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The fourth season finale of “The Originals,” which aired in June of last year, might have served as a series finale. The CW’s supernatural drama — centered on the vampires, werewolves, witches and hybrids of New Orleans — succeeded in saving its youngest cast member Hope (Summer Fontana) from the Hollow while forcing the Mikaelson siblings to separate forever, or risk the danger returning. Although apart, most of the Mikaelsons were at peace — and finally able to focus on something other than their dysfunctional bloodline.
But series creator Julie Plec did not design the episode, entitled “The Feast of All Sinners,” to be a series ender. “When you don’t know what your future is, you want to protect the show in two ways: You want to be able to feel like you’ve given it a finish that won’t betray the audience but you also want to be able to say, ‘Hey audience and corporate, there are more stories to be told here,’” she tells Variety. So when the CW came calling for a fifth and final season, she felt she had an opportunity for a “clean start point” for one final run.
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“We were able to do a big time jump — we were able to come back to these characters after [them] having lived seven years of their lives without each other,” Plec says of the season 5 premiere episode entitled “Where You Left Your Heart.” “We had everybody in a new place with a new attitude and new experience. It was actually really fun to be able to say, ‘OK what’s everyone been doing and how can we put them back together?’ And I think it also adds stakes because the thing that tore them apart in the first place was successful for seven years.”
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