[Rant] Queen Death – The Originals 4×09

Warnings: spoilers, subjective opinions, careless language, messing up the order of events

  • In the last rant, I predicted that Sofya was likely to be killed while Elijah would survive the ordeal, y’know, thinking like a conventional viewer. After watching this episode, I felt the need to grab a facehugger and slap it against my face. Repeatedly. Never have I felt so wrong and stupid in my life, like the writers had super-kicked the chair under me and I never saw it coming as my face hit the floor. Hard.

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  • Please excuse me a moment to pick up and put together my broken jaw.
  • So, in contrast to my prediction, Sofya survives whereas Elijah doesn’t. In other world, Taylor Cole’s job is secured whereas Daniel Gillies’ is put in jeopardy.

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  • Nah, just kiddin’. Elijah is not gone. His leaving the show would be a risk too big to make at this point. Technically he’s dead – not those temporary, fake deaths we’ve seen at least a dozen times before – but he isn’t gone. Freya manages to grasp his dying soul and put it in the same pendant she used to keep Finn and Hope helps confirm that he is still in there. So the good news is his siblings and Hayley will stop at nothing to bring him back to life.
  • Kinda like the way Stefan was killed near the end of the fifth season and was revived later. To add to the suspense, y’know.
  • That is to say, Elijah haters, please contain your joy. You’re likely disappointed in a few next episodes.
  • Seriously, where are all the hates for Elijah coming from, aside from Davina’s matter? Some overzealous Klayley shippers?
  • (Keyword: some)
  • On the other hand, the bad news is in the tug war between Freya’s witchy power and the Hollow’s, the pendant shatters and so does Elijah’s mind. Cue Hayley’s journey into the labyrinth of the mind of her thousand-year-old immortal lover with lots of psychological issues in order to search and get said lover back. Cue the Red Door storyline we’ve been waiting since its introduction in the second season. Kinda anxious to see the fabled ‘Beast’ behind the Red Door.
  • Wait, is this the Beauty and Beast storyline?!
  • I remember writing an original story similar to this: a beautiful woman wanders into the dark corners and releases the beast, literally and figuratively.
  • Extremely curious about Hayley’s reaction when facing the Beast, a part of Elijah that she has never witnessed for herself. Will she embrace it or will it decimate their relationship?
  • On a side note, R.I.P to all Strix members. Lucky for you Hell is already burnt to crisp (kind of an irony isn’t it?).
  • Rest, dear Tristan, for your five-year torment finally comes to an end. After watching his deleted scene in the third season, I was a bit glad that he was freed from his everlasting cage.
  • Also, R.I.P to my hope of seeing Tristan onscreen ever again. Where the heck is his vampire origin storyline?
  • Forever bitter about it.
  • Poor Rory who is left all alone in this world.
  • Speaking of Rory, where is she? Will she ever come back?
  • Let’s get back to the rest of the episode.
  • Hayley wakes up and is surprised to see half of bed still perfectly made, meaning someone who is supposed to unmake it hasn’t.

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  • Hayley and Elijah are obviously sharing a bed, to no one’s surprise.
  • I find myself to be quite fond of these little domestic details.
  • Klaus’ indulging Hope’s sweet tooth in the most extravagant and Klaus-like way as possible. Don’t we love it? Of course we love it *imitating Nathan Lane’s voice*. Every second of it.
  • One of my favorite frame is Klaus’s feeding his daughter a beignet.

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  • Hope’s indeed a princess. Her parents were king and queen and her brother is now a self-proclaimed king of New Orleans.
  • Aw, Freya’s making Keelin breakfast. Didn’t know Freya could cook anything other than magic concoctions.
  • Fluffiness doesn’t last long because crazy-ass bitch Hollow has to ruin everything for everyone.
  • Wow, Vincent. He can’t seriously ask the Mikaelsons to give up on one of their own, can he? He said it himself in the second season: “When push comes to shove, always trust a Mikaelson to back another Mikaelson.”
  • I hope Vincent doesn’t let his bias cloud his judgment. He hates Elijah and has been reminding viewers of it for episode after episode, that much we know. What I wonder is whether he unconsciously allows his hatred to invade his decision making process because if it were someone else other than Elijah or a Mikaelson, he probably would try harder to find a way other than sacrifice. Does he realize that what he does, asking the Mikaelsons to give up Elijah’s life, is pretty similar to what Elijah and Freya’s did to Davina five years ago? Sacrificing one life to save others?
  • The sheer amount of Klelijah in this episode alone is enough to kill a Klelijah shipper’s heart with a heart attack ten times over, from Klaus’s offering to literally die for Elijah, Elijah’s asking for Klaus first thing when he sees Freya, to Klaus’s rage, denial and breakdown as he shouts at Freya. He had witnessed his brothers’ deaths before but not once had he broken down. He was indifferent the first time Finn died and sad the second; he was furious the first time Kol died and sad the second but he wasn’t in denial like this. It’s because of all brothers Elijah’s the most important to Klaus. “The monster in me can only be checked by the monster in you” and “Without you by my side I don’t think I can survive my own love for my daughter”.
  • Now I’ve seen some complaints about Hayley’s reaction when Elijah dies, mostly that she doesn’t express strong outbursts of emotions like she did when Jackson perished even though Elijah is her true love. I’d say the reason she hasn’t burst into tears or screamed is because she, like Klaus, is in denial. Jackson was mortal and the moment she saw Tristan’s hand going into Jackson’s chest, things were over; there was no way to save Jackson. But it’s different with Elijah in a way that Elijah could be save and Hayley was counting much on Freya’s power to wrench his soul from true death. The single tear she sheds later as realization begins to dawn on her that Elijah might be gone speaks much more of her pain than screaming or crying out loud ever could. That, in my opinion, is praise-worthy and it proves Phoebe’s acting skill has improved by each season.

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  • In fact, Klaus’s, Hayley’s and Freya’s expressions in this scene are all beautifully acted and very heart-wrenching to watch.
  • Once again, Hope’s saving the day when she helps confirm Elijah’s soul is in the broken pendant. I’m crossing my fingers for Hope to kick the Hollow’s ass in the season finale.

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  • One thing I forgot to mention in the last entry: Vincent said the Ancestors’ spell to trap the Hollow requires the life of an immortal, and a true immortal like an Original or Marcel, not a normal vampire. Then, who was that immortal that was sacrificed when the Ancestors first trapped the Hollow?
  • Vincent’s venturing into the dark side.
  • Hollow bitch is flesh and blood again. That means she can be killed now, right?

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  • Last but not least, one mention of a certain brave blond bartender has Klaus going from bitterly sarcastic to speechless. Has ‘Miss Mystic Falls’ ever managed to do that? Nope.
  • Yeah, Cami would have been proud of him but incredibly sad.

Looking forward to Kol and Bekah’s return and their reaction to Elijah’s death.

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