Most family reunions happen around a grill at a party or at some fancy celebration. But the dreaded Mikealson reunions happen when they are all trapped together in a supernatural prison.
This is the first time we’ve seen them all under one roof since they were inhabited by the Hollow and thrust to different parts of the Earth to keep Hope safe.
Initially, they don’t believe there’s a danger because they think it’s impossible for them to be physically in the same place at the same time, but the ominous weather outside is a sign of the final stage in the prophecy. You know, the one before all the firstborns die.
Since every Chambre de Chasse — and according to Rebekah, she’s seen her fair share in this lifetime — come with a life lesson, there is no way out until they all find hidden keys in meaningful places to the locked door in the replicated compound.
The scavenger hunt was easy for some (Kol), and a bit harder for others as it required a trip down memory lane which, obviously, requires one to have their memories.
Even though she doesn’t possess the Hollow inside of her, Freya somehow finds herself trapped in the compound and reveals that only someone close to the family would be able to construct something so deeply personal.
“Vincent,” Klaus mutters under his breath.
However, when Marcel lands in the supernatural prison, he makes a shocking revelation — Hope is behind all of this.
And so the deeply dysfunctional family begins their search. Klaus relives some memories from the first time he brought Hayley to the compound when she began bringing “love” into his life while she was pregnant with their baby girl.
Klaus initially tries to wash his hands of helping Elijah because they are “squared” following Hayley’s and Antoinette’s (almost) death, however, since they all must find the key, he has to take one for the team and reminds his brother that he was the one who came up with the name for his niece because she brought a renewed sense of “hope” into their lives.
Kol painlessly found his key in between some old books he gifted his niece for her birthday when it dawned on Marcel that Hope wouldn’t have the depth of memory — those rooms were destroyed centuries before she was born — to recreate this fictional realm.
Who would have thought that Freya would be behind all of this and aiding Hope in removing the Hollow from them in order to put the family back together?
It was a shocking revelation but also, an important moment for Hope to finally prove that she wasn’t just a kid anymore; she’s an all-powerful witch! They keep reminding her of that so why not let her act on it?
Freya also has sound logic for letting Hope attempt something so dangerous — she’s more dangerous without both parents by her side. She needs her father, she needs guidance and love.
Klaus found his key amidst unopened letters that Hayley wrote to him while he Hope was growing up, while Elijah’s was pulled out from a coffin in the dungeon, signifying that Hope only sees her uncle as “death.”
Absolutely no one, even Marcel,, was going to argue with her. Man, even I wasn’t going to.
Elijah’s memories were gone when he let Hayley die but he still allowed it to happen. He has to accept responsibility for that.
During their imprisonment, Marcel also realizes that Elijah’s memories aren’t returning because he’s suppressing them. Vincent did everything right when it came to the spell.
And parts of those memories like the fact that he often referred to him as “Marcellus” have returned. But not the traumatic memories like Hayley’s death.
He admits to walking down a white corridor which led to the red door where he’s always hidden away terrible things he didn’t want to confront. As he reached for the door handle, he felts a searing sensation which Klaus pointed out was probably what Hayley felt when she burst into flames and died.
He’s suppressing killing the woman he loved!
When they use the keys to unlock the door, they find themselves in another prison… this one is much worse because it’s Elijah’s mental prison.
However, they can all exit through their respective doors, and Marcel and Kol don’t wait around much longer.
Klaus tries to leave as Elijah struggles to open his red door, but Rebekah stops him because the promise of “always and forever” requires them to forgive since they have all done questionable things.
Klaus knows that Elijah has to face the truth but he needs him by his side to do it so together, they run through the door.
Back in reality, Elijah is suddenly hit with all of his memories including the guilt of what he did to the only woman he’s ever loved. Like Rebekah said, Antoinette doesn’t hold a candle to Hayley. It just sucks that he couldn’t feel the power of that love when he chose to save Antoinette’s family instead of his own.
It was brutally painful to watch Elijah’s realization and his haunting wails; it was necessary but man, if I could spare him from that I would. Regardless, it’s nice to have you back!
And at least now he understands why everyone was so upset with him.
Much like Antoinette predicted, with his memories back, Elijah’s feelings for her were minimal. He gave her Klaus’ blood to heal the wolf bite and then asked for forgiveness as he went to properly say goodbye to the love of his life.
Anyone else really upset that we won’t ever get a proper Haylijah scene?
Kudos to Daniel Gillies for pulling off a powerful performance that showcased two very different people in one character.
Everyone played a part in this episode which made it a terrific ensemble piece.
Klaus was a wee bit harsh on Freya at the end for treating Hope like an adult and allowing her to make her own decisions.
It’s understandable, especially because if Hope doesn’t have a gameplan, having her wield the power of the Hollow in herself might actually lead to the prophecy. Still, Freya has done nothing but sacrifice for this family so cut her some slack and maybe muster up a quick ‘thank you.’ No wonder he has so many enemies.
Then there’s the other side of Klaus that mourns his baby momma and appreciates her for always believing in him and fighting for the family even when they couldn’t.
Oh, what a complicated soul you are, Klaus.
Despite all the family drama that’s expected when all four Mikealson’s get together, they even found some time to give us a little closure on the Marcel and Rebekah front.
Marcel broached the “why did you stand me up at city hall” question when they were stranded together clearly miffed by how happy Kol was with Davina.
Back at home, Rebekah reveals that she isn’t halting their happiness because of her family, she’s trying to save him from getting hurt and destroying him.
For as long as we’ve known her, Rebekah has had an existential crisis after being forced to become a vampire. She hates being one, wants to experience mortality, wants to grow old and wants to have children. All of that was stolen from her and she’s mad. And instead of getting over it since you know, she has an eternity, she’s allowing it to fester.
If she commits to Marcel for a lifetime, she’ll only infect him with her toxic and negative mindset.
In a way, it makes sense and stays very true to who her character has always been. Although, it’s a shame because they love each other so much.
It seems “always and forever” is just another term for “we make each other miserable.” Yet, no matter how dramatic things are when they are together, as we’ve seen, the Mikealsons are no better when they are apart.
Thoughts on this week’s episode? Did you feel for Elijah? Is this the last we’ve seen of Antoinette? Are Marcel and Rebekah really not getting their happy ending? Can someone find her the damn cure?
What will Hope do now that she possesses the dark magic of the Hollow inside her?
Will her anger towards Elijah who she clearly blames for her mother’s death cause her to enact the Hollow’s powers?
The Originals – We Have Not Long to Love (5×09)
The end is nearing but nothing is getting resolved in New Orleans.
The peace that Hayley, Vincent, Freya and Josh worked so hard to keep is no more and the factions are being turned against each other by purist vampires who want to go back to the top of the food chain like they were when Marcel ruled.
And worse of all, they want to wipe away all hybrids.
While most of New Orleans is gearing up for this battle, including Vincent who realizes that Emmett was testing him the whole time. Since he decided to side with the werewolves which is essentially the “wrong” side, he punished him by poisoning Ivy.
From the get-go, the writing was on the wall for a major death. The episode had that stench about it, and Julie Plec herself teased five major deaths before time is up.
Anytime I get even a whiff of possible happiness like Vincent and Freya sharing an intimate kiss before going to battle or Freya proposing to Keelin because they only have “one day” together, I know I have to expect the worst.
Ivy was at the bottom of my list for possible deaths, however, because I was sure Vincent was going to die standing up for what he believed in or that Keelin wouldn’t make it. And she almost didn’t when the bomb exploded as the witches geared up for Mardi Gras.
Is it bad that this is what I expect whenever there’s any happiness on a series? A painstaking death? You did this to me, Julie.
I’m not sure if Ivy’s death is going to send Vincent into a downward, vengeful spiral, but I’d put my money on it considering every woman he’s ever given the time of day ends up dead.
The supernatural community in New Orleans is getting out of control.
The Mikealson clan wasn’t even phased by what was happening in the French Quarter because back at home, Hope was being taken over by the Hollow.
I found it really funny that Freya was partially responsible for all of this and as Hope was running around trying to silence the voices, she was out getting engaged. Freya, darling, could you whip up some kind of spell to help this girl?
Hope’s teenage antics will be the death of me as she still hasn’t learned her lesson. She may be an almighty powerful vamp but there are other people in her family like dear old dad who can now be in the same room with her, that know just a bit more about everything.
Why would she try to take care of everything by herself when this thing she’s dealing with cannot be controlled by several powerful witches?
It seems the only thing that will silence the whispers is violence which usually would worry a father, but not Klaus. He’s actually proud of his offspring.
Most of Hope’s violence was directed at Elijah and no one blames her, not even Elijah. He’s responsible for her mother’s death; he’s the reason she’ll never be able to look to her mom for any supernatural advice. It’s unfortunate but as Klaus points out, it’s also not his fault. There’s a thin line between him deserving the punishment and him suffering enough already because he has to live with this guilt for the rest of his life.
I still think he’s going to be one of the five that dies because he won’t be able to accept that he killed the only woman he loved and the woman that trusted him. If anyone in the family has to sacrifice themselves to save Hope, it will be him.
Unfortunately, poor Declan was a witness to all of Hope’s wrath and he was really confused. He went through a range of emotions from pouring his heart out to Elijah to realizing Elijah was the man who broke Hayley’s heart to finding out he’s the one that killed her to seeing Hope do unfathomable things in retaliation.
Elijah eventually sat him down and gave him a quick play-by-play. Those stories about supernatural beings told to tourists? All true. Elijah knew Hayley would have wanted Declan to remain at peace and far away from all the senseless violence, so he compelled him to forget everything.
My guess is that Declan has been taking vervain and will pretend not to know anything while actually figuring it all out for himself. Do you really think Hayley would let him wander around without offering him some type of protection?
We know he’s related to Cami so that has to come into play at some point. Maybe he has all of her belongings which include artifacts that might help remove the Hollow from Hope before it completely consumes her?
Also, who else felt so terrible when he exploded on Freya for not with the funeral? No one even called him. I know it’s tough to explain everything to someone that isn’t informed about the “secret” world but human decency would have allowed her to handle it better. She could have done better than “the breaks gave out.” Like Declan said, that doesn’t happen anymore, and I’m sure there would be a record of it somewhere.
Do you care about the brawl brewing in the French Quarter? Which witch is helping Emmett and his purist vamps? Where is Roman? Where is Antoinette? Why did Rebekah and Kol just leave without offering to help find a cure for Hope?
With a handful of episodes left, we should be focusing on wrapping up all the Mikealson storylines and possibly giving them a happy ending, not a showdown between factions who have already learned to be peaceful.
My predictions for the other four deaths: Elijah, Vincent, Keelin, Roman
The Originals – God’s Gonna Trouble the Water (5×07)
You didn’t think Hayley’s funerals would go off without a hitch, did you?
The Original family isn’t new to heartbreak and on The Originals Season 5 Episode 7, they barely had a chance to grieve Hayley, the most beloved hybrid in New Orleans, before things went awry.
Her Second Line funeral, a traditional procession in NOLA, was crashed by Greta’s deranged Nazi-minions. It was to be expected.
The Originals – What, Will, I, Have, Left (5×06)
Hayley’s death wasn’t exactly a shocker. Many of us knew considering someone once “accidentally” tweeted a picture filled with spoilers back in the day, but the reality of it wasn’t any easier to process. Death of a genuinely good character choosing to die for the greater good never really is.
Hayley has been absent from much of the season which has been quite a disservice to fans since, arguably, she’s one of the fiercest and strongest characters on the show.
Her lacking presence meant that we didn’t really get to see her relationship as mother and daughter to an adult Hope and sadly, after this episode, we never will.
We’ll simply have to cherish the few moments that they had together after Roman lured Hope into Shiloh House and she realized just how naive she’d been this whole time when she found her mother tied upon inside.
Admittedly, for a teenage girl, realizing the boy you thought liked you back and wanted to help you probably hurt like hell. Especially because in the end, he’s one of the sole people she’ll blame for her mother’s death; for uprooting her whole life.
Yeah, Roman was being manipulated by Greta and was trained to be her little fighter, but he also had free will and could have set Hope and Hayley free at any moment including when he realized that things weren’t adding up as his mother had explained.
Unfortunately, his devotion was stronger than both common sense and his feelings for Hope. By the time he realized his mistake, it was too late. Given Hope’s super strength and powers, I would not want to be that guy right now. Especially without mother dearest to protect him.
Even though we didn’t spend much time with Hope and Hayley, it’s evident that she loved her daughter above anything else. There’s nothing like a mother’s love and when it came down to it, she did everything to protect her baby girl. It’s why she plunged to her death. It was her only choice to protect her daughter’s existence as a hybrid and her future from Greta who was set on eliminating her kind from this Earth for good.
But that scene — watching Greta slowly rip out Hayley’s heart, Hayley coming to the realization that Elijah was not there to help her, and then making the ultimate choice to die — was gut-wrenching.
As was seeing Klaus, who has really worn his heart and vulnerabilities on his sleeve this season, break down as he helplessly watched it all unfold. It added another layer of pain to an already traumatizing scene.
Hayley and Klaus may have never gotten along but that was the mother of his child.
Hope is one lucky girl because she has two parents that love her unconditonally and are/were willing to do anything for her.
Next to Hayley’s death, I’d say Elijah’s lack of interest or affection for his own flesh and blood was also tough to watch.
Much like Roman, his actions aren’t techincially his fault because he doesn’t have his memories but come on dude, that’s your family! Just the knowledge that you are hurting your own people should be enough to persuade you into saving them, not backstabbing them.
And there were moments where it seemed like he’d make a breakthrough, where he was trying to remember faces and remember how he felt about a certain person and he just couldn’t.
He’ll have to carry the guilt of single-handedly leading to Hayley’s death and enabling, not stopping it, forever.
And to add to the stinging, he told Klaus that Greta and the others were his family. The woman who probably would have killed him after she’d finished everyone else off!
Maybe it really is better if he stays blissfully unaware of his true reality at this point. How could remembering help him?
It’s comforting that Antoinette wasn’t in on her mother’s plans because that means her relationship with Elijah was genuine.
She knew her mother was a radical but sadly, she didn’t realize the extent. It was only when Roman called her that she realized she’d sent Elijah into grave danger.
I can’t help but wonder how she didn’t figure it out sooner. Since Klaus killed their whole family, it would be obvious that her mother would have a deep hatred for the Mikealson clan. It’s how she knew of Elijah, right?
And it’s no secret that her mother hated hybrids because they were an impure breed. Logically, she’d want to take out her biggest enemy.
Did she just turn a blind eye to all of it while living blissfully in Europe?
And what happens to her relationship with Elijah now? When he remembers his past, he won’t be pleased. HE killed the love of his life and betrayed his family partially due to her and now, his family and the woman he loves are at war.
Freya and Vincent didn’t serve much of a purpose other than to make the connection that Hayley’s new BF Declan was the late Camile’s cousin. The series always finds interesting ways to keep past characters alive.
Now, the question is, will they ever tell him the truth about what happened to his cousin and his girlfriend? Or will they follow Vincent’s lead and shield him from the pain that Cami inveitably suffered by becoming involved in the supernatural.
He’s not stupid and he’s already picking up on the fact that everyone is hiding something.
My only caveat with the Declan storyline is that I wish we saw more of his and Hayley’s relationship before her dissapearance. How serious were they? Did they exchange “I love you’s?”
It never dawned on me that unlike the original siblings, Freya’s time on Earth was limited. And so is Vincent’s. They are wasting away their prime years trying to help immortal souls and none of it is to their benefit. Sure, they’ll prevent a city from imploding but at the end of the day, what will they have for themselves?
They really need to clean up this mess and leave New Orleans behind for good!
Caroline is always a welcome guest-star on the series. The writers aren’t wasting any time bringing her and Klaus closer together and capitalizing on that one fling they had back in Mystic Falls.
On their way to find Hope, who “ran away” from school, Caroline indugles him about good girls falling for bad boys and how she never regretted her relationship with him.
Klaus may be a lot older than she is but she’s definitely wiser and a good guide for him as he takes on the role of worried father. It seems to me like in Hayley’s absence, she’ll be a huge part of Hope’s life.
And the way Klaus looks at her could make any woman melt. Maybe this is proof that people can change? At least slightly!
If we don’t get at least one solid relationship, especially for Klaus, who has been craving some light and love in his life for thousands of years, I’m going to be gravely disappointed.
They already ruined my fairytale ending for Elijah and Hayley which in retrospect, was doomed from the beginning.
Will Hope be the peace-keeper and the unifier of all the supernatural factions that Hayley thought she would be? Or will losing her mother push her into a dark and vengeful place?
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