When news broke that ‘Vampire Diaries’ hunk Michael Trevino was leaving Mystic Falls for the slightly-less-green pastures of New Orleans, we were honestly relieved. Tyler’s time as Caroline’s beau was clearly coming to an end, and we all knew Tyler wouldn’t rest until Klaus was brought to justice for killing Tyler’s mother.
Luckily, the good news doesn’t stop there! HollywoodLife.com attended a screening of The Originals in Los Angeles on Nov. 4, and executive producer Julie Plec confirmed that Michael Trevino‘s big move — which will likely happen before the end of November — will answer many of the burning questions currently posed on The Originals. (And, of course, add a million more!)
Is Tyler Protecting Hayley?
One of the biggest questions plaguing the Original family is, of course, the identity of that damn werewolf who’s been following pregnant Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) around. Tyler seems like an obvious answer, since he’s been almost entirely absent from The Vampire Diaries; and while Julie couldn’t confirm this news, she did say that Tyler’s presence will help answer that question.
“[Tyler joining the show] will answer a couple of questions — one of which is answering the first piece of the mystery of the protective wolf,” she told reporters.
Thank Qetsiyah! We were getting a little tired of the guessing game. But there’s also some not-so-good news for anyone who ships the wonderful Hayley/Elijah (Daniel Gillies) pairing that’s been dangled in front of America’s face: He may have some (non-Klaus) competition in the near future.
“One of the big things that Hayley has been asking herself quietly, and the whole thing that brought her to New Orleans in the first place, was trying to get answers about what bloodline she came from, what the mystery of this mark on her shoulder means,” Julie said. “The one thing that Tyler does offer in his presence as he sets foot in this world is answers and more information. He takes her to a place out in the bayou where she’s going to start to understand a little bit of where she comes from.”
Tyler and Hayley, one-on-one in the woods? Recipe. For. Disaster. (Or just a really steamy hookup.)
Will ‘The Originals’ Leave New Orleans?
This being The Originals, we knew Tyler’s arrival wouldn’t answer all of the Hayley/Mikaelson family problems. Co-executive producer Michael Narducci added that Tyler’s move to New Orleans will actually pose several new problems, and possibly even a new location.
“[Tyler] will introduce a lot more questions,” he explained. “A lot of things will come out of the crossover that are going to shake things up among the core group dynamic of the Original family, and there will be a whole storyline that will come out of where that crossover leads them geographically and where it leads them when they’re there. There’s a lot of stuff that’s about to be introduced.”
A new location? Julie confirmed that they definitely won’t be returning to Mystic Falls anytime soon, but still — color us intrigued!
What do you think of Tyler’s move to NOLA, HollywoodLifers? Any guess on the identity of the mysterious werewolf?
— Shaunna Murphy