The brave bartender is back… sort of.
When The Originals released the first promo for its upcoming fourth season, there was one face fans were especially shocked to see: Cami O’Connell sitting next to Klaus. Now, just to clarify: Cami died during the show’s third season, and considering that Klaus has been imprisoned for five years when season 4 picks up, there’s a good chance he’s simply imagining her. But for fans of Klaus and Cami, does it really matter?
“It’s pretty clear that Cami was someone who had a massive impact on the entire show and our entire cast of characters but in particular, Klaus,” showrunner Michael Narducci tells EW. “I am positive that the words that she shared with him before she died were echoing in his mind as he went through that trial, as he was stabbed by Marcel, and while he has been tormented and incarcerated for the past five years.”
And even though the show picks up five years after Klaus’ sacrifice, fans can bet that the characters are still dealing with what happened during that time. As Narducci puts it, “[Klaus] felt every moment of that five years, in terms of the solitude and the pain and being ripped away, not only from his family, but his daughter. Coming out of that, he’s going to struggle a bit, and we will see some of that struggle. We’ll also get a sense of how he managed to endure and what was going on psychologically with him in his mind for all that time.”
There’s a good chance that Cami’s return has everything to do with “what was going on psychologically” with Klaus during those years. “It gets into the question of once someone comes into your life and influences you in that kind of way, are they ever really separate from you or are they always a part of you?” Narducci says. “I think the show definitely answers that question.”
Spoiler alert: This post contains plot points from the April 29 episode of The Originals.
After an hour of trying to find a way to save her life, The Originals lost its beloved Cami. For three seasons, Cami has been the human, psychologist, bartender, friend, love interest, new vampire, and more. And now, Klaus has lost the woman he loved.
It was an emotional hour for everyone involved, and EW spoke with Leah Pipes about Cami’s farewell, the last scene she filmed, and what’s next for her.
EW: When did you know that season 3 would be your last?
EW: When I spoke with Narducci, we both agreed that it really feels like Cami leaves a legacy on this show.
EW: Were you pleased with how she went out? It’s not often a character gets such a lengthy goodbye on this show.
EW: You got to do so much in this episode. Did you have a favorite part of her death in terms of what you got to play?
EW: Cami’s last major arc on the show was her becoming a vampire, so obviously the writers felt it was important for her to go through that before she died. What do you think being a vampire taught her?
EW: Do you have a favorite Cami story from all three seasons?
EW: What was the last scene you filmed?
EW: That’s the one where you got in trouble for thrusting, is it not?
EW: What’s next for you?
And thus, we say goodbye to our brave bartender. Thank you Leah, for all of the heart and soul and life you brought to the wonder that is Camille O’Connell. Screencaps from Leah’s final episodes of The Originals will be put up as soon as possible, please be patient with me, I too am mourning the loss of a favorite character.