If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you’re well versed in the ways of the Original hybrid, Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Although he’s got the face of a tow-headed angel, he’s known throughout Mystic Falls and arguably the world, for his cruel ways, and his ability to hold a grudge. (Hi Tyler [Michael Trevino], how’s it going? How is the cave you are probably living in? Damp? Thought so.)
That said, as time has gone on, we’ve become acquainted with his not-quite-Downy-soft side beneath that rock-hard, rippling under belly. He loves painting. Even if snowflakes aren’t your thing, we bet most of you would have paid top dollar to own the piece he painted for that Founder’s event just to own a Klaus original. And try and convince us that you wouldn’t go weak at the knees should a guy leave a drawing of you and a horse on your pillow. Portrait with pony? Count us in.
While these glimpses of a more complex Klaus have always intrigued, it was last night’s episode and introduction to the new series The Originals that really delivered. We were welcomed by the sight of Klaus indulging in nostalgia as he visited New Orleans, his one-time home-away-from-home.
The nostalgia was quickly replaced with annoyance upon discovering that Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), his deceptively sweet former protégé had usurped his place. Then that annoyance increased two-old when Elijah (Daniel Gillies) meddled in Klaus’s business. “Why you all up in my biz, bro?” he seemed to say.
Then of course there was jealousy at Marcel's kingdom. That was one emotion the hybrid didn't bother to hide.
Because Joseph Morgan’s face is primarily composed of luscious pillowy lips (sorry, we digress), there are few things more pleasant that watching him laugh — even if this laughter is in the face of a woman he slept with who has defied nature by becoming preggo with his child.
This revelation led us to a brand-new Klaus emotion: shock. Some might say he was as shocked as — a word we’re not allowed to say in our articles.
Klaus being Klaus, this shock was quickly replaced by sneering anger, followed in rapid succession by hybrid-rage. This was old hat to anyone who has ever watched the show. After all, Klaus spends a majority of his day being an angry hybrid.
What he doesn’t spend most of day doing is wandering around a beautiful southern city, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells, with a wistful, sad, and pensive expression on his face. It was basically a crash course in acting. Joseph Morgan Presents Inside The Original Hybrid Studio With Your Host Joseph Morgan.
Just when our poor, weary, shocked hearts could take no more, the episode presented Klaus on the verge of tears while analyzing artwork. We took a moment at this point to lay down because we had the vapors from all the drama. But, even in our prone state, we noticed the sweet, quiet loving tones he used when he called Caroline (Candice Accola) to wistfully discuss sharing his city, New Orleans, with her one day. The episode presented a picture of Klaus, Original for all seasons, and if this is just the tip of the iceberg, we can’t wait to see what happens next.