(SPOILERS) The Originals: Daniel Gillies talks playing a ‘brand new’ Elijah in special concept episode

Author: Jen | May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on (SPOILERS) The Originals: Daniel Gillies talks playing a ‘brand new’ Elijah in special concept episode

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Who is Elijah Mikaelson without his unrelenting devotion to his brother’s redemption, without any sense of familial loyalty, without the promise of “always and forever?” Those are the questions at the heart of this week’s episode of The Originals, which explores what life has been like for Elijah in the seven years since he had Marcel erase his family (and their lifelong vow) from his memory.

The hour, which was directed by Originals star Joseph Morgan, is something new for the series — it focuses solely on Elijah’s journey, an idea that was actually inspired by another series. “The idea came from me being an absolute Damon Lindelof fangirl,” showrunner Julie Plec tells EW. “What Damon did magnificently throughout The Leftovers was to have singular point-of-view episodes. I found it to be so impressive and so powerful. I really wanted to try it and it felt like being able to see where Elijah’s been over the last seven years and trace the story over the course of one episode was such a prime opportunity for that.”

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