New Orleans is being divided up piecemeal in this sneak peek for tonight’s all new episode of The Originals. At the head of the negotiation: Elijah (Daniel Gillies), struggling to keep the city at peace as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) mourns the departure of their sister. Check out the producer’s promo for Season 1, Episode 17 (“Moon Over Bourbon Street”).

Klaus is painting again! That’s how we can tell he’s really upset about Rebekah’s farewell. Elijah is not amused: “It has been a month,” Elijah tells Klaus. “Now, I feel our sister’s loss as deeply as you, but you must stop distracting yourself with this ridiculous behavior and channel it into some kind of action.” Klaus doesn’t see why he must, so Elijah outlines it for him: “Because over the course of Marcel’s tenure, the city grew accustomed to having a king. You wanted this throne. Now you must accept the responsibility that accompanies that.”

We’re guessing that doesn’t happen — at least not right away. Later in the promo, we see Elijah ripping up the (former) rules of the city: “These are the rules of the city according to Marcel Gerard, which of course no longer apply. Because I am in charge.” Bam!

According to executive producer Michael Narducci, Elijah is stepping up to fill the power vacuum Klaus’ depression and Marcel’s exile have left: “The vampires and the witches are starting to bump up against one another, and Elijah takes a look around and decides, ‘Do I really want the child, Hayley’s baby, to be born into this warzone? Now I’m going to have to take care of things.’”

In an effort to do so, it seems Elijah is ready to divide the city up to the different factions. Sitting at the negotiation table: Genevieve, Diego, and Father Kieran — aka no representative from the werewolves. Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) storms into the meeting:  “Are you serious? You’re dividing up the city and the werewolves don’t even get a say? … There is not going to be a peace, if the werewolves are excluded.” Tell them, Hales!

Elijah promises Hayley that the treaty will eventually expand to include the werewolves and tells her he “would prefer that you remove yourself from the process altogether.” We can guess how well Hayley is going to take that sexist jab. We know he’s trying to protect Hayley and the baby, but let the woman have a storyline, why don’t you?

Whatever happens in this episode, we’re guessing New Orleans will never be the same. As Julie Plec explains: “We’re really diving into the power structure of the supernatural community of New Orleans. We’re really going to be exploring all of the different factions, and what each of them want. They all say, ‘Sure, I’ll come and sign a peace treaty,’ but every single one of them is up to something. They all have an endgame.” Is this The Originals or Game of Thrones? Bring on the palace intrigues!

Do you think Elijah will be able to maintain peace in the quarter? When do you think Klaus will care about “his throne” again? Sound off in the comments below!

The Originals airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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