Just as tragically as the Mikealson’s arrived in New Orleans, just as tragically they left.
In the season finale, although let’s be honest, it felt more like a series finale, the Original siblings made the biggest sacrifice of all in the name of family, finally putting an end to the thousand-year-old promise of “always and forever.”
With the Hollow growing stronger in Hope’s body and racking up followers, the cities most powerful family knows that they have to save their little girl. Vincent realizes that the only way to defeat this evil is to separate it into four parts, each inhabiting the body of an undead vampire with blood ties to Hope. Translation? Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah and Kol have to accept their fate and go their separate ways, never seeing each other or Hope again as to not give the Hollow power to take over her body again.
With barely any time left and Kol not picking up his phone, Vincent offers an alternative – putting the 4th piece of the Hollow into Hayley. Freya knows she can’t let another little girl grow up without a mother like she did so with Keelin’s blessing, decides to turn and be the 4th sacrifice but Kol shows up in the knick of time. His whole “thing” is always to be very last minute so it’s nice to see him stay in character, even when the fate of New Orleans is at stake.
Marcel and Sofiya aligned with the right side this time, helping the Mikealson’s steal back Hope’s body by pretending to call a “truce.” Then the most glorious moment – Klaus used one of Cami’s dark objects to trap her followers while Elijah lit them up in flames. I don’t think it’s normal for someone to enjoy Klaus and Elijah’s cold-blooded murders this much but they had it coming. Klaus knows that Elijah’s weakness is his devotion to his brother so he asks him to promise not to come for him when he goes off the rails, which will inevitably happen without the moral support. Elijah nods knowing that too much is at stake for his moral compass to screw things up.
Before they could complete the spell, it was time for goodbyes and apologies. Klaus knew that Elijah’s weakness was his devotion to his brother so he made him promise not to come to his rescue when he went off the rails, which will inevitably happen without the moral support.
Despite the support for Elijah and Hayley, he finally realized that they were always “doomed.” He could never be the man she wanted him to be and even though she too has done horrible things, she wanted better for Hope… a fresh start. That isn’t him because he can never change who he is, he can mask it in suits but his killer instinct, the one she has in the pendant, is there. Sometimes love doesn’t equate destiny.
The most touching goodbye came from Klaus, who confronted Marcellus with an emotional apology. “I failed you,” he admitted to the man he always called son. Seeing Klaus so vulnerable really put the severity of the situation in perspective but also reiterated how important his journey has been. He was never able to be the father to Marcel because he didn’t have that example from his dad. With Hope, he’s become a better man, a man that wants to be her hero and that will sacrifice everything for her. We’ve come a long way.
And yet, despite all these realizations, Elijah pointed out that this one good act does not erase all the evil and heinous acts they’ve committed in the past. That being said, they did finally choose to do the right thing mainly because they had no other option. This time, they couldn’t sacrifice someone else, someone less valuable than family. And it was a hard lesson to learn but one that was necessary. It didn’t negate everything they did for the past 100 years, which is why they accepted their fate knowing it was about time they paid up.
When the goodbyes were said and done, Vincent completed the spell and the siblings scattered. They didn’t just have to leave the same room, they needed to leave New Orleans to silence the Hollow’s whispers. It’s hard for everyone but mainly Klaus, who knows he won’t ever see his baby girl again. The moment is powerful as she wakes up from her slumber screaming “dad” as he runs off into the unknown.
Rebekah ends up in New York and much to her surprise, Marcel follows her there. She begins to tell him how she’s done playing games but after he found out that Klaus only tried to keep them apart because he was jealous they’d stop loving him, he knew that this was their time. He ended things with Sofiya and left New Orleans, finally, to be with her so at least she got a happy ending in the relationship department. Lose a family, gain a lover.
Kol was in California turning a big diamond into an engagement ring for Davina. We already saw them drive off into the sunset but it was nice to see him finally be there for his family ahead of his own agenda for once. It proves that maybe Kol, who has gained some purpose by being a witch, really can change for the better and stay this better version of himself. And really, San Fran doesn’t seem as morbid as New Orleans for Davina right?
Elijah quite possible had the most tragic end of it all but he won’t really remember any of it. Knowing that the Hollow would play on his weakness and try to bring him back to Klaus, he decided to erase all of his memories and have a clean slate. He would finally be “free” from his demons and even though watching Marcel compel him to forget a thousand years of history was unbearable it was poetic at the same time.
Without any recollection of his family, Elijah went off to France where ditched the suits for a button down shirt and began playing piano at some hipster bar. In a way, it seems that Elijah is living the life he was always meant to have if he hadn’t been bothered with all the vampire mumbo jumbo. During one of his sets, he gets an unexpected $100 tip for a stranger – the man is Klaus but once again, Elijah has no idea. As the two lock eyes for a moment, Klaus smiles, knowing his brother is finally free from the burdens of saving him from his mistakes. He probably shouldn’t have been that close as to not tempt the Hollow but he couldn’t move on without checking on his brother, the way Elijah always checked up on him.
And if all of that didn’t make you cry a river, Hayley followed through on her plan and enrolled Hope in Alaric and Caroline’s school for supernatural children in Mystic Falls. Here, Hope would get the proper education and learn to use her magic wisely. Not to mention she’d have friends who were going through the same thing she was so she wouldn’t feel like an outsider. I don’t know about you but I really hoped that we would get to see her chatting with Lizzie and Josie. They’re obviously going to be best friends right? This also gives the possibility of yet another Originals spinoff the platform to do so. If there is to be a show focused solely on teenage Hope than it would allow Klaus and Caroline to finally be together.
That, however, would require Vincent’s spell to be reversed so that Klaus and Hope could be together again. This finale was written as a possible series finale, with the writers not knowing if they would be renewed for a 5th season, but with a secured renewal, they have to find a way to bring all the siblings back together again right?
If it were up to me, I would say that the time jump would show that the siblings lived a good chunk of time separated and finally came to terms of being “alone.” This would also offer up Elijah a more direct storyline not involving him playing second fiddle to Klaus or Hayley. Now that he’s forgotten all about them, he’s clearly started a new life, which means he’ll eventually fall in love again right? And coming back for a 5th season with Elijah in love with another woman when he finally gets all his memories back? That’s what I call good TV.