Joseph Morgan Talks About Klaus’ Exit from ‘The Vampire Diaries’

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TV Line had a chance to talk with actor Joseph Morgan about his character Klaus on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals spinoff.

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TVLINE | That final scene between Caroline and Klaus in the last episode, did you read it as her being honest with him? Or was she manipulating him?
I thought she was being honest. As an actor, when you get a scene like that, you want to make the most interesting choice. I would assume that Candice [Accola], looking at that scene, would think the most interesting choice would be to play it as if she’s being honest, that she wishes she could forgive him for the things that he’s done. That just adds to the complexity of her character.

TVLINE | It was  a rare moment of vulnerability on both their parts. How does it change things between them?
It was. It evolves the relationship further. It’s interesting – the more time they spend together, he keeps messing things up and doing the most horrendous things and then slightly redeeming himself at the end of it. It’s just giving them more and more of a history and adding more weight to the relationship.

TVLINE | Is he going to try to be better for her? Or is he still hell-bent on destroying everyone in his sight?
You know that saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? I don’t know if he’s got it in him. He’s pretty stubborn. But you never know. He may be able to compromise a little bit, but I don’t think he’ll be able to reverse a thousand years of seeing the world one way.

TVLINE | Will Klaus ever get lucky in love? He has to be the most celibate vampire in Mystic Falls.
Yeah, he’s going to get some action.

TVLINE | And congrats on the possible spin-off. That’s a big deal.
Yeah. I’m very, very excited about it.

TVLINE | Does it feel like the pressure’s on? They want to make a whole show centered around your character.
It’s interesting because I’ve been playing this character for a while, almost a full two seasons now. So I feel like I’m doing something right. The character’s been received pretty well even though he’s incredibly flawed. I think that’s part of the reason he’s popular. So I don’t feel so much of the pressure. Also, I have my brother [played by Daniel Gillies] to share that pressure with. I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m just excited. There’s other stories to tell outside of Mystic Falls, and this is a chance to really expand that universe. It’ll be so interesting to play all the crossovers, as well, if they allow characters to move between [shows]. For the fandom, this is a huge thing because it’s going to introduce more and more characters into the world, make the whole thing a lot bigger and a lot more complex, which has got to be a good thing.

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TVLINE | What have you heard about his exit from Mystic Falls?
I’m waiting to find that out essentially. I know the bookends of that story. I know leading up to that point and I know after that point, but I don’t know what the crux is that sends him [to New Orleans]. I’ve got some ideas, and I feel it’s all tied up in the hunt for the cure and in Silas himself and all of that business.

TVLINE | What are you, personally, going to miss about Mystic Falls?
I’m not going to miss them all trying to kill me. It’s definitely nice to get away from that. But it really was the start of it for Klaus. And truly, I will miss all of the actors who I won’t work with so much doing this, provided it gets picked up. All of it — the crew and everything. It’s been a huge part of my life and utterly life-changing.

Head over to TV Line to read the full interview.