The slogan "Previously on The Originals" was heard at the beginning of all Originals episodes since episode 10 (The Casket Girls). These words are followed by a series of short clips that recap the scenes that are important for the current episode. All of this lasts for approximately one minute.
The purpose of these clips is to both remind viewers about current and past storylines, as well as aid comprehension for those who may not have seen the last few episodes of the show. In some cases, speech and actions are edited.
In Season One, for the first 9 episodes (until Reigning Pain in New Orleans) of both the season and the show, there is a special opening, where the three main characters of the show, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt), narrate briefly their history, mainly regarding the city of New Orleans.
In every episode the voice on the "Previously..." is different. That's because different actors from the main cast are saying it. Normally the actor who does the voice-over for an episode is the character who is given the main focus of the episode, or is mostly centered on them.
Usually the actor that portrays a character that dies in the episode, does the voice-over.
- Danielle Campbell (Davina Claire) in Après Moi, Le Déluge and Give 'Em Hell Kid;
- Leah Pipes (Camille O'Connell) in No More Heartbreaks;
- Daniel Gillies (Elijah Mikaelson) in Queen Death;
- Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley Marshall-Kenner) in What, Will, I, Have, Left;
- Joseph Morgan (Niklaus Mikaelson) in When The Saints Go Marching In.
List of cast that voice-over
|Charles Michael Davis||4|
|Danielle Rose Russell||3|
In season one, Daniel Gillies voice-overed 5 times, Joseph Morgan & Claire Holt 3 times each and Danielle Campbell & Phoebe Tonkin 1 time each. Charles Michael Davis, Leah Pipes, and Daniella Pineda are the only ones who didn't do any voice-over all season.
|1.10-The Casket Girls||Claire Holt|
|1.11-Après Moi, Le Déluge||Danielle Campbell|
|1.12-Dance Back from the Grave||Joseph Morgan|
|1.13-Crescent City||Daniel Gillies|
|1.14-Long Way Back From Hell||Claire Holt|
|1.15-Le Grand Guignol||Daniel Gillies|
|1.16-Farewell to Storyville||Claire Holt|
|1.17-Moon Over Bourbon Street||Daniel Gillies|
|1.18-The Big Uneasy||Joseph Morgan|
|1.19-An Unblinking Death||Daniel Gillies|
|1.20-A Closer Walk With Thee||Phoebe Tonkin|
|1.21-The Battle of New Orleans||Joseph Morgan|
|1.22-From a Cradle to a Grave||Daniel Gillies|
In the second season's premiere, the episode opens with Rebekah (Claire Holt) narrating the events of the previous season to baby Hope as a fairytale. In season two, Joseph Morgan has voice-overed 10 times, Daniel Gillies 4 times, Phoebe Tonkin 3 times, Yusuf Gatewood 2 times and Claire Holt & Charles Michael Davis 1 time each. Leah Pipes & Danielle Campbell are the only main cast members who didn't do any voice-over.
|2.02–Alive and Kicking||Daniel Gillies|
|2.03-Every Mother's Son||Joseph Morgan|
|2.04–Live and Let Die||Joseph Morgan|
|2.05–Red Door||Joseph Morgan|
|2.06–Wheel Inside the Wheel||Joseph Morgan|
|2.07– Chasing the Devil’s Tail||Joseph Morgan|
|2.08– The Brothers That Care Forgot||Daniel Gillies|
|2.09– The Map of Moments||Claire Holt|
|2.10- Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire||Yusuf Gatewood|
|2.11- Brotherhood of the Damned||Charles Michael Davis|
|2.12- Sanctuary||Phoebe Tonkin|
|2.13- The Devil is Damned||Daniel Gillies|
|2.14- I Love You, Goodbye||Phoebe Tonkin|
|2.15- They All Asked For You||Joseph Morgan|
|2.16- Save My Soul||Joseph Morgan|
|2.17- Exquisite Corpse||Yusuf Gatewood|
|2.18- Night Has A Thousand Eyes||Joseph Morgan|
|2.19- When the Levee Breaks||Daniel Gillies|
|2.20- City Beneath The Sea||Phoebe Tonkin|
|2.21- Fire with Fire||Joseph Morgan|
|2.22- Ashes to Ashes||Joseph Morgan|
In season three, For the Next Millennium’s (3.01) opening was not a voice-over, but was a special narration opening by Klaus (Joseph Morgan), which served as an introductory monologue for the flashback scene opener. The episode A Streetcar Named Desire (3.14) did not feature a voice-over. Joseph Morgan has done 8 voice-overs, Daniel Gillies has done 4 voice-overs, Claire Holt & Riley Voelkel have done 2 voice-overs, and Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Leah Pipes & Danielle Campbell have done 1 voice-over each.
|3.02-You Hung the Moon||Phoebe Tonkin|
|3.03-I'll See You in Hell or New Orleans||Joseph Morgan|
|3.04-A Walk on the Wild Side||Charles Michael Davis|
|3.05-The Axeman's Letter||Joseph Morgan|
|3.06-Beautiful Mistake||Claire Holt|
|3.07-Out of the Easy||Daniel Gillies|
|3.08-The Other Girl in New Orleans||Joseph Morgan|
|3.10-A Ghost Along the Mississippi||Joseph Morgan|
|3.11-Wild at Heart||Daniel Gillies|
|3.12-Dead Angels||Joseph Morgan|
|3.13-Heart Shaped Box||Riley Voelkel|
|3.15-An Old Friend Calls||Joseph Morgan|
|3.16-Alone with Everybody||Daniel Gillies|
|3.17-Behind the Black Horizon||Daniel Gillies|
|3.18-The Devil Comes Here and Sighs||Joseph Morgan|
|3.19-No More Heartbreaks||Leah Pipes|
|3.20-Where Nothing Stays Buried||Riley Voelkel|
|3.21-Give 'Em Hell Kid||Danielle Campbell|
|3.22-The Bloody Crown||Joseph Morgan|
There wasn't a voiceover in the first episode, as Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) did a special naration opening. No voice-over was featured in the second episode either. Daniel Gillies has done 4 voice-overs, Joseph Morgan has done 2 voice-overs and Yusuf Gatewood, Charles Michael Davis, Riley Voelkel, Danielle Campbell & Phoebe Tonkin have each done a voice-over once.
|4.03-Haunter of Ruins||Yusuf Gatewood|
|4.04-Keepers of the House||Joseph Morgan|
|4.05-I Hear You Knocking||Charles Michael Davis|
|4.06-Bag of Cobras||Daniel Gillies|
|4.07-High Water and a Devil's Daughter||Riley Voelkel|
|4.08-Voodoo in My Blood||Danielle Campbell|
|4.09-Queen Death||Daniel Gillies|
|4.11-A Spirit Here That Won't Be Broken||Daniel Gillies|
|4.12-Voodoo Child||Joseph Morgan|
|4.13-The Feast of All Sinners||Daniel Gillies|
This is the first and only season to have a proper voice-over in all of the episodes.
Joseph Morgan has done a voice-over 5 times, while Danielle Rose Russell has done a voice-over thrice, and Daniel Gillies has done a voice-over twice, while Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis and Yusuf Gatewood each done a voice-over once.
|5.01-Where You Left Your Heart||Joseph Morgan|
|5.02-One Wrong Turn On Bourbon||Danielle Rose Russell|
|5.03-Ne Me Quitte Pas||Daniel Gillies|
|5.04-Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea||Charles Michael Davis|
|5.05-Don't It Just Break Your Heart||Joseph Morgan|
|5.06-What, Will, I, Have, Left||Phoebe Tonkin|
|5.07-God's Gonna Trouble the Water||Joseph Morgan|
|5.08-The Kindness of Strangers||Joseph Morgan|
|5.09-We Have Not Long To Love||Yusuf Gatewood|
|5.10-There in the Disappearing Light||Danielle Rose Russell|
|5.11-Til the Day I Die||Danielle Rose Russell|
|5.12-The Tale of Two Wolves||Daniel Gillies|
|5.13-When The Saints Go Marching In||Joseph Morgan|
- Claire Holt, Yusuf Gatewood and Danielle Campbell are the only cast members to do a voice-over while not being part of the main cast.
- Claire Holt has done voice-overs as a special guest and former lead star in season 2's episode 9 and season 3's episodes 6 and 9.
- Yusuf Gatewood did a voice-over while being a guest star, before becoming part of the main cast, in season 2's episode 10.
- Danielle Campbell did a voice-over in season 4's episode 8 as a special guest star and former main cast member.