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The Originals – Where You Left Your Heart (5×01)

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It’s the beginning of the end and for longtime fans of The Originals, and it’s such a bittersweet feeling.

After such a long hiatus — seven years have gone by — it feels really good to see these familiar faces again.

Seven years and the damned Hollow’s curse is still threatening “always and forever.”

The Mikealson’s have all managed to keep their distance from each other offering Hope a real shot at this thing called life.

But you know these siblings can’t actually stay away from each other and like Kol said, eventually, something is going to bring them back to New Orleans.

That something is definitely Hope who upon just got suspended from the Salvator Boarding School after selling vials of her blood to some werewolf named Henry Benoit.

How did beyond brilliant hope become a blood dealer?

Anyways, Henry isn’t exactly discreet and jumps out of a window at school which turns him into a hybrid, one of only three in the world.

Hayley is understandably upset with Hope, who doesn’t really understand the severity of her actions. Her intentions were in the right place as she thought she was helping an outcast fit in but in reality, Henry is now more ostracized than ever.

The incident also disturbs the peace in town which Hayley, Vincent, Freya and Josh have worked so tirelessly and reignites the longstanding feud between the witches, wolves and vampires.

Related: The Originals Final Season: Everything We Know So Far

A hybrid is now considered a threat and after he accidentally snaps and kills a vampire, they all want him neutralized.

Hayley tries to convince them that she’ll teach him to be tame just like she is but her plea isn’t convincing.

Adding insult to injury, Hope was doing all of this to save up money to go to Europe and find her deadbeat dad. Now, that’s a pretty unfair title for Klaus considering he’s been staying away for a reason, though, it isn’t completely unreasonable as he’s made a conscious choice to ignore his teenage daughter completely; a daughter who really needs a father.

Caroline, who paid Klaus a little visit at Hayley’s request, remains a no-nonsense figure in his life and was absolutely right when she told him his daddy issues about Mikeal were a stupid reason to push his own daughter away. It seriously happened like thousands of year ago, get over it!

And despite the tension between them, it was really nice to see them in a scene together again. It almost felt like time had frozen. When she told him “I happen to think you’re someone worth knowing,” I felt my whole body tingle. This ship is really going to sail by the end, isn’t it?

Caroline also called Klaus out on the rumors that have been swirling around that he’d gone mad. He wanted people to think that the big, bad Klaus was off his rocker because it was easier but in fact, all of his kills were completely calculated. Turns out, he was eliminating all of his enemies for Elijah who wouldn’t recognize them under the compulsion. Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever heard? Klaus does have a soul, deep down inside!

Watching the siblings live their separate lives was definitely quite the change.

Rebekah and Marcel were going strong in New York which was almost hard to believe considering how flawed their relationship has always been.

At first, it seemed like they were actually in a better place than we thought with Marcel getting down on one knee and proposing to the love of his life. And almost immediately, the cracks in their foundation began to show.

Marcel has seemingly wanted to make things official for a while now and I’d agree, he has been patient and waited while the Mikealson’s dealt with their “issues.” He’s also stayed by Rebekah’s side even when he’s been on the outs with her brothers. He deserves to be put first for a change, unfortunately, she wasn’t able to make such a big commitment without her family around.

When Marcel finally gave her the ultimatum — be at City Hall tomorrow or we’re over, it was obvious that she was going to bail like she always had and he would plan a glorious return to New Orleans, the city he was never able to fully let go off.

Even though both Klaus and Rebekah knew the consequences were grave, they still went to France to check-up on their brother. This whole time, he’s been in Europe playing lounges, blissfully unaware of the familial drama or that he can’t see his siblings because of a curse.

For the first time, Elijah looks happy and it’s actually refreshing to see; he’s no longer plagued by all the guilt and the need to have control over everything.

When bad things happen, they always occur in threes much to Freya’s dismay. Something tells me, she isn’t going to see Keelin anytime soon, even if her “relationship” is on the line. Her role in this family is to simply fix the problems that they all get themselves in. And rightfully so as she’s the only one with magic strong enough to overcome the Hollow. Although, if she hasn’t figured it out in seven years, it doesn’t seem promising. Hopefully, Keelin can hold out for a little bit longer!

Too much troubling stuff is happening in the city. Not only has the curse been enacted because the siblings were in such close proximity to each other, they had to also deal with the hybrids and finally, Hayley went missing.

What attacked her in that alleyway? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this was all Hope’s master plan. When she spoke with Kol, he mentioned that something would bring them all back so she decided to take matters into her own hands and create a situation that would undoubtedly draw Klaus back. He wasn’t going to let this curse keep him away from his loved ones any longer.

And if his baby girl was in danger, he’d obviously need to return. Clearly, Hayley never stressed the consequences of the Hollow’s curse to Hope.

So that brings Klaus and Marcel both back to New Orleans. Rebekah will probably return to fix things with Marcel, but how will Elijah find his way back home?

And how will they finally destroy the Hollow and reunite the family?

They really weren’t joking… when it rains, it pours, blood particularly.

Other Thoughts

  • Davina and Kol are married and going strong! He mentioned she was eating ice-cream and my first thought was that she was pregnant! Little Kol’s would be adorable!
  • Hayley has a new Irish boyfriend, but he’s not of the supernatural kind so she basically can’t let him in fully. Given all that’s going on with her family, it doesn’t seem like this relationship has much of a shot. I also don’t trust the guy.
  • Hope was definitely crushing on some guy at boarding school so hopefully, we’ll find out a bit more about her life there.
  • Elijah has an American accent!

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The Originals – We Have Not Long to Love (5×09)

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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

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The Originals – The Kindness of Strangers (5×08)

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The Originals The Kindness of Strangers

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?

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The Originals – God’s Gonna Trouble the Water (5×07)

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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.

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