It’s a new episode, a new night, and new revelations with The Originals season 3B premiere tomorrow (Friday, January 29) on The CW. The spin-off of The Vampire Diaries has been off since early December and it’s back in a big way—a crossover with its parent show!
For those who have somehow followed The Vampire Diaries but not this, The Originals is centered on Elijah, Klaus, and Rebekah Mikaelson, siblings and “original vampires,” the family from which other vampires descend; as a result, they are stronger than the average vampire. The series begins with the siblings and werewolf Hayley, who is pregnant with Klaus’ kid, returning to New Orleans in an attempt to escape their father, only to find that Klaus’ protégé has taken command of the city. They then work towards taking the city back.
The Originals season 3B premiere will see the onset of the conflict between the Mikaelsons and the Strix, a group made up of the world’s oldest vampires and who are said to be responsible for many of history’s greatest atrocities, including wars and plagues. Interestingly, the group was created by—and appears to be mostly made up of descendants of—Elijah, who left because of the group’s behavior.
Fans can also look forward to an upcoming Vampire Diaries/Originals crossover, with each show making up half of a two-parter. This special event will feature Klaus’ friend and The Vampire Diaries mainstay Stefan Salvatore visiting New Orleans. The preview clip shows Klaus buying his pal a shot, which is about as calm as the preview gets; the rest is biting necks and driving wooden stakes into people’s hearts.
The Originals season 3B premiere, as well as The Vampire Diaries and their eventual crossover episodes, airs on a new night this week on The CW—they’re moving from their previous slot on Thursday nights to the more weekend-viewing-friendly Friday. This means if you’re one of the many too busy to see it when it airs, your choice to watch online won’t be as long a wait!