Can the ultimate TV bad boy settle down to become a dad? That's the question for Klaus as the first season of "The Originals" winds down (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW). In the final two episodes, the Original vampire-werewolf hybrid will face his toughest test yet: fatherhood.
But as star Joseph Morgan pointed out to Yahoo TV, that's not all Klaus has to deal with at the moment. He's got a big war brewing in his city of New Orleans, involving humans, werewolves, witches, vampires, and his own family of Originals. Even brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) may have to get his hands dirty.
How much blood will be shed in the French Quarter? Will Klaus's baby with Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) stay safe? And can an Original vampire change diapers? Keep reading for our interview with Morgan.
In this week's episode, all the long-simmering tensions break out into full-on war, right?
It's getting to the point where they're going to make their stand. There's a lining up of the different factions. Episodes 21 and 22 are going to be throwing them together and seeing what happens. It's a one-two punch; it's action from beginning to end. We should really be airing them on the same night, but it would be too much for one night! It's like a movie. I'm telling you, it's a white-knuckle ride.
I think 22 is actually going to be pretty terrifying. Episode 21 is full of action, and then 22 as well — action, emotion, and all of that. I'm excited to see what people think. I feel really proud of how the whole season has gone and the stories we've told, and I think we're going to finish really strong with these two episodes.
Klaus and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) have been at odds for a while. We're scared for Marcel. Can he survive this war?
I have to hope that it's possible, especially after Episode 20, with the flashbacks where Marcel was turned and when Klaus claimed Marcel as a child from his father and, in effect, became his father. Yeah, I personally have to believe it's possible because I love that relationship and I love that friendship. I love working with Charles Michael Davis — he's my friend! And Marcel is capable of holding his own against Klaus, so there's a respect there as well. You could see that in Episode 20 when he says, "I would expect nothing less." That was sort of a proud father moment for Klaus, even if eventually he might have to kill his son.
Speaking of parental relationships, Klaus made that nursery for his baby with Hayley. So, is he ready for fatherhood?
Can anyone [be]? Maybe he thinks he is, but if the baby is born, then he gets to hold it, I think he'll find he is as unprepared as any new father. I feel like he's at least embraced the idea more — at least from before, when he wanted nothing to do with it. Now, he wants to keep the child safe, so he's trying to prepare himself emotionally.
Now, on to questions from fans on Twitter:
I heard that all the writers went around and asked this question, and it was about half and half ... There's a downside, there's a loneliness that comes from living forever and seeing everyone you care about die. So, I used to think, yeah, but now I'm not so sure. Put that in 140 characters!
Yeah, I'm a huge fan. My dad painted all his life. I grew up in an environment where he had a studio in the house. I grew up around the smell of paint and being dragged around to art galleries from a very young age. And he would spend a long time staring at each painting. [Laughs.] I don't have much knowledge of art history, but I certainly have an appreciation for it.
I share an impulsiveness with Klaus. I find myself sharing spontaneity — not quite as murderous as Klaus! Not murderous spontaneity! [Laughs.] But that is something that to me is exciting is being changeable and spontaneous. That's something I value.
Daniel Gillies, hands down. In fact, he and I have been pranking with each other for the last couple of months. It started when he parked in my parking spot. So I stuck a photo on his parking spot sign of me holding my People's Choice Award. Then, he parked across two spots, diagonally. So then, later, he put cones and paper on my spot. Then, he parked really close to my car and ended up actually denting it, and I had to take it to get fixed! That was a bit too far with the pranks. And recently — though neither of us have mentioned it to each other — over the last few weeks, I've been sticking bumper stickers on his car that say "Sired to Klaus." And each time he removes one, I'll put it back on because I have a stack of them. So far, it's not been mentioned! But he's the most hilarious guy on set. I worked with him all day yesterday and I was just laughing all day. He's really funny. I'm positive that the bloopers reel for Season 1 is going to be amazing.
"The Originals" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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