We have learned so far that in The Originals pilot episode Klaus returns to The Big Easy after 100 years after he learns that some witches are conspiring against him and Elijah follows him there too.
‘His interest in Klaus for 1,000 years has been how to dig deep past Klaus’ ego and paranoia, and all the things that have made Klaus such a vicious person over the years — he’s always searching for some form of redemption for his brother,” says executive producer Julie Plec.
”What he sees in New Orleans, and what he finds out in the context of a place where they were once happy as a family, is an opportunity to rebuild that with Klaus and with Rebekah and put the broken bits of the Original family back together.”
Here we can see pictured the final scene of the pilot including the brothers. ”It’s a beautiful, simple scene where they talk about their potential future in the town,” Morgan says. ”After all of the confrontations and all of the history, it’s really nice to have a simple scene just about two brothers.”
Klaus finds out that his former protege, diabolical Marcel, has created a community in New Orleans where vampires, for all intents and purposes, get to walk the streets freely, throw hedonistic parties undisturbed, and generally do whatever they want.
Have a look at their first encounter in a karaoke bar where ”It starts with them being very pleased to see each other, and then Klaus isn’t very happy about how well Marcel is doing,” Morgan says, laughing. ”There’s an element of envy that comes in. And also, Klaus doesn’t feel that he’s getting the level of respect that he deserves from Marcel.”
Marcel has created this guilt-free supernatural community ”Through force and some pretty nefarious acts,” Plec says. ”Somehow Marcel has managed to silence this deep and rich community of witches that have been there just as long as the vampires have.”As for the witches community we get to meet Sophie (Daniella Pineda, another would-be series regular). ”Sophie is somebody who comes from a long line of witches that have been in the French Quarter for hundreds of years, and she’s taken it upon herself to lead the charge against Marcel and against his oppression of the witch community. So she’s a bit of a warrior,” Plec says. ”She is at the center of the mystery that Klaus is trying to unravel, which his what do these witches want with me, and what does Marcel have on them that is keeping them in subjugation?”
Sophie will give Elijah some important information ”This is her laying down the law for me, basically, which is kind of amusing to Elijah because he feels like he could destroy her in the bat of an eye, ” Gillies says of the scene pictured in New Orleans’ Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. ”He’s sort of beneath this suspended sword of Damocles, and I can’t reveal what that is. But I can say that she does have both Klaus and Elijah trapped in a sense, and they’re negotiating in that photo.”
There were photos, tweets and spoilers about shooting a scene for the pilot in Lafayette Cemetery no.1. Morgan, a big fan of Interview with a vampire teases about the scene ”So, when you see Elijah and Klaus in it that cemetery,” Morgan teases, ”get ready to get excited.”
Gillies is a bit more forthcoming: ”I’m taking him to visit the witches,” he says. Adds Morgan, ”For once, Klaus is the one which things are happening to, as opposed to him being the cause of things. So it’s really interesting to put him at the center of the story like that. He’s still making assertive choices and changing the course of things, but he is certainly being driven through this. He’s in unfamiliar territory, other people are telling him what’s going on, and he’s following the clues and following what heart he has through the story.”
”The idea of chasing our tails in Mystic Falls isn’t necessarily the most appealing thing in the world to Elijah, but the opportunity of a new beginning, to sort of renew that ‘inheritance’ of the city, which, within the mythology of The Vampire Diaries we were founders of, is enormously appealing,” Gillies says. In this scene, shot in Pirates Alley, Elijah tries to sell Klaus on the idea: ”I’m essentially saying, ‘If we do the witches’ bidding in order to position ourselves strategically/politically among the
vampires here, then we can have a whole new kingdom,”’ Gillies says. ”And he’s kinda telling me to f— myself.” This is the scene Plec was referring to when she tweeted, ”I was just brought to tears in take 1 of a super-wide master shot,” during shooting in mid-March. She got emotional because it was in Pirates Alley where she, writer-producer Michael Narducci, and her writer’s muse, Marguerite MacIntyre (TVD‘s Sheriff Forbes), sat in a bar and discussed the story and characters during a research trip last December. ”We were shooting in Pirates Alley that night, and it was one of the very first scenes that came to my mind between Elijah and Klaus when I first started thinking about what this pilot would be. It’s a really emotional fight between the brothers, and I was sitting around the corner watching the camera point right down past the bar where I’d dreamt up these ideas. Just listening to it, and being right there in that spot, where so many of these ideas had been birthed, it was very moving.”
A new human character is introduced in the episod. Cami (Leah Pipes), a bright, independent psychology student who also tends bar at Rousseau’s, which would become a familiar haunt to viewers if a series is ordered. ”She refuses to believe in evil,” Plec says. ”She believes that every person has a story, and you just have to dig deep enough to try to get to the bottom of what their story is.” Though Cami doesn’t have much interaction with Klaus in the episode, Morgan says Klaus feels ”a little bit of understanding, like perhaps he could be related to” when he hears her interpretation of a dark painting they’re both drawn to in Jackson Square (pictured). Cami may be unaware that vampires exist, but they definitely notice her. ”Cami represents an allure to Marcel and ultimately, as a result of Marcel’s interest, will catch Klaus’s eye down the road,” Plec says. ”But in the meantime, Klaus is still very attached to Caroline Forbes and the idea of what it could be like if they were ever to be together. It’ll be a little bit of time before, if ever, he’s able to be distracted from that.”