When “The Originals” return in March 2017, five years would have lapsed since the last season’s finale. That means that Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) daughter Hope (now played by Summer Fontana) is no longer a baby. She will be a 7-year-old girl with a keen understanding of her magical powers in Season 4.

The Originals” showrunner Michael Narducci told Yahoo TV, “[Hope] is now 7 years old, she is smart, she is savvy, she understands what magic is and that she is extremely powerful.” She has been on the road with her mother Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) for five years. While her mother tracks down the missing werewolf clans in order to find a cure for Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic), Hope is busy wondering about her father. “She has this curiosity about who her dad was, and is and will she ever see him again?” Narducci revealed.

Hope will become a major character in “The Originals” Season 4 and when she finally meets her dad, the show will focus on their relationship. Narducci said, “Can Klaus Mikaelson, in good conscience, be a father to this very powerful young witch who needs guidance and who needs a dad?”

Meanwhile, New Orleans will be vulnerable to threats that might be too much for even the powerful Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) to handle, reports TVGuide. Powerful vampires and even God-like creatures will make their way to the city including the show’s main villain. The showrunner teased that the season’s big bad is scarier and more evil than the Mikaelson and he/she is after Hope.

Last season ended with Klaus being stabbed by Papa Tunde’s knife and Marcel biting Elijah and Kol. He even poisoned Freya (Riley Voelkel) prompting the witch to send all her siblings in an alternate, dream-like plane until Hayley finds a cure.

“The Originals” Season 4 premieres Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.