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The Originals cast explains the show's plot in 30 seconds

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For any show, it’s difficult to summarize the plot in 30 seconds. But for a show about vampires that have been around for more than 1,000 years, it’s even more complicated.

And yet, we got the cast of The Originals to attempt it anyway. The biggest takeaway? In case you didn’t know, this show is really about family.

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The Originals airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.