Michael Narducci on Why Aiden Had to Die on The Originals!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // April 23, 2015

Colin Woodell, Aiden, Steven Krueger, Josh, The Originals

Exec producer Michael Narducci explains why Aiden was killed on The Originals!

Michael Narducci explains why Aiden, played by Colin Woodell, was killed by Dahlia, with Klaus taking the blame, in The Originals 2×19 “When the Levee Breaks” episode.

According to executive producer Michael Narducci, they wanted to tell “a beautiful Romeo and Juliet story between Josh, a vampire, and a werewolf,” Aiden. They wanted to create a complicated and layered person they could put in various dilemmas, challenging his pack loyalty as well as outside sources that put pressure on him. This included the belief that he should be the Alpha instead of Jackson.

Michael Narducci on the plan to kill Aiden

Him being an ambitious person, and questioning the leadership of his own friend, led him to be vulnerable to Klaus and his own Klausian machinations. Once we had that story in motion, we felt like ‘wow, we’ve really put this guy in a dilemma,’ and simultaneously, that story was going forward, and we had another story, which was ‘Dahlia comes to town,’ and her goal should be to divide the Mikaelsons, and to ruin the vow of ‘always and forever’ so that they would be easier to take down, and we thought if Dahlia is smart, she could use someone’s death the way that she says she’s going to use Aiden‘s death – as the kindling to light a fire that divides the Mikaelsons.

Aiden’s death fit the bill for the kindling. Michael said he remembers being in the writers’ room when the discussion came to “well, what if she takes Aiden and kills him and frames Klaus for it, and Klaus couldn’t just say he didn’t do it, for many reasons.” One reason was that Klaus didn’t want to appear weak, and the second was that he didn’t want the Crescent werewolves questioning their loyalties to prevent Hayley from running away.

All the story points came together. Even though they all loved Aiden, and were sad to see Colin Woodell go since he’s a “star in the making,” they all felt it was best for the story. A death is always difficult. You think about it, debate and discuss it, and if it feels right then it’s what you must do. Unfortunately, that was the case with Aiden. Michael promises we’ll see how Josh deals with the grief of Aiden’s lost in next week’s 2×20 “City Beneath the Sea” episode.

With so many characters in The Originals dying, will any come back? According to Michael, even though Klaus was staked, “you haven’t seen the last of Klaus Mikaelson.” However, Aiden is gone. Josephine is gone. Oliver is gone. Mikael is gone. All the others are gone. The “other side” no longer exists, after disappearing on The Vampire Diaries.

He explained that if a witch dies and the body consecrated, they go into an “ancestral spirit well” so the possibility exists to see them in visions or they could return in somebody else’s body, like Finn inside of Vincent and Rebekah inside of Eva. Currently Freya is keeping Finn in a necklace, and Rebekah now owns Eva’s body, although he didn’t say for how long.

Michael said their goal is to “make the drama count” so the deaths will be permanent. Mikael’s death was supposed to be a definitive finale between Klaus and Mikael.

Michael on Klaus and Mikael

That last conversation between them was meant to put everything on the table. It was intentionally left inconclusive, when he says “I don’t know why I didn’t love you.” I think that’s more hurtful for Klaus to hear that, than if Klaus hears “yeah, I didn’t like you because you weren’t my kid.” It was before that that Mikael started to dislike Klaus.

The “levee” has now broken, and prepare for more drama and more deaths. According to Mikael, “This is the beginning of the storm that will take us through the end of the season.”

Extended promo for “City Beneath the Sea”

Sounds like the deaths will continue when The Originals 2×20 “City Beneath the Sea” airs Monday, April 27th, 2015, at 8/7c, on The CW!

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