The Originals to Shoot New Pilot Episode For the Fall
If you thought you knew everything there is to know about The CW’s upcoming show The Originals, think again. The backdoor pilot aired as part of The Vampire Diaries Season 4, but according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Lesley Goldberg, we’ll see an entirely new pilot episode this fall when the show debuts.
“CW pilot screeners arrive with a note that #TheOriginals will shoot a new premiere episode over the summer to air in the fall. #TVD,” she tweeted.
There were bound to be at least a few changes to the backdoor pilot, as it was bookended with scenes of The Vampire Diaries’ Stefan (Paul Wesley), Elena (Nina Dobrev), and Damon (Ian Somerhalder). It wouldn’t make sense to keep those scenes in for either show. TVD is doing a time-jump at the start of Season 5, from spring to fall. If The Originals wants to keep pace with its sister show (to make crossovers a bit easier), it would require a similar time shift.
As of right now, Rebekah (Claire Holt) has no plans to join her brothers in in New Orleans. But something, either in a Season 5 episode of TVD or an Originals episode, will eventually make her relocate. Whether it’s Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) future baby remains to be seen.
There’s also the matter of appealing to non-Vampire Diaries fans. It was very easy to follow Klaus to New Orleans if you’re already familiar with his hybrid history and the fact that he and his siblings are over 1,000 years ago. The backdoor pilot did little to explain this mythology, but we suspect the first episode in the fall will delve deeper into even the Original family’s backstories.
Whatever happens, let’s hope they still manage to get a scene of Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) doing karaoke. That vampire can sing!