On The Originals, Niklaus Mikaelson is not a fan of losing. Or maybe the more accurate statement is: Niklaus Mikaelson is a very big fan of revenge. The really, really bloody kind. And considering that Francesca was a central player in Klaus and Hayley having to give up baby Hope, you can bet that she will be target No. 1 when The Originals picks up for season two. But the thing is, when viewers do catch up with Klaus, he’s been imprisoned in his own home for the last four months.
“If you remember in the finale, there was a spell cast by Genevieve that bound Klaus’ strength to these rings that the wolves had, so every full moon the wolves they wouldn’t change, they would get more powerful and that power would come from Klaus so it would be zapped from him, so he’s been weakened by these rings,” Joseph Morgan said. “So, to a certain extent every month, [Klaus is] debilitated a little bit. So that’s been involved in the decision making.”
And despite the fact that there are worse places to be trapped than in your own home, the Mikaelson residence isn’t exactly a nice getaway in the wake of season 1’s tragedy. “When we catch up with him, it’s a broken home we find him living in. He’s locked himself in the compound. Elijah is there, Hayley is there, but they’re living like three strangers together. They’re very disconnected. There’s a baby-sized gap in their lives, so he is, in typical Klaus fashion, he’s going to deal with it in the bloodiest most violent way possible,” Morgan said. “He’s just been waiting for the right moment and that moment arrives in episode 1, in fact. So he’s very keen to get down to some dastardly business.”
An exclusive sneak peek from the season-two premiere offers a glimpse at Klaus’ growing impatience for revenge, along with his coping mechanism: art. “He’s been expressing himself through painting, which as we know from when he’s talked about painting before, it’s a method of control for Klaus,” Morgan said. “He does it to try and feel in control of everything, and I think he’s feeling particularly out of control at the moment having had to give away his daughter and lose the one thing that really truly mattered to him. So yeah, he’s trying to deal with it, I suppose, in a more therapeutic way by painting, but it turns out that he’s got to resort to his old art form—mass murder.”
The Originals returns Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.