The Originals: Season 3 (2015 - 2016)


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Air date: Oct 8, 2015

Season 3 begins with Klaus becoming suspicious when an old vampire friend arrives in New Orleans with a mysterious agenda involving the Mikaelson's remaining sire lines. Meanwhile, Hayley struggles with being cursed to her wolf form in the bayou. In the French Quarter, a series of gruesome discoveries are made that may be the work of a serial killer; and Marcel, who has regained control of the French Quarter, tries a new strategy to recruit vampires.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2015

Elijah and Jackson grow concerned for Hayley's safety when she fails to show up during the full moon. Meanwhile, Cami approaches Klaus with her theory on who is behind the series of murders in the French Quarter; Lucien delivers to Elijah an unsettling warning about the war brewing among the sire lines; and Klaus takes extreme measures to determine the validity of a dire prophecy about the future of the Mikaelson siblings.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2015

Klaus and Elijah come together to uncover Lucien's true motives in New Orleans; Lucien reveals some unexpected information about his past with Klaus; a mysterious figure presents an enticing offer to Marcel; Hayley turns to an unconventional way of coping with her current situation; an old acquaintance from Elijah's past arrives in New Orleans and delivers some startling news involving the growing threat to the Mikaelson siblings.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2015

Elijah attends a gala thrown by a group of ancient vampires known as the Strix in order to uncover what Tristan is really up to in New Orleans. At the gala, Marcel is approached with an enticing offer from a mysterious woman. Meanwhile, Klaus and Lucien form a tentative alliance when a vital component of Lucien's plan goes missing and they must find it.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2015

Klaus' past comes back to haunt him when he receives an unexpected visit; Elijah suspects Tristan is hiding something; Davina struggles with her role as Regent and seeks advice from Hayley; the Mikaelson brothers are threatened by an ancient secret that is uncovered.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2015

Elijah and Freya try to protect Rebekah from the Strix; Klaus spends time with Aurora to determine where her loyalties lie; Hayley and Marcel make an unsettling discovery when they have a dangerous encounter with a member of the Strix; Lucien creates an elaborate scheme that forces Cami to make a difficult decision and leaves Det. Kinney to fight for his life.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2015

Klaus and Elijah invite Lucien, Tristan and Aurora to a Thanksgiving gathering in an attempt to negotiate a truce. But when Aurora reveals she has powerful leverage over Klaus, Hayley and Freya take matters into their own hands, leading to a deadly three-way confrontation. Meanwhile, Marcel and Vincent take drastic measures when they realize Davina may be in over her head; and Cami comes face-to-face with a dangerous new threat.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2015

Cami's life is in danger, which forces Klaus to engage in one of Aurora's devious games and follow a series of clues she leaves behind. Meanwhile, Elijah, Freya and Hayley take drastic measures against Tristan when they discover he holds a valuable piece of information they need. Elsewhere, Aya gives Marcel an ultimatum that leaves him with a difficult decision to make; and Hayley reevaluates her involvement in Mikaelson family matters.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

A dangerous affliction threatens to expose one of Freya's siblings, so she searches for a way to reverse the crippling curse; Cami tries to help Det. Kinney, whose life is spiraling out of control as a result of Lucien's compulsion; Vincent rethinks his decision to stay out of the witch business; Hayley gets an unexpected surprise.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2016

Klaus declares war on Aurora and Tristan, in the aftermath of a horrific plan that left Cami dead. Meanwhile, Vincent is forced to use his magic against his will; and a risky plan leads to a showdown between the Strix and Klaus, Elijah and Freya.

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Season 3 of this drama series returns to the trials and tribulations of the Mikaelson family. The season opens months after the family's arduous battle against a powerful witch. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah's (Daniel Gillies) relationship remains fractured, even as they adjust to their newfound life with their estranged sister, Freya (Riley Voelkel). Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Davina (Danielle Campbell) take over the city. Plus, Cami (Leah Pipes) and Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) are entangled in a mystery surrounding the first vampire sired by the Mikaelsons - a thousand years ago.

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Critic Reviews for The Originals Season 3

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

There's something very simplistic about keeping the big bads within not only the vampire world, but also the Original family world. And yet, there's also something incredibly complex about it.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

I LOVED seeing all the Original siblings in their original bodies right after they became vampires so please give us more of these scenes.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The dynamic between Klaus and Elijah has always been one of the most critical -- and one of my most favorite -- parts of the show.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The ritual killings are going to start to cause a problem in New Orleans, which could be bad for Marcel and his vampires - which he has back under his control - as well as the first family. Something's brewing and things are going to get dark.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Not a bad start, all things considered.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

It wouldn't be The Originals without some family flashbacks, and they delivered.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Originals: Season 3

  • Jan 29, 2017
    The Originals' third season is full of shocking twists and thrills that will leave the audience on the edge of their seats. When a prophecy predicts that the Mikaelsons will fall (one by friend, one by foe, and one by family) the Klaus and Elijah sire clans come to New Orleans to offer their aid, but the Mikaelsons soon discover that the clans have their own agendas. It's a very interesting expansion of the series vampire mythology and introduces a number of new characters. However it comes at a cost, as a several series regulars and cast members are written off; which can be heartbreaking at times. But as intriguing as some of the plot lines are, after three seasons the storytelling has become a bit formulaic, with the same twists and betrayals happening over and over again. Still, overall Season 3 of The Originals is incredibly compelling and explores exciting new territory.
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  • Aug 01, 2020
    At least the supporting staff remains interesting even if they are given little to do.
  • Jun 12, 2020
    First of all I'd like to start by saying that things ended pretty well in season 2 and season 3 was totally unnecessary. Second I'd also like to add that up till episode 6 the plot of the season was still unclear and confusing making the first couple of episodes completely unnecessary. Adding to that, Jacksons death was not given as much attention as Cami's death (who I might add was a little too perfect before she turned) and tbh i liked Jackson more than cami and let's not forget how cringe and bad was klaus' and cami's little date inside her head. Lastly Loshan(not sure of the spelling of his name) is ridiculous OP it is honestly irritating. Nevertheless the show kept me hooked on Devina's and the Strix drama.
  • Sep 24, 2017
    First time I watch something with more good stories than majority of show's on Netflix and general tv itself and now they want to end it. Tv shows are so bad at mo and the most exciting ones are ending. Netflix needs a story teller that doesn't want to give up on something that brings great reviews ,a great show with so many stories that can be told. Sort it out Netflix your viewers want more of The Originals!!!!!!
  • Mar 28, 2017
    can't wait for the next season! wow
  • Mar 01, 2017
  • Dec 24, 2016
    The finale was nothing but epic, "you reap what you sow" that quote is directed to the original family
  • Oct 30, 2016
    Same old family drama as the other seasons: Some family from the distant past is returning/comes to town bent on killing the inner circle of the messing up the supernatural life at New Orleans. There are a few twists with some of the main characters that are very welcomed, but nothing is really new, and the plots go out of their way to mislead the audience from the real threat, so much that, when it comes back to bite the Mikaelson's delicious tushes, the antagonist have come and gone so many times that no one cares anymore.
  • Sep 01, 2016
    Amazing show. Captivated my attention at every turn, definitely looking forward to seasons to come.
  • Jul 18, 2016
    Still a guilty pleasure.

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