The Originals: Episode 4.08 Pormo – Matt Davis’ Alaric is here!

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The Originals season 4 episode 8 is coming onto The CW next week, and there’s a big reason to be excited for it: Matt Davis is here! For the first time since The Vampire Diaries series finale, a character from that world is crossing over.

This is obviously an exciting occasion, so let’s start things off here by explaining precisely what he is doing and contributing to the story of “Voodoo in My Blood.”

Synopsis – “After being summoned by the ancestors, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) travel to the ancestral world and come face to face with Davina (guest star Danielle Campbell), Klaus’ former foe and the one person who holds the secrets to The Hollow’s demise. Meanwhile, old wounds are re-opened when Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) are forced into an uneasy alliance. Together, they meet with Alaric (guest star Matt Davis) who has tracked down a crucial artifact that could help in their fight against The Hollow.”

Now, let’s get to taking on another question that we know many people are going to have: Where does this appearance fit in with the timeline for the flagship show? Given all of the time jumps, it’s understandable that this could be a little bit confusing.

Speaking to TVLine, executive producer Julie Plec claimed that this particular story “falls probably more in line with the timeline of that last scene with [Klaus’] letter,” which is when he offered Caroline a chance to make her dream of a sanctuary for supernatural beings a reality.

Plec also added the following:

“In fact, Alaric is the one who shows up and actually tells Klaus about the school … The idea of the school as a safe haven for young supernatural beings certainly has a lot of relevance for Hope Mikaelson.”

Clearly, this is going to be a huge episode not only for fans of these characters, but for setting up what some of the long game for The Originals could be. One of the reasons to hope for a season 5 renewal is that there is always a chance that someone like Candice King stops by and you get to see the relationship between Klaus and Caroline explored further.