“The Vampire Diaries" episode, "The Originals", is written by Julie Plec and directed by Chris Grismer, airing April 25, 2013 on The CW:
The episode is a 'back-door' pilot for a new spinoff series, starring Joseph Morgan as the 'vampire' character 'Klaus' and Phoebe Tonkin as the female 'werewolf' 'Hayley':
"...acting on a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in New Orleans, 'Klaus' (Morgan) makes a trip to the town he and his family helped build.
"Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his former protégé, 'Marcel' (Charles Michael Davis).
"Marcel is a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans.
"She soon learns that 'Hayley' (Tonkin) has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named 'Sophie' (Daniella Pineda).
"Then 'Katherine' (Nina Dobrev) reveals a surprising vulnerability to 'Rebekah' (Claire Holt) and asks her to deliver a message..."
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