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‘The Originals’ Season 2 First Look: Getting Back to Family Business

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Once upon a time there was a majestic king…no, we’re not mixing up our show coverage. That’s the opening line of The Originals season two trailer, which debuted last night at Comic Con. The video cleverly uses Rebekah’s bedtime story to Hope as a way to remind viewers of the intensity season one had to offer.

When our favorite Original vampires signed off in May, the Mikaelson family had been dealt several major blows. Francesca and Genevieve had tricked Klaus into using his blood to create rings for the werewolves – failing to mention the wolves would draw power from him and leave the hybrid weakened at every full moon. The witches kidnapped and killed Hayley after she gave birth to Hope and planned to sacrifice the baby to the elder witches.

A broken Elijah and Klaus raced to stop them and Hayley, newly awakened in transition to becoming a hybrid, joined the brothers. Marcel arrived just in time to stop Monique from killing Hope, but the deaths of the three witches were not enough to keep the baby safe. Klaus, Elijah and Hayley came up with a plan to let everyone believe Hope was dead as Klaus safely delivered her to Rebekah so the brothers could clean up the mess they’d made and make the city safe again.

But they have two much bigger enemies out there – their father, Mikael, who Davina brought back to life to use against Klaus, and their mother, Esther, who returned in the form of a teenage witch with one of her sons in tow. Combine that with the loss and anger the brothers are already feeling and New Orleans is once again a powder keg waiting to blow as we dive into season two.

Since the cast has already filmed the first three episodes, there was a lot of new footage in the trailer. Hayley doesn’t take being a hybrid well and has made it her mission to take down Francesca and the witches who wanted to kill her baby. Elijah is worried about her, but Klaus seems to be lost in his own pain.

Marcel is still banished across the river, but Cami convinces Elijah to bring him back into the fold and use him as a weapon against the wolves. Klaus wants to target the 12 wolves who have rings, but that’s easier said than done because more and more wolves are getting rings thanks to Esther. Klaus wants to meet the mystery witch defying his orders and he quickly picks up that there’s something familiar about her.

Meanwhile, Davina lets Mikael out of the attic and he wastes no time getting back into the vampire killing business, which a shocked Elijah witnesses. Mikael then turns the white oak stake on his son (did anyone else’s heart stop beating at that point?). Davina still plans to keep Mikael in line until she can unlink her friends from Klaus’ sire line (smart girl).

Once Elijah and Klaus put the parental pieces together, Klaus asks which of their parents they should kill first. But the video doesn’t say whether or not they know one of their brothers has returned as well and the writers have been keeping quiet as to which brother rose from the dead with Esther. We get a glimpse of Kol in his coffin, which hints at a flashback so it’s possible he’s the one by his mother’s side.

Or perhaps it is Finn as a lot of us originally guessed since he lived to serve Esther. The video introduces another new foe named Kaleb, who takes an interest in Davina. We know from the casting announcement that he’s a witch, but is it possible that he too is a Mikaelson brother in disguise? The last time viewers saw Kol on The Vampire Diaries, he was desperately trying to find a way out of the crumbling Other Side. Maybe he learned a trick or two from his mother.

Check out the full video below and then hit the comments and tell us what you think. Are you excited for season two? Which Mikaelson return are you most looking forward to? Which brother do you think is back? Share your thoughts and theories with us!

The Originals returns Monday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c on The CW.

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Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.