Elijah Mikaelson is a monster. Yes, he’s noble. Yes, he wears a suit. But at the end of the day, he’s a vampire, and Daniel Gillies would like all of you to remember that.
“The whole premise of the show is that we are these monsters,” Gillies tells EW. “Your good guys are bad guys, essentially.”
It’s something fans of The Originals need to keep in mind, particularly when it comes to this week’s episode, which takes viewers inside Elijah’s fractured mind as Hayley and Freya try to recover him. (Refresher: In the last episode, Freya managed to put Elijah inside her pendant before the Hollow killed him.) And let’s just say that Elijah’s mind isn’t nearly as pretty as his suits, which is something that Gillies, who directed the hour, and his team had to keep in mind when finding a visual representation that would work best.