At this point, Nina Dobrev has played three doppelgangers on The Vampire Diaries. There was Elena, Katherine (pictured above), and the one who spawned them all, Amara. But when news broke that Dobrev was headed to season 2 of The Originals as Tatia, fans instantly flashed back to season 3 of TVD, when we first heard mention of Tatia’s name.
Over dinner with Stefan and Damon, Klaus and Elijah reflected on the time they had both fallen in love with the same girl when they were humans: Tatia, the first doppelganger of Amara. In fact, it had been Tatia’s blood that Esther used to bind Klaus’ werewolf side and keep him from becoming a hybrid. But other than that, there isn’t much we know about the woman who captured both of the brothers’ hearts, and that’s exactly why she’s headed to The Originals.
Originals executive producer Michael Narducci revealed that Tatia will appear in episode 5 of season 2 in a flashback that will take viewers back to the time of the Vikings. “[Nina Dobrev] got to be in scenes with both of our leads, both Daniel [Gillies] and Joseph [Morgan],” Narducci said. “We tell a story that will make you understand her fate, what happened to her, her relationship with both brothers and why what happened between her and the two brothers is so beautiful but also tragic.”
And when we spoke with Dobrev about how Tatia differs from her other doppelgangers, she said, “I feel like she’s the purest of them all because she is the original original doppelganger. She doesn’t have anyone that proceeded her that affects her life and that she has to live up to or whose history will haunt her in the future, so she has no preconceived notions. She doesn’t have all the vampire drama before her existence, so she’s just pure love and hope and innocence in a way … until things get complicated, as they always do.”
Speaking of things getting complicated, when asked about additional crossovers this season, Narducci made it clear that it isn’t likely to see anyone else (even Caroline) in New Orleans anytime soon. “It doesn’t feel like there’s an easy way to make people drop what they’re doing in Mystic Falls and come to New Orleans,” he said. “And certainly, once our storylines get rolling, it’s going to be very obvious that it will to be very impossible for our characters to take a vacation and go to Mystic Falls, but we are always looking, if it makes sense for story, to honor the fact that this is a shared universe.”
As for Caroline? “You’ll see pretty quickly that Klaus is going to have his hands full with the return of [his family] in his life and if anything, the last thing he would want is to involve someone else in that. There’s a lot of dirty family business to deal with first.”
The Originals returns for season 2 Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.
Additional reporting by Natalie Abrams