Nina Dobrev: From Vampire Diaries to The Originals

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Nina Dobrev is reportedly crossing over from The Vampire Diaries to The Originals. Fans have long suspected a crossover was in the works, and now they know at least some of the details.

Entertainment Weekly has in fact confirmed that Nina Dobrev will join the second season of The Originals for the first time during their fifth episode--as Tatia. She will appear during a flashback in the November 3rd airing of the show. Fans should recognize that name from The Vampire Diaries' third season. It was then that the Mikaelson brothers and the Salvatore brothers were brought together.

EW explains, "Klaus and Elijah explained the “allure” of the Petrova doppelganger by taking things back to the original doppelganger--Tatia. Not only were both Klaus and Elijah in love with Tatia, but it was Esther who later killed Tatia, in order to use her blood for the spell that would stop Klaus from becoming a hybrid."

E! did a recent interview with showrunner Julie Plec, who also confirmed Nina Dobrev's crossover from The Vampire Diaries to The Originals.

"There's a lot of people that could cross over, and when we plan our crossovers, we like to think of the most clever way to integrate The Vampire Diaries mythology into The Originals mythology," Plec told them. "There was a character's name introduced a long time ago in season three in association with Klaus [Joseph Morgan] and Elijah [Daniel Gillies] and how they became vampires and a girl that they both loved a long time ago who was the original doppelgänger, Tatia. So Nina Dobrev will be visiting The Originals for a nice little storyline in our fifth episode which airs November 3."

Why now for Tatia--three seasons after her name was introduced? Plec answers that question, too.

"We made a rule at the very beginning, like, ‘Let's not be number whores or number grabbers,'" she says. "We don't want to be doing crossovers for the sake of, ‘Look at us!' You know? But in this particular case, the character of Tatia is part of their history and is kind of a dangling chad. It's something we brought up a long time ago and never paid off."

Rumor has it that things are tough behind the scenes at The Vampire Diaries for Nina Dobrev since her split from Ian Somerhalder. Since Ian started dating Nikki Reed, those tensions have reportedly climbed even higher. This move to The Originals might be just what everyone needs.

Are you excited about seeing Nina Dobrev involved in a deadly love triangle between Klaus and Elijah? Will you follow her to The Originals?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.