After the fulfilling end of The Vampire Diaries, it’s nice to see some familiar werewolf- vampire faces with the return of The Originals. (Took them long enough right?)
When the episode kicks off, we fast forward 5 years from where we left off. It almost seems like the writers intentionally kept us waiting so long so we would be able to relate more to the characters including Hayley, who has been raising Hope all by herself this whole time. Oh yeah and Hope’s obviously no longer a toddler, she’s a vibrant red-head who really wants to meet her family, including Klaus, who is being kept chained up in New Orleans by his dear old friend Marcelus, New Orleans’ new leader.
So in case you forgot where we left off, here’s a quick recap – Freya linked the lives of all the siblings to Klaus and they’ve all just been floating around in some alternate dream world. Klaus sacrificed himself to save all his siblings and Marcel put Papa Tunde’s knife into him. Remember how painful that looked? Poor dude.
So Hayley’s task while they were all in la-la-land (hopefully with Ryan and Emma) was to find cures for their bites and all the ingredients to wake them up from their slumbers, which is what she’s been doing this whole time. No one has seen her since the Mikealson’s were put down and obviously she’d like to keep it that way because she has a huge target on her back since Alistair figured out that no one from Elijah or Rebekah’s sire line was dying, which meant that they were somehow still alive. If the thoery proved to be true, that mean that Hayley was trying to wake them, something no one wanted to happen.
New Orleans was doing fairly well without the Originals. It was peaceful; all the witches and vampires were getting along. But when out of towners started showing up to upset the peace, it became quite an issue… especially with Alistair, who was hellbent on getting his hands on Klaus and inflicting the same kind of suffering as he did on his family.
So Marcel has quite the problem on his hands and he definitely needs a plan. He advises Vincent to keep the witches out of the streets while he deals with the “rogue vamps” and then heads to the deserted Mikealson compound to ask Klaus for some “advice” on how to handle this Alistair. A frail and weak Klaus exchanges information for a sip of blood, informing Marcel to attack his pride.
Unfortunately, Klaus’s advice doesn’t work and that’s exactly what he wanted. Look, he might be imprisoned but he’s still a rotten to the core human who only does something when it benefits him. Marcel was peeved when Alistair challenged him, revealing his theory that all the Originals are still alive and linked to Klaus. To prove it, he wants Klaus’s blood, which he can then use to kill all of Mikealsons, including little baby Hope.
Now Marcel is evil but not that evil. He’s also not feeling some strange British dude coming into HIS TOWN and telling him what to do with his prisoner. I mean, he caught Klaus Mikealson – that’s his victory and no one elses. So he comes up with his own plan, telling Alistair to meet him at the compound. With a little help from Vincent, they “leaders” are able to create a boundary spell and bring out prisoner Klaus. Marcel hands him a sword with his venom on it, which can kill Klaus and Alistair accepts the challenge. Except everyone still underestimates Klaus and he takes his first opportunity to rip into Alistair and his men. That bite had to hurt.
Just like that, Marcel has proved that it is his city, Klaus is his prisoner and he will do with him as he pleases. As for why he hasn’t killed him – he keeps hisaround for his blood, just in case he ever needs to cure a werewolf bite. The plan is enough to mask the fact that in reality, Marcel is not ready to lose his best friend, no matter how much he hates him. Klaus knows that telling him “I am the source of the approval you seek.” Bold words for a prisoner but I’d have to agree with him. Marcel has always looked up to Klaus, taken notes and lessons from Klaus, tried to be better, stronger. When Klaus tells him he’s “weak,” he inserts Tunde’s blade back in and Klaus falls to the ground.
Meanwhile, Hayley leaves Hope with Mary while she goes to track down the last ingredient – a member from the seventh pack. When she arrives in Austin, she quickly tracks down Keelin, who seems to have put away the life of a werewolf until threatened. Still, she can’t outrun a hybrid and when Hayley hears Alistair’s men, she puts the gas on things.
At a secret warehouse, she uses Keelin’s venom and makes the potion that successful wakes Freya up. She immediately begins working on the spell to wake the remaining family members but guess what – they have COMPANY. Alistair’s men have literally been tasked with hunting down Hayley so her job now is to distract them and give Freya time to work her magic, literally.
One by one, Hayley takes down the men before going full wolf on them. After transforming back, she’s left standing naked in the warehouse when suddenly, ELIJAH walks up behind her and being the gentleman that he is, puts a blanket over her body. Can you say BEST entrance ever? After their epic kiss, they agree to go save Klaus so that Hope can finally meet her mom.
Things are a little more bleak for Keelin who didn’t actually get to go home after helping out Hope. Instead, she became Freya’s new prisoner because like she said “I do anything for family.” And who knows, maybe she’ll need more of her venom to save her family when they once again get bit by Marcel – he’s unpredictable.
The cliffhanger however came when Maxine – the hot momma witch – contacted Vincent about her missing son, Adam. Marcel mentioned that his people saw dark magic marks appearing around town but we didn’t think anything of it until we see Adam wandering into an abandoned home and looking at the serpent sigil. Anyone getting Harry Potter vibes here? Suddenly, he sees a bright light and screams out.
We then see Hope wake up from a bad dream back at home and realize she’s been drawing that same serpent sigil over and over again in her coloring book. But what does it mean? Why is she connected? The red hair definitely gives witch vibes but what could the sigil be representing?
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Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’
If you’ve been waiting for the day where Klaus Mikealson strolls back into Mystic Falls to pay his daughter, Hope Mikealson, and the Salvatore School — which he helped fund — a visit, well, don’t get your hopes up.
The first two seasons of Legacies have given us some grade-A guest stars from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals including Aunt Freya (Riley Voekel), Kai Parker (Chris Wood), and Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig). We even briefly saw Lizzie and Josie Saltzman’s birth mother Josette (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe).
But as for baddie Klaus Mikealson, the man who brought him to life, Joseph Morgan, doesn’t think he’ll ever reprise his role again.
And turns out, he has a really good reason!
TV Guide caught up with the actor to talk about his Peacock show, Brave New World, and when asked about guest starring on The CW teen drama, he bluntly and rapidly shut down the possibility.
“No never, never. You’re never going to see it.” Morgan said. “You can hold your breath as long as you want. You know why? I have The Originals box set on my shelf, and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s five DVD sets that are a complete story from beginning to end of this guy, Klaus Mikaelson — well, starting back in The Vampire Diaries Season 2. So I just feel like to come back as a ghost or a flashback or something, for me, that journey, that story has ended. That’s the complete story, and it just doesn’t feel right to me to do that.”
As much as we’d like to see Klaus in the flesh again, you have to admit that’s a satisfactory answer. It shows that Morgan cares enough about the character not to reprise him without a purpose or taint his legacy.
Klaus Mikealson’s story came to a fitting end in the series finale of The Originals when he redeemed himself for the greater good and sacrificed himself alongside his brother Elijah to save his daughter. Since then, Hope has carried on his legacy; his memory lives on as she mentions him pretty often and channels what he taught her to protect her friends and fight off a plethora of demons and monsters.
Morgan added that he felt like series creator Julie Plec understood where he was coming from.
“I think Julie [Plec] feels the same. It just feels like it would be strange, like a little forced,” Morgan continued. “Like I’m coming back just so we can see something else of him, but when we see it we go, ‘Ugh, that was it?’ And I don’t want his legacy to be, ‘Ugh.’ I don’t know what the scene could be that it would be exciting enough and epic enough after the journey that he’s had.”
Morgan may get a pass, but Candace Accola surely doesn’t. We’d love to see her reprise her role of Caroline Forbes considering she’s raising two daughters with Alaric but has yet to pay them a visit or help out with the school! Don’t let us down, Caroline!
The fact that she is still alive in the supernatural world and has such close ties to Mystic Falls but yet never comes to visit doesn’t paint her in a great light!
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The Originals’ Claire Holt Welcomes First Child With Husband Andrew
Welcome, James Holt Joblon!
Claire Holt and husband Andrew Joblon welcomed their first child together.
The Originals actress shared a picture of her little man on Instagram writing, “Everything they say is true. There is no love like it.”
In the photo, James is wrapped in a hospital blanket and peacefully sleeping in his momma’s arms.
Pregnancy has been a difficult journey for Holt who suffered a miscarriage and underwent a consequent dilation and curettage procedure just seven months before she became pregnant with James.
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As I inch closer to my due date, I often find myself reflecting on the incredible capacity of the female body. I cannot believe that I’ve created, nourished and housed a little human! It hasn’t been an easy process – I’ve cried many tears and cursed my aching body countless times. However, I have never loved or respected myself more than I do now. This #internationalwomensday is a particularly meaningful one for me. I am truly in awe of all those who have taken the journey of motherhood before me, and I feel so excited to be joining their ranks. I’m also reminded of the incredible strength that women possess, which extends far beyond having children. Every day I see examples of kind women, passionate women, intelligent women, driven women. I am endlessly inspired by ladies I know and love as well as by those I’ve never even met. Thank you to all the women in my life – and to women everywhere – for never ceasing to amaze me.
In October, she announced her pregnancy writing:
“My heart is bursting. I’m so happy to share with you that we are having a baby! It still doesn’t feel real. These past few months have been filled with excitement, anxiety, tears, joy, uncertainty but most of all gratitude,” she wrote alongside the pregnancy announcement.
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My heart is bursting. I’m so happy to share with you that we are having a baby! It still doesn’t feel real. These past few months have been filled with excitement, anxiety, tears, joy, uncertainty but most of all gratitude. You never forget the deep pain of loss. It dims with time but it informs many of your experiences. Our loss earlier this year was the darkest moment of my life. Yet, it made me infinitely more thankful for the precious baby growing inside me today. I want to take a moment to acknowledge all those struggling with miscarriage, infertility or any of the difficulties that come with bringing new life into the world. I know that these announcements can hurt. I’ve felt it all. My heart is with you and I pray that our story gives you hope. Thank you all so much for your love and support – I can’t wait to share this journey with you.
She also reflected on the miscarriage writing, “You never forget the deep pain of loss. It dims with time but it informs many of your experiences.”
We’re so happy for Claire and Andrew!
Sending congrats and love to the family!
Legacies – Mombie Dearest (1×06)
Alaric has faced dragons, gargoyles and dryads, but the most threatening and terrifying monster was his late bride.
No, not because Jo herself was scary but because whatever resurrected her was hoping to use human emotion to pry the knife from Ric.
Of course, Ric is a vampire hunter with years of experience under his belt so, despite the jarring visual of his late fiancee standing in front of him in her still-bloody wedding dress, he didn’t fall for it immediately.
I’m proud to say he initially pointed a crossbow at “that thing” before slowly warming up to the idea that maybe it was really Jo.
However, at no point did Ric let his guard down because he knew that eventually, the true monster would come to light.
And boy, the zombie did.
The zombie knew that there was no way it could fool Ric so it latched onto Josie, the twin most interested in connecting with her birth mother on her 16th birthday.
Josie, who is named after Jo, was drawn to her birth mother because as she mentioned, she’s never found much of herself in Caroline.
That isn’t to say that she doesn’t love her mom, but Lizzie has always been more like Caroline, which us OG TVD fans can attest to.
Thankfully, we also know that Caroline grew out of the insecure, mean-girl shenanigans so there’s hope for Lizzie. More on that later.
Sadly, Jo’s bonding time with her mother ended with her getting buried alive. Not ideal by any means, but at least her friends Penelope, Hope and M.J all came to the rescue.
They fought through what looked like an episode of The Walking Dead before M.J could hear Josie’s screams and dig her up.
Thankfully, she was wearing Hope’s necklace, one that makes quiet things loud.
It’s poetic actually to see how many people want to help Josie free herself from Lizzie’s shadow.
Despite Penelope’s toxic attitude, she really does have Josie’s best interests at heart and seeing how she almost lost her, the two reconnected romantically.
What does that mean for Rafael?
As for Lizzie, she needs a major attitude adjustment.
Yes, seeing your birth mother in the flesh may come as a surprise but her hostility was not necessary.
Admittedly, she was being protective in order not to get hurt, but there’s nothing to blame or hate your “bio mom” for. It’s not like she wanted to die and never be a part of your life!
Secondly, everyone is right — she’s a terrible sister.
Lizzie takes Josie for granted which was more noticeable on this episode than ever before.
Her only priority is herself; she wanted to get the guy, she wanted to be happy, and Josie was only deserving of the “consolation prize.”
She didn’t even notice Josie was missing from the party until Rafael hurt her by telling her that he wasn’t interested in a relationship with her despite their hook-up from the previous night.
And only after she felt hurt did she even notice her sister never showed up to the party!
With the Gemini Curse creeping up on them on their 22 birthday, these two really have to find some common ground otherwise Josie doesn’t stand a chance next to the dominant twin.
I know Penelope wanted to prove to MJ that Lizzie was a terrible person but until Rafael showed up, it seems like she was really going to give MJ a chance.
Unfortunately, it’s because of girls like her that the good guys never win. MJ was so smitten with her, he knew everything about her down to her favorite song yet she still chose the “good looks” over the guy who went above and beyond to treat her like a princess.
Now that Rafael was honest with her, she’ll likely pursue MJ, but I sincerely hope he treats her the same way she’s been treating him.
Thank u, next!
I’m glad Rafael had a heart-to-heart with Hope and admitted that he wasn’t completely over his girlfriend’s death.
It was a bit concerning that he just fell for Josie instead of mourning his girlfriend. However, his hook-up with Lizzie and his desire to “be there” for her now makes more sense.
He’s trying to ease his guilt.
Their friendship is surprising but when Landon’s personal life comes into play, specifically his connection to the knife, Rafael will be a good contact for Hope.
You could probably tell from my reviews that I haven’t really been too keen on Legacies. I just couldn’t get into it because it was lacking the magic that both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals had.
They say it usually takes about four full episodes to really fall in love with a show. Mombie Dearest was the one that changed things for me.
It’s the most fun I’ve had watching an episode which I think mainly stems from the fact that it evoked so many of the emotions I’ve felt while watching the Vampire Diaries.
I was crying the same way I used to back in season one.
It could be because there were so many references to the sister shows — Jo, Caroline, the curse, Stefan Salvatore, the debutant ball, Hope’s aunt — but this episode just had the Mystic Falls vibe. The friendships are falling into place, the characters are being fleshed out and the main story-arc is promising.
I knew it was impossible for Jo to stay especially because she’s a witch who believes in the natural order of things, but I so hoped they’d find a way to keep her around.
It would have added so much to the show.
It was also hard to say goodbye to her again. I can’t imagine having to do that shortly after meeting your biological mom, but at least Josie and Lizzie got the opportunity.
As for Ric, it was definitely heartbreaking to see him lose Jo again, but the moment provided the closure he never had. After sixteen years, he was able to let her go knowing she was in a better place.
And I’m obviously still holding out for Caroline’s return. She’s bound to make a few visits considering, as we predicted, she’s traveling the world in hopes of finding the cure to break the Gemini Curse.
I wonder when they’ll tell the twins about that.
And if the knife possibly has something to do with it!
What are your thought on “Mombie Dearest?” Are you Team Josie or Team Lizzie?
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