The series finale of The Originals redefined “always and forever.”
And just like that, the whole Mikealson clan as we know it will be forever altered.
After I picked myself up and wiped away all the ugly crying tears, I had to take some time to make sense of it all. This isn’t how I wanted anything to end, but there is a beauty to the madness.
And to be completely honest, no ending would have been acceptable because it would have been just that — an ending.
Watching Klaus’s journey from diabolical monster to loving and selfless father has been a blessing with his brother by his side so the ending, though deeply upsetting, was the only one that made sense.
There is no Klaus without Elijah and no Elijah without Klaus. They co-exist and without each other, cease to.
Truthfully, I favored the more obvious theory that Elijah would take the Hollow’s darkness onto himself sparing his brother and giving him a chance to continue redeeming himself and watching his daughter grow up. And that, of course, would allow Elijah to get his happily ever after with Hayley.
I’m pretty sure the whole fandom is upset about the fact that Hayley and Elijah never met in the afterlife for that dance. It was teased so much, it’s actually a bit odd that Julie Plec and the writers would do a finale without it.
However, it fits into the narrative that Elijah’s soulmate was always his brother. We thought his greatest love story was Hayley but it was always Klaus and the promise of family. Family has, if you haven’t noticed, always trumped romance. Even in the afterlife, it would be them two against the world.
Klaus would be fine without his brother because he’d have Hope, but she would go on with her own life and there would be no one to keep him on the straight and narrow.
Elijah, however, couldn’t even see a future for himself without his brother. Everyone else in the group had bigger plans following the joyous funeral dinner but he simply wanted out of his misery.
I’ll agree with Klaus that saying goodbye to the Mikealsons and this whole story was not easy, especially since we’ll never see any of them again.
The writers delivered on the Caroline and Klaus front with him finally getting the chance to show her his beautiful city.
But Klaus made a fair point — if he wasn’t dying, would she have come out and taken him up on that offer? Probably not. Still, it was a beautiful moment that carried over what started on The Vampire Diaries into this world.
When fans first spotted Cami and Mikeal on the set of the final episode, I couldn’t figure out what capacity they would bring them back in.
Seeing Klaus completely inhabited by The Hollow made sense, though I felt Cami’s presence was sorely underutilized. Again, I would have loved to see them reunite in the afterlife.
She did remain the voice of reason, continuing to challenge Klaus to become the best version of himself that he could be.
Speaking of the O’Connell family, did anyone else feel like they left the story with Declan on a pretty empty note as well? He took over the human faction in the city and that’s all?
Rebekah finally decided to actively pursue her own happiness by proposing to Marcel. About time, am I right?
As always, her proposal came with a catch — she would live out the remaining 100-years (she does know those aren’t guaranteed, right) as a human because Caroline somehow scored her the cure.
Look, I’m not going to question how any of that was possible, I’m just going to celebrate that Rebekah got her hearts desire in the end.
Freya and Keelin are also on their way to happily ever after in their modern-family. Two witches and a werewolf sounds like a pretty decent spin-off if Julie Plec is looking for more ideas.
I hope in this process, Freya didn’t feel pressured to have a child simply to salvage her relationship with Keelin.
And of course, Vincent is now sticking around to be the father to a child he never thought was possible.
And lastly, Kol parted ways with everyone and presumably went back to Davina who oddly didn’t return for the final episode. You would think she’s at least be included in the final feast.
But all of this leads me to the next point — Hope is completely alone. Sure, she has her family to look after her but everyone is moving on and going after their own hopes and dreams. And she’s just orphaned at the age of 15. It seems a bit odd that this is how Julie and team wanted to end things.
She singlehandedly was able to accomplish what Elijah never could with Klaus and then she still lost him. I would be one pissed off teenager especially if my father never actually had to die.
She’s also the reason he openly admitted his love for his family and acknowledged that without them, he wouldn’t have survived all these years. I wish we got to spend a little more time with this version of Klaus. I think this might be the first time we ever actually saw him laugh.
So just like that, five seasons of The Originals came to an end and the demise of the two most powerful and untouchable Mikeaslon vampires came at the hands of themselves in the same spot this whole journey kicked off in the first place. It’s actually quite poetic to know that this whole time, they were each others undoing.
And the episode title, “When the Saints Go Marching In” was a fitting touch as the theme song of New Orleans is commonly played at funerals… this one being the ultimate funeral the city has ever seen.
Thoughts? Are you upset we didn’t get that Haylijah scene? Do you think they both should have died? Will Hope still have the support of the rest of the family or will they be too busy?
The Originals – The Tale of Two Wolves (5×12)
All roads back to Mystic Falls.
I can’t even put into words how happy I was to be “home” again. To walk those streets again, grab milkshakes at the Mystic Falls Grill and wreak havoc during the charity car wash. I half expected Hope to follow in Bonnie’s footsteps and light a car on fire but freezing it until the windows blew out was also satisfying.
And best of all, to see brothers fight in the Salvatore family room — a room that has seen way too much brotherly anguish over the years.
The episode is how adults must feel watching their children grow up and go through the motions. It was a homecoming chock-full of nostalgia but also, with a hint of sadness as we remembered those who weren’t around to see all of it, Stefan being one of them. His diary got a nice shoutout from Hope, who claims to have memorized it by now, and Katherine’s painting found a permanent place on display near the villain’s section. Oh, the good days.
In a way, this episode was an extension of the TVD series finale. When that episode aired, they sped things up to show Elena and Damon in the afterlife. But in this timeline, it seems that Elena Salvatore — yes, she married Damon — is very much alive and running her own medical practice. Even Bonnie is mentioned as a possible solution for Hope’s Hollow problem, though they deem she’s not as strong as the siphon twins who as Klaus puts it, were literally born to do this kind of spell. He’s not wrong you know.
Also, can we just rejoice about the fact that we finally met Caroline and Alaric’s twins as young adults? I’ve been waiting for them to play some kind of role in all of this. And they were just what I imagined — a perfect blend of Caroline. One was an intelligent little feminist, the other was the more girly and spirited, and they both knew how to get exactly what they wanted out of a simple favor.
Caroline has always had a weak spot for the blonde-haired, blue-eyed monster which is something Alaric always had trouble accepting. Seeing them together, raising the twins actually made me sad. There’s a part of Ric that always yearned for Caroline’s love and though she agreed to raise these daughters with him, their relationship was always platonic. Aside from Stefan, her other great love has always been Klaus.
Now, Klaus gets a lot of flack from fans who think their relationship is out of character but when you think about it, nothing makes more sense. Caroline always had a thing for the bad boys, but she liked the bad boys who could be redeemed. She fell for Klaus because despite what his reputation was, she always saw the good and light in him. And that good was on full display when he asked her for help saving Hope.
After Caroline agrees, Alaric comes in cross bow’s blazing because he still doesn’t trust that Klaus around his daughters or that he’ll keep his word. “How many times have we tried to sink him in the bottom of the Atlantic,” he asks a naive Caroline. Sadly, he has a point. And while I understand that Alaric doesn’t want to go back down that road again, this just isn’t the character I remember — the one that was best friends with Damon.
And it’s unfair to Klaus who is doing everything in his power to save his own daughter with his only hope being his own death.
Klaus may have started off as a villain, but his character arc has been inspiring and beautiful to watch. He’s gone from being selfish to selfless and this ask is one that will ultimately kill him and save his daughter. How can you stand there and tell the man who has come full-circle that you won’t help him? That you’ll let his daughter die? That your daughters are more important?
“We’ve defied the inevitable for thousands of years, I’m not about to surrender to it now,” Klaus states at the beginning of the episode and man, it feels like a good summary of the series.
They have gone through hell and back trying to stay alive and keep this family united. They absolutely cannot give up now, but the only solution seems to be death. That’s the only way you can destroy the Hollow for good.
Caroline is torn because, on one hand, she’s mad Klaus didn’t tell her the full extent of his plan which involves daggering himself with a white-oak stake permanently. On the other hand, she cannot be mad because this is the man she’s always wanted him to be — affectionate, caring, compassionate.
In previous episodes, I didn’t care too much about the chemistry between Klaus and Caroline. Now that this might be their final encounter, I’m seeing things a little differently, and I was really rooting for that kiss. Sadly, it was interrupted and after the spell was complete transferring the Hollow’s darkness from Hope to Klaus, she couldn’t even show up to watch him die.
There was a lot of suspense surrounding Klaus’s decision to sacrifice himself. Many people would have loved to see it happen back in the day, but now, it was bittersweet. He didn’t tell Hope about any of it because how do you tell a teenager who is about to turn into a wolf for the first time, who is on the brink of death, and who just lost her mother, that she’s going to lose a father too? Instead, he allowed her a day of happiness and then instilled some last minute wisdom before her big transition.
It was an important scene documenting just how much Hope needs Klaus in her life. Ideally, this her first transition would be accompanied by Hayley, but since she couldn’t be there, Klaus decided to help her in a way he knew Hayley would have wanted it to happen.
Compared to others turning for the first time — I’m looking at you Tyler — Hope didn’t seem to have too much of a hard time with it. Within minutes, she turned into a beautiful “little wolf” just like her mother once was. And just for a little, she was running wild and carefree.
It’s that spirit, her strength and her resilience that makes Klaus sure she will be fine without him. And we know she will be, but that doesn’t mean she should be.
It’s profound that Klaus figured he could leave her in Elijah’s capable hands. She may have forgiven him for unintentionally killing her mother, but he will never replace her father. This episode just proved he’s able to be the funny uncle that can occassionally offer some sound advice but he doesn’t really have the willpower to live without all those he’s always loved. Nor is it fair to ask this of him when he has spent so much time-saving Klaus throughout his lifetime.
When Hope said that Elijah “always protected” her father, it seemed like foreshadowing for his death. We know that Elijah is going to end up taking the Hollow’s magic and dying in an attempt to reunite with Hayley.
Not telling your daughter about your decision to sacrifice yourself is one thing, but not telling your brother is another. Obviously, Elijah figured it out and wanted it to be him. It was slightly heartbreaking that Klaus stole that from him. It was almost selfish because really, what else does Elijah have to live for?
Now, Elijah’s decision isn’t 100% selfless by any means. After Hope passed out for a little bit and saw Hayley in the afterlife where she was reunited with her parents and Jackson, she received a message for Elijah. Back in the real world, she chalked it all up to some hallucination but the message was only something that could have come from Hayley. Knowing she was still waiting on that dance from Elijah let him know that if he died, he would be reunited with his epic love.
And that’s the storyline I think most Originals fans are rooting for. So it was a damn shame that the completion of the spell put the Hollow’s darkness right inside Klaus. To make matters worse, Elijah arrive just as the transition was complete, and Klaus was getting ready to dagger himself to death. The episode ended with him exclaiming “don’t,” and we mean it Klaus, “don’t you dare.”
My guess is that Caroline will come at that moment for a final goodbye, and Elijah will reveal the “other way” that will allow him to finally find peace and reunite with his love while Klaus gets to stick around and watch his daughter grow up and become a beautiful woman. On Once Upon a Time, they always said that the villains didn’t get happy endings, but you have to wonder if they were really ever villains or if they only did what was necessary to survive and take care of their families.
I’m going with the latter in Klaus’ situation because everything he’s become was due to a dysfunctional family. He can’t leave Hope without her parents. Though I’m concerned because Legacies only features Alaric, not either of the Mikealson brothers or Caroline.
And do I even need to mention that Klaus getting a happy ending would also be finally getting the girl which would make Klaroline fans happy as well?
- Is Logan going to be Hope’s new boyfriend on Legacies?
- There is nothing cuter than Elijah being the funny uncle. When Landon called him Mr. Marshall, it was a nice little salute to Hayley. And also, we all need to take a few lessons on how to combat bullies.
- Hope’s existential crisis was one we’ve been dealing with since her birth. She’s a miracle baby, but one that was never meant to exist. How do you instill the will to live in someone that feels like the world has always been against them?
- Hearing Hope say that she killed her mother explained why she wasn’t as resentful of Elijah anymore. She’s the one that did the spell and got them in the mess in the first place so blaming anyone else just wasn’t fair. However, her mother forgave her.
- It was so sad to see that scene between mother and daughter with Hayley telling her she wouldn’t be seeing her for a long time.
The Originals – ‘Til The Day I Die (5×11)
Can someone pass the tissues? There are only a few episodes left of The Originals, and it seems like the writers are hellbent on making me cry during each one.
Klaus and Elijah both walked Freya down the aisle. Kol was the officiant. Rebekah the maid of honor. It was all too perfect.
And nothing ruined it… well, almost.
To my surprise, Keelin and Freya’s wedding was the first ever to go off without a hitch. No interruptions a la Kai at Alaric and Jo’s wedding on The Vampire Diaries. The ladies did run into some trouble of their own, namely Freya trying to pull the plug on the relationship again because of fear and using the fact that she’s a Mikealson as a valid excuse, but that’s more human than anything else we’ve ever seen.
Freya’s reaction to the “kid talk” was very frustrating, and Keelin’s reaction was legitimate — she’s stuck around and given Freya so many chances and so much time to figure it out. After she finally says she did, she decides that this isn’t something she can do and pulls the plug. Seriously?
Yes, they rushed into this wedding but Freya didn’t even give Keelin a say. Love is about compromise and if both parties agree that they are open to the idea of kids but aren’t against not having them either it shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
Thankfully, Rebekah was able to talk some sense into Freya who realized she was running away from a good, real thing on the basis of “what ifs.”
While the wedding provided some bliss to a family that has never needed it more, it was bittersweet as most things for them are. Freya was celebrating the happiest day of her life but at the same time, Klaus, Rebekah, Elijah, Kol and Davina (she’s back) were harboring a major secret — Hope is dying.
I kind of assumed that when I saw the black veins crawling up her whole body, but it was confirmed by Davina. I can’t figure out why it was necessary for Klaus to seek out help from Davina instead of asking Vincent who I would imagine would be way more powerful and more informed on all matters concerning the Hollow and its dark magic.
Given that Vincent was grieving Ivy and skipping town because he’d finally come to his senses and realized no good would ever come out of New Orleans, maybe Klaus was just trying to give him some space?
Though grieving or not, it doesn’t excuse Vincent for doing them all so dirty. He wasn’t there for his best friend on her wedding day and never informed them about cutting off the witches from the ancestral plane. When Davina tried to tap into that power to find a cure for Hope, she got blocked and lost everything including any hope of figuring this out.
As for Freya, everyone kept giving her the runaround about why they couldn’t make it to her ceremony which would be fine if Freya wasn’t the only person who always put everyone ahead of herself and her happiness. Despite what she’s going through, she always shows up. The least they could have done is be there for her. And most of them put their personal grieving aside for her except for Vincent.
The most compelling part of the episode for me was the love story that blossomed between Andrea and Elijah.
Andrea was actually Hayley who came to France to “check in” on Elijah and gain some closure.
It gave Hayley and Elijah’s relationship a new layer of depth because we realized that regardless of their personal situation, they were always destined for each other. The timing simply wasn’t right for them and you know what they say, timing’s a bitch.
Still, I think we can all agree that there is nothing more beautiful than the two of them on screen together, truly.
Though I loved seeing them together again and seeing her remember the parts about Elijah that she loved and that made her smile, it hurt cause he didn’t remember her.
When he mentioned he had a girlfriend, it stung because it meant that he had moved on. Meeting this version of Elijah and making sure he was happy allowed her to close that chapter of her life, forgive him and move on.
Ever the gentleman, with or without his memories, Elijah never even thought about cheating on Antoinette despite all the sparks flying between them. It’s noble.
Did I mention how much I hate her for ruining things between my favorite couple? Because I do.
At one point, when Hayley sent him the goodbye letter and told him to “never let go” of the “parts that fit you,” I thought he was going to run back to Antoinette, and I was dreading it. I swear, if that’s the ending we get, I’m just going to riot.
This helped us understand a little more about Elijah’s grief and why he can’t forgive himself — he could have stopped her death since he did recognize her when he walked inside that house.
Not as Hayley, of course, but as Andrea. Though he admitted that when he came in and saw her, he was overcome by anger because he thought she was just a pawn in his families game so allowing her to die was actually out of spite. And honestly, that makes it that much more painful.
On the bright side, there was a bit of foreshadowing when Hayley told him that “if we’re destined to meet each other in another life,” she wants another dance. You know that means the series is going to end with Elijah taking the Hollow’s darkness from Hope through some spell Davina, Freya and Vincent concoct. That would explain why Klaus has turned to Elijah during his time of need. He’s always looked to his brother and trusted him and in the end, his brother will make amends to Hope for killing her mother by taking her pain and saving his brother’s son — the ultimate sacrifice.
And then he’ll go off and take Hayley up on that dance. We know Hope survives considering she has her own spin-off and all.
My prediction for the finale?
Keelin and Freya will have a baby, Rebekah and Marcel will get back together since she did pretty much admit she hopes they find their way back to each other, Klaus will run the city while Hope heads back to school in Mystic Falls, and Declan will run the human faction as he was revealed to be the champion of all humans.
In a bold move, he threatened to expose all of the supernatural beings to everyone in the city.
Marcel’s initial reaction was to try to compel Declan, but obviously, he read all about vervain in Kieran’s journals. His next go-to was to knock him out and tie him up which really doesn’t give supernatural creatures a good rep.
However, Davina was able to pursue her old caretaker to approach the situation from a new angle — run the city in a way that allows the human faction to get a say. That’s the only way to honor the vampires like Josh was died in vain for “the city,” whatever that means.
Marcel is convinced but before he lets Declan just blurt out the vampires, werewolves and witches roam the French Quarter, he has to tell him everything about rules, spells, and most importantly, how to take down the demons that will most definitely come for him as the leader.
Is making New Orleans more inclusive really the solution to their violence and unrest? Maybe. I don’t know how the humans can ensure peace between creatures that are way more powerful than they are but at least they’ll have a seat at the table.
But before all of that happens, Hope has to turn for her first time and honor her werewolf side. How will the Hollow’s presence affect her werewolf gene?
What do you think? How will the series play out?
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
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