The Vampire Diaries may have some new competition in the vampire department... from its own spin-off!
The Originals has been The CW's strongest rookie performer, with its latest episode drawing 2 million viewers and a 0.9 in the adults 18-49 demographic, nipping at the heels of its predecessor, which drew 2.6 million and a 1.2 in its latest outing. The Vampire Diaries spin-off, which was picked up for a full season on Monday, also cracked the Top 5 in our Fall TV Popularity Contest, receiving a 57 percent approval rating from TVGuide.com users. (Fox's Sleepy Hollow came in first with 85 percent.)
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But it's not just the ratings that prove The Originals has found a following. After only a handful of episodes, The Originals has...
Sophie Devereaux just became enemy No. 1 on The Originals.
"Everything that brought us here to New Orleans was a lie," Elijah (Daniel Gillies) tells his family in the final scene of Tuesday's episode. "This story Sophie Devereaux fabricated, this struggle for control in the French Quarter, this war between the vampires and the witches, wasn't over territory at all. This was over Davina."
The Originals' Danielle Campbell: Viewers will finally understand why Davina is so powerful
Everything you think you know about The Originals is about to change.
"In a fight for power, she's the ultimate weapon," reads the tagline of Tuesday's episode (8/7c, The CW) when viewers will finally learn why and how 16-year-old Davina (Danielle Campbell) is arguably the most powerful being in New Orleans.
"So far, she's been known as this big secret so a lot of [answers] will be revealed," Campbell tells TVGuide.com. "Everyone is going to finally understand why she is the way she is."
"Is it evil to take what one wants?"
This is the question Klaus (Joseph Morgan) poses to Cami (Leah Pipes) in this exclusive Originals sneak peek.
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The vamp seems determined to win Cami's loyalty in his fight against Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), but Klaus sees the futility of his usual ways — threats and bodily harm. Instead, he opens up that big ol' heart of his a bit and explains that he simply wants to protect Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and save Davina (Danielle Campbell).
How do you manipulate and defeat someone who knows you better than almost anyone else? That's the dilemma Klaus is facing on The Originals.
Although it's evident that there's a long history between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), on last week's episode, viewers saw just how deep the bond goes. As Klaus was settling New Orleans in 1820, he watched a young slave being tortured. Turns out the boy, who didn't even have a name, was the product of the Governor's affair. Klaus felt a connection and took the boy, who he named Marcellus, under his wing.