Carina Adly MacKenzie from Zap2It talked to Joseph about him leaving the Vampire Diaries, Kalus’ relationship with Caroline and others, his mate Charles Michael Davis and more.
News of beloved villain Joseph Morgan leaving “The Vampire Diaries” for his potential new spin-off “The Originals” has been relatively polarizing in the fandom. Some fans feel that his absence will leave “TVD” lacking, while other fans are looking forward to him taking on a more central role (and, thus, getting much more screen-time) in the new series, which will be set in New Orleans.
But it ain’t over ’til it’s over, vamp fans! Trust us when we say there’s still plenty of story to tell for Klaus in the second half of this season before he, Elijah, and Rebekah potentially leave Mystic Falls in their rear-view mirror. In this week’s episode, his season-long rivalry with Tyler will come to a troubling climax, and his complicated relationship with Caroline is only about to get more complicated.
In last week’s episode, Caroline appealed to Klaus’ sensitive side after he poisoned her with werewolf venom, to convince him to give her the antidote. It’s debatable whether she was genuinely sympathetic or whether she was just playing him like a fiddle to get the blood she needed to survive, but Morgan tells us that he believes Caroline’s sentiments were honest.
“I think she was being genuine,” he says. “The way Candice played it, she was being genuine. I also think it’s more interesting if she was — it sort of adds a level of complexity to her character, rather than, ‘Oh, we’re playing another thing on Klaus.’ It’s more if it comes from a genuine place. As an actor and a character, I bought into it.”
This season, we’ve seen the “good guys” on the show do some pretty horrendous things in the name of finding a cure for vampirism — they’ve killed people who have helped them, and most recently, they wasted an entire vampire bloodline so Jeremy could get more ink. Still, because Klaus has killed and tried to kill people that the good guys like, he remains the adversary of the show. Only Caroline and Stefan have managed to acknowledge that he’s not any worse than the rest of them — though that was before he killed Caroline’s boyfriend’s mother, of course.
“I feel like we all do the same sort of bad things. They killed my brother, didn’t they? And it wasn’t because they really needed to get rid of him, it was because they wanted to make Jeremy’s hunter’s mark grow. I think they do it under the guise of morality. They have this moral curtain that they wrap around the whole thing, like, ‘We’re doing this because of this, and that’s what’s right!’ But really, the act is still the same. You’re still killing. However you try to justify it, we’re all bad. I just have a higher body count — but I also have a few hundred years on them, you know? They’ll get there.”
In this week’s episode, Caroline and Tyler turn to Klaus for help with decoding the message on the hunters’ sword. Obviously, Tyler isn’t particularly high on Klaus’ list of people for whom to do favors, but he does like the idea of Tyler owing him a favor or two. Plus… he’s still trapped in Elena’s living room, and apparently there’s nothing on TV.
“He loves to lord it over people that he’s needed. He loves to push buttons like that, so they need his ancient knowledge and all of that malarky to translate the code. He’s trapped in a room. He’s essentially bored. Part of the game is getting Caroline to admit she needs him, and seeing what the information is worth to her. Getting them to sort of beg is what he’s going to enjoy about this episode.”
Despite the mayhem and murder going on in Mystic Falls, everybody seems to have time to get laid once in a while — except, it seems, for Klaus. He’s been on the show for nearly two full seasons without so much as a one-night-stand. And there are plenty of those to go around in this town! While Morgan wouldn’t confirm who Klaus’s partner is, he does tell us that we have a Klaus sex scene to look forward to.
“I’ve been spending more time at the gym recently, as they’ve decided that after a year and a half of cutting me a break, they were going to be a bit more revealing with my character, let’s say,” he teases. “Let’s leave it there.”