charles michael davis the originals midseason 'The Originals': Charles Michael Davis on Klaus and Marcel's power struggleWhen “The Originals” returns to The CW on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Marcel is biding his time. The former vampire king of New Orleans forcibly abdicated his throne when evil original vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus came back to town, but now that they’re sharing the position there’s a semi-truce in the works.

“He’s patient right now. Things can definitely change but he knows not to freak out,” Charles Michael Davis tells Zap2it. “Losing the kingdom to Klaus was seemingly a failure, but definitely something to learn from. He’s still in the game.” Since “there’s no sort of timetable that applies like in the human world,” Marcel knows that “things change and times change and people’s interests change, so he’s going to stay pretty grounded and not make any rash decisions.”

Of course, just because Marcel is being patient doesn’t mean he’s not afraid of his co-ruler. “Trying to take him out and eliminate him shows fear and shows anxiety, but he’s also to be respected,” Davis says. “[Marcel] still comes from a place of principles. So even though he might fear [Klaus], he still respects him and he’s still willing to work around it and try to find an advantage against a seemingly unstoppable force.”

That could mean that it’s time for Marcel to get mean. We’ve only seen glimpses of Marcel’s ruthless side, but eventually Davis hopes his character will go nuts. 

“It just happens sparingly — that’s not a side that you’ve seen recently; you only get glimpses of it. I think that’s because he can stay so grounded and be intelligent about things,” he says. “But it’s a side I’m really excited to dive into — hopefully soon!”

Want to see Marcel, as Davis puts it, “go HAM”? He suggests perhaps a Twitter campaign. “Maybe after this interview we pass it along to [the executive producers] and start a movement!”

But back to “Casket Girls,” the winter premiere: The episode will mark the beginning of the next chapter of “The Originals” story, and will see many shifts in Marcel’s relationships. In the winter finale, Davina ran away from the attic room where Marcel had been hiding her when she found out he’d been lying — well, a lie of omission anyway (“Lying is a strong word. He wasn’t lying! He didn’t change the presentation of the information, he just forgot to tell her,” Davis argues) — about the death of the witches who were hunting her down. Their relationship is salvageable, however.

“She’s definitely thrown off balance and I think the thing about the next episode is you get to see how she recovers and regains her balance and makes new friends,” Davis says. “She’s resourceful, that’s for sure. She’ll find a way. She is passionate but also loyal too, so you’ll get to see how she feels with those emotions, along with the new information. They do have a strong bond, Marcel and Davina, so you’ll get to see them work it out in a maybe healthier way than the Mikaelsens.”

Plus, we’ll eventually find out what, exactly, went on between Marcel and Rebekah in 1919. “See what happened was — no, I can’t tell you,” Davis says with a laugh. “I can tell you that you’re going to find out definitely in the next few episodes specifically what went on so I won’t have to talk so vaguely about it anymore. I really look forward to it just as much as the fans. It’s really big. It’ll be something that changes the way these characters look at each other and feel towards each other for sure.”

Their relationship is salvageable too. “It’s always based on passion and love — always,” he says. “I think how they go about displaying it right now is not in the healthiest way. You’ll get to see exactly what I mean by their actions — you get to see Rebekah express how she feels.”

“The Originals” airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Posted by:Jean Bentley