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‘The Originals’ series finale: We’ve thought about it, and you shouldn’t be pissed

‘The Originals’ series finale: We’ve thought about it, and you shouldn’t be pissed

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Spoiler warning: This post discusses The Originals series finale, which aired Aug 1, 2018.

Alright, The Originals fans, let’s talk about that finale. We’ve had five-ish days to think it all over, and here’s where my head is: Stop being so pissed off. No, I am not trying to get in the good graces of showrunner Julie Plec, or any of the show’s amazing writers (while that would awesome, that’s not the motivation behind this article.) Fans have been angry-tweeting actor Danielle Rose Russell who plays Hope (and who will also star in the spinoff Legacies), and that’s what started to irk me. When fans blame characters for “ruining” shows, first off—don’t throw shade at the actor, for a couple of reasons:

  • 9.99999/10, the actor didn’t write the storyline you’re pissed about;
  • It’s just plain mean (people have feelings, ICYMI);
  • Think about the real reason you’re upset.

As far as the last, point, I’m referring to fans’ selfish wants for a particular character (in this instance, Klaus Mikaelson.) Let me begin by saying fans are allowed to have selfish wants—hell, it’s encouraged and it’s why we’re fans! If it were my way, Klaus would be chillin’ in a chateau with Caroline for all eternity making first-of-their-kind hybrid babies. But, that’s not really honoring the character, is it?

At a high-level, here’s Klaus’ journey from TVD on through The Originals:

  • A millenia-long quest to break the curse that suppresses his werewolf side;
  • Inhibits people’s bodies without their consent (see: Alaric Saltzman);
  • Murders lots of innocent people along the way (see: Aunt Jenna);
  • Murders a ton more people (see: a ton more people in both shows);
  • Allows his brother to shamelessly follow him into every poor decision (and good), because of his undying love and loyalty (see: Elijah)
  • Has a baby, finds the joy in parenthood, finally understands unconditional love, and frees himself, his brother, and his daughter of any guilt or pain in “hopes” of his daughter leading the best life possible.

If that ain’t redemption, y’all—I don’t know what is. And for the record—I’m fucking crushed about Klaus and Elijah’s death. Crushed. But seeing their specs of being sparkle off into the New Orleans night, together, gives me “hope” that their stories will live on through 10 more spinoffs. Klaus was the villain back in TVD season 3, remember? Then, we were gifted with 5 more seasons completely dedicated to him and his family. I’ll take it. While there are a lot of things I would have liked to have seen play out differently, there were some emotional AF episodes this season that made up for it.

Julie Plec has said that The Vampire Diaries was about love, The Originals was about family, and Legacies is about friendship. This second TVD-verse spinoff isn’t trying to replace our Originals story, but add a new layer to it. Fans, please don’t knock it until you try it. You’re upset because the show you love ended, and it’s titular characters with it. Let’s be grateful for that final note, because I’ll be damned if some non-JoMo is cast in a reboot 10 years from now without Plec & Co. behind it.

And just for good measure, here’s the deleted Klaroline scene from The Originals finale:

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  • Azarena

    I don’t understand how you can be so biased, but we do have the right to be pissed and boycott Legacies.
    Here’s my reasoning point by point responding to your argument:
    1. Its not the actors/actresses fault. You’re right. But they’ll find other jobs if this is canceled. Sorry but I don’t think I’m socially obligated to watch a show just to keep the cast on it employed by THOSE writers/producers. A lot of shows get canceled. Its no offense to ANY of the cast. I think Danielle Russel played a fantastic Hope Mikaelson.

    But if I watch this show, I WILL get attached. Because no one is doubting Julie Plec’s ability to create characters and storylines that we love. The thing is, she disrespects her own characters/her storylines. Previously, fans had invested (since TVD’s release) ~10 years into her work. This was not the first time the fans reacted angrily to her writing.

    2. Its just plain mean. Sorry but at the end of the day, this is a business. No one’s boycotting Legacies or getting pissed off about TO with the intention of being mean. They’re REACTING to the work. You’ve got to have thick skin in this business – Julie Plec has PLENTY of rough skin because she HAD to have fully anticipated this reaction from the fans.

    3. It was not redemption. And it did NOT do the character justice for him to die. I don’t know how you could think that “death” was his only path towards redemption because that’s not true. You’ve listed everything correctly – he was a horrible murderer for 1000 years but in the words of Katherine Pierce, he did what he “had to do to survive”. He spent 1000 years running away from Mikael, an abusive parent. But he’d spent the last what…15 (how old is Hope?) years becoming a father that she’ll be proud of. And he’s had not even a SINGLE YEAR of uninterrupted happiness with his daughter AND family. So if the show is about family, why did it not end with FAMILY rather than the suicide of two brothers? Both of their deaths were super unnecessary – and JP has stated that she did that for “poetic reasons”. Family is NOT poetry or unnecessary sacrifice.

    4. “The Originals is about FAMILY”. I have already sort of touched on this, but if so then why did it end with suicide of two brothers rather than a united family? Furthermore, if you can’t remember, TO began with an even GREATER goal of defining family members as not excuse to just those who share blood. The Marcel adoption storyline in seasons 1-2 was beautiful. It truly captured the essence of the show and it held the potential to give the series and even greater meaning as it regards the concept of family. It was truly beautiful and yet there were no scenes attributed to Marcel and Klaus in S5.

    5. Most of the fans aren’t even upset about their romance endgames not working out. The writers and you are greatly misunderstanding our disappointment with this finale. Its about it being completely uncharacteristic of the characters. This family has spent over 1000 years together fighting along side each other, defeating incredible odds and fighting mystical demons together, surviving, only to accept the death of their most prominent member in less than 24 hours? How does that make ANY sense?? You’re telling me the great Klaus Mikaelson unnecessarily killed himself knowing his brother was willing (and desiring) of death? It makes NO SENSE.

    Where was the original cast of S1? The Originals won fans hearts with the characters of Marcel, Camille, Davina, Josh, Hayley. Did I say Hayley Marshall? The lead actress in this series? Only to appear in a maximum of maybe 30 minutes of screen time? Almost none of our original characters had much invested into their stories in this season. There was barely any character development for ANY of them except maybe Josh, a little.
    This season truthfully did not feel like a S5 of The Originals, but more so a prequel to Legacies. You might as well call all of S5 one huge pilot episode mini-series for Legacies.
    What’s worse is that Julie Plec has mentioned that if NOT for Legacies and J.M and D.G not having demonstrated enough “enthusiasm” towards it, then she would not have killed both of their characters. THAT’S why the fans want to cancel Legacies, because its very existence negatively affected a show that they were already fully invested and emotionally attached to.

    6. If the writers did not consider the romantic element of the show to be important, then why did they bait us with so many Caroline and Klaus clips/images? They knew fully well that the fans had been cheering for this pair since before The Originals was picked up as a spinoff by the CW Network. Even though it made little sense for Stefan Salvatore to die, it made SOME sense if this was the writers way to bring together Caroline and Klaus. For heaven sake, the pilot episode of TO begins with a tease for this when Klaus records the voice message to Caroline.

    In conclusion, why would any of the fans continue to invest in a show written by a writer who’s not only inconsiderate of the fandom that keeps her shows renewed, but who purposefully manipulates them for views? Sorry but its disgusting when we can find several plot holes and incongruent actions from the characters we deeply care for and she fails to address it. I am not going to support another show just to be left with this enraged feeling another time. There are plenty of other shows with other actors/actresses who are also deserving of my time. I really feel sorry for the cast of Legacies, I don’t wish any of them any bad or ill-will. It isn’t their fault. But I don’t owe them my television views just because it “isn’t their fault” that they chose to work with JP and Jeff Lieber.

  • emily

    After what Julie Plec did to Hayley MarshalI I won’t watch Legacies.