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The Originals - Episode 2.01 - Rebirth(h) (2)
Joshua Rosza
Biographical information
  • 1993 (Age 20/21)
  • Undead
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Cause of death
  • Broken neck (as a human)
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And hey, look, if you, uh, get nervous, or, like, need a vote of confidence or whatever? Just remember that, uh, I think you're pretty amazing.

Joshua "Josh" Rosza is a recurring character who appears in The Originals. Josh is good friends with the witch Davina. He's also one of Marcel's closest allies and friends, aiding him and his efforts to lead a vampire army and becoming second-in-command. Josh is also the boyfriend of enhanced werewolf Aiden.


Four years ago in 2007 when Josh was 16 years old he was partying in many clubs and all he wanted to do was meet boys. He also heard alot of club music like House and Trance.

In his senior year he had a secret boyfriend who he kept a secret from his judgmental family until Valentine Day when they found out. He was disowned and left now free of not having to be in the closet anymore. Two years later he and his friend Tina planned a trip to New Orleans unaware it would change their lives forever and for Josh he would spend his final human days there.

As a human, he was best friends with a girl named Tina. Josh went to New Orleans with Tina and was invited to a party that was hosted by Marcel. Josh and Tina were subsequently attacked by vampires and were severely injured. Klaus discovered vampire blood in their systems and ultimately snapped their necks. The next day, Marcel flipped a coin; the winner would remain as a vampire and the other would be killed. Tina ended up grabbing the coin, but the exercise was revealed to be a test of loyalty; she failed. Tina was killed, and Josh was allowed to live on as a vampire.

Throughout The Originals Series

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Josh and Tina.

In House of the Rising Son, Josh and his friend, Tina, had traveled to New Orleans, where they were invited to a party at Marcel's house by Diego. When the time hit midnight, Marcel's vampires attacked and fed on all of the tourists at the party, including Josh and Tina. Afterwards, they were fed vampire blood to heal them, and were compelled to forget everything. Later, knowing they had ingested vampire blood, Klaus killed Josh and Tina by snapping their necks. Once Marcel informed about their deaths and subsequent transitions, he held up a coin and told them that the first one who grabs it will live on as a vampire, and the one who doesn't will die. Tina grabbed it, but Marcel killed her for betraying her friend, allowing Josh to complete his transition. Klaus took Josh to his van and compelled him to be his spy before Marcel has a chance to get him on vervain.
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Josh and Klaus.

In Tangled Up in Blue, Klaus had Josh torture the captured nightwalker, Max, by bleeding him dry in order to drain the vervain from his system and compel him to be Klaus' spy. Later, Josh accompanies Thierry, Diego and a group of nightwalkers during a "rousting" of the witches in The Cauldron. He watched the compelled Max attack the witch Katie outside the Jardin Gris. Katie's boyfriend, Thierry, was so angered by Max's actions that he accidentally killed him in response. When Thierry was brought before Marcel. Klaus handed Josh a parchment containing instructions on how to create a daylight ring, and has Josh lie and say he found it at Katie's shop in order to further implicate Thierry of treason, which would cause Marcel to lose faith in him and destabilize Marcel's empire.

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Josh watches as Diego feeds on a girl.

In Interview with the Vampire, Josh is briefly seen in a bar with Diego. He asks Diego about how he could expedite the process to obtain a daylight ring, but Diego informs him that only those in Marcel's inner circle receive one. Josh asks him now that Thierry is gone there might be place for him in the inner circle, But Diego tells him Thierry didn't deserve his fate and told him Marcel was just showing himself for Klaus. Josh then watch Diego and Rebekah talk about Klaus. Later Josh interrupts Marcel's conversation with Father Kieran and tells him that Diego lost sight of Davina and Cami. Later Josh watch as Diego and Marcel argue, after snapping Diego's neck, Marcel tells Josh to tell Diego that an apology would been more effective than a bad attitude.

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Josh talks with Marcel.

In Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, Josh sees Marcel drinking alone at the nightwalker bar, and asks if he could help him with something. Marcel informs him that there are vampires who are "eighty years ahead" of Josh on the list to receive a daylight ring, but then decides to use Josh to find out more information about where Klaus is living. Josh lies and tells Marcel that Klaus is living at the Palace Royale, but knows that Marcel doesn't believe him. Marcel then speaks to him about trust and Josh asks if there is anybody Marcel truly trust. He then goes to the Mikaelson Mansion to tell Klaus what happened, but Hayley answers the door and tells Josh that Klaus isn't there. Marcel, hidden from both of them, overhears Josh tell Hayley that Marcel knows that Klaus lied about where he was living. From this, Marcel deduces that Josh has been working for Klaus.

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Davina and Josh.

In Bloodletting, Josh watches a few Vampires having drinking games, Marcel comes and tells him he could join them if he wanted to. But Josh tells him they remind him of some of the bullies he had at school. Marcel then tells him he's a very funny guy and then confronts Joshua about his involvement with Klaus, and takes him forcibly to Davina. Marcel asks her to undo Klaus' compulsion, and while she agrees to do so, she warns Josh that it will be very painful. Josh confirms this by screaming in agony while Davina magically erases Klaus' influence from Josh's brain. During their time alone together, Davina asks him to think of something else then the pain he's feeling and then asks him what kind of music he likes. Josh admits to Davina that he was just a gay club kid looking for a good time before he was turned into a vampire, and they bond over a lost sense of normalcy. Once Davina has freed him from Klaus' compulsion, Josh describes what it feels like to go from being driven by what Klaus wants, to finally feeling free to do what he wants - to feeling normal. Davina is perplexed by Josh's notion of 'normal', but Josh merely states that normal is relative.


Josh and Klaus at the garage.

In The River in Reverse, Josh was to meet Klaus at the docks in a garage, Klaus surprised him, Josh suggested he might have had studied theater, Klaus smiled and told him he had a role of a lifetime for Josh. He then drove a car to The Abattoir, and told Marcel and Rebekah that Klaus asked him to get a dagger from Marcel. He was sure it was a test as Klaus might know he isn't working with him anymore. Marcel calmed Josh down told him if Klaus knew he would have ripped Josh spine out from his nose. He then freaked a little out. Marcel told Josh to tell Klaus, that he searched everywhere for the dagger. But tells him to tell Klaus that saw him have the dagger on him and if he want to get it he has to get it himself witch won't be easy as he is paranoid. Back at the garage, he tells Klaus that he's not doubting his mad vampire skills, but tells him that Marcel is on red alert and is surrounded by army of Vampires. Josh then tells him he overheard Diego arguing with Marcel about clearing out the compound for a date and that is where he be. Klaus then congratulates Josh for his fine work, and tells him once he rules New Orleans, Josh would be granted a daylight ring for his services rendered  to his true king. Josh then says. "Adiós, Klaus."

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Davina and Josh.

In Reigning Pain in New Orleans, Joshua hides in The Abattoir at the garage there, Davina finds him as she knows he's there as she could sense his fear. Josh showed himself to Davina from behind a car, they then hug each other. Davina asks what he's doing there, he her he needs to stay incognito. He's gotta run for the hills, but he's stuck here until it gets dark. He tells he's not really okay since he, totally led Klaus into a trap that was the most epic fail of all time, so yeah, he's kinda crapping his pants right now. Davina tells him that he can trust Marcel and if Klaus tries to hurt Josh, she will hurt him. Then Hayley appears and tells Davina if she could actually hurt, she would have done it already. She makes some sort of allegiance with Davina and Josh. Later after Hayley told Davina about the last elder dying, she became upset and when Josh appeared she asked him if she could trust Hayley. Josh told her, she could trust Haley and he confirmed what Hayley had told her. He told that her Elijah went all crazy and killed the last elder Agnes. Josh didn't know why she was upset, but Davina told him she was surrounded  by liars and asked Josh to help her get away, which he did.


Camille, Davina and Josh.

In The Casket Girls, Josh is with Davina who is trying to remove Klaus' compulsion from Camille, Josh tells her that he knows what she is going through as he been through the same, when Davina removed his compulsion away.  Josh tells her she is okay and says. "All these notes that you made? It's very Momento of you. Nice work."  Minutes later Camille is still screaming but Davina assures her it is soon over, Josh also tells her that her cheats sheets is going to make alot more sense now. He drops the cheats sheets at the floor as the Sunlight comes through the window and he feels it burns his hand and winces in pain and quickly jerks his hand back from the window. Davina tells him she will get him a daylight ring as soon as possible, but Josh tells her not to worry about it at the moment. Another Minutes later Camille remembers everything and drinks Vervain, Josh asks her if she got any bloodbag in the fridge. Davina then stands up and offers him her blood, he hesitate moment, but then as he's about to take a little blood from Davina, she senses the Witches are trying to find her.


Davina offers Josh some of her blood.

Camille then suggest they seek his uncle for help but Davina says to her he knows of the Supernatural, Josh then tells them they need to go and they can take his car that is parked in the docks and he'll text them where it is. Davina tells him to put his number at Camille's phone and says it takes forever for the sun to come down, Josh tells her no tears. Davina makes Josh promise they meet again when it is dark, Josh promises and tells her she shouldn't worry about him and tells her not to let Marcel and his Vampires find her.


Josh and Davina hugs before leaving each other.

Hours later Josh is still at Camille's apartment as calls Camille to ask where they are, he then get a phone call from someone. Josh finds it is Klaus he's talking to and tells him he's in Turkey and jokes that they don't eat turkey there, Klaus however knows he's somewhere in the French Quarter.   Josh tries to convince Klaus he's in Turkey and there are no witches there, Klaus then reveals he has Timothy and asks him, if he would leave Davina's best friend in Klaus' hands, told him they were going to be at the compound. Josh then calls Camille and inform both her and Davina that Klaus has Tim, Davina then leaves and is headed for The Abattoir, Josh stops her and tells her she should stay hidden and not try and mess with biggest guy in all history. Davina tells him she messed with her when he took Tim and is convinced she can takeout all The Originals. Josh was about to tell her what would happen if she killed them but didn't and let Davina go.

Josh, Davina and Rebekah.

Rebekah was there waiting for him and told him Davina would end up dead if she went against her brother. After Davina handled two Originals plus a normal vampire, Rebekah appeared with Josh and showed her she is nothing like her brother by helping Tim get down. Rebekah waited to show Davina what kind of monster Marcel was so both of them plus Josh and Tim went to The Garden. There, Rebekah tried to make an ally of Davina, Tim then gave her some water which was later revealed to be poisonous. Josh and Rebekah tried to save both Davina and Tim who were dying from the poison, but luckily Marcel had made a deal with a Witch to bring Davina back.

In Moon Over Bourbon Street, he visits Davina and they talk about each other's problems. She tells him about Monique and he tells her that she still has her magic. He also tells her about what his family thought about him being gay and that he really didn't care.

In The Big Uneasy, he goes to see Davina at the Feast of the Blessings. Klaus then publicly pardons him in front of everyone. He finally gets his Daylight ring in this episode as Klaus' gift to Davina is a Lapis Lazuli ring and the daylight ring spell so she can make him one. He is present when Marcel says his goodbyes to Thierry and then burns his body. He's also there when Diego and a group of other vampires agree to go up against the Originals.

In An Unblinking Death, with a daylight ring now in his possession, Josh helps Cami concerning the situation with his uncle. Josh was seen walking around the attic without the sun hindering him. 

In The Battle of New Orleans, he is first seen with Davina talking to her and watching a guy jog by. Davina tells him about how things are starting to escalate and she convinces him to leave town before they do. As he is getting ready to leave, he is bitten by Klaus and is used as leverage for Davina in telling Klaus where Marcel is.

In From a Cradle to a Grave, Josh walked out in the street when Davina was doing the spell to collect Klaus blood and he was the one to get it instead of Marcel.

In Rebirth, Josh is searching around New Orleans, specifically Algiers for new recruits to join Marcel's new vampire army. He brings a group, the latest in a long line of groups, to Marcel's new home and helping with a demonstration of vampire strength. After the group departs to think on it, Josh remarks about how the rocker chick will be back and Marcel expresses his doubts. Josh asks what Marcel is really looking for in these new recruits, getting an answer about warriors, not tough guys. When he asks what the difference is, Klaus arrives, explaining that a warrior fights for something they believe in.

Later, after the defeat of the twelve werewolves that possessed the first Moonglight Rings, Josh returns to Marcel and informs him that the vampire Joe is dead. Josh and Marcel then discuss what's worth fighting for before Gia wanders in.

Live and Let Die, Josh is at Marcel's loft with the rest of the new vampires, checking his phone. Marcel asks him about any prospects and Josh informs him that there is this one guy he's been messaging with and that he really likes him. When Marcel asks what the problem is, Josh then expresses doubt about having any kind of normal relationship on account of his need of blood to survive. Before the conversation can go any further, someone is thrown through the window. The loft is suddenly swarmed by werewolves wearing Moonlight Rings. The leader of the wolves, Aiden tells Marcel that the deal of the vampires staying out of the Quarter is over and that the vampires must leave New Orleans entirely. To prove his point, he has one of the other werewolves bite a vampire. When another goes for Josh, he calls them off and warns Marcel that they need to be gone when they come back, because he won't call them off next time.

Marcel, Josh and Gia, as well as the other vampires are discussing the situation in Marcel's loft, weighing the pros and cons and deciding not to run. Marcel points out that there's a difference between wanting to fight and knowing how to win. Josh points out that they can't learn how to defend themselves from an army of werewolves in one day, just before Elijah arrives and snaps the necks of two vampires, telling them all to constantly be on guard.

Josh is later seen at Marcel's loft once again, with Elijah, Gia, Marcel, Oliver and Hayley discussing how the witches want soldiers and how they're planning on getting teenagers to trigger their curse. One of those teenagers is Aiden's brother and he wants to get him away from Esther and Finn. Elijah and Marcel agree to help.

When the plan is sprung into action to save the children, Josh is waiting at Rousseau's by a secret passage that'll taken them anywhere it the city they want to go. As the children go through, Josh follows them, as does Hayley. Josh leads the children through the tunnels, breaking off the gate at the end and meeting up with Gia, who tells them that Marcel is off getting the getaway car. When Marcel arrives in an ambulance, the kids are all loaded up, but not before Aiden shares a moment with his brother Nick, as well as sharing a look with Josh.

At the end of the episode, Josh is at Bywater Tavern, glancing at his phone and looking a little nervous, when Aiden comes in and it's revealed that he is the guy Josh has been messaging on the dating app. After a brief conversation, the two decide to pretend they're not at war for the night and just be themselves.

In Chasing the Devil's Tail Josh is with Aiden, Hayley and Marcel as they all outline a plan to take out Vincent. When Hayley suggests killing him, Cami interrupts, saying they need to question him, as she places down a box of items. Josh sarcastically notes that it's a "box of dusty old junk. We're saved!" earning a smirk from Aiden and a laugh from Cami. Cami explains that they're dark objects and they can be used to take down Vincent. Marcel pulls out a pair of manacles, getting a wry "kinky" from Hayley, which gets a laugh from Josh. Marcel explains that they're used to bind a witches power and Josh remarks that they won't be able to get the "manacles of doom" on Finn with an army of werewolves around him.

Josh is later seen at St. Anne's Church with the others as Aiden lures Finn there. As Aiden goes to snuff out all the candles, Josh follows him and says he understands that Aiden would much rather be doing push-ups or drinking with his bros, but Aiden is quick to point out that this isn't so bad, earning a smile from Josh.

When Aiden is later thrown through the church by Finn, knocking himself unconscious, Josh immediately rushes to his side before standing up to defend himself. Unfortunately, he doesn't get the chance as Finn easily snapped his neck with his magic.

The Brothers That Care Forgot sees Josh at Marcel's loft as Davina explains what happened with Kaleb and the White Oak Stake. When she tells them that she think "Kaleb" took it, Josh sighs, and Marcel explains that he took it, and Kol and gave it to Klaus. He then tells Davina to stick with Josh while he heads out.

Later, Davina is venting to Josh about Klaus and how she feels like a failure while throwing darts at a dartboard while Josh points out that she's not the only one, citing how every werewolf in the city wants to kill him... except one, but that has its own problems, a whole Romeo and Romeo thing. Davina, clearly interested, asks about this Romeo and Josh shows her a picture of him. Davina tells him that he's pretty hot and totally worth the drama before she tells him to invite Aiden over, wanting to meet him. After calling Aiden, Josh leads him into the loft where some music is playing. When Aiden remarks about Davina's great taste in music, Josh quickly corrects him by saying that he picked it out and that Davina wanted Puccini. They introduce themselves, with Aiden cracking a dumb joke about how he's a werewolf traitor. Davina recovers quickly and says she's going to go order some Thai food, leaving Josh and Aiden alone.

While Davina's out of the room, Josh asks if everything's alright with the pack after the "werewolf traitor" comment. Aiden explains the situation and Josh expresses his confidence in him before the two shared their first kiss. When they pulled away, Josh remarks about how he thought they would be hearing clapping by now. When he calls out for Davina and gets no response, he realizes she took off.

Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire Josh realizes for the first time the hostility of the wolf pack against their relationship. For the first time he defines Aiden "his boyfriend" but the situation doesn't go as hoped since Aiden says he doesn't want to come out.

Brotherhood of the Damned Josh is at the Compound, hungry and cranky and together with Gia tries to reason with Marcel when they discover that he was bitten by a wolf during the previous fight. Is kidnapped later along with the other vampires by Finn.


Not much is known about how he acted as human, as he wasn't one long before he was turned into a vampire. However, it is shown that loyalty runs deep in him as he was very hurt by his best friend Tina's decision to snatch up the coin and let Josh die.

Since becoming a vampire, Josh has been constantly pushed around and used, by both Marcel and Klaus, leading to Josh seeking out Davina's help. During his time with her, he explains how he just wishes to be "normal".

Physical Appearance

Josh is a tall, medium-statured young man, with wavy, dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He is mildly attractive and handsome in his own simple way with style of a typical-20-something year old American man, and is usually seen wearing jeans with a polo or v-neck t-shirt and a hoodie or jacket.


Davina Claire

Main article: Davina and Josh

Davina and Josh

Josh met Davina after Marcel discovers Klaus' compulsion upon him, he requests Davina to free him in order to work as his spy. Josh is initially fearful of her although warms up to her after they bond over music, whilst Davina works her painful spell. After Josh's compulsion is lifted, they laugh over their differing views of "normal" and they are both noticeably sad when Marcel wants Josh to forget her. They "pinky promise" that Josh would keep her secret in exchange to keep his memories, as he says it's nice to talk to somebody again. Whilst Josh is stuck in the shadows without a daylight ring, he is expressively fearful of Klaus and Davina promises to protect him.

Marcel Gerard

Main article: Marcel and Josh

Marcel and Josh

Marcel and Josh have a very complex relationship who started off as just mere acquaintances and then evolved into friends. He was the one that turned to Joshua, and he is very loyal to Marcel and even endured the pain of having Klaus's compulsion removed from his system to show his loyalty to him. Josh wanted a daylight ring, and was endlessly trying to prove to him that he deserved it. Now that it is just himself left in Marcel's Army and he is helping him to rebuild it.

Niklaus Mikaelson

Main article: Josh and Klaus
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Josh and Klaus

Right after Josh turned up in New Orleans and had Vampire blood in his system, Klaus Mikaelson broke his and his friend's neck to create spies for himself against Marcel and his empire. Once Josh completed his transition into a Vampire, Klaus compelled him to be his spy, his eyes and ears. Josh seemed to be an effective spy for him by helping him drain a vampire off vervain and framing Marcel's best friend Thierry. But after his compulsion was removed by Davina, he betrayed Klaus and sent him to an ambush. After that he has laid low and stayed hidden from Klaus.


Main article: Josh and Aiden

Josh and Aiden

Being a vampire and a wolf, their relationship is hindered. Indeed they have a budding relationship that will blossom during the season as Caroline's relationship with Tyler did. During the brief moments of intimacy, stands the timidity of both.

Other Relationships

  • Josh and Hayley (allies) 
  • Josh and Camille (Friends/Allies) 
  • Josh and Gia (allies/ Vampires of the same bloodline) 


  • Marcel: Did you ever hear the phrase of "Uneasy is the head and wears the crown"? Josh: Uhm, Lord of the Rings? Marcel: Shakespeare..
  • (to Davina): I'm a gay club kid who died and come back as a vampire.
  • The club kid in me is like in heaven.
  • (to Cami): Hey Cami you don't have any like human blood in your fridge don't you?
  • Reminds me to never piss off a witch.
  • (to Davina): I don't really care what they think about me anymore.
  • Klaus: I odered you to drain blood of him. What's taking so long? Josh: Sorry. I'm not like medieval torture expert guy.
  • Josh: I'm gonna die of a werewolf bite. Davina: You're not going to die. Josh: Just promise me that you'll listen to my iPod when I'm gone. I spent a lot of time on those playlists.
  • Davina: Marcel used me. Josh: He used you to fight the people who were trying to kill you. You know, he also saved you from these people so you don't have to trust the guy but he does love you. And P.S. so do I.
  • (to Marcel about Aiden): "There is this one guy. We’ve only been messaging so far, but I think I like him. Like, really like him."
  • (to Marcel): What's got two thumbs and drink blood to survive? Oh,right, this guy!
  • (to Aiden): "Ps. Those pictures don’t really do you justice. You’re way hotter in person. You know, when you’re not…murdering people."
  • (to Aiden): "We could just, I don’t know… be ourselves?"
  • (to Marcel): "Not that I don’t dig the whole Karate Kid vibe that we got going in here, but how are we supposed to learn how to defend ourself from an army of superwolves in like one day?"
  • (to Cami): "Sweet. It’s a big box of rusty old junk. We’re saved."
  • (to Davina): “It’s kind of a, uh, Romeo and Romeo thing.”
  • (to Aiden): And hey, look, if you, uh, get nervous, or, like, need a vote of confidence or whatever? Just remember that, uh, I think you're pretty amazing.


Josh is a variant of Joshua (Hebrew), and the meaning of Josh is "Jehovah is salvation".



  • Joshua is one of the few characters that have exceeded more than 10 appearances, as he has appeared in 13 episodes in one season. He's the second in TO Season One, along with Diego to appear in 13 episodes, and third in the TVD/TO universe, along with Carol Lockwood, in Season Two.
  • In Tangled Up In Blue, it's revealed in the news report that he's 18 and comes from Michigan, but in Bloodletting he tells Davina it was four years ago, implying he is 20.
  • Josh is one of the few gay characters introduced in the series, and the first known gay vampire. 
  • Josh is the second LGBT character introduced to the TVD and TO Universe after Bill Forbes and before Luke Parker.
  • Steven Krueger played Emily's boyfriend on Pretty Little Liars before she came out. One of her girlfriends was played by Claire Holt.
  • The exact vampire whose blood turned him is unknown, but since all of them were turned by Marcel, he is of Klaus' bloodline.
  • Josh is the first vampire to have a compulsion placed upon him forcefully wiped out of his mind.
  • Josh obtained a Daylight Ring in The Big Uneasy.The ring was given to him by Klaus and spelled performed by Davina
  • Josh compels his first ever human in An Unblinking Death; a doctor, in order to help Camille with her plan to help her uncle.
  • In The Battle of New Orleans, he was bitten by Klaus and dying of the hybrid bite. In From a Cradle to a Grave, fortunately, Davina gathered enough of Klaus' blood that was on the ground in order to save Josh from dying.
  • Julie Plec reveals Josh was originally supposed to die but the writers refused to kill him.
  • Josh is the only noted Vampire who hasn't been shown to kill someone, however he did in a deleted scene in season 1.
  • He has not yet been seen to feed on a human.
  • He shares Similarities with Caroline Forbes.
  • He's currently the most recurring non-main character on the show.


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  • josh and Genevieve

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    • I think the whole Genevieve story is geting quite boring, I would like to see a cross over of TVD actors into the Originals now....lets see ...
    • ^Oh please, no more crossovers. Let's stick with develpoing TO only characters shall we?

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