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Look, I get it you're going through a thing, it's not my business. But New Orleans is. You were gone, I was here. And I went seven years without losing someone got pretty damn used to it. I know that it is hard to hear, but Hope is a Mikaelson on the brink and we have to prepare.

Joshua "Josh" Rosza was formerly a major recurring character on The Originals; he has since been promoted to main in the fifth season. Josh first came to New Orleans as a tourist, with his best friend, while they were college students in their second year. Unfortunately for both of them, they attended one of Marcel's parties. Since Marcel lost one of his vampires before, he needed a new vampire. He put them to a loyalty test which Josh passed. As a result, Josh was turned into a vampire by Marcel Gerard or someone in his sireline. At first, Josh had a hard time adjusting to his new life as a vampire and making friends among the other nightwalkers. Most of it was due to Klaus compelling the newborn vampire to do his bidding and serve as his spy. Not long after, Marcel found out about it and took Josh to Davina so she could remove Klaus' compulsion. The two then quickly became best friends with each other.

Throughout most of Season One, Josh's personality slowly changed as he adapted to his new life as a vampire. He became more confident in himself, and after Davina made him a new Daylight Ring (at the courtesy of Klaus), he finally started to enjoy his new life. After Marcel's attempt to take over New Orleans failed, all his vampires (with the exception of Josh, who was bitten by Klaus, but was cured right after) were killed by the Mikaelsons and the werewolves, those that survived, were killed by the newly resurrected Mikael. Josh was left as the only vampire from the old reign. As a result, he became one of Marcel's closest allies and friends and even became his second-in-command during the second season. During that season Josh met one of Finn Mikaelson's wolves, a man named Aiden. The two fell in love and started dating, but after the latter was killed by Dahlia (as part of the conflict in the Mikaelson Family), Josh decided to leave town for a while, with Marcel cutting him loose.

As of the third and fourth seasons, Josh aided Marcel with the wars between the sirelines and the Hollow. Josh continued to aid Marcel and his men for nearly a decade before his final death. When Josh is injected with advanced werewolf venom into the heart, he dies in Marcel's arms. After his death, Josh reunites with the love of his life in the afterlife and finds peace with him.

Early History[]

Little is known about Josh's early life, aside from the fact that he was born in Michigan, USA in 1991 to yet-unnamed parents. In 2007, when Josh was sixteen, he became a fan of house and trance music and got involved in his local club scene so he could meet other boys. During his senior year, he began dating his first boyfriend in secret, as his parents were not tolerant of homosexuality. However, when his boyfriend sent Josh a bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day, his parents found them and threw them in a paper shredder before disowning him and kicking him out of the house. He presumably came out of the closet sometime afterward.

Two years later in 2011, Josh, now a college student, planned a trip to New Orleans with his best friend, Tina McGreevy, and they explored the French Quarter together.

Throughout The Originals Series[]

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Josh and Tina visit New Orleans.

In House of the Rising Son, Josh and his friend, Tina, travel to New Orleans, where they're invited to a party at Marcel's house by Diego. At midnight, Marcel's vampires attack and feed on all of the tourists at the party, including Josh and Tina. Afterward, they're both fed vampire blood to heal them and are compelled to forget everything. Later, knowing they had ingested vampire blood, Klaus kills Josh and Tina by snapping their necks. Once Marcel informs them of their deaths and subsequent transitions, he holds up a coin and tells them that the first one who grabs it will live on as a vampire, and the one who doesn't will die. After a moment of hesitation, Tina grabs it, but Marcel kills her for betraying her friend, allowing Josh to complete his transition due to his show of loyalty. Klaus takes Josh to his van and compels him to be his spy before Marcel has a chance to get him on vervain.

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Josh and Klaus torture Max.

In Tangled Up In Blue, Klaus has Josh torture the captured nightwalker, Max, by bleeding him dry in order to drain the vervain from his system and compel him to be Klaus' spy. Later, Josh accompanies Thierry, Diego and a group of nightwalkers during a "rousting" of the witches in The Cauldron. He watches the compelled Max attack Katie outside the Jardin Gris. Thierry, who's secretly in love with Katie, is so angered by Max's actions that he kills him in response. Klaus hands Josh a parchment containing instructions on how to create a daylight ring, and has Josh lie and say he found it at Katie's shop in order to further implicate Thierry of treason.

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Josh watches as Diego feeds on a girl.

In Girl in New Orleans, Josh asks Diego about how he could expedite the process to obtain a daylight ring, but Diego informs him that only those in Marcel's inner circle receive one. Josh asks him if there's a spot for him in Marcel's inner circle since Thierry's gone, but Diego tells him that Thierry didn't deserve his fate and Marcel was just showing off for Klaus. Josh then watches Diego and Rebekah talk about Klaus. Later, Josh interrupts Marcel's conversation with Father Kieran and tells him that Diego lost sight of Davina and Cami. Later, Josh watches as Diego and Marcel argue. After snapping Diego's neck, Marcel tells Josh to tell Diego that an apology would be more effective than a bad attitude.

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Josh talks to Marcel about their plan to defeat Klaus.

In Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, Josh sees Marcel drinking alone at the nightwalker bar and asks if he can help him with something. Marcel informs him that there are vampires who are eighty years ahead of Josh on the list to receive a daylight ring but then decides to use Josh to find out more information about where Klaus is living. Josh lies and tells Marcel that Klaus is living at the Palace Royale, but knows that Marcel doesn't believe him. Marcel then speaks to him about trust and Josh asks if there is anybody Marcel truly trusts. Josh goes to the Mikaelson Mansion to tell Klaus what happened, but Hayley answers the door and tells Josh that Klaus isn't there. Marcel, hidden from both of them, overhears Josh tell Hayley that Marcel knows that Klaus lied about where he's living. From this, Marcel deduces that Josh has been working for Klaus.

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Davina reverses the compulsion that Klaus put on Josh.

In Bloodletting, Josh watches a few vampires participate in drinking games as Marcel comes over and tells him he could join them if he wanted to. However, Josh tells him that they remind him of some of the bullies he had at school. Marcel then tells him he's a very funny guy before confronting Josh about his involvement with Klaus, forcibly taking him to Davina. Marcel asks her to undo Klaus' compulsion, and while she agrees to do so, she warns Josh that it will be very painful. Josh screams in agony while Davina magically erases Klaus' influence from Josh's brain. During their time alone together, Davina asks him to think of something other than the pain he's feeling and then asks him what kind of music he likes. Josh admits to Davina that he was just a gay club kid looking for a good time before he was turned into a vampire, and they bond over a lost sense of normalcy. Once Davina has freed him from Klaus' compulsion, Josh describes what it feels like to go from being driven by what Klaus wants, to finally feeling free to do what he wants and to feel normal. Davina is perplexed by Josh's notion of normal, but Josh merely states that normal is relative.


Josh meets Klaus at the garage.

In The River in Reverse, Josh meets Klaus at the docks in a garage and Klaus surprises him. Josh suggested he might have studied theater and Klaus smiles and tells him that he has a role of a lifetime for Josh. Josh then drives to the Abattoir and tells Marcel and Rebekah that Klaus asked him to get a dagger from Marcel. He's sure it was a test as Klaus might know he isn't working with him anymore. Marcel calms Josh down tells him that if Klaus knew he would have ripped Josh's spine out through his nose. Josh then begins to panic. Marcel tells Josh to call Klaus and tell him that he searched everywhere for the dagger but that he saw that Marcel does have it and he will need a witch to get it back, which won't be easy. Back at the garage, he tells Klaus that he's not doubting his mad vampire skills, but tells him that Marcel is on red alert and is surrounded by the army of vampires. Josh then tells him he overheard Diego arguing with Marcel about clearing out the compound for a date and that is where he is. Klaus then congratulates Josh for his fine work and tells him once he rules New Orleans, Josh will be granted a daylight ring for his services rendered to his true king. Josh then says, "Adios, Klaus."

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Davina and Josh meet Hayley.

In Reigning Pain in New Orleans, Joshua hides in the Abattoir at the garage and Davina finds him due to being able to sense his fear. Josh shows himself to Davina from behind a car, and they hug. Davina asks what he's doing there and he says that he needs to stay incognito as he has to leave when the sun goes down due to leading Klaus into a trap. Davina tells him that he can trust Marcel and if Klaus tries to hurt Josh, she will hurt him. Then Hayley appears and tells Davina if she could actually hurt him, she would have done it already. She makes a sort of allegiance with Davina and Josh. Later, after Hayley tells Davina about the last elder dying, she became upset and when Josh appears she asks him if she can trust Hayley. Josh assures her that she can and that Hayley was telling the truth as Elijah killed her. Davina says that she's surrounded by liars and asks Josh to help her get away, which he does.


Davina and Josh reverse Cami's compulsion.

In The Casket Girls, Josh is with Davina as she tries to remove Klaus' compulsion from Cami, and Josh tells her that he knows what she is going through as he been through the same when Davina removed his compulsion away. As time goes on, Josh also tells Cami that her cheat sheets are going to make a lot more sense with her memories back. He drops the cheat sheets on the floor as the sunlight comes through the window and he feels it burn his hand, winces in pain and quickly jerks away from the window. Davina tells him that she will get him a daylight ring as soon as possible, but Josh tells her not to worry about it at the moment. Later, Josh asks if there are blood bags in the fridge, but Davina offers him her blood. He's hesitant but is about to drink from her when she senses the witches are trying to find her.


Davina offers Josh some of her blood.

Cami then suggests they seek Kieran's help, but Davina tells her that he knows about the supernatural. Josh tells them they need to go and they can take his car that is parked in the docks and he'll text them where it is. Davina tells him to put his number in Cami's phone and says it takes forever for the sun to come down, but Josh tells her to have no tears. Davina makes Josh promise they will meet again when it is dark and Josh promises and tells her she shouldn't worry about him and not to let Marcel and his vampires find her.


Josh and Davina hug goodbye.

Hours later, Josh is still at Cami's apartment as calls her to ask where she and Davina are. He then gets a phone call from someone: Klaus. Josh tries to convince Klaus he's in Turkey and there are no witches there, but Klaus knows he's lying and reveals he has Tim, asking him if he would leave Davina's best friend in Klaus' hands at the compound. Josh calls Cami and tells her and Davina of this. Josh tries to stop Davina from confronting Klaus, concerned about her safety, but she's determined that she'll be able to take out all the Originals. Josh decides not to tell her that killing an Original means killing their entire bloodline, and lets her go.

Josh and Rebekah help a poisoned Davina and Tim.

Rebekah's waiting for Josh and tells him that Davina will end up dead if she goes up against Klaus. Rebekah takes Davina, Josh and Tim to the Garden in order for them to see Marcel's true colors. After Tim and Davina drink poisoned water, Josh and Rebekah try desperately to save them, to no avail. However, Marcel makes a deal with a witch to bring Davina back.

In Moon Over Bourbon Street, Josh visits Davina and they talk about each other's problems. She tells him about Monique and he tells her that she still has her magic. He also tells her more about his past and how his family didn't like him being gay but he didn't care.

In The Big Uneasy, he goes to see Davina at the Feast of the Blessings. Klaus then publicly pardons him in front of everyone. He finally gets his daylight ring as Klaus gives Davina a Lapis Lazuli ring and the daylight ring spell so she can make him one. He's present when Marcel says his goodbyes to Thierry and then burns his body. He's also there when Diego and a group of other vampires agree to go up against the Originals.

In An Unblinking Death, now with a daylight ring in his possession, Josh helps Cami concerning the situation with Kieran. Josh is seen walking around the attic without the sun hindering him.

In The Battle of New Orleans, Davina tells Josh about how things are starting to escalate and she convinces him to leave town before they do. As he is getting ready to leave, he is bitten by Klaus and is used as leverage so that Davina will tell him where to find Marcel.

In From a Cradle to a Grave, Josh walks out in the street as Davina does the spell to collect Klaus' blood and he was the one to get it instead of Marcel, healing him.

In Rebirth, Josh searches New Orleans for new recruits to join Marcel's new vampire army. He brings the latest group to Marcel's new home and helps with a demonstration of vampire strength. After the group departs to think about the offer, Josh remarks about how "the rocker chick" will be back and Marcel expresses his doubts. Josh asks what Marcel is really looking for in these new recruits and Marcel says he wants warriors instead of tough guys. When Josh asks what the difference is, Klaus arrives, explaining that a warrior fights for something they believe in.

Later, after the defeat of the twelve werewolves that possess the first moonlight rings, Josh returns to Marcel and informs him that Joe is dead. Josh and Marcel discuss what's worth fighting for before Gia wanders in.

In Live and Let Die, Josh is at Marcel's loft with the rest of the new vampires, checking his phone. Marcel asks him about any prospects and Josh informs him that he's been messaging a guy he really likes. When Marcel asks what the problem is, Josh expresses doubt about having any kind of normal relationship on account of his need for blood to survive. Before the conversation can go any further, someone is thrown through the window. The loft is suddenly swarmed by werewolves wearing moonlight rings. The leader of the wolves, Aiden, tells Marcel that the deal that the vampires would stay out of the Quarter is over and they must leave entirely. To prove his point, he has one of the other werewolves bite a vampire. When another goes for Josh, he calls them off and warns Marcel that they need to be gone when they come back, because he won't stop them next time.

Marcel, Josh, Gia and the other vampires are discussing the situation in Marcel's loft, weighing the pros and cons and deciding not to run. Marcel points out that there's a difference between wanting to fight and knowing how to win. Josh points out that they can't learn how to defend themselves from an army of werewolves in one day, just before Elijah arrives and snaps the necks of two vampires, telling them all to constantly be on guard.

Josh, Elijah, Gia, Marcel, Oliver and Hayley discuss how Esther and Finn want soldiers and are trying to get teenagers to trigger their werewolf curse. One of the teenagers is Aiden's brother, Nick, and he wants to save him from Esther and Finn, so Elijah and Marcel agree to help.

As the plan begins, Josh waits at Rousseau's by a secret passage that will take them anywhere in the city they want to go. As the children go through, Josh and Hayley follow them. Josh leads the children through the tunnels, breaking off the gate at the end and meeting up with Gia, who tells them that Marcel is getting the getaway car. When Marcel arrives in an ambulance, the kids are all loaded up. As Aiden's reunited with Nick, he also shares a look with Josh.

Later, Josh is at Bywater Tavern, glancing at his phone and looking a little nervous, when Aiden comes in and it's revealed that he is the guy Josh has been messaging. After a brief conversation about their conflicting species, the two decide to pretend they're not at war for the night and just be themselves.

In Chasing the Devil's Tail, Josh, Aiden, Hayley, and Marcel outline a plan to take down Finn. When Hayley suggests killing him, Cami interrupts, saying they need to question him, as she places down a box of items. Josh sarcastically notes that it's a box of dusty old junk and they're saved, earning a smirk from Aiden and a laugh from Cami. Cami explains that they're dark objects and they can be used to take down Finn. Marcel pulls out a pair of manacles, getting awry "kinky" from Hayley, which gets a laugh from Josh. Marcel explains that they're used to bind a witches power and Josh remarks that they won't be able to get the "manacles of doom" on Finn with an army of werewolves around him.

Later, Josh at St. Anne's Church with the others as Aiden lures Finn there. As Aiden goes to snuff out all the candles, Josh follows him and says he understands that Aiden would much rather be doing push-ups or drinking with his bros, but Aiden is quick to point out that this isn't so bad, earning a smile from Josh.

When Aiden is later thrown through the church by Finn, knocking him unconscious, Josh immediately rushes to his side before standing up to defend himself. Unfortunately, he doesn't get the chance as Finn easily snaps his neck with his magic.

In The Brothers That Care Forgot, Josh is at Marcel's loft as Davina explains what happened with Kol and the White Oak Stake. When she tells them that she thinks Kol took it, Josh sighs, and Marcel explains that he took it, and Kol and gave it to Klaus. He then tells Davina to stick with Josh while he heads out.

Later, Davina is venting to Josh about Klaus and how she feels like a failure while throwing darts at a dartboard. Josh points out that she's not the only one, citing how every werewolf in the city wants to kill him except one, bringing out the fact that he's "sort of dating" one of them, but it's a "Romeo and Romeo" situation. Davina's interested, so Josh shows her a picture of Aiden, and she tells him that he's worth all the drama. She tells him to invite Aiden over as she wants to meet him. After calling Aiden, Josh leads him into the loft where some music is playing. When Aiden remarks about Davina's great taste in music, Josh quickly corrects him by saying that he picked it out and that Davina wanted Puccini, earning a grimace from Aiden. They introduce themselves, with Aiden cracking a dumb joke about how he's a werewolf traitor. Davina recovers quickly and says she's going to go order some Thai food, leaving Josh and Aiden alone. They quickly realize that it was her plan all along.

While Davina's out of the room, Josh asks if everything's alright with the pack after the "werewolf traitor" comment. Aiden explains the situation and Josh expresses his confidence in him before the two share their first kiss. When they pull away, Josh remarks about how he thought they would be hearing clapping by this point. When he calls out for Davina and gets no response, he realizes she took off.

In Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire, Finn traps the vampires and werewolves together to test how strong their new alliance is. Josh and Aiden go to the attic to be alone and share a kiss, and Josh calls Aiden his boyfriend for the first time. Aiden then reveals that the werewolves don't know about their relationship yet as they still hold a grudge against the vampires. Suddenly, due to Finn's spell, Josh can't seem to focus on anything other than Aiden's pulse and immediately goes to tell Marcel, deducing as the other vampires begin to experience the same symptoms that this is Finn's way of destroying their alliance by making the vampires want to feed on the werewolves. After some vampires go after Aiden, Josh fights them off, only to be tempted himself by some of Aiden's blood, but Klaus warns him off and snaps his neck. As the werewolves escape, Aiden and Josh share a final look.

In Brotherhood of the Damned, Josh and Gia try to reason with Marcel when they discover he was bitten by a werewolf the night before. After discovering the vampires are missing, Davina uses some of Josh's stuff that he left at Aiden's to perform a locator spell. When Davina and Aiden arrive to save them, Finn wakes up the hungry vampires. Josh blocks their way out and attacks Aiden, Aiden snaps Josh's neck regretfully and carries him out.

In I Love You, Goodbye, Josh is still recovering from the hunger, with Davina's help. She tells him that Aiden stayed up with him. Josh arranges a meeting with Aiden and apologizes as Aiden hugs him. However, Aiden breaks up with Josh, determined to keep him safe as Hayley and Jackson's wedding the next day will give all the werewolves advanced abilities. Josh remarks that he can't remember the last time he was safe and storms off, upset about their break up. After a talk with Jackson about how he loves Josh, Aiden finds Josh during the wedding and holds his hand, and then kisses him publicly, not caring who sees.

In Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Josh and Aiden are in bed at home and talk about how to spend the day with Josh that aims to pass it in bed watching Netflix, eating Chinese food and definitely "other". Aiden gets a call from Klaus and mind to the boy, telling him that it's Jackson, so Josh leaves the room, take the opportunity to take a shower. While Aiden is the palace meditating on the actions that they asked him to do, he is surprised to see that get Josh tells him to know everything because he heard the phone call last year thanks to his hearing as a vampire. Later they are at the Bywater Tavern to share a beer and Josh reveals to the boy who loves him deeply considering "his pack" along with Davina and Marcel and who would die for him.

In When the Levee Breaks, Aiden and Josh are wandering through the art district, exchanging romantic effusions, with Aiden taking him aside in an alley where he tells him he loves him. Josh does not understand at first but then realizes that Aiden feared for their lives. Indeed Aiden proposes to his boyfriend to escape, leaving New Orleans for good and meet in two hours. Josh tells him, before going, to love him in turn. Later, Josh is talking with Davina, apologizing for the escape and that he doesn't want to leave her alone in the middle of the war when the two find Aiden's body sprawled on the street where they were to meet. Josh tries desperately to revive him, but all in vain. Davina resentful looks petrified her friend Josh despair on the chest of his dead boyfriend.

In City Beneath The Sea, Josh leaves New Orleans after attending Aiden's funeral at The Bayou since he's too overwhelmed by his grief.

In I'll See You in Hell or New Orleans, Marcel discussed their current situation with his vampires; saying that with the serial killer running around, they would have to stop feeding off tourists and locals for the time being. He told Josh to get in contact with the hospitals and blood banks to help compensate their needs. Their meeting was interrupted by the arrival of Aya, who had told Marcel she had an offer for him. Marcel reacted defensively, telling some of his men to remove her from the building. Aya, being three times Marcel's age, easily subdued his vampires before Marcel joined the fray. When Josh wakes up he describes Aya to Elijah leading us the viewers to know that he's her sire.

In Wild at Heart, Josh is with Davina in Jackson Square Market and calls out a witch for ignoring his best friend and takes the flowers Davina needed without paying before Davina takes him away. Walking on the streets he informs Davina the purpose of having friends isn't to go through the terrible stuff alone before Aya comes and takes Davina away to talk. In a short while later in Davina's room, she explains her plan to Josh about going back in the Ancestral Plane to find Kol to ask him about a spell since he's only she trusts with helping her. Josh isn't on board but allows her to channel him when the poison takes effect. Josh is so distracted by Davina spasming that it takes him a few moments before he realizes that Ariane is standing behind him. She points her index and middle finger at him before flicking her wrist, using her magic to slit Josh's throat. Josh starts to choke and grabs his throat with his free hand until he passes out from whatever spell she cast on him. He manages to cling onto Davina for a few more moments until he completely loses consciousness, which causes him to let go of her hand and break Davina's anchor to the living world; allowing her to take his place. Later during drinks, he confesses to her that he was thinking about suicide in his darkest moments, but didn't go through with it. He expresses sympathy and understanding of wanting to have a significant other back and tells Davina she needs to do whatever she needs to do to bring back Kol. After being offered to join The Strix's personal coven along with a resurrection spell for Kol, Davina used Josh as an anchor while she went off to The Ancestral Plane to find Kol. Later in Rousseau's the two had a heart to heart.

In A Streetcar Named Desire, Josh was not seen in this episode. However, Davina mentions that Josh is one of the people she wishes to unlink from Klaus' sireline. In the end, Davina successfully severed Josh's sire-link (and the rest of the vampires Klaus sired) from Klaus.

In An Old Friend Calls, Josh is seen laying on the floor after a wild party at Marcel's Loft. After getting up, he asks Marcel if he can get the Strix out of New Orleans and unfortunately, Holt and Isaac show up telling Marcel about the other missing members. After Marcel gets off the phone with one of the Strix, he asks Josh for a favor from Davina. Josh goes to Davina and tells her despite Marcel being an absentee dad lately, but he'll come through. She tells him about Kol and he gives her some advice on how no matter what he is, it only matters who he is. She then does the spell and tells Josh that she found the missing Strix members, but the only thing is they're all dead.

In Alone with Everybody, Josh is seen pouring a drink and discussing recent events, regarding the Strix and their prolonged stay in the city. The discussion happens between him and Marcel. Marcel points out that the Strix are staying in the city, only to protect Elijah from potential foes. Later on, Josh expresses interest in joining the Strix. Marcel tells him that there is no way he'll allow that. Then, Josh makes a snarky comment about how the Strix didn't inform Marcel about the existence of an auction tape, selling the white oak bullet to the highest bidder in the market. Vincent walks in only to confirm this statement. Marcel, Josh, and Vincent work together in order to uncover the content of the video. They successfully manage to log in to the online account of the auction and they receive the meeting place, where they will be delivered the last white oak bullet. Josh after planning his next moves with Marcel and Vincent arrives at the meeting point set by Sofya. Sofya appears and greets Josh. She requests his name, but he gets attacked by her companions, who seem to realize that his presence is a part of a ruse. Josh manages to fight back, but he's outnumbered and subdued by Sofya herself. She orders her men to torture Josh as she flees. Marcel and Vincent come to his rescue. Vincent uses Josh's vampire blood to track down the remaining white oak bullet and Sofya by casting a locator spell. After locating her, Josh is one of the vampires that confront Sofya. Finally, Josh is seen with Vincent getting ready to start questioning Sofya when the latter gets possessed by the Ancestors at the same time magically snapping Josh's neck.

In Give 'Em Hell Kid, Josh is seen saying goodbye to Davina among Vincent, Marcel, and Kol in her small wake. Josh as a link to the living while Kol and Vincent go into The Ancestral Plane to look for Davina where she told Kol to give Josh a message from her. Afterward, at Marcel's loft, Josh finds out from Vincent that Marcel became The Beast after all.

In Gather Up the Killers, Josh was storing some LPs at Rousseau's when Marcel came to the restaurant to meet with Vincent. When Marcel complimented for vampires and witches getting along at the restaurant, Josh said Cami would have wanted it. Later, Josh was with other people to bring food to St. Anne's Church when a child approached wondering if he was a vampire. Frightened by Josh's response, the boy hit some boxes giving his mother a chance to exchange two words with Vincent. When some vampires from Europe, such as Alistair Duquesne, came to New Orleans to witness Klaus' downfall, Josh was alongside Vincent at the Abattoir. Once the vampire diatribes were over, Josh worked as a DJ at a party.


Josh is threatened by Kol

In No Quarter, Josh was in his loft with Eddie, and the two shared a couple of kisses before Josh invented excuses on some work commitments to send the boy away, promising Eddie to text him later. Josh, in fact, perceived the presence of Rebekah and Elijah in the loft and didn't want to meet them in front of Eddie. The two wanted to use Josh to get information on Marcel, but noting that Josh was pretty much without information, Rebekah decided to implement her plan. After sending away all of Rousseau's customers and employees, Josh allowed Elijah, Freya, and Hayley to enter the secret galleries through the secret passage in the restaurant's kitchen. Left alone with Kol, Josh tried to extort from the Original Vampire information about their intentions, concerned that they were about to slaughter the whole city. Noticing that Kol was sad, Josh tried to console him for Davina's death by telling him how he tried to overcome mourning for Aiden. Kol was about to give up his impassivity when Josh started talking about Davina, but Marcel's code-breaking message made Kol extremely angry. Cornered, Josh revealed that the message was a warning that he had to spread among the vampires about the presence of the Mikaelsons in New Orleans. Since Josh was Davina's best friend, Kol didn't kill him; He just broke his neck. When he woke up, Josh was surprised to find Eddie in front of Rousseau's door. claiming to have received a message from Josh. The boy, in fact, had been deceived by Kol to reach the restaurant. Happy to see Eddie, Josh invited him to enter and the two embraced passionately behind the closed doors of the restaurant.

In Bag of Cobras, Josh received the visit of Sofya Voronova, who was willing to use Josh's invitation to a celebration held by "Marcel Gerard and the Mikaelsons" for her purposes. Josh revealed that he was aware of Marcel's abduction since some workers sealed the access from Rousseau's to the secret galleries. Once Josh came to the Abattoir, he asked Vincent for help. While the witch was carrying on his plan, Josh entered one of the secret passages. Back to the loft, the vampire was surprised again by Sofya, sitting comfortably waiting for him. Although Josh didn't find anything in the prisons, he smelled sandalwood, an ingredient that Davina had told him to be used in spells of concealment. Josh concluded that Marcel was hidden there by a spell.

In High Water and a Devil's Daughter, Josh was stacking some boxes from the grocery store in the kitchen of Rousseau's when Freya appeared to ask his help. Although Josh was not exactly convinced, he agreed to help the witch and, once in his loft, Josh suffered a painful spell that made him look like Marcel. All this was done to deceive Dominic, the high priest of The Hollow. Once Freya captured her enemy, she ordered Josh to leave the apartment for his own safety. Later that night, Josh visited the tomb of Davina carrying a rose when he met Vincent at the Lafayette Cemetery and, stunned, he saw that the grave of his friend had been violated. Then, Josh discovered that Davina's spirit was still in the Ancestral Plane and that Vincent was able to contact her, making her the gatekeeper to the Ancestral Plane.

In Phantomesque, Josh told Marcel that Vincent believed he could save Sofya by reverse-engineering the spell that was keeping her in a coma. Since Vincent needed The Hollow's blood to cast the spell, Josh suggested to Marcel to ask the Mikaelsons for help as they were strong enough to handle The Hollow, unlike him. Then, while Marcel went looking for the Enchanted Thorns soaked with the Hollow's blood, Josh stayed at the loft to watch over Sofya's unconscious body. That same evening, when Marcel returned to the loft, Josh tried to comfort him while waiting for Vincent to do his part of the plan.


Josh saying goodbye to Davina

In A Spirit Here That Won't Be Broken, Josh, by day, visited Davina's tomb, as usual, telling her about the news on his life like his relationship with Eddie, and how much he missed her. Josh was reached by Marcel, who came to the cemetery looking for Vincent, and the two had a brief conversation. Later, Josh was cleaning Rousseau's tables when Davina came into the bar during closing time. The vampire was remarkably surprised to see his friend, who thanked him for his visits, and the two hugged. The two conversed affectionately until Davina began to bleed because of the linking spell to The Hollow, and Josh immediately bit his wrist to offer his vampire blood to his friend. Later, making sure that Davina was ok, Josh escorted her to Kol's car where they expected the arrival of the Original Vampire and Josh urged Davina to leave the city for good, with or without Kol. Fortunately for Davina, Kol joined them and the two lovers left the city after thanking Josh, who was watching them leave.

In The Feast of All Sinners, Josh gathered a group of vampires and witches at Rousseau's, per Marcel's order, to patrol every corner of New Orleans in search of Hope. Josh had just pulled out his smartphone to show to those present a picture of Hope when Dominic and the Hollow's acolytes burst into the restaurant. Shocked to see Dominic alive and well, again, Josh was telekinetically pushed against a wall across the room, falling unconscious on the floor. Shortly thereafter, Dominic used a massive pain infliction spell on all the vampires at the restaurant, lecturing witches on their lack of judgment in sympathizing with vampires rather than allying themselves with the Hollow. Later, Marcel and Sofya came to the restaurant just as Josh was beginning to recover. After Marcel had helped the younger vampire get up from the floor, Josh informed them about Dominic's resurrection and what had happened at Rousseau's. While Sofya was looking for a way to put Marcel and herself to safety, Josh advised allying themselves with the Mikaelson family.


Josh asking for more daylight rings

In Where You Left Your Heart, Josh was sitting at a table at the Rousseau's with Hayley, Freya, and Vincent. After a blonde bartender, Poppy served their drinks making a comment on Mardi Grass, the group began to talk about how the different supernatural factions would handle the celebration. However, Josh was not paying much attention to the conversation since he was chatting on his smartphone. When Vincent asked again what the vampires' plan was, Josh suggested that they needed an incentive; more daylight rings, perhaps. Vincent denied that as they were not negotiating, and Hayley said that seven years of peace and prosperity were more than enough. At this point, Josh received another text and Vincent took notice that it was from Marcel. Josh replied that reading someone's texts was rude but Vincent advised Josh to stop letting Marcel micromanage the vampire faction, as keeping in touch with him also meant involving Rebekah and, consequently, dealing with the rest of the Mikaelsons and the dark magic stored inside them to protect New Orleans from destruction. Hayley told Vincent to relax. After all, they were all still living separate in different cities, including Elijah, that Josh described as being in "Amnesia-land." The discussion ended when the blonde bartender put a dish sent from Declan to Hayley on the table. The group, then, turned their heads to watch Declan cooking in the kitchen and Josh joked about marrying him if Hayley wouldn't.


Josh and Greta wanting to avenge Poppy

The next day, Poppy (the blonde bartender) was accidentally killed by Henry Benoit, a friend of Hope who was recently turned into a hybrid by Hope's blood. Josh, Greta Sienna and other vampires then went to the Abattoir to take care of the hybrid. However, Hayley prevented them from killing him, saying there was no justice in the "eye for an eye" revenge. The vampires had no choice but to agree since Henry was just a kid and Hayley would help him by taking control his hybrid instincts so that he won't be a threat to vampires in the Crescent City.


Josh talking with Marcel

In One Wrong Turn On Bourbon, Josh was sitting at Rousseau's counter while Marcel was honoring Poppy with a toast. He said to Marcel that if he dies, he didn't want tequila but wailing, sobbing in the streets, and rainbow flags waving at half-mast. Greta Sienna, who was nearby, criticized Marcel's speech but Josh told Marcel not to worry about her because she wasn't a real threat. Josh, however, told Marcel that many vampires found him unfit as king of the vampires because he was no longer a vampire, but a hybrid. In fact, the vampires' concern about Henry's hybrid bite that could potentially wipe the rest of them out was basically just a hickey to Marcel.

The next day, Josh, Marcel, and other vampires went to the Bayou for retaliation against the Crescent wolves and looking for Hayley. Marcel wanted Henry, but Lisina, Henry's legal guardian, wasn't willing to let them take him. Since Josh had been invited inside Lisina's house last summer during Aiden's brother's birthday party, he was able to enter the house where Henry was hiding. Josh reminded Lisina and Henry of Marcel's rules: no one kills vampires, and no one hurts kids. Henry would be imprisoned in the Garden for a few years, and once outside he would be welcomed as a member of Marcel's army. Lisina agreed, and they took Henry with them.


Josh and Marcel questioning Henry

Later, they brought Henry to Josh's loft, where Josh said that the optics of having an underage hybrid chained up in his house weren't awesome. They questioned Henry and discovered that he was aware of who had kidnapped Hayley but due to the sire bond, he couldn't reveal the truth.

Ready to drive to the Garden after putting Henry in Marcel's trunk, Marcel said to Josh that if any other vampires asked about Hayley, he had to blame only Henry, not Hope. But Josh disagreed and said that even if they can brick Henry up, they were still treating the symptom, not the disease. He pointed out that Hope can still make more hybrids and refused to obey Marcel's order. Josh, in fact, reminded him that while he was away in New York with Rebekah, he spent seven years building a peaceful community in New Orleans, without losing someone and given that he wasn't willing to give up on the faction's hard work, they had to prepare against Hope.

The following evening, vampires, werewolves and witches were at Rousseau's to celebrate but the evening was ruined by the discovery of the corpse of Henry hanging from a balcony on the French Quarter.

In Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Josh is taken hostage as a member of the vampire faction as a way to test the reaction of each faction towards Hayley's kidnapping. As both the witches and the werewolves proved willing to help despite their hatred of Klaus, he concludes that someone among the vampires, the only faction who refused to help in anyway, could be responsible for her disappearance. Klaus becomes angry, but is stopped from killing Josh as he is aware that he himself did not play a part in her disappearance.

In Don't It Just Break Your Heart, Josh tries to reason with Greta and convince her to free Hayley. His attempts, however, are futile, and Greta is reluctant to give up Hayley's location. Greta is eventually able to free herself of the ties being used to hold her and attacks Josh.

In God's Gonna Trouble the Water, Josh attends Hayley's funeral parade and is shown mourning her. He also gets Hope to safety away from Greta's followers

In We Have Not Long To Love, Josh is seen helping out the supernatural community after a suicide bomber compelled via the Nazis vampires takes the life of many.

In There in the Disappearing Light, Josh is seen tending the bar and telling Declan not to dig up on family suicides as he confides in Josh. Declan leaves and another customer begins to flirt with Josh however he's reminded of Aiden making him nostalgic. After seeing a voicemail from Marcel, Josh tracks him down and rescues him from Emmett. Josh is injected with venom and tells Marcel that it's already in his heart and says goodbye to him before dies. At Marcel's place his spirit watches as Marcel drinks his sorrow away next to his body. Josh then goes to the afterlife in what appears to be an echo of the bayou. He's then reunited with Aiden and they drive off together.


Not much is known about how he acted as human, as he wasn't one long before he was turned into a vampire. However, it is shown that loyalty runs deep in him as he was very hurt by his best friend Tina's decision to let Josh die and had not even considered leaving her to die herself.

Since becoming a vampire, Josh has been constantly pushed around and used, by both Marcel and Klaus, leading to Josh seeking out Davina's help. She would go on to removed Klaus' compulsion from him and their friendship grew. During his time with her, he explains how he just wishes to be normal. This prompted the young witch to give him a daylight ring.

By Season Two, his standing seems to have risen as he is no longer pushed around as much and acts as Marcel's second-in-command. Josh has remained one of the most sarcastic characters and has a very strong sense of loyalty, friendship and love towards those he considers friends and willing to aid them at any cost. This often placed him in situations where he acted as the voice of reason. He would eventually go on to meet Aiden, and quickly fall in love with him and supported him until his death, which all but devastated him.

In Season Three, Josh has grown more in his position of power and self-determination as he finds himself more confident and sure of his actions. Throughout the third season, he remains in New Orleans to help Marcel deal with the sireline crisis, as he was sired by Klaus and still had a sense of loyalty towards his sire and to Marcel. Despite the changes, he still fears the Mikaelsons and especially Klaus. Even after Davina's death at the hands of Kol, he was horrified by Marcel's decision to take the Beast serum, becoming the Beast of the prophecy, and to go after the Mikaelsons for their involvement in her death.

In Season Four, Josh remains loyal to Marcel acting as his right-hand man, along with Vincent and Sofya. During the five years of peace among the supernatural communities of New Orleans, Josh has become the new owner of Rousseau's and helps Vincent's and the local witch community. Seemingly, he's happy with life and has found a new boyfriend, Eddie, a human unaware of what he is and actively keeps it from him. While he has more confidence in himself, compared to Marcel and the Mikaelsons, he considers himself to be a small fry, though Marcel sees his worth and considers him a friend. He is willing to do what he must in order to save his friends, such as assisting Freya, knowing that she was the cause of Davina's death. However, even in the face of danger, he remains loyal and compassionate, even to Freya who helped break down his "emotional barriers" and initially refused to leave her when she faced Dominic, Priest of the Hollow. Since the death of Davina, he continues to visit her grave in Lafayette Cemetery, bringing her flowers.

Physical Appearance[]

Josh is a tall, medium-statured young man, with wavy, dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He is attractive and handsome in his own simple way with the style of a typical-20-something-year-old American man and is usually seen wearing jeans with a polo or v-neck t-shirt and a hoodie or jacket.

Powers and Abilities[]

Josh possessed all the powers and abilities of a non-Original vampire. Despite being a rather new vampire, he appears to be talented. Josh learned to successfully compel within only a few months of being turned, a feat which even older vampires struggled with. The only other known vampires to master this ability on their first day are Caroline Forbes and Camille O'Connell.

As one of the youngest in New Orleans, he is, in most cases, outmatched in terms of physical strength by others. However, he demonstrated notable skill defending himself against vampires of intermediate age (impressively fighting off all three of them) in which it took Sofya Voronova, a vampire of much greater age, to defeat him.


Josh had the typical weaknesses of a non-Original vampire.


Davina Claire[]

Main article: Davina and Josh

Davina and Josh

Josh met Davina after Marcel discovers Klaus' compulsion upon him, he requests Davina to free him in order to work as his spy. Josh is initially fearful of her although warms up to her after they bond over music, while Davina works her painful spell. After Josh's compulsion is lifted, they laugh over their differing views of "normal" and they are both noticeably sad when Marcel wants Josh to forget her. They "pinky promise" that Josh would keep her secret in exchange to keep his memories, as he says it's nice to talk to somebody again. While Josh is stuck in the shadows without a daylight ring, he is expressively fearful of Klaus and Davina promises to protect him. They are permanently separated when Josh passes away. It is unknown (as of right now) what Davina's reaction to Josh's death was.


Main article: Josh and Aiden

Josh and Aiden

During the early second season, Josh and Aiden first begin to interact on a dating website, which leads to an eventual meeting in person. They share their first kiss in The Brothers That Care Forgot although due to their separate species and Aiden's original fear of the wolves not accepting his relationship with a vampire, their relationship is immediately tested. Although as their bond continues to develop and their species form an alliance, they overcame these obstacles and publicly express their relationship in I Love You, Goodbye. They officially begin dating and Josh seems to have moved into Aiden's apartment, however after Aiden begins to feel the pressure of his alliance with Klaus, he asks Josh to run away with him and begin their life together elsewhere, who accepts and they declare their love. However before Aiden has the opportunity to meet Josh, tragedy strikes as Dahlia fatally attacks and murders him. After finding his body in the alleyway they were supposed to meet, Josh is left heartbroken. Nearly a decade after Aiden's death, Josh too passes away and reunited with Aiden in the afterlife.

Niklaus Mikaelson[]

Main article: Klaus and Josh
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Josh and Klaus

Right after Josh turned up in New Orleans and had Vampire blood in his system, Klaus Mikaelson broke his and his friend's neck to create spies for himself against Marcel and his empire. Once Josh completed his transition into a Vampire, Klaus compelled him to be his spy, his eyes, and ears. Josh seemed to be an effective spy for him by helping him drain a vampire off vervain and framing Marcel's best friend Thierry. But after his compulsion was removed by Davina, he betrayed Klaus and sent him into an ambush. After that, he has laid low and stayed hidden from Klaus.

Marcel Gerard[]

Main article: Marcel and Josh
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Marcel and Josh

Marcel and Josh have a very complex relationship who started off as just mere acquaintances and then evolved into friends. He was the one that turned to Joshua, and he is very loyal to Marcel and even endured the pain of having Klaus' compulsion removed from his system to show his loyalty to him. Josh wanted a daylight ring and was endlessly trying to prove to him that he deserved it. Now that it is just himself left in Marcel's Army and he is helping him to rebuild it. After years of being on Marcel's side, Josh passes away in Marcel's arms and Marcel is devastated.

Other Relationships[]

  • Josh and Hayley (Friends/Former Allies)
  • Josh and Camille (Friends/Former Allies)
  • Josh and Gia (Friends/Former Allies)
  • Josh and the Strix (Former Allies)
  • Josh and Eddie (Ex-Boyfriend)
  • Josh and Freya (Friends/Former Allies)


The Originals[]

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Season Four

Season Five


Season Two

Episode Absence[]

Season Five


  • Josh is a variant of Joshua (Hebrew), and the meaning of Josh is "Jehovah is salvation".[2]
  • Rosza is of Hungarian origin and means "rose". Other variations of the name are Rozsa and Roza.[3]


  • Joshua is one of the few characters that have exceeded more than 10 appearances, as he has appeared in 13 episodes in one season. He's the second in The Originals Season One, along with Diego to appear in 13 episodes, and third in the TVD/TO universe, along with Carol Lockwood, in Season Two.
  • In Tangled Up In Blue, it's revealed in the news report that he's 18 and comes from Michigan, but in Bloodletting he tells Davina it was four years ago, implying he is 20.
  • The exact vampire whose blood turned him is unknown, but since all of them were turned by Marcel, he is of Klaus' bloodline.
  • Josh is the first vampire to have a compulsion placed upon him forcefully wiped out of his mind.
  • Josh obtained a Daylight Ring in The Big Uneasy. The ring was given to him by Klaus and spelled performed by Davina
  • Josh compels his first ever human in An Unblinking Death; a doctor, in order to help Camille with her plan to help her uncle.
  • In The Battle of New Orleans, he was bitten by Klaus and dying of the hybrid bite. In From a Cradle to a Grave, fortunately, Davina gathered enough of Klaus' blood that was on the ground in order to save Josh from dying.
  • Julie Plec reveals Josh was originally supposed to die but the writers refused to kill him.
  • Josh is the only noted Vampire who hasn't been shown to kill someone, however, he did in a deleted scene in season one.
  • He has not yet been seen to feed on a human.
  • He shares Similarities with Caroline Forbes.
  • He's currently the most recurring non-main character on the show.
  • Josh is a fan of techno and house music.
  • Josh is also a big fan of Lord of the Rings franchise, quoting characters from it by heart.
  • Davina used Josh's vampire power as an anchor, in order to get in and out of the Ancestral Plane. This connection was later severed by the dark witch Ariane.
    • Vincent is the second witch whose channeled Josh's to cross over into the Ancestral plane; Josh was the Anchor for both Vincent and Kol, who the latter was only able to go because he had been there before when consecrated in a witch body.
  • Josh nickname on the meeting social network is NolaYOLO19.
    • His description on the same website says as follow: "Just a Midwestern boy in the Big Easy. I love music, dancing and singing the song with the radio when I don't know the words. Also, I won my school's free throw contest in the 4th grade, but you probably already heard about that. THINGS I'M GOOD AT: I can kick super high and don't even need to stretch first. Just ask Matthew, Tater Tot and Doug (whose real name is Larry) I SPEND A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT: The Loch Ness Monster".
  • He spends a lot of time on the dark web and knows how to navigate it quite easily.



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