18. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 14, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' & 'The Goldbergs' Adjusted Up; 'The Originals', 'Supernatural' & 'About A Boy' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 16, 2014). "Revised Monday, October 6 Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'The Voice', 'Scorpion', 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Adjusted Up; 'Dancing With The Stars' & 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 12, 2015). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' & 'The Following' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  22. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (May 21, 2015). "Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & 'Empire' Ruled". Deadline. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  23. ^ Porter, Rick (October 9, 2015). "Thursday final ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How to Get Away with Murder' adjusted up, low CW premieres hold". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  24. ^ Porter, Rick (May 23, 2016). "Friday final ratings: 'Shark Tank' finale adjusts up, 'Originals' and 'Masters of Illusion' adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  25. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (May 26, 2016). "Full 2015-16 TV Season Series Rankings: 'Blindspot', 'Life In Pieces' & 'Quantico' Lead Newcomers". Deadline. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
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  27. ^ Porter, Rick (June 26, 2017). "'MacGyver' rerun adjusts up, 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'Riverdale' down: Friday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Emmy Nominations". Emmy Awards. July 10, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
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  33. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "Originals Series". 
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