As anyone reading this probably already knows, when it comes to "The Originals" (and the show that spawned it, "The Vampire Diaries") it's all about the shipping. Between the original series' Delena/Stelana rivalry to the newcomer's Haylijah/Klayley bash and the ever-present Klaroline crossover hopefuls, it's like the Wild Wild West out there in shipper-land.
However, according to Klaus himself, Joseph Morgan, when "The Originals" returns for its second season on Monday (October 6) he shouldn't necessarily be looking to settle down with anyone -- because the ancient vampire still hasn't acquired the tools he needs to master his OTP.
"He's very jealous," Morgan told MTV News over the phone. "He's not desiring a love interest specifically, but he wants to be the center of attention. That's why he hates when Elijah and Rebekah are conspiring, and he hates if Elijah and Hayley are together, because that's Elijah playing surrogate father to his child. Even though he doesn't want to be there, he doesn't want Elijah to be there [either]. He wants everybody to be focused on him, but he lacks the emotional tools to form healthy relationships with any of these people, so they're drawn to each other instead."
Morgan also said that Klaus has "the nature of a loner" and that he manages to destroy every relationship he's ever had, which is why, during the premiere, we'll see a Klaus that is barely even speaking to his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and his baby's mother Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin).
"They've really shut themselves away in the compound, they're living as strangers," Morgan continued. "They each remind each other of what they've collectively lost. It's very difficult for them to communicate when we find them at the beginning. Elijah is worried for Hayley -- being a hybrid now, having gone through that death and the loss of her daughter, she is struggling with her new nature. Elijah encourages Klaus to talk to her about it and help her come to terms with it, but you know Klaus. He's not the greatest communicator. I'm not sure that that has the desired effect."
What the result of this big conversation will be remains to be seen, but Morgan said that one thing remains crystal clear -- Klaus and Hayley are a firm "It's Complicated" on Facebook.
"It's a turbulent relationship, as far as Klaus and Hayley are concerned," he explained. "They're really people who shouldn't be in each others' lives, but because of this child they have together, they're forced to be. It's a very interesting and very human dynamic to play."
Of course, these relationships will soon be shaken up not only by the fight to win back baby Hope, but the arrival of Klaus and Elijah's parents, Esther and Mikael, who come to New Orleans with separate (but equally sinister) plans for their not-so-much favorite son.
"He's very emotionally threatened by his mother, because he's always been a bit of a mummy’s boy," Morgan said. "He learned at a young age that Mikael was not his birth father, but he's always desired that kind of affirmation and affection from both parents. Mikael can be a very physically imposing threat to Klaus, and we will see some physical confrontations, but also some emotional confrontations with the parents in season two. I'm really not sure who is the bigger threat. I'd say Mikael is more direct in his confrontations, and Esther is more manipulative."
The Mikaelson parents, the French Quarter witches, the Guerrera werewolves, and Klaus' own self-destructive nature will prove to be a threat throughout season two, but Morgan said that nothing will distract Klaus from his one true goal: getting his daughter back.
"[Klaus' goal] 100 percent is to make New Orleans safe for his daughter, so he can bring her back and reunite their family," Morgan concluded. "He wants the chance at redemption that his daughter will bring him, and he wants a chance to be a father. But he can't do that while his enemies are running New Orleans."
Scorch the earth, Klaus!