Nothing would probably make fans happier than to see Hayley get together with Elijah, but love will likely have to take a back seat on The Originals. And considering there's a new looming threat this season, it's understandable that Hayley's priorities will have to change.
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"As much as Hayley is happy to have [Elijah] back, her priority is still Hope's safety," Phoebe Tonkin told TV Line
, acknowledging that her character "spent five years thinking about the moment where she'd get to see Elijah again."
"She can't focus on a romantic relationship that might become too time-consuming. As her daughter gets older and becomes a little human being, Hayley becomes even more protective. So that's her focus, to protect her kid." she added.
Tonkin's statement mirrors how executive producer Michael Narducci depicts where Hayley's head is right now. "It's the height of selfishness and irresponsibility to not put [Hope's] needs and concerns first. I'm not saying Hope is an obstacle to anyone's happiness -- far from it, since she's the source of their inspiration and possibly their redemption -- but she's going to be the center of a lot of what's going on moving forward."
But Hayley and Elijah aren't the only ones looking out for Hope -- who is basically everyone's priority as the show progresses.
"Not only does she have a mother and father who are willing to do anything to keep her safe, but this little girl also has all these very protective aunts and uncles," she explains. "It's a nice thing to see all these grown adults who are just completely devoted to this young girl."
How do you feel about Hayley and Elijah putting a hold on romance?
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