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On Season 2 of The Originals, Klaus and Hayley are on a mission — and you better not stand in their way.

During the Season 1 finale, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) gave birth and was immediately killed, only to wake up as a hybrid. But with the baby's life at stake, Hayley, along with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies), made the heartbreaking decision to give baby Hope to the only person they could trust with keeping her safe: Rebekah (Claire Holt). But for both parents, the devastating loss will be their drive and purpose when the show returns.

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"Everyone has a different reaction to tragedy. Some people look to replace it with another love, some people focus on self-improvement, but Klaus has decided that he will only imagine a day when he'll be reunited with [Hope] while he destroys everyone keeping that child away from him," executive producer Michael Narducci tells "So he will make everyone [pay] and that's a very Klaus-ian response. Some people said, 'Oh, Klaus is so sensitive and emotional this season' and I like that stuff, but I feel like Joseph is so good at playing vindictive and dangerous and now he gets to be that with purpose."

Hayley, meanwhile, was just coming into her own as a strong woman during the first season, but will essentially be broken upon the return. "In the early episodes, you will see her shattered," Narducci says. "There's postpartum depression and then there's postpartum depression when you've given up the baby, died and were reborn as a hybrid and you don't know what it's all about."

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She too will be laser focused on revenge, but like last year, Hayley will find herself once again without family. "The thing that defined Hayley in Season 1, besides interaction with the Original family, was her desire to find her family," he says. "She found her family and right at the moment when she connected with them and saw she had a purpose and a legacy to be a part of this werewolf pack, she's now completely severed from that connection to the point that those werewolves look at her as just another vampire. So what will her reaction be? [She'll] pull herself up from the depths of a very low place and find a purpose which is similar in some ways to what Klaus wants ... to make her enemies suffer. But she also has another agenda, which is really cool."

Watch Tonkin talk about Hayley in Season 2:


The Originals returns on its new night, Monday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c.

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