The Originals character poster of Mikael, Sebastian Roche!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // November 1, 2014

Sebastian Roche, Mikael Mikaelson, The Destroyer, The Originals

The Originals character poster and symbols of Mikael Mikaelson, “The Destroyer,” played by Sebastian Roche!

The Originals patriarch, Mikael Mikaelson, played brilliantly by Sebastian Roche, has been an important character in season 2, but what will his ultimate fate be?

Sebastian first breathed life into Mikael on The Vampire Diaries episode “The End of the Affair” on September 29th, 2011. He appeared in four other episodes, “The Reckoning,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Ordinary People,” and “Homecoming.”

As the “Father of the all vampires” Sebastian’s character appeared in six episodes in season one, “Always and Forever,” “Le Grand Guignol,” “Farewell to Storyville,” “A Closer Walk with Thee,” “The Battle of New Orleans,” and “From a Cradle to a Grave.”

So far in season 2 he’s appeared in “Rebirth,” “Alive and Kicking,” and “Live and Let Die.” He’ll also appear in “Red Door” and in episode 2×09 and 2×10. Auntie Beks and Baby Hope are rumored to be appearing in 2×09, so looks like we’ll have more family reunions coming up!

In the character poster, every symbol has a meaning, as shown below.

Character poster of Mikael Mikaelson


01: Ouroboros (a snake eating it’s tail). Symbolizes self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly recreating itself, and the eternal return which Mikael‘s character has done within the supernatural realm.

02: White Oak Stake. Only a stake remains of the extinct White Oak trees. The lore of the White Oak says its immortality was used in the spell to create vampirism. It’s also the only thing that can kill an Original. It gives and takes away eternal life as Mikael has, as the patriarch of the Originals.

03: Sunflower. In the supernatural world it symbolizes longevity and immortality. It represents Mikael’s prominent presence.

04: Fern. The Mikaelson estate, its prevalence in the witch community, and general association with mysticism is symbolized through the fern.

05: Iron Gate. Symbol of entrance into another realm, as well as a path of righteousness. Mikael’s resurrection by Davina illustrates the crossover from one realm to another.

Character poster of Mikael Mikaelson with symbology guide


Keep watching The Originals to see how these symbols relate to Papa Mikael, Sebastian Roche, and his ultimate fate, on Mondays at 8/7c, on The CW!



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