If you're a human living in a supernatural world, your days are probably numbered.
Yet on "The Originals," Cami O'Connell has managed to not only stay alive, but go toe to toe with dangerous vampires, werewolves, and witches — including the biggest baddie of all, Klaus.
Leah Pipes talked with Yahoo TV about Cami's longevity and her turbulent relationship with Klaus (Joseph Morgan). In this week's episode, airing at 8 p.m. on The CW, she's racing to find a way to save her hexed Uncle Kieran. Meanwhile, Klaus, who failed to help her, is trying to get his hands on his mother's spellbook — which has gone mysteriously missing.
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Read on to see what Pipes reveals about Cami's relationship with Klaus, what it's like kissing Marcel, and why she feels sorry for fans who watch the big season finale.
We're getting close to the end of the season, which has been so twisty and turny. Can we expect more of that in these final few episodes?
More plot twists! Even more! Bigger ones! We've saved the best for last this season, that's for sure. As we were reading the last few scripts, we were as bad as fangirls, trying to get a hold of the scripts sooner than they released them. There was almost a black market within the set, it was really funny.
This week's episode is a big one for Cami. What is she going to do to save her uncle?
She is trying anything at this point. She's completely desperate. And she's a smart girl, so she's trying to think of creative solutions. She's not giving up and she's not wallowing in self-pity. She's a fighter, and that's what I've always enjoyed about her. It was a really great episode for me.
Last week, Cami faced off against Klaus, yet again. What's their relationship like right now?
The last episode, tensions were really high, especially after that last scene between Cami and Klaus. The relationship is not good between them, which is unfortunate because Klaus is short on friends. He doesn't make friends easily.
She's pretty much the only person that Klaus actually opens up to.
I think Cami really cares for Klaus. And I think that last scene — she wasn't lecturing him. She's trying to help him, she's trying to explain to him, "The things you do when you manipulate other people comes back to hurt you. You do it to yourself." Deep down, she sees that he's just a little boy who wants love. I think that's what he really likes about her, that she sees that in him and doesn't judge him for it. She judges him for being cruel and evil to other people, but she doesn't ever judge him for being vulnerable.
How can Cami not have given up on him? Why does she think she can actually ever reach him?
Because she has reached him that way. She has gotten through to him a couple times. She's seen good in him. He showed her everything. So, how can you give up on that person? There's such a huge connection there, and that in some weird way, she feels responsible for helping him. And in a way, he feels responsible for helping her.
Will we ever see their relationship turn romantic?
I think that it's a very complicated relationship. They feel a connection with each other. And I have, in my life, felt very connected to people, not in a romantic way, but on a personal level. I don't know if she knows, even. The only people who know are the writers! But it's definitely gotten hot and heavy with Marcel. That part of her brain is being occupied.
Yeah, what's it like kissing Marcel?
It's hard to keep a straight face! Not because Charles [Michael Davis] is funny-looking, but because Charles is like a brother to me. We've spent a year hanging out almost every day, and have developed a great friendship. But it's awkward when you have to kiss your friend! So, it's just a lot of laughing, which is unfortunate, because we're supposed to be having a serious make-out.
As a human, Cami is in a very vulnerable position. Do you read every script wondering if it's the one where she dies?
I made the joke at the PaleyFest: I try to be very nice to everyone on set so they'll keep me in mind. Yeah, I would like it if Cami could have a superpower. But I understand that it's nice to have vulnerable humans in this world that genuinely feel and genuinely care. That's what keeps her alive, in a way, that she's vulnerable.
"The Vampire Diaries" always ends its seasons on huge cliffhangers. Will "The Originals" be the same?
Oh my gosh, it's the biggest cliffhanger. I read the last episode in the makeup trailer; everyone was getting their hands on it and reading it quickly while we were getting our hair done. At the end of the episode, it's so unsatisfying, because there is just a huge question mark. We thought we were going to have all of our questions answered, and it's not the case at all. I feel bad for everyone who's going to have to wait the entire summer.
"The Originals" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.