‘The Originals’ Daniel Gillies: Elijah won’t be able to cage Klaus’ fury

Interview by Zap2It

Though the holidays left the Mikaelsons close — and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) on the verge of happiness — that was never going to last. When last fans saw the final moments of the midseason finale of “The Originals,” Elijah (Daniel Gillies) was putting a dagger through Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) chest, while Klaus was waking up to find Cami’s (Leah Pipes) throat sliced open.

With all of that haunting them, the Mikaelsons are off to a tumultuous start to the new year and, according to Gillies, things are only going south from here. The actor spoke to Zap2it about the family’s struggles to retain their “kingdom,” Elijah trying to maintain some traces of his humanity and whether Klaus’ fury can be controlled after finding the love of his life dead.

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‘The Originals’ Daniel Gillies on Elijah and Hayley love, Klaus as a dad and more


As “The Originals” prepares for its Season 3 premiere, there’s much to talk about in terms of the Mikaelson family. After working together to defeat Dahlia (Claudia Black) in the Season 2 finale, things have definitely changed in the French Quarter.

Zap2it spoke with Elijah Mikaelson himself — Daniel Gillies — about what the new season brings in terms of danger for the family and the continuing tentions between Elijah and Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Plus, what are the odds that the eldest Mikaelson brother could find love with Hayley, the mother of his niece?

Daniel Gillies: When he told everybody to come out to New Orleans at the beginning of the show, he had such hopes and dreams and aspirations. Those have sort of been rocked and shattered due to a variety of cataclysms that have been thrown at them from every single angle.

'The Originals' Season 2 finale: Daniel Gillies recognizes the Mikaelsons' 'end of days'


As "The Originals" reaches its Season 2 finale, it seems there may finally be a way to stop Dahlia (Claudia Black) from taking baby Hope and unleashing a horrible evil on the world. It's just not going to be easy.
After leaving a trail of blood and devastation, Niklaus (Joseph Morgan) has a plan that involves his Mikaelson siblings -- Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) -- but can they actually trust him?
Zap2it spoke with Gillies about that very question and more, including what he refers to as the "end of days" for the Mikaelsons and whether there is any hope to save them in the end.

There’s a devastation that’s always lingering around them and they can’t get through it without annihilating one another.
— Daniel Gillies

Zap2it: At the end of the season it looks like the Mikaelsons are coming together, but that may nor even be fully possible. While Klaus claims to have a plan to kill Dahlia, he's shown time and again to the family that he can't exactly be trusted. Going into this last episode, what can you tease for this showdown?

Daniel Gillies: It's funny, you just said something really interesting. You think [the Mikaelsons] are coming together but you don't. They're sort of doomed, this family. The closer they come to one another, the more destructive energy there is around each other. [It's] like when you play with two magnets and they just sort of repulse at the last moment. They desire to be together but then they sort of push one another away.

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'The Vampire Diaries' Daniel Gillies on Elijah and Elena: 'The romance has already begun'


As if Elena didn't already have enough potential vampire suitors vying for her affections, it now appears that our "Vampire Diaries"heroine may be looking at a love square in Season 3. There's no denying Elijah's ( Daniel Gillies) charm and charisma -- but could he sway Elena away from Stefan and Damon? 

When Zap2it caught up with Gillies this week, we had to ask him about Elijah's potential for romance in Season 3. After all, he clearly has some centuries-old love for Katherine, and it's arguable that his interest in Elena extends beyond the sacrifice. 

"It's funny you say that," Gillies says (as we swoon over his accent). "I would venture to say that those romances have already begun. Whether it's requited or unrequited, I think that Elijah already has enormous feelings for Elena, and I think he did have incredible feelings for Katerina. I think that there already is romance." 

That said, as an ancient vampire, Elijah is as patient as they come. It's possible that he won't actually act on any feelings for a while -- and that's just fine with Gillies. "I don't mind the very Elizabethan suppression of emotions," he tells us. "It's very theatrical but kind of wonderful. I feel like the restraint of romance to me is just as interesting as the execution of romance." 

Now that Elijah betrayed Elena in favor of his family, their relationship may prove to be more contentious than affectionate. Still, Gillies likes the antagonism that exists beneath the surface. 

"I really liked the scene where Elena put the knife in me, actually," he says after we ask about his favorite moments this season. "I quite liked that - I don't know why, but there's something about it that's kind of romantic to me. I don't know if it's the imagery, or just something about those two together. When I watched that back, even though she stuck the knife in, there's something sort of symbolic about love and a relationship. I love scenes with her. I think that particularly with Elena -- apart from the fact that Nina is a cool actress to work with -- Elena reminds Elijah that people can be enchanting, too." 

In tonight's Season 2 finale, Elijah continues his quest to save his family, who were killed by Klaus with white oak daggers.  "He's going to explore further this assertion that Klaus made about the bodies," says Gillies. 

We've got our doubts as to whether Klaus can be trusted, though. Did he really keep the pile of Original bodies safe, or did he toss them out to sea? Gillies says that even though Klaus isn't as honorable as Elijah, Elijah had no choice but to leave Klaus's heart in his chest. 

"He had to take that chance. I think it's something that he's been trying to do for thousands of years, hundreds of years. I think that it's something he had to do. I don't even question that decision that he made," Gillies says. 

Tune in to see how it all plays out tonight, Thursday May 12, at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. 

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