Following the birth of his daughter, Klaus struggles to balance his parental responsibilities with leadership of the French Quarter. Elijah and Hayley try to determine where they stand in the aftermath of Celeste's reign of terror. Rebekah's own inner turmoil concerning Klaus' learning "The Secret" causes her to question her loyalties for a final time, while certain events also put the three twisted siblings on the slow path to reconciliation at long last. After burying Cami, Kieran decides he has had enough of vampires bossing him around and resolves to retake the city for the humans. Finally, a malevolent influence from a time before time threatens the very existence of the vampire and werewolf species.
- Joseph Morgan as Niklaus Mikaelson (8/8)
- Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson (8/8)
- Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson (6/8) (eps 1-2, 5-8)
- Nathaniel Buzolic as Kol Mikaelson (8/8)
- Charles Michael Davis as Marcel Gerard (6/8) (eps 1, 4-8)
- Danielle Campbell as Davina Claire/The Shachath (6/8) (eps 1-5, 8; voice in 2x01)
- Emily VanCamp as Christabella Marcoux (8/8)
- Elyse Levesque as Genevieve Thorne (8/8)
- Todd Stashwick as Kieran O'Connell (8/8)
- Sebastian Roche as Mikael (7/8)
- Alice Evans/Leven Rambin as Esther (7/8)
- Jessica Lowndes as Celina Kingston (7/8)
- Raffi Barsoumian as Markos (6/8)
- Danielle Campbell/Michael Trevino/Sebastian Roche as The Shachath (6/8)
- Nishi Munshi as Gia (5/8)
- Owiso Odera as Papa Tunde (5/8)
- Stacey Farber as Stacy Labonair (5/8)
- Steven Krueger as Joshua Rosza (5/8)
- Rebecca Mader as Susanna Delacroix (5/8)/Dahlia (3/8)
- Hal Ozsan as Julien Hudson (4/8)
- Debby Ryan as Jacqueline Rosza (4/8)
- Haley Lu Richardson as Angelique Mikaelson (4/8)
- Riley Voelkel as Freya Mikaelson (4/8)
- Yusuf Gatewood as Finn Mikaelson (3/8)
- Peta Sergeant as Francesca Correa (3/8) (voice in 2x01)
- Sprague Grayden as Rachel Correa (3/8)
- Julian McMahon as Taylor Kingston (3/8)
- Leah Pipes as Camille O'Connell (3/8)
- Arnold Vosloo as Darien Bravura (3/8)
- Emma Lahana as Hannah Labonair (3/8)
- Claudia Black as Dahlia (2/8)
- Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley Marshall (2/8)
- Daniel Sharman as Kaleb (2/8)
- Sonja Sohn as Lenore (2/8)
- Callard Harris as Thierry Vanchure (2/8)
- Eka Darville as Diego (2/8)
- Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes (2/8)
- and Charles Dance as Analektos (2/8)
Guest Cast Edit
- Chapter I: The Upheaval Chapter (2x01-2x03):
This chapter focuses on the events immediately surrounding the baby's birth, the final destruction of The Other Side, and the death of Marcel Gerard. While the Mikaelsons are faced with several old enemies, they find themselves unprepared for the newer one in town, one almost impossible to stop.
- The main antagonists of this chapter are: Markos, Kieran O'Connell, Mikael, The Shachath, Christabella Marcoux, and Francesca Correa.
- Chapter II: The Loyalty Chapter (2x04-2x06):
This chapter focuses on the loyalties of multiple characters and how the survival of Christabella Marcoux affects them. Markos reveals his grand plans for the Mikaelson clan.
- The main antagonists of this chapter are: Markos, Genevieve Thorne, Christabella Marcoux, Freya Mikaelson, and Finn Mikaelson.
- Chapter III: The Resurrection Chapter (2x07-2x08):
This chapter focuses on the resurrection of Dahlia and the final battle for New Orleans.
- The Puppet Mistress
- Buried Beneath
- Let Her Go
- Falling Slowly
- All I Need
- Pretty Wicked Things
- The Destroyer
- This season's subtitle, Family Affair, refers to the involvement of the entire Mikaelson family as they reconnect in New Orleans and unite to face a deadly new threat.
- This season's theme is: LOYALTY.
- Genevieve, Kol, Kieran, and Christabella Marcoux are added to the main cast this season.
- This season begins on December 21st, 2012, a good eight months from the events of From a Cradle to a Grave, and ends on New Years Day 2013.