"The Originals" returns to Mystic Falls on Wednesday night, in an episode that brings The CW series one step closer to its sure-to-be epic finale, while also teasing the next show in the "Vampire Diaries" universe.
With dark magic inside Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) slowing killing her from the inside out, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) turns to Caroline (Candice King) at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted to help. While there, fans will also check in on Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) and his twins, who look a wee bit older than the last time we saw them thanks to that 8-year time jump.
While serving the plot of "Originals," the episode also acts as an introduction to the world of "Legacies," a spinoff focusing on Hope navigating being a tribrid -- a descendent of a witch, werewolf, and vampire -- along with the everyday teenage tribulations at Ric's school.
TooFab caught up with creator Julie Plec at Comic-Con over the weekend, where she said tonight's episode of "The Originals" and the finale might connect some dots when it comes to where Caroline fits into everything going forward ... and teased the evolution of the Saltzman twins.
"For those of you who are fans of 'The Originals,' we have two more episodes that are airing over the next two weeks and there is a lot left to be finished," she said when asked about King's character. "A lot of Caroline if you're a fan of her in particular and a lot of closure that we're coming to. You're just gonna have to wait and see."
Speaking of Lizzie and Josie Saltzman, she said, "This week, we get a glimpse of them at 13-14 years," but added they'll be "full-blown teenagers" when we see them next on "Legacies." That show will take place around two years after the "Originals" finale.
"They are, for lack of better word a, a handful," Plec teased. "They're beautiful young women, they're smart, they are funny, they are fierce and they are loyal ... but boy do they opinions."
"Lizzie is a hot mess half the time and Josie is co-dependent. Josie is basically the Elijah Mikaelson of the Saltzman family. She's very very determined to keep her sister protected and happy," she continued. "Lizzie is constantly battling the demons in her own mind. If you remember, Kai Parker is their ancestor. Their bloodline is filled with psychopaths. Lizzie wakes up everyday hoping she doesn't kill somebody and she's a really dynamic character. The girls, as sisters, are beautiful, their relationship with their dad is hilarious, their dislike of Hope Mikaelson is epic and I think it's going to be a really fun dynamic for them."
With "Vampire Diaries" wrapping up last year and its spinoff ending next week, Plec said she hopes fans aren't burnt out with this universe just yet and embrace "Legacies" with the same fervor.
"Having been in this universe for all this time, you wonder if there's ever going to be this moment where people go, 'Meh,'" she explained. "Maybe this will be the one, but Kevin Williams and I said maybe we'll be the one to kill the vampire genre when we did 'Vampire Diaries' on the heels of 'Twilight' and 'True Blood' and, if anything, it made people hungrier."
"My hope is this is the same thing, people want to fall in love with these characters and when they do, they'll follow them everywhere and I think that's really beautiful," she added.
"The Originals" airs tonight on The CW, with "Legacies" debuting on Thursday, October 25.