When The CW first announced its intentions of developing a Vampire Diaries spinoff series called The Originals last January, some people were left scratching their heads when the two initial cast members announced were Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin.
Morgan made perfect sense; Klaus is an essential member of the original family and a dynamic character. Hayley, on the other hand, was a character introduced in season four as a werewolf friend of Tyler’s (Michael Trevino). Hayley was desperate to find her real family and that she’d helped Tyler break his sire bond.
Eventually, Klaus and Hayley had a one night stand and then through some weird loophole in nature (that we still don’t really understand), Hayley became pregnant with Klaus’ child and the French Quarter witches used her and the baby as a bargaining chip to get Klaus to help them. While we can see how this fits into the premise of The Originals, we’re still trying to figure out the character of Hayley.
To quote John Mayer, “you’re 22 girls in one and none of them know what they’re running from.” We’ve seen Hayley be a girl so desperate to find her family that she willingly sacrificed lives, we’ve seen her mourn her friends, we’ve seen her stand up to Klaus, we’ve seen her knock out Caroline, we’ve seen her drinking with Tyler, plotting with Shane, betraying Tyler, sleeping with Klaus and getting kidnapped by witches.
It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. The writers have promised that Hayley’s storyline will become more fleshed out on The Originals and we’re looking forward to seeing where they plan to take the character. In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of what we want for Hayley and the one thing we definitely do not want to see happen.
Is she snarky? Is she misunderstood? Is she the guarded girl with a rough past or is she the tough girl who overcame her past and just wants to move forward? The fact that we don’t know the answer after the character appeared in eight episodes of TVD is not a good thing. The writers need to figure out what Hayley’s main personality is and then work on growing and shaping it from there. We’re fine with seeing her change as the series moves forward, but only if those changes make sense. Show us the things that shape who Hayley is and the decisions she makes and we’ll understand her better.
Bring on the werewolf side
Since Hayley is pregnant, we don’t expect to see her morphing into a wolf in the present, but give us flashbacks so we can see how Hayley reacted to the horrific change. We know that Hayley helped Tyler break his sire bond – how did she learn to do that? Was it purely Professor Shane’s (David Alpay) influence or is Hayley a special breed of werewolf? Part of the fun of watching a supernatural show is getting to see what makes the supernatural creatures tick and why they’re unique.
Give the girl a real friend
One of the best things about TVD is the genuine love and friendship between Elena (Nina Dobrev), Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Caroline (Candice Accola). While those girls have a special bond since they’ve been friends forever, we’d still like to see Hayley have a true friend who she can trust with her secrets and who will always have her back. Rebekah (Claire Holt) is our first choice, partially out of our bias because of Holt and Tonkin’s real life friendship and partially out of the fact that Rebekah needs that kind of true friendship in her life too.
Develop a relationship with Elijah
If you’ve seen the director’s cut of the pilot or the deleted scenes from the season four DVD, then you’ve seen the fantastic chemistry between Tonkin and Daniel Gillies. We definitely want to see this explored, but only as a SLOW BUILD. Elijah is still in love with Katherine (Dobrev) and Hayley is pregnant with his brother’s baby. Clearly there are issues, but let’s see how the two tackle those issues. Maybe they’ll end up being BFFs like Stefan and Caroline or maybe they’ll be the most root-worthy couple on the show.
For the love of everything holy, please don’t make Hayley the victim
We understand why the witches took Hayley hostage in the backdoor pilot to negotiate the deal with Elijah and Klaus. We can live with that because it was quickly resolved. But we do not want to see Hayley as the damsel in distress week after week. We’re not saying that she can’t get into trouble; just let her be the one to get herself out of it. She might be pregnant, but she’s still a werewolf. The same goes for her past: nearly every character on TV has a terrible past, but nothing is worse than when a show presents that as an automatic reason to like or feel sorry for the character. Again, show us Hayley moving forward and learning from her mistakes.
What would you like to see happen to Hayley this season? Check out Phoebe Tonkin’s take on her character and then hit the comments and let us know what you think.
The Originals premieres Thursday, Oct. 3 at 9/8c before moving to its regular night and time Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c on The CW.