Last year, The Originals series finale left The Vampire Diaries Universe in mourning for both Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his brother Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies). Fans did not expect both brothers to die, especially when it seemed like "Klaroline" fans might finally get their wish for Klaus and Caroline Forbes-Salvatore.
That did not happen. And yet, "Always and Forever" wasn't just the name of the first episode of The Originals, it's the Mikaelson family vow. Klaus will always live on for fans, and it turns out he lives for actor Joseph Morgan as well.
Here's what he said when a fan asked how hard it was to say goodbye to Klaus Mikaelson, a character he started playing on The Vampire Diaries back in Season 2 before moving to The Originals spinoff:
That simple response, "He still lives in my head," got fans emotional all over again. Many responded with Klaus GIFs and sentiments like "no one ever truly says goodbye to klaus mikaelson" and "He still lives in everybody’s heart."
The Originals' series finale ended with Klaus and Elijah ending their lives, but we did get an update on Klaus' status in the afterlife in Legacies Season 1. The Necromancer -- who just returned in the Legacies Season 2 midseason finale -- told Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) that Klaus died with love in his heart. He never regretted his choice. He watches over Hope every day, but he won't be able to find true peace until his daughter does.
Now that The Necromancer is back, some fans (OK, me) are wondering if we might get another Klaus update, or even one on Hope's mother Hayley. Did she and Elijah dance in the afterlife?
Anyway, The Vampire Diaries ended the year before The Originals' finale. TVD's finale saw Stefan Salvatore sacrifice himself, and Legacies has had several references to Stefan, even beyond Stefanie Salvatore. Paul Wesley -- who has his own new show with The Originals' Danielle Campbell (Davina) in CBS All Access' Tell Me A Story Season 2 -- recently said he wanted Vampire Diaries to have an ending that sounds a lot like The Originals finale.
That made me wonder: If Paul Wesley had gotten his way, could Klaus Mikaelson have lived for real? The Vampire Diaries franchise probably wouldn't have done two similar finales back-to-back. Alas...