If all goes according to plan this season, Hope Mikaelson will become the first television character in history to be conceived on a show (The vampire diary), born on a second (The originals), then die on a third (Heritage).
And if you think Hope’s impending death is a spoiler, you probably shouldn’t be watching Heritage‘official season 4 poster, which puts the character’s face behind three giant words: âHope. Must. To die.”
“I had no idea they were going to do the poster until [showrunner Brett Matthews] sent it to me, âDanielle Rose Russell (aka Hope) told TVLine. âI was shocked. It’s an amazing poster. Even if I didn’t know what was going on with Hope or the show, I would still watch this season just because of that badass poster.
Of course, Hope’s yellow eyes on the poster are a reminder that death is just the beginning for Heritage‘, whose sleeping vampire side will activate when she takes her last breath – a messy but necessary step to defeat Malivore once and for all.
And Hope’s evolution into a full-fledged tribrid isn’t just something we’ve been anticipating since. Heritage created three years ago. It’s a waiting game that fans have been playing ever since Hayley (RIP!) Found out that she and Klaus (RIP!) Were expecting a baby for The originals‘backdoor pilot enabled The vampire diary.
âThere are producers and directors who have been involved [with this franchise] since The vampire diary, and we talked about how we built ourselves for that for seven or eight years, when Hope was just a concept, âRussell said. âI don’t think anyone expected it to go that far, but here we are. I really feel like entering into the legacy of this character.
Russell remembers sitting down with Matthews when the show began discussing Hope’s trajectory, including her becoming a tribrid âwas something that had to happen eventually,â she says. âWe predicted that she would have to face that decision around Season 3 or 4, so it’s happening at the right time. I started playing Hope when I was 17, and now I’m going to be 22, so she really grew up with me.
Again, being a vampire is much easier these days than when Stefan Salvatore was walking the streets of Mystic Falls. “The good thing is that we are doing [all of the vampire effects] via VFX now, âRussell says. âNo more contact lenses, no more false teeth, that’s pretty good. (Nobody tells Paul Wesley!)
Still, Russell knows there will be a bit of a learning curve if Hope actually becomes a tribrid. âI’ve been mostly a witch on the show, and it’s really easy to just put your hand up and say a spell,â she says. “It’s very different – and a little more intimidating – having to suck someone’s neck.”
And if any undead faces from Hope’s past want to drop by Salvatore School to help show her the ways of the vampire, just say the word. âI would love for someone to want to come,â says Russell. “It’s always so fun for me to revisit Hope’s roots.”
Heritage returns Thursday, Oct. 14 at 9 / 8c on The CW. What are your hopes for season 4? Drop them in a comment below.