The ladies of The Originals are taking back the power, with help from a real-life vampire myth.
On Tuesday’s episode (airing at 8/7c), the CW series digs into the Casket Girl rumors that circulate on vamp history tours in New Orleans and ties it back to its own undead creatures.
The women at the center of the aforementioned legend suffered quite a plight, but the Casket Girl Festival headlining the hour actually gives Rebekah, Davina, Cami & Co. the strength to fight back against the men who have controlled and manipulated them.
But first, a history lesson from executive producer Michael Narducci: “There is a place in New Orleans, the Ursuline Convent. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding this place… The Governor and the people in charge, they decided in order to help populate [New Orleans] and incentivize people to come to this burgeoning new city, they were going to bring in a lot of young, educated women with the promise of pairing them up with suitors who would then provide for them as husbands in this happy, luxurious life. They were called Casket Girls because they traveled with large boxes filled with their belongings that resembled caskets.
“The women found out that, in fact, this was all a bunch of lies and there was nobody here who was going to treat them to a life of luxury and happiness. There certainly weren’t a lot of handsome suitors or loving husbands — just a lot of guys who were interested in meeting girls — and so some of the women went and stayed in the Saint Ursuline Convent to seek refuge. The lore went that it was very strange that these women had these caskets, and some believed that these women were transferring vampires with them and that these vampires, to this day, are inside the convent.”
Reality and fiction will mix when it’s revealed via flashbacks that “Rebekah is involved in that myth,” her portrayer Claire Holt shared when TVLine visited the show’s set during filming of the installment. “Really, this episode is about the strength of women and empowering them, which is cool.” It must be because it earned the actress this rave from Narducci: “Very much, Claire Holt is a stand-up performer in every episode. But in Episode 10, in particular, she outdoes herself and does a lot of really cool stuff.”
No one can relate to the girl power theme better than the females in Klaus and Marcel’s lives, who have found themselves lied to, betrayed and controlled by the powerful males.
“If you look at all of our women characters in Episode 10, they each have a really strong path,” previewed Narducci. “Cami is waking up from nine episodes of being compelled and used, and what she ends up doing and how she ends up in her new role in the city of New Orleans is fascinating.”
“She’s being mind-controlled, and it’s about females taking control. This episode is very much addressing that that’s not OK,” added actress Leah Pipes. “Klaus has been a jerk in the past, but this is crossing a line. It’s really not OK to take away a girl’s emotion. That’s just too much.”
Then there’s witch Davina, who’s just been made aware of Marcel’s manipulations. Narducci offered up this question about her fate: “What are the consequences of standing up and trying to take back your freedom?” They likely won’t be pretty for anyone, especially her enemies, considering how magically potent the teen is.
“[Davina] wants all of this to just go away, so she takes the few friends that she can trust and she takes back her life the only way she believes she can,” teased Danielle Campbell. “She confronts everyone and just calls them out on their game.”
After half a season of the men controlling the strings, all the changing dynamics were “refreshing” for Daniella Pineda, who plays Sophie.
“I feel like the boys have had their go-around,” she explained. “And that’s not the case in this episode. The women are a little more rebellious. They’re less likely to be freaked [out by] Klaus or Marcel or anybody else’s power. [It's] nice because it’s equaling out the power-playing game so far.”Follow @VladaGelman