That’s not to say he isn’t excited for showrunner Julie Plec and former co-star Joseph Morgan, but ultimately, he is “not thrilled” about the idea. "They're going to be taking these characters that mean so much to our show,” he reportedly told Digital Spy. “I'm insanely happy for everyone, but I'm not thrilled. Not that I mind sharing, I just don't want to lose all these amazing actors on our show."
He continued: "Who are the other people who are gonna be coming on the show? Are they gonna be good? Because it's The CW, and everyone has to be pretty, and there aren't a lot of pretty people that can act well.”
There’s a lot to digest here, but the main point stands: Can The Vampire Diaries survive without the Originals? The answer is, yes, of course Season 5 can survive without the Mikaelsons — but will it be as compelling?
Klaus dealing with his dysfunctional family turmoil was one of the more intriguing storylines of Seasons 2 and 3. (Because how long can we really watch Elena choose between Stefan and Damon?) It introduced us to even more compelling characters — his honorable older brother, Elijah, his stubborn and tragically beautiful younger sister Rebekah, and for a short while, his aggressive baby brother Kol (RIP). Their complex dynamics may have been rooted in deep mythology and tragic family history, but ultimately, each Mikaelson just wanted to be loved.
Now, the Mikaelson family drama always seemed a bit separate, and a bit darker, than the happenings in Mystic Falls, which is why it makes total sense for Julie Plec and co. to give them their own series. But by taking the three most spellbinding characters away from TVD, where does that leave Season 5?
With a slew of new faces headed to Mystic Falls, we understand where Ian is coming from, and we’re nervous too. It’s not going to be easy to fill the emotional void left by the Mikaelsons. Plus, could anyone bicker and snark like Klaus and Rebekah? (Well, except for Damon, obviously.)
Only time will tell, TVD fans! While we have hope for Season 5, we know it’s going to take some time to adjust to a Klaus-less season. But here’s hoping the Mikaelsons find what they’re looking for in New Orleans.
Are you excited for Season 5, TVD fans? Or are you skeptical like Ian? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you’re most looking forward to this season.
Catch the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fan-girl for all things Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones and Once Upon a Time. She speaks fluent geek. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!