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This fall the team behind The Vampire Diaries is adding a whole new night of supernatural drama and romance to the small screen with the premiere of The Originals, a spin-off series that will feature Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah on their own in New Orleans.

Julie Plec, the executive producer behind both bloodsucker dramas, talked about the challenges of launching a spin-off series during The Vampire Diaries panel at the Austin Television Festival over the weekend. The goal, Plec said, is to allow new viewers into the world of The Originals while still acknowledging the history that the characters have in Mystic Falls.

“Klaus has a history with a girl, and Rebecca’s just come off a whirlwind summer tour through Europe with Matt. So there are connections and elements from Mystic Falls and from The Vampire Diaries universe that remain very much alive in The Originals,” Plec told fans. “And so our writer challenge is how to introduce those elements into The Originals so that fans of bothThe Originals and The Vampire Diaries and new viewers will be equally as engaged.”

And speaking of Klaus and his “history” with a girl, what will Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkins) pregnancy mean for the long-simmering potential romance between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Caroline (Candice Accola)? “Hayley is by no means the Cinderella in the Klaus love story,” the EP revealed.

“Hayley’s a girl who’s a pretty tough, fiery, independent spirit in her own right who got drunk, had sex, and got knocked up. So she’s gonna have her own journey. She’s not really meant to be a threat to Klaus’ love life. If anything, she’s the portal into his redemption.”

While The Originals will definitely be its own show with its own storylines, Plec has plans to blend the two series from time to time. “I, for one, would like to see some of these characters show up in New Orleans and have the characters from The Originals find their ways back to Mystic Falls for something as well.”

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