Daniel teases a ‘new dawn’ for Elijah & Klaus on Thursday’s ‘Vampire Diaries,’ as the brothers do battle in the Big Easy.
The April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries will find Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) temporarily relocating to New Orleans, setting the stage for what will likely become a spin-off series on The CW next season. But before the hour is over, Daniel tells HollywoodLife.com, you’ll see the Mikaelsons come together like never before — just in time for “the beginning of a war.”
“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Daniel tells me of the backdoor pilot. “It’s an amazing episode of television, it’s just monumental. Joseph and I worked very hard on [the brothers'] relationship, to bring as much history and depth and tragedy to them as we could. They’re cursed to walk this earth together, and now they’re searching for a clean slate. The tabula rasa. The new dawn.”
As for that whole “war” thing I mentioned earlier, Daniel says “The Originals” will feel like “Game of Thrones-meets-The Vampire Diaries,” as Klaus attempts to reclaim his former glory.
“There’s an established hierarchy that’s been [in New Orleans] for over a century in the absence of Klaus,” Daniel explains. “You’ll see Klaus’ desire to resurrect his kingdom, and Elijah’s desire to see to it that that happens. Elijah is kind of the General McArthur.”
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The CW’s official description for the episode reveals that Elijah is “determined to help his brother find redemption,” but Daniel says there’s a far deeper motive behind Eli’s trip to the Big Easy.
“For Elijah, this opportunity is too big to overlook,” Daniel explains. “He’s like, ‘What are we doing in this small town?’ He even says to Klaus in the pilot, ‘What are you going to do? Do you want to return to Mystic Falls as the feared one?’ I think Elijah is excited by this more than anyone, because the unity of his family is paramount. The idea of turning over a new leaf is beyond exciting for him.”
In fact, Daniel says some of his favorite moments in the pilot are between himself and Joseph.
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One of the biggest perks of filming “The Originals” was getting to shoot on-location in New Orleans.
“That place vibrates with history,” he says. “It has a beautiful, haunted wealth of spirit. It’s one of the most mystical places on earth. The music there is unparalleled, the food is to die for.
That being said, Daniel is glad that production will likely move to Atlanta — aside from filming exterior shots in New Orleans — if The Originals is picked up to series.
“If I lived in New Orleans, it’s so decadent, I would die,” Daniel admits. “First of all, I’d be 500 pounds by the end of the first season. And second of all, it’s just too-damn fun. It’s always this jubilant party.
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— Andy Swift
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