There’s an oversimplified idea of Elijah: that he’s the “good one.” But when you’re dealing with vampires, you have to adjust the prism of morality through which you look at this world. It’s important for the audience to do away with the idea of “good guy” and “bad guy.” It’s not as black and white as “Klaus bad, Elijah good.” To me, that would be the end of the show because it immediately denotes a character as dull and boring and a waste. I wouldn’t want to play that character. By human standards, Elijah is an awful guy: he hurts people, he feeds and he does terribly malevolent things, but this is a guy who survived for 1,000 years with a very specific code of honor. Elijah is every bit as depraved as Klaus and every bit as diseased psychologically as Klaus. Klaus’ desire for power is just as bad as Elijah thinking his family will ever sacrifice for him the way he’s sacrificed for them. He’s just as capable of horrific acts of brutality to achieve his goals, and while you’ll see a lot of good from Elijah, you’re also going to see a lot of horror. And that’s really exciting to me.