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‘The Originals’: Julie Plec on New, But Old, Killers

CW’s “The Originals” returns for Season 3 with just as much family strife and vampire-witch feuding as fans would expect. And to make matters worse, now there’s a serial killer on the loose. As the series prepares to show more vampires descending upon New Orleans to protect their lineage (and possibly stomp out some old threats as well), executive producer and creator Julie Plec talks to Variety about the dangers that await our blood-thristy heroes.

So there’s a serial killer on the loose in New Orleans. Have the writers settled on who the killer is?

Yes. We have figured out [who that is] and I think it’s pretty safe to say that with the arrival of vicious, crazy people in town the odds of someone taking a knife across someone’s cheekbones are pretty strong.

We saw that at the end of the episode, but I didn’t know if that was a red herring.

It could well be. We shall have to see.

You also have a new detective this season, played by “Veronica Mars” alum Jason Dohring, who seems blissfully oblivious to all the supernatural activities in town.

Every now and then when our humans get too deeply in the know, we like to open up the world to humans who don’t know they are living in a supernatural crockpot. Detective Will Kinney is one of the people who is maybe rightfully suspicious and maybe confused in what he finds.

But it is New Orleans, after all. There’s a seedy side to the alleyways and around the corner, regardless, with the supernatural beings. Even when you go visit, there’s vampire tours and tarot card readers and alleged witches. For him, he’s trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not.

There’s no way he’s a pawn in all this and he’s just been compelled to forget what he knows?

We should ask ourselves what he’s been exposed to in the past and if anybody’s compelled his memories away. It’s just fun to see somebody who isn’t really in the loop yet and how they react to things.

Or he’s totally playing us like Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) did on “The Vampire Diaries.”

Can we talk about the character of Rebekah this season? We see her in the flashback in the season premiere in her original form, as played by actress Claire Holt, but fans know that’s not how Rebekah is living today.

At the end of last season, Rebekah left town in the body of Eva Sinclair (played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers) to go off and live up to the promise she made to her brother Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) and find a spell that would bring him back to life. We get to see Claire Holt in the flashbacks at the beginning of the season. I can tease that we will be seeing Claire Holt as Rebekah before the fall is over.

Will Elijah (Daniel Gillies) ever get closure after all the anguish his brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has put upon him — particularly after last season’s death?

I think the good thing about Elijah and his resentment toward Klaus and his frustration with the family dynamic — and generally his fury attached to his current standing in life — will come in handy as these new enemies reveal themselves. The children have come back to town to punish their parents.

Klaus, at least, seems to be very selective about who he chooses to make his children.

We want to be very specific about who turns who and why. Over the course of the season, we’ll have nice flashback episodes that tell us more about some of these new — but old — vampires.

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