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The Originals midseason premiere: More casualties, a Klaus-Hayley reconciliation

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Heading into the back half of its third season, The Originals is picking up right where it left off: with a bloody Cami lying in the arms of a now very angry Klaus Mikaelson. And as fans can probably guess, Klaus is ready for revenge. 

“In the moments at the end of episode 9 when you see Klaus holding this woman in his arms and her throat is cut open and she’s bleeding everywhere, he’s about as angry as we’ve ever seen him,” executive producer Michael Narducci tells EW. “He’s the one who kills people’s loved ones. He’s the one who destroys his enemies and tears them apart and ruins their lives. Now someone has done that to him, and in a sense it’s his fault because Cami was targeted because she was close to Klaus. So there’s a certain element of rage; there’s also a certain element of guilt that he must feel. I think that could be when Klaus is at his most dangerous, when he wants revenge and he wants to take people down for what they’ve done to him.”

Speaking of the people who’ve wronged Klaus this time around, Narducci says that we’re coming to the end of the first chapter with the Trinity. “They have executed their plot against our Mikaelson family; there’s been a serious casualty.”

And yet, it doesn’t sound like chapter two is going to be all that great for the Mikaelsons either. “Before long, there will be more casualties, and there will be a game-changing shift in who our enemies are,” Narducci says. “Things are going to escalate very quickly in terms of who is going to be siding with whom against the Originals. So our family, who started off the season very much at odds, is now backed into a corner together against this new threat, and some of the people we thought were our allies and our friends might not necessarily be thus.” 

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Some good news we can report is that all of this death and drama could lead Klaus to mend his relationship with Hayley. You know, the mother of his child whom he forced to live as a wolf, thereby spending months away from her daughter? Well, now that Klaus must ask himself whom he can trust, Narducci says, “That’s going to result in the alliance-building for Klaus that we’ve wanted to see for a while, so in addition to him being paranoid and neurotic, that’s going to reach it’s zenith and then we’re going to start to see him have to mend bridges with some people that he’s fallen out with and I think the big one on that list in Hayley.

“Ultimately, in order for this family to heal, Klaus has to heal his wounds with Elijah and he’s got to heal his wounds with Hayley, so that’s something that we’re going to play with going forward.”

Hopefully that means we can scratch Hayley off the list of potential “friends” that will betray the Mikaelsons per the prophecy. Hopefully.

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