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The CW released two more stills from “Ne Me Quitte Pas” featuring Elijah and Antoinette … you can find them in our gallery for your viewing pleasure!

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May 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I have added captures from last week’s Elijah centric episode of The Originals, “Ne Me Quitte Pas” to our gallery. Enjoy!

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The Originals put fans through the wringer this week with an episode that zeroed in on Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and his journey of self-discovery during the seven year time jump between Seasons 4 and 5.

Elijah didn’t just lose the memories of his family when Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) compelled him to forget “Always and Forever,” he lost all of his memories entirely. Stumbling through the world with nothing but some “E” emblazoned cufflinks and a note telling him not to look back, Elijah had to figure out who and what he was.

While it was obviously heartbreaking to watch Elijah wander the world without a clue that he had a family who loved him deeply, it was also a refreshing look at who this character could be without the weight of the world on his shoulders.

TV Guide spoke with Daniel Gillies about crafting this new version of Elijah and what elements of the character he decided to keep and which to discard.

“I just tried to drop every sense of duty. There’s something almost military about Elijah at all times, you know? He seems like a general and a strategist, and it just was time to dispense with that and explore what he would be if he was just a man,” says Gillies. “I must confess, when I saw the episode […] it was to me, of all of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals I’d seen, it was certainly one of the strongest. It felt so brand new. I kept saying to Joseph [Morgan], ‘This seems like a pilot. This seems like it’s own new show.’ It felt like it’s own spin-off in a way, this guy discovering who he might be.”

Eventually, Elijah did discover who he was, and it wasn’t very hard to gather information on his terrible family after that. The surprising part? Knowing his family was out there didn’t make him long for a reunion. Once he got the full scope of who they were, Elijah had very little trouble deciding he was better off without them.

Of course, making that decision was the perfect cue for Klaus (Morgan) to show up hoping to reconnect. While the reunion scene where Elijah disowns and lashes out at Klaus for all he’s done might have been harsh to viewers, Gillies says that it made perfect sense for this new man that Elijah became to walk away from the Mikaelson family name for good.

“I think anybody with any good sense would say the problem and the complexity and the nucleus of the character of Elijah is that he has this one cardinal flaw, which is that he loves this person who is atrocious to everybody and is unforgivable terribly to everybody always. It’s kind of what I loved and hated about Elijah,” Gillies says. “How absurd would it be to swear allegiance back to that monster? He’s just a completely irredeemable monster, and the family kind of [is] too. The only way they were going ever to survive was by being monsters, so it’s understandable within the universe. But of course he said those things. To me, it was less heartbreaking and more just obvious.”

When you look at it without the perspective of Elijah the amnesiac, it totally makes sense. Avoiding a group of bloodthirsty monsters who made your past self miserable seems like a no-brainer.

From Klaus’ perspective though, it was a crushing blow to the small fraction of hope he had left that his brother was still in there somewhere. “It completely killed that hope,” Morgan tells TV Guide. “I’d say [Elijah] devastated Klaus… That emotion and that decision is carried forward in the future episodes. For Klaus to have any chance at peace or some kind of happy ending, he needs his brother by his side for that to happen. So that’s going to be a huge part of his drive moving forward.”

Eventually, we know Elijah will have to reunite with the rest of his family. After all, the trailer for Season 5 showed some hinky Hollow stuff going down with all four of the siblings back together again. When they do come face to face again, Gillies says it will be similarly tense reunion — on all sides.

“Of course there will be difficulties,” Gillies says. “There’s a strange amount of punishment that’s going to come Elijah’s way, considering what he did and what he couldn’t remember.”

The Originals airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.


May 5, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

In this article shared by TV Guide Daniel talks about playing this brand new Elijah in last week’s episode. A great read.

Who is Elijah Mikaelson without his unrelenting devotion to his brother’s redemption, without any sense of familial loyalty, without the promise of “always and forever?” Those are the questions at the heart of this week’s episode of The Originals, which explores what life has been like for Elijah in the seven years since he had Marcel erase his family (and their lifelong vow) from his memory.

The hour, which was directed by Originals star Joseph Morgan, is something new for the series — it focuses solely on Elijah’s journey, an idea that was actually inspired by another series. “The idea came from me being an absolute Damon Lindelof fangirl,” showrunner Julie Plec tells EW. “What Damon did magnificently throughout The Leftovers was to have singular point-of-view episodes. I found it to be so impressive and so powerful. I really wanted to try it and it felt like being able to see where Elijah’s been over the last seven years and trace the story over the course of one episode was such a prime opportunity for that.”

Co-writers K.C. Perry and Michelle Paradise then took that idea and crafted what Morgan calls a “concept episode,” something unlike anything the show’s ever done. “I knew it would be different,” Morgan says. “It has one story line from beginning to end instead of five, as we normally do, and I prefer that format: You can really sit with the characters and you get to feel a lot more invested in something as it progresses.”

That one story line follows a character who fans have been invested in since he first walked onto The Vampire Diaries in season 2. And yet, despite the fact that Elijah’s been in viewers’ lives for eight years — and lived for more than a thousand — Morgan calls the hour a “journey of discovery” for the vampire. Plec adds, “It was really about shaping: What would Elijah be if he didn’t have a memory of holding onto his past so powerfully and painfully that it affected everything?”

It was a task that actor Daniel Gillies embraced, the opportunity to “dispense with any sort of artifice” as he puts it. “Everything about Elijah, from his poise to his mannerisms to the way he conducts himself, dropping all of those very specific idiosyncrasies that I play with him meant that it was this raw person.” The result is a man that Gillies describes as “brand new.” After years of family drama, murderous rampages, and even a few love stories, Elijah Mikaelson is going back to the beginning. “He’s at the genesis of who he is again,” Gillies says.

Where he goes from there — and whether he still has a love of suits — remains to be seen.

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

May 5, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

TV Line has named Daniel their performer of the week for his performance in the last episode of The Originals!

THE PERFORMER | Daniel Gillies

THE SHOW | The Originals

THE EPISODE | “Ne Me Quitte Pas” (May 2, 2018)

THE PERFORMANCE | Devoting an entire episode of television to a single character is always risky, but it becomes considerably less so when that character is played by The Originals‘ Daniel Gillies.

Easily one of The CW’s most underrated actors, Gillies took fans on a satisfying journey in Wednesday’s episode, following his character’s ill-advised decision to have his memory wiped. Gillies introduced us to a new Elijah Mikaelson, now a deeply troubled “human” slowly discovering the truth about his darker impulses. It really felt as though Elijah was finally understanding himself for the first time, like that iconic scene in Bambi where the young fawn encountered his first butterfly — only Bambi didn’t drain the butterfly of its blood and steal its pickup truck.

The compelling hour — part origin story, part slice-of-life — also introduced a new romance for Elijah, which Gillies and scene partner Jaime Murray sold as if we’d been watching their relationship simmer for years. “Finally!” you thought when she accepted his proposal, as if you’d been waiting for that moment since the pilot. It was a testament to the actors’ vulnerability, with Gillies particularly opening up to reveal nearly as much about his character in a single episode as we’ve learned since he debuted on The Vampire Diaries in Nov. 2010.

Wednesday’s episode culminated in Elijah’s confrontation with his brother, an exchange made all the more heartbreaking thanks to the emotional groundwork Gillies laid over the course of the hour. With The Originals‘ series finale just a few months away, this episode will be a heck of a way to remember Elijah Mikaelson.

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Tune in on Wednesday May 9, 2018.

Frustrated by the lack of progress made in the search for Hayley, Klaus turns up the heat by taking hostages from each of the three New Orleans supernatural factions. Freya goes to Mystic Falls to check on Hope, who has been sent back to the Salvatore School. Vincent seeks guidance from Ivy after learning that Klaus’ erratic behavior is escalating.

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