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The fourth season of The Originals was announced on March 11, 2016. It was announced by The CW's President, Mark Pedowitz.[1] On May 10, 2017, it was announced for a renewal for a fifth season.[2]

The Originals was pushed to midseason.[3]

Season Summary

Season four of THE ORIGINALS begins on the fifth anniversary of the Mikaelson family's greatest defeat. In the years since, the Original hybrid Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has been held prisoner by Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis), while his siblings lie trapped in an enchanted sleep. When Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) finally succeeds in reviving them, the newly-awakened Mikaelsons execute a daring rescue of the captive Klaus. Once reunited, the family finds themselves faced with an even bigger threat: the revival of an ancient evil that has strong ties to their most vulnerable family member, Hope (Summer Fontana). After a devastating attack by this nightmarish entity, the Mikaelsons discover there is only one way to save themselves—they must stand their ground in New Orleans and forge an alliance with the very enemies who hate them most, both Marcel and the leader of the New Orleans witches, Vincent Griffith (Yusuf Gatewood). But as their horrifying adversary closes in, the Mikaelsons find that they are facing an evil even more powerful than themselves, one with intimate knowledge of their family's greatest weakness. With everything at stake—their city, their family, and their very immortality—the Mikaelsons must find a way to stand together, even as their secrets threaten to tear them apart.[4]

THE ORIGINALS is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Julie Plec ("The Vampire Diaries," "Kyle XY," "Wasteland"), Michael Narducci ("The Vampire Diaries," "The 4400," "Medium") and Leslie Morgenstein ("The Vampire Diaries," "Gossip Girl") are executive producers.


With the anniversary of five years of peace draws near since the fall of the Mikaelsons', vampires flock to New Orleans, threatening peace. Hayley races to find a cure and finally wakes the Mikaelsons from their mystical slumber and seek to liberate Klaus from Marcel's captivity. Meanwhile, a new sinister force works in the shadows manipulating the plights of human and supernatural creatures alike for power to rid Marcel from the city. As Klaus reunites with his daughter and seeks to keep his family safe, this new threat looms to sacrifice Hope and other New Orleans children in a bid for power as its darkness spreads.

As the Hollow grows in power and number of followers, it seeks out to sacrifice a powerful being to resurrect itself. Its origins as a 1500-year-old powerful witch spirit is revealed, as well as the fact that it cursed all families present to make the werewolf curse through her death. Vincent works his magic to root out the source of its power while Elijah take matters into his own hands and initiates a new Harvest Ritual. With the return of the Ancestors through Davina's spirit, Klaus and Hayley reunite with an old friend and they race against time to re-imprison the Hollow, though she takes refuge in a vessel close to Marcel. As she gathers all the necessary component to complete her resurrection, the Mikaelsons are forced to make a tough decision when one of their siblings is targeted as a sacrifice by the Hollow, to be reborn back to life with its powers magnified as a living being.

In the wake of Elijah's death, along with his entire sireline, the siblings reunite, including Kol and Rebekah, to face the newly resurrected Hollow who wields devastating power. As she pits siblings against one another, Davina's life hangs in the balance after the Hollow brings her back to life, bound to the Hollow, in order to force Kol into being her body guard until he has Hope break the link. Though, seemingly, the Hollow is defeated by Hayley, as she is her descendant, she targets and possesses Hope before the Ancestors could imprison her, using her as her new vessel. Hayley seeks Freya's help to free her daughter, though she easily dispatches those that would oppose her. With Vincent out of options he devises a desperate plan that will challenge the Mikaelsons' "Always and Forever" pact. As the Hollow gathers her followers for a final crusade, Marcel and Klaus team-up to rescue Hope. As Vincent and Freya perform the necessary spell to separate the Hollow from Hope, the Mikaelson siblings make the ultimate sacrifice. Vincent splits the Hollow's spirit into for Originals, Elijah, Klaus, Kol and Rebekah, separating the siblings for all time, the siblings start their own lives as Hayley takes Hope away from New Orleans with the hope for her to begin a normal life. Marcel leaves New Orleans to join up with Rebekah after being allowed by Elijah to compel his memories of "Always and Forever" away. Kol wants to propose to Davina, while Klaus looks in on Elijah in France although Elijah does not recognize him.


Main article: Antagonists in The Originals Season Four


For more information, see Character Appearances.

Main Cast

Special Guest Cast

Guest Cast



Writers (11)

Directors (12)

Episodes List: 2017

Image Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate #
The Originals 'Gather Up the Killers' Klaus.jpeg Gather Up the Killers Writer: Michael Narducci Director: Lance Anderson March 17, 2017 #4x01
On the fifth anniversary of Klaus' defeat, Marcel is king of the city and welcomes the un-sired vampires to New Orleans, only to find they pose an unexpected threat to his rule, leading him to seek counsel from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, as Hayley closes in on the cure that will allow her to revive Elijah and the slumbering Mikaelsons, she faces a final task that will force her to make a ruthless decision. Vincent and Freya also appear.

4x02 No Quarter-Rebekah-Marcel.jpg No Quarter Writer: Talicia Raggs & Michelle Paradise Director: Bethany Rooney March 24, 2017 #4x02
After being cured and woken, the Mikaelson siblings join Hayley in an effort to rescue Klaus from captivity – even if they must face Marcel in the process. Meanwhile, Klaus' demons materialize in unexpected ways as he suffers from the effects of the Tunde Blade, and Vincent investigates a haunting that will prove to be much more sinister than he could have imagined. Elijah also appears.

4x03 Haunter of Ruins Klaus-Hope 1.jpg Haunter of Ruins Writer: Carina Adly MacKenzie & Declan de Barra Director: Jeffrey Hunt March 31, 2017 #4x03
After five long years apart, Klaus attempts to reconnect with his daughter, Hope. Even as father and daughter bond, the rest of the family is still in turmoil. Elijah mediates a conflict between Hayley and Freya to determine the best way to protect the family. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, Vincent tells Marcel terrible secrets about his ex-wife, Eva Sinclair, even as they begin their search for a mysterious witch who plans to sacrifice a group of innocent children – including Hope Mikaelson.

4x04 Keepers of the House-Klaus.jpg Keepers of the House Writer: Christopher Hollier & Beau DeMayo Director: Joseph Morgan April 7, 2017 #4x04
Desperate to save her daughter, Hayley turns to Marcel for help uncovering information about the mysterious force that has set its sights on the children of New Orleans. While Klaus remains behind with Hope, Elijah and a reluctant Vincent join the hunt, which puts them on a dangerous collision course with an unlikely new threat. Finally, Freya and Keelin must put aside their differences as they embark on a journey that may alter the power dynamic in New Orleans forever.

4x05 I Hear You Knocking Marcel-Sofya 1.jpg I Hear You Knocking Writer: Kyle Arrington Director: Chris Grismer April 14, 2017 #4x05
After being marked by The Hollow’s dark magic, both Klaus and Marcel experience the symptoms of a malevolent haunting, forcing the two adversaries on a violent collision course. Meanwhile, Hayley and Elijah head out to speak with Mary after Hayley uncovers a mysterious link between the dark magic and her former wolf pack. Finally, as an exhausted Freya risks her own life to cure Klaus’ infection, a guilt-ridden Keelin must decide whether to honor her hypocratic oath and help Freya – or flee the Mikaelson’s forever.

4x06 Bag of Cobras-Klaus-Elijah.jpg Bag of Cobras Writer: Michelle Paradise & Michael Russo Director: Jesse Warn April 28, 2017 #4x06
When it's discovered that The Hollow has employed a mysterious servant to do its bidding, Klaus and Elijah host an elaborate party in order to lure the new threat out and uncover its identity. Feeling a sense of responsibility for The Hollow's resurgence, Vincent uses his magic to help the Mikaelsons root out this latest threat. Meanwhile, after uncovering information about who may have been behind her parents' death, Hayley turns to Freya to help unlock her memories from that fateful day. Marcel also appears.

4x07 High Water and a Devil's Daughter-Vincent-Elijah.jpg High Water and a Devil's Daughter Writer: Celeste Vasquez & Carina Adly MacKenzie Director: Charles Michael Davis May 5, 2017 #4x07
When it's discovered that The Hollow's latest servant is on the loose, Freya places a protection spell on the compound, forcing Klaus, Hayley and Hope to remain inside. Meanwhile, Elijah takes matters into his own hands when Vincent is reluctant to perform a dangerous ritual needed to strengthen their defense against The Hollow. Finally, while Freya enacts a risky plan that brings her face to face with their latest threat, an unexpected twist leaves her life hanging in the balance. Marcel also appears.

4x08 Voodoo in My Blood-Hope-Hayley-Alaric.jpg Voodoo in My Blood Writer: Talicia Raggs & Christopher Hollier Director: John Hyams May 12, 2017 #4x08
After being summoned by the ancestors, Hayley and Klaus travel to the ancestral world and come face to face with Davina, Klaus' former foe and the one person who holds the secrets to The Hollow's demise. Meanwhile, old wounds are re-opened when Elijah and Marcel are forced into an uneasy alliance. Together, they meet with Alaric who has tracked down a crucial artifact that could help in their fight against The Hollow.

4x09 Queen Death Marcel-Vincent.jpg Queen Death Writer: Beau DeMayo Director: Nicole Rubio May 19, 2017 #4x09
When The Hollow sends a terrifying message to Vincent, he must team with Hayley and Freya to embark on a desperate mission to stop the Hollow once and for all - even if it requires a heartbreaking sacrifice. Refusing to allow anyone in his family to pay the high price of defeating their enemy, Klaus makes a surprising alliance and enacts a plan that threatens to change the Mikaelson family forever. Elijah and Marcel also appear.

4x10 Phantomesque-Rebekah-Klaus.jpg Phantomesque Writer: Kyle Arrington & K.C. Perry Director: Daniel Gillies June 2, 2017 #4x10
After the devastating events of the previous episode, Klaus requests that his estranged siblings Rebekah and Kol return home to stand by their family against The Hollow. Meanwhile, Freya recruits Hayley for a dangerous journey that will put both their lives at risk — but may be the sole means of saving someone they love. Elsewhere, tensions rise when Marcel leads a hunt for The Hollow — putting him on a collision course with the person he was least prepared to face. Finally, as Kol continues to mourn the loss of Davina, he is forced to consider the lengths he'd go to see her again.

4x11 A Spirit Here Won't Be Broken-Klaus-Freya.jpg A Spirit Here That Won't Be Broken Writer: Carina Adly MacKenzie & Michael Russo Director: Hanelle Culpepper June 9, 2017 #4x11
When it's discovered that The Hollow is using a magical totem to fuel her power, Freya enlists Rebekah and Klaus' help to locate and destroy it. Elsewhere, an ultimatum by The Hollow puts Kol at odds with his own siblings, while an unexpected run-in forces Marcel and Rebekah to confront the growing tension between them. Finally, The Hollow's plan for Hayley leaves her in the fight of her life.

4x12 Voodoo Child-Vincent-Elijah-Freya.jpg Voodoo Child Writer: Michelle Paradise & Christopher Hollier Director: Michael Grossman June 16, 2017 #4x12
When The Hollow targets the most vulnerable Mikaelson, Klaus is forced to rely on Vincent, who believes he can use The Hollow’s own dark magic to defeat their enemy for good. Meanwhile, as Marcel worries that Vincent’s plan might backfire, the King of New Orleans decides on a deadly backup plan of his own. Elsewhere, after falling victim to The Hollow’s manipulations, Hayley struggles to figure out Hope’s future in New Orleans, while Freya must confront her darkest fear.

4x13 The Feast of All Sinners-Rebekah-Freya-Elijah-Vincent.jpg The Feast of All Sinners Writer: Michael Narducci Director: Bethany Rooney June 23, 2017 #4x13
The Mikaelsons find themselves out of options as they face the all-powerful and un-killable entity known as The Hollow. With the life of Hope at stake, Vincent proposes a final, desperate plan – one that will force Klaus, Elijah, Hayley, Rebekah and Freya to make the greatest sacrifice their family has ever endured. Marcel also appears.

Production News

  • The series was officially renewed on March 11, 2016 along with The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Supernatural, Reign, The 100, The Flash, Jane The Virgin.[5]
  • Filming ended on December 15, 2016.[6]






Behind the Scenes



  3. 3.0 3.1 Entertainment Weekly May 19, 2016
  5. Spoiler TV
  9. In a fan convention in Italy, Nathaniel Buzolic stated that he'd be returning for Season Four (4) as a series regular. However, his promotion to starring cast member has yet to be officially confirmed.
  17. Mentioned by Joseph Morgan at a Comic Con interview
  20. Daniel Gillies' livestream 16:20

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