'The Originals' season 4 air date, spoilers: Julie Plec explains the reason for the show's midseason premiere delay

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While the delay of the season 4 premiere of “The Originals” to The CW’s midseason show lineup has caused fans immense disappointment, executive producer Julie Plec explains that there is a narrative reason for the decision.

During a recent exclusive sit down with TV Line, Plec shares that the additional break in between chapters gives “The Originals” the leeway for a more sensible time jump.

“When they [The CW] shifted the air date, it actually gave us the freedom, weirdly, to shift the timeline in our favor so that we could have more time pass in ‘The Originals’ between seasons than ‘The Vampire Diaries,'” she said.

On top of that, show creator also adds that it is a good way to have the spin-off series not in parallel showing with its main story franchise.

“So we get to add an extra couple years on to our time lapse between seasons. It’s actually a good thing. It’s positive to not have to worry about being side by side.” Plec furthered.

While this may be a subjectively acceptable reason, it may still be a little bit difficult to swallow given how the show left the Mikaelsons back in season 3. The fates of the siblings are not entirely known as they were somewhat incapacitated. And it is up to Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) capabilities and efforts to save the vampires. The werewolf had the vampires in separate caskets while she and her daughter Hope towed them away from New Orleans.

Although Phoebe is still capable, speculations are rife that she will still reach out for help to resurrect Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and company. The latest from the rumor pool is that Davina (Danielle Campbell) will somehow have something to do with Phoebe’s mission to save the Mikaelsons. This does not mean however that Davina will be back in the flesh, she might just relay some instructions to Phoebe on how she can accomplish her goal.

Season 4 of “The Originals'” is scheduled to debut sometime early next year.