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Klaus (Joseph  Morgan), Rebekah (Claire Holt), and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) are so gosh darn compelling as the Mikaelson family on The Originals. In fact, sometimes it’s easy to forget they had two other brothers kicking around (not counting poor young Henrik, who died before they turned vamps) before they bit it on The Vampire Diaries. But death is an elusive target in this particular narrative universe. Will we see Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) and Finn (Caspar Zafer) on The Originals anytime soon?

Good news, all! Though executive producer Julie Plec recently deflated hopes that Kol would be making an appearance on the spin-off anytime soon, according to Joseph, there’s definitely a chance we might see Kol and/or Finn at some point in The Originals run. The actor told Complex Pop Culture: “There’s possibilities to bring them back in a 1,000 years worth of flashbacks, and secondly, we are a supernatural show. There’s always a chance an incantation can be found, or some kind of loophole that the witches never saw coming.” That sounds awfully promising to us!

The promise of anything concrete, however, was less forthcoming. Joseph said: “We always hear whispers of storylines to come, and about 50% of them pan out. The writer’s room constantly adapts and changes things and goes with characters that are making an impact and kills off characters that aren’t, latching on to certain storylines and working around other actors’ schedules. There’s all these factors that come into play.”

So, the way we interpret this is: The Originals writers aren’t ones to commit to storylines so completely that they won’t change plans for something that is or isn’t working. As long as they keep churning out episodes as solidly entertaining and compelling as the ones they’ve been giving us recently, that strategy works for us! Of course, we wouldn’t say not to seeing Kol or Finn again sometime in the future…

Would you like to see the other Mikaelson siblings make an appearance on The Originals — either in flashback form or in some kind of supernatural shenanigan? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!