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Julie Plec talks personal Originals finale, featuring a time lapse

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In tonight’s Originals finale, the Mikaelson siblings—including Claire Holt!—will face their greatest threat to date: their evil aunt Dahlia. But more than that, they have to overcome the horrific events of last week. That is, if they can forgive Klaus for everything he did in the name of tricking Dahlia. (Read: Killing Gia and forcing Rebekah to give up her mortal body.)

To preview tonight’s epic showdown, we spoke with executive producer Julie Plec about the upcoming hour.

Elijah’s come undone. Since Klaus killed Gia in the last episode, we already knew that Elijah is going to struggle with forgiving his brother (if he can forgive him at all). But more than that, it might be time for Elijah to give up completely. “Elijah is going to hit a very, very intense wall of fury,” Plec said. “The beauty and the disease of Elijah’s character is how much he is committed to keeping his family together and to making sure that if there is any hope for Klaus’ redemption, that it should be Elijah who helps him achieve it. And I think Elijah is finally realizing [that] it doesn’t matter what I do or where I am with this person, he is going to act as he will act, and he will hurt as he will hurt, and he will hurt me if he feels like it. I think when you get to that state in a relationship, you have to ask yourself a lot.”

That being said, the familial bond of the Mikaelsons is not to be underestimated. “Unfortunately, the always-and-forever bond that this family made to each other was meant to be just that, through thick and thin, through sleet, hail, rain or snow,” Plec said. “And so he’s going to have to make a lot of decisions about where he wants his position to be in that family and if he can find anything to forgive in Klaus.” 

Marcel’s main focus will be saving himself. When any Mikaelson is in danger, so is their entire sire line, and for Marcel, Klaus’ death could mean his own. “Marcel is really just worried about himself,” Plec said. “That White Oak stake is kind of hanging out there in the ether. Nobody really knows where it is or whose possession it’s in, but it is a weapon of mass destruction as far as Marcel is concerned—so he’s got to make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.”

Dahlia gets personal. Although fans have begun to see the extent of Dahlia’s powers, the finale marks her chance to really attack on a personal level. “She does not enter a room quietly,” Plec said. “What she is able to do in the finale is certainly in line with the other things that she’s shown she’s capable of, but it’s just particularly personal and hateful. It’s kind of awesome.” 

The resurrection will provide more than back-up. We know that the season’s final hour will feature a resurrection, but we’re still not sure who will be joining the fight. According to Plec, “It provides some really interesting closure, more than anything else.” Any guesses? 

Vincent and Davina form a bond. After making Davina regent, Vincent thinks about leaving town before Cami gives him a reality check: He can’t just dump his responsibility onto a teenage girl and then leave. “He has to realize like, am I looking out for myself and being true to myself, or am I just being selfish and irresponsible? And so what he will be in Davina’s life remains to be see— but he’s got an opportunity to be a mentor or an enemy depending on what position he takes,” Plec said. 

Davina’s desire for Kol could lead to danger. Now that she’s regent, Davina has the power she needs to resurrect Kol. But as Plec put it, “playing with raising the dead is never an easy task, certainly now with no Other Side to pull people back from.” Long story short, Davina could be going down a dark path. “She’s dabbling in some dark, dark, dark stuff—necromancy is not a pretty picture, so I don’t know that the outcome of what she’s trying to do is necessarily going to be a good thing,” Plec said. 

There will be a time jump. Hayley’s current predicament—being stuck in wolf form—won’t be solved by season’s end, but fans will get to see Hayley in human form at least once. “There will be a little bit of a time lapse at the end so that we’ll get to see her on her one night a month, but there isn’t the clean ending to Hayley’s predicament that she might want before we go to our break,” Plec said.

Things get emotional. When asked the biggest difference between this year’s finale and last year’s, Plec said: “It feels deeply personalized because you’ve got your siblings really taking on the greatest threat to their family. And while they can fight back with strength, they’re also facing a very formidable enemy in Dahlia, so they have to fight back psychologically as well and that means that they have to put their stuff aside and work together, which is difficult for them. And of course, what remains of their family after everything that Klaus has done is something that’s going to hang really heavily at the end, and we’ll see who’s able to find any kind of peace with each other and who’s left estranged. It’s a very emotionally powerful finale, which is what I like about it.” 

The Originals finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on The CW.