8 Casting Decisions That Hurt The Originals (And 12 That Saved It)

Who knew that when The Vampire Diaries began at the height of the vampire romance craze in the late-2000s it would birth an entire franchise of interconnected spin-offs that even a decade later show no signs of stopping. The entire Vampire Diaries universe, helmed by Julie Plec, is not without its controversial decisions, however. Any Reddit thread for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals is inevitably filled with complaints about the high volume of characters passing away, which will surely be another point of contention for fans of the latest Vampire Diaries universe program, Legacies. As with many CW shows, there are also arguments over which characters were most deserving of life and which characters were given bad storylines.

The Originals ran for five seasons on the CW from 2013 to 2018 and followed The Vampire Diaries fan-favorite characters Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson and their siblings, the original vampires, as they struggle for power and love in New Orleans, Louisiana. The show further delved into the magical elements of the franchise, with a heavy emphasis on vampire lore, witches, and werewolves. Many new characters were introduced in addition to the characters who were brought over from The Vampire Diaries, and while some quickly became beloved, others contributed to a fifth season that is mostly reviled by its most ardent fans.

With that said, here are the 9 Casting Decisions That Hurt The Originals (And 11 That Saved It).


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