By Julie Plec
December 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST
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The Mikaelson family is extremely complicated, and who better to untangle that drama than Julie Plec? The Originals showrunner will blog each week’s installment throughout the season exclusively for EW. From answering burning questions to giving behind-the-scenes stories and more, this is a place for fans to hear directly from Plec about the episode they just watched. 

Thanks for watching “Savior,” written by Diane Ademu-John & Carina Adly Mackenzie and directed by The OG’s producer-director Matt Hastings.

We’re a big fan of ruining Christmas in the Mikaelson universe. The tradition began in TVD episode 409 when Klaus slaughtered a dozen hybrids to the tune of Cary Brothers covering “O, Holy Night” and ended the episode savagely drowning Mayor Carol Lockwood in the town fountain while “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” played. This episode was no exception, only this time it wasn’t Klaus doing the murdering. Although I have to imagine he’ll be doing plenty more murdering in the New Year now that he’s woken up with a dead girl in his bed. Tune in on Friday, Jan. 29 to see how Aurora’s latest evil move plays out. Ex-girlfriends are rough.

Tidbits from set:

  • The Christmas cookies available at Mikaelson Christmas are a nod to Matt Hastings’ family traditions. His mom makes those exact cookies every holiday.
  • We welcomed Claire Holt back to set by drenching her with water and making her lie in a box in the freezing cold at midnight on a Friday. She was a trooper. 
  • Rebecca Breeds played her own piano in Aurora’s final scene with Tristan. In this scene (with Rebecca’s parents on set visiting), the actors improvised a sweet brother-sister kiss that was decidedly Flowers in the Attic-inspired, if you catch my drift. Not that I’m against a little incest amongst villains, but this was episode 9 and we already had incest-free scripts written and shot through episode 13, so we had to cut it. 
  • The baby cried so much during the “Happy Christmas” scene we almost had to send her to bed and let the grown-ups celebrate Christmas alone.
  • The wine that Klaus pours for Jackson came from a bottle that read “CHATEAU BROMANCE” in elegant script. Our prop guys need to get their kicks in somewhere. 
  • Whenever co-writer Carina is upset, her mom tells her, “Well, at least you’re a writer. This will make a great story someday.” She grew up thinking that was ridiculous, until she borrowed most of the dialogue in Hayley and Jackson’s bayou scene from an actual fight she had with an ex. Turning pain into profit.
  • Related Video: Originals director Matt Hastings takes us behind the scenes of the Christmas episode

    The Originals returns Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

    Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies star as Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson in this Vampire Dairies spin-off about the first family of vampires, their life in New Orleans, and the witches and werewolves who live there.
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