While a full episode may not happen before the former show comes to an end, Executive Producer Julie Plec has hope that we will see some crossover, even given the current timeline differences.
“[The timeline shifts] actually made it extremely easy, much to the chagrin of the people I’m sure would have loved multiple crossovers before the series comes to a close,” Julie told ET. “But I do think the final episode will have some time-shifting, so I’m not worried about being inhibited from seeing The Originals again in The Vampire Diaries universe. I don’t know how or who, but I certainly think we can make it work on some level.”
What about Vampire Diaries characters showing up in the French Quarter after the show ends?
“A thousand percent,” Julie said. “One of my goals is to find really exciting and organic ways to combine the universe just a little bit, whether it’s a flavor or something more aggressive. There are a lot of really wonderful people that I work with that I’d like to continue working with, so it’s certainly not out of the question that we could find ways to integrate them into The Originals.”
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“The indignity of Klaus Mikaelson’s situation the last five years [is being] held captive by his surrogate son and forced to be an advisor to a king that he does not recognize,” executive producer Julie Plec told EW.
She added, “Also, [he knows] Marcel is actually singularly responsible for the fact he’s alive, because so many people have come to town in the last five years desperate to see him reduced to ash.”
The upcoming season will make a time jump, a short video confirmed at the panel (via TVLine) and shows Hayley caring for an older Hope.
“When we met Hayley, all she ever wanted was family,” Phoebe shared. “Through the events that happened, she created a family on her own with her daughter. I don’t think she feels alone — one, because she has five bodies in the back of her car — and because she has a purpose, a family-driven purpose.”
Julie added about losing Danielle Campbell and Leah Pipes, “It’s a hard thing to explain. You start to feel a redundancy of heroes. If you continue down a certain storyline, you’ll end up taking people in a direction that will isolate them. You get the urge to mix things up and to make things very tragic … so that you can always feel fresh, and you don’t have nine people telling the same story. … We needed to pull the family as tightly together as possible, and excise some of the characters who might conflict with [that plan].”