At long last we’ve got our first sneak peek at the dynamic between Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis) — and it’s as awesome as you might expect. Keep in mind that The Originals premieres October 3 and proceed below!

Elijah is all articulate and politely threatening, while Marcel matches with his enigmatic and aggressively mysterious ways. What are these two chatting about in the Season 1, Episode 1 sneak peek?

The TVLine exclusive clip (which you can watch here) shows Elijah trying to broker a deal with Marcel in a New Orleans pub. What does Elijah want? The body of Jane-Anne Deveraux returned to the witches so she can be properly buried. He’s offering Klaus’ blood to cure the werewolf bite of one of Marcel’s gang. The outcome of the deal is left in question in the short clip, but we do get to see a bit of the dynamic between these two characters. They obviously have a history, having known each other when Elijah and his family lived in New Orleans back in the day, and that common past is alluded to in the clip: “Oh, my. You have grown quite confident over the last century, haven’t you?” Elijah teases Marcel.

“Me?” Marcel counters. “I’d say it’s you and your brother that got cocky. Come to my town like you own the place.” Elijah tried to ferret the secret of how Marcel controls the witches out of the self-proclaimed “King of the Quarter,” but to no avail — though, we are all treated to Marcel’s put-down of Klaus’ painting. “It’s my business,” Marcel tells Elijah concerning the witches. “Everything in the Quarter is my business.”

In return, Marcel wonders why Elijah cares about the witches. To which Elijah awesomely replies: “That’s my business now, isn’t it?” We can’t wait to see more of this show - and the simmering hostility between Marcel and Elijah!

Do you think Marcel will make the deal with Elijah? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Source: TVLine