Warnings: spoilers alert, salty comments. The gifs and memes aren’t mine.
The title feels like a ripoff of A Tale of Two Sisters (a Korean horror movie later getting an American remake). Coincidence?
So we’re only one episode away from the ‘Always and Forever’ end, and yet somehow they use it to introduce the setting of Legacies – the town of Mystic Fall and the Salvatore school. I’m not the only who doesn’t care about all the little TVD references (that make absolutely no sense to TO-only audience) that keep popping up in the episode, am I?
Been really a while since Marcel and Elijah share a drink. Guess that means they’ve put all the grudges behind their backs.
I know Klaus loves and cares deeply about his daughter but watching her in her sleep is kind of creepy in my humble opinion. If I were Hope, I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep if someone sat by my bed and watched me.
Obviously a problem that can’t be solved by a thousand-year-old seasoned witch equipped with an equally old grimoire can be solved by a pair of preadolescent witches. Makes a lot of sense really.
Don’t know whether I should laugh or feel sorry for Stefan Salvatore whose diary containing his deepest, darkest secrets are being put on display WITHOUT his consent. I wonder how Stefan would have felt about his dearest wife’s liberty.
It’s amazing how easy Caroline agrees to let her daughters perform the ritual. Does she not know how perilous it is to let them come in contact with ancient evil power that is known to consume or control witches? Did she forget just a few years ago the Sirens and Cade wanted to take the twins and use their siphoning power?
… And the ‘Mother of the Year’ award goes to Caroline Forbes Salvatore.
Oh hi, Alaric, (not) nice to see you. Still the old and kinda boring Alaric I remember back in TVD.
But he definitely has a lot more sense in him than his co-parenting partner.
The twins Lisie and Josie (excuse me for being able to tell which is which), well, what should I say about them? True to Hope’s words, they give off mean-girl vibes, and not in the cute way. It may be a cultural difference but their attitude would be considered disrespectful to adults, especially this is their mother they’re talking to.
And how is shortening their uniform feminist?
Since we’re talking about the twins, if my memory serves well, Siphoners have to come into physical contact with the source of power in order to siphon it – Kai, Valerie and the pair of Siphoner vampires (my sincerest apology for being unable to recall their names) all have to did it. Even young Josie and Lisie were not exception. And now you’re gonna tell me they can tele-siphon power? Wow. That’s some improvement *insert sarcastic voice*.
That’s to be expected of Julie Plec, who clearly didn’t remember the rules in her universe. Seriously you cannot just fling in new exceptions or bend old rules to serve the plot. That’s lazy writing.
All of Hope and Elijah moments are the gem in this episode. Sadly they have to wait until the second to last episode to have their uncle-niece bonding.
Like younger brother, like older brother. Elijah tips so generously that he’s probably the dream customer of every waiter and waitress.
A glimpse of the afterlife. Huhm. Since Jackson is up there, I wonder who else is. Mikael and Cami are confirmed to appear on the series finale, so they’re certainly there. Is every supernatural creature who ever walked the earth there as well? What a crowded place, so not peaceful.
“Not the villain in my story”. Seriously Caroline?! If she truly believes that, well, she has no story at all, because this blonde vampire is neither Elena and Bonnie’s best friend nor Tyler’s ex-girlfriend. I’m so done with this rewriting the whole character just to propel a ship.
There’s a rumor going that both Klaus and Elijah will die in the season finale (and that they stake each other). While it sounds like bad news to some fan, I’m actually OK with such an ending – though I’d prefer they both survive and live on so that Hope has her father to dote on her and her uncle to share some secrets with (Elijah would be the type to be more chill with Hope dating a town than Klaus). To me, if either Klaus or Elijah died, the other brother would be devastated. It’s been proven again and again during the series that they complete each other and cannot live without the other. So if Julie really had to kill one (or more) Original(s) (we know she doesn’t have to, she just loves to), the least she could do is for them to walk side by side to the afterlife.
Most favorite thing of the episode: Hope’s ranting about the conception of the Miracle Baby and Elijah’s ‘suffering’ through it.
After praising the last episode for its plot and pacing, once again I feel that this episode is giving some filler vibes. Sure there are not one but TWO deaths in the span of 45 minutes, but let’s be honest, both perished characters haven’t stayed in the show long enough to make audience truly, deeply for them, so the audience is likely to remember them as much as they do poor Henry (who’s Henry, you ask?), whom nobody in the show talks about any more because everyone’s busy preparing for Mardi Gras.
It sounds cruel but true.
Poor Vincent can’t catch a breath in this damned city. Really, he can join Elijah on the suffering train. Why can’t Vincent allowed happiness and love?
Speaking of Elijah, first it’s Hope who blames him for Hayley’s death (which she herself also played a not-so-small part in if we are being honest), and then its Declan who blames him to have broken Hayley’s heart. I have to roll my eyes pretty hard here. Dude, you hardly knows him at all, and I don’t imagine Hayley sat down and poured her heart to Declan about her and Elijah’s past. This whole guilt tripping is NOT funny in the least.
Hey, I’m watching this show for family love and bonds, not domestic violence. No matter the reason, Hope’s beating her uncle (who loves her and sacrificed a lot for her) is NOT OK at all.
Something about Hope just screams off in this episode, and it’s not because she’s battling the Hollow. It’s Danielle’s acting. While her acting is hardly phenomenal (based on her performance as Hope so far), in this episode she seems to be trying too hard to act and ends up unnatural. Her scene with Klaus where Hope says she’s not ready to forgive Elijah is the hardest to stomach. Hope has never gotten on my nerves before but now she does.
Nope, not looking forward to Hope’s show at all. I’d rather watch Charmed.
I am not the only one who thinks the purist vampire plotline is thin and unnecessarily dragging, am I? No, they are not as powerful and that big of a threat to our characters. Elijah, Klaus or Marcel could have just wiped them out and be done with it. None of them wants to avenge Hayley?!
So Marcel’s threat “No head garden, just your heads” is as empty as the Hollow’s heart. I thought he wanted to be the king of New Orleans. Kings don’t just threaten, they act.
The purist vampires have a witch to do astral projection but said witch doesn’t make daylight rings? PLOT HOLES!
How many episodes has Freya not kicked any butts or simply done some magic?
Though I’m no Freelin shipper and genuinely unexcited about their engagement, it appears to be the only spot of light in this episode.
Most favorite thing of the episode: the song played when Ivy gets poisoned.
It seems I’m a bit late in watching the episode (just watched it yesterday) so here’re a couple of my thoughts regarding the fifth episode of the final season.
Warnings: spoilery, rant-y and disjointed. Inappropriate jokes and salty comments. The gifs aren’t mine.
Where should I begin?
Ah, it genuinely surprises me Greta turns out to be the mastermind behind Hayley’s abduction. I thought she was merely a guest star, who’s been there as a (small and insignificant) voice of contempt. It’s even a bigger surprise that she gives herself up so easily, and that Klaus and Marcel can be too lenient and careless in dealing with a potential threat, not to mention a crucial lead in finding Hayley. No chains, no binding spell, no dark object to restraint her movement or to keep other vampires (Josh) from entering the dungeon and aiding her to escape, just bleeding her wrist and driving a nail through her hand, not event cutting her throat to speed up the bleeding?? Like that’s enough to subdue a vampire with decades under her arms. Seriously people.
And Greta beats the ever loving crap out of Josh and walks out the dungeon like a boss. Yeah, didn’t see that coming at all. She just walks out of it, spotted by none and pretty much fine even without the daylight ring.
And why the hell does Marcel allow Josh to enter?
And why Greta has to beat Josh to a pulp while she only needs to snap his neck? Does she harbor any personal grudge against this bar-owning junior vampire?
That is serious dumb writing. But what should I expect from the one who majorly messed up The Vampire Diaries’ seasons 5-8?!
Anyway, Josh should learn something from this lesson. Being too naive and trusting in this world of TO only earns him a lot of broken bones and bruises.
Good thing he’s the writers’ favorite so his armor is thick enough to protect him from Greta’s fiery fists.
This August character reminds me of someone. I wonder who that is.
A German (vampire) turns out to be a fascist. I must say “Positively cliché”.
What did the wolves do to offend him anyway?
Is this a reference to Twilight?
I never actually liked Roman’s character before but I didn’t hate him either. However, after his breaking and entering, my neutral attitude towards him just goes straight to negative. Invading people’s privacy is a serious offense. If I were Hope, I’d snap his neck, strip him to his underwear and hang him in the schoolyard like a piece of undergarment being aired.
And it’s no surprise he’s the bad boy, possibly carrying a whole ‘your Daddy killed my Daddy’ vendetta. Don’t it just break Hope’s heart when she finds out? Our little tribid girl deserves better than having her first sweetheart use and betray her.
Is Roman’s August’s real son? And Antoinette also? Or were they adopted. Antoinette did say something about her being stoned to death.
Since Roman’s involved with Hayley’s kidnap (and maybe Henry’s death), does that mean spoilers win and Hayley’s going to die in the sixth episode?
The whole binding Hope’s wolf nature with Esther’s spell is kinda bullshit. Back in The Vampire Diaries, it requires a human Doppelganger’s blood (Elena’s blood) as the essential element to the ritual and now just Hope’s blood will suffice?? Supposed Hope’s blood were somehow equivalent to Elena’s blood (because at this point she’s the only Doppelganger left alive), there’d the matter of unbinding. The original unbinding of Klaus required a Doppelganger’s blood, so according to that logic, Freya only needs Hope’s blood to unbind her werewolf side? If that’s the case, what’s the point in binding anyway?
But, again, it’s Julie Plec and her fuck-logic tendency, what do I expect?
Most favorite thing of the episode: The song when it’s revealed Roman is Greta’s son and Antoinette’s brother.
Warnings: spoiler alert, inappropriate jokes and comments. I just write down the thoughts in my head so please excuse me if they are disjointed.
I find the lack of Kol, Rebekah and Elijah, you know, the other Originals, quite saddening. Something big is happening in New Orleans and we don’t get to see Rebekah’s and Kol’s reaction?! Isn’t it Kol who told Hope if something big happened, they’d come back? By ‘they’ he meant only Klaus?
Moreover I really need an update on Kol’s and Rebekah’s recent activities (other than turning down Marcel’s proposal and eating papaya with Davina). Come on, this is the final season; shouldn’t they get more screentime?
Klaus’s effort put in finding Hayley is really admirable. No one finds his missing daughter’s mom like Klaus *imitates Gaston’s voice*.
On the other hand, the wolves look awfully comfy preparing for the carnival season than looking for their Alpha. Guess upholding the Mardi Gras tradition is more important than their Alpha’s safety. Weird.
Or is it because they only care about their Alpha as much as they say? Where’s the pack spirit?
As this point, it’s getting more and more likely Hayley may die in the sixth episode.
We may have these formulas:
+Klaus + Elijah = high success rate (how they dealt with Tristan, Lucien…)
+Klaus + Marcel = rise of dictatorship
Why? Because Klaus and Elijah are two sides of the same coin while Klaus and Marcel are one side of a coin.
That doesn’t mean I’m against the Klaus-Marcel team-up. There’s certain amusement in watching them bullying ordering people around.
In a show where the death ratio is a few/episode, Josh lives surprisingly long for a side character, not to mention he seems to get more screentime *whispers* more than actual Originals like Kol, Rebekah and Elijah. Good job, Josh. Hope to still see you around in the show finale.
Josh even outlives some main characters *cough* Cami and possibly Hayley *cough*
I’m not the only one to think if Colette and David had been a bit smarter they wouldn’t have bitten the dust, right? What I mean is if Colette had altered the barrier spell and locked themselves in then Klaus wouldn’t have been able to enter and kill them, would he?
Or they could have gotten themselves out sooner, when Marcel was with him. Bad time is just bad.
Is this an effing Twilight reference???
Why am I having a hunch the future spinoff Legacies is gonna be a second Vampire Diaries/Twilight?
Am still pretty conflicted about that spinoff. Not a big fan of shows focusing on teens in general and Alaric in specific.
Here comes our episode-y dose of Klelijah.
The more I watch, the more I find Roman suspicious. He might have already found out Hope’s true identity when he sneaked in Alaric’s office. Besides, the Mikaelsons are notorious in the supernatural world; shouldn’t their address in New Orleans is common knowledge. Then Roman only needed to put two and two together.
Klaus “I just killed one of your friends but hey I’m asking nicely so you should help me” Mikaelson. If he needs someone to cast some spells, shouldn’t he call Freya?
I was right about Henry’s murderer(s) targeting hybrids. What I don’t get is their purpose. Hybrids, or crossbreeds – including Hope, are incredibly rare to begin with, and two of them are already unkillable, so what’s the point in taunting them?
Most favorite thing of the episode: The song played when the witches and wolves bury their fallen friends and the vampires give up their rings.
Warnings: spoilers galore, inappropriate jokes and comments. Some memes aren’t mine.
If I had to pick a word from the episode to describe, I’d choose Freya’s “suffocated”. The episode feels suffocating with very emotional scenes (Klaus and Hope, Freya and Keelin) and a feeling of dread threading throughout the entire length, but it’s the good kind of “suffocated” so I can bear through it without complain. Here’re my (bulleted and disjointed) thoughts on the episode:
So, it actually rains blood in (all over) New Orleans, not just the spot where Vincent’s sitting, wearing a cool hat and writing something only he knows. Guess it’s quite a burden to street cleaners having to clean up the blood on the streets.
Why is Vincent the only one concerned about the blood rain while the vampires, wolves and witches make no comment?! Seriously they’re supernatural beings living in a city notorious for black magic and yet they believe it’s only a freaky weather phenomenon?
Klaus’s back at the compound and that Freya-Klaus hug is the very first union we’ve got to see. More, please. I long for the day the whole family can sit in the living and the sky doesn’t rain blood nor the snakes slither everywhere.
A flashback of little Hope using magic to find her dad in compromising situation. Nobody warns the little girl wherever her Dad (or any of her relative for that matter) goes, things tend to get R-rated. Though it’s a bit early but it’s best she learn the many facets of her dad.
I still don’t like the way Marcel just strolls back to the city and declares himself king (again). It’s the 21st century, democracy rules!
Seems to be his only vice to me; otherwise he’s cool, especially how he handles the Henry situation. “Nobody hurts kids.”
I don’t know if I should feel flattered or creeped out when my crush finds out my address and pays me a surprise visit through the window. Apparently Hope doesn’t mind as she had a kinda warped sense of normalcy.
Why do vampires have to go to school? My question has remained unanswered since the day TVD. Just ask Stefan what he actually learnt at school when he was swept away by all the supernatural events.
I guess since Hope’s a teenager, her intended romantic interest should be (or look) teenager and even better, go to the same school as her. If Roman were a vampire around her dad’s age look-wise, many would boo.
One thing immediately gives out Roman’s real age is that he doesn’t ask for Hope’s house’s wifi password to kill his time on social media while waiting for her to return. Instead he gives himself a tour of the house. That doesn’t look suspicious at all.
Oh, a mention of Aurora. I thought they had forgotten about her existence. Seems like the Mikaelsons don’t know what to do with her and neither do the writers.
The Trinity’s storyline was so, so poorly handled. At least give Aurora an ending.
Hope seems to have inherited her dad’s dark sense of humor. Bonus point: Roman actually looks shocked.
Why do I have a feeling things might take a turn for the worse with this Ivy seer? Last time we had a seer (Lucien’s seer), she dropped dead after a few episodes.
Hope puts a spell on her mother to get her dad’s attention. Like father, like daughter. She even got a nice coffin for Hayley.
Oh, doesn’t that sound like a bad omen? I’ve kept a skeptical view on the spoilers all over the internet that Hayley’s gonna die but there’re already signs of it.
It’s real shame an actress who’s been on the show since the very beginning can’t make it to the every end.
Who- or whatever has attacked and taken Hayley and kills Henry later seems to be focus on hybrids. Who’s the next target? Klaus?
And, I was right about Henry. He didn’t survive until the third episode. The “introducing new characters only to kill them off after a few episodes before viewers get to know them” is really an awful plague.
I’m scared for Antoinette, whom I’ve taken a liking to before she even gets on screen. Just have a feeling her personality will match Elijah’s.
Snake coming out of mouth? OK, that sounds familiar. Yeah, American Horror Story: Coven (whose setting is coincidently New Orleans) has done that. I wonder if it’s related to voodoo.
Most favorite thing of the episode: Freya’s crystal balls puns
Warnings: spoilers (but I guess by this time most viewers have already watched the season finale), inappropriate jokes, careless language, messing up the order of events
Let me begin by saying that I’m not OK with the season finale, much less with the fact that it was intended to be the series finale. It’s emotional, yes. It’s heart-wrenching, yes. It concludes the story in some way but still leaves the door open for future possibilities, yes. Putting them aside, there’re several things that I’m not OK with.
I’m not OK with the way things are crammed into a 40-something-min episode while it should have been two-hour long. As a result, it seems rather rushed and even some crucial scenes are cut off (I’m talking about the Marcel-Vincent and Marcel-Josh scenes that are in the stills but ain’t in the episode.)
I’m not OK with the way the Hollow is subdued so easily as if she was a mere joke (what? Pixie dust in the face?!). I expected a more epic and an extensive show of her powers combined with Hope’s. Should have been something massive right? But she just… what? Resurrected Dominic (only to be killed some screen time later – Hello Dominic. Goodbye Dominic.), a few light bulbs, sent a few sparks and… that’s it.
I’m not OK with way the Hollow’s followers are destroyed so quickly and effortlessly. They’re all witches for God’s sake; they’re not even putting a little fight, all lambs waiting to be baked. Geez.
I’m not OK with the siblings not having proper farewell to one another (except Klelijah and Freybekah – sort of). Should have given them more screen time since they’re supposed to be separate always and forever.
I’m not OK with Klaus having been away from his daughter for five fucking years, only to be with her for a few short weeks before having to stay away from her for another decade.
I’m not OK with Hope and Klaus not having a proper goodbye. Damn it, if the man’s not going to see his daughter for ten years at least let him hold her and kiss her.
I’m not OK with this being the series finale. They cannot start a series with “Family is power” and end it with the family disintegrated. It’s disrespectful to fans who’ve fallen in love with “Always and forever” and stayed with this series even though at times it ripped our hearts in two. They’d better fix it in the next season. How about a grown up Hope find and smash the Hollow piece inside each sibling so the family can be together again.
Ten years is a long time. I’m gonna miss Vincent.
I’m not OK with the episode spending a significant portion of screen time angsting over Freya’s turning and then not actually doing it. I guess it’s necessary to cement Freya and Keelin’s relationship but can they shorten it a little so there’s more for whichever I’ve mentioned above.
I’m not OK with Hayley sending Hope to the Salvatore school. Firstly, as I’ve mentioned in my earlier rants, there’s currently no legitimate witch at that school and we shall not pretend that Alaric and Caroline have sufficient knowledge regarding magic. Secondly, sending Hope there for safety is a marvelous idea because Mystic Falls is the safest place on earth, where just happened to have Hell’s gate, cannibalistic sirens, not to mention the ‘Devil’ himself. And let’s not forget for the span of eight seasons Mystic Falls has been a beacon for supernatural mayhems. Yup, utterly, totally safe.
I still don’t care about Alaric and Caroline.
I’m not OK with Elijah’s forgetting his memories of his family. That’s like erasing the very core of his existence – a way of killing him without killing him. Seriously, do the writers hate Elijah so much not only did they kill him and wipe out his entire sire line now they have to erase his memories?! I’m all for Elijah to be happy and free from burdens and to find peace but imho, true peace has to be realized by the individual themself, like they’ve either vanquished or made peace with their demons and come to terms with their condition, not by magical memory wiping. It’s picking the easy and lazy way, which is a method that shouldn’t be employed by any dignified writers.
I’m not OK with how in the end, Klaus’s worst fear is realized. He’s utterly alone, without his family or his soulmate. And this is how the writers intended to end the series. Why must they torment Klaus so? What has he done to invoke their wrath?
I’m not OK… actually I’m OK with Haylijah They were doomed the moment Plec made that ‘feminist’ statement. Now that Elijah has pretty much forgotten about Hayley, let’s hope he finds a (or a few) new love interest(s) and maybe create a new sire line.
I’m low-key not OK with Marcel nor learning that his adopted daughter has come back to life and nobody bothers to fill him on it. Not even Davina. At least give him a call, will you?
Now, onto the things that I find OK about this season finale:
At least the unnecessary love triangle between Rebekah-Marcel-Sofya officially ends. I was low-key hoping for a threesome but am actually glad Marcel chooses to be with Bex.
Kol and Davina have their happy ending with neither of them getting killed again. Now if Kol’s engaged to Davina, things can get a bit awkward since Bex is with Marcel (engaged, likely?), since y’know, Kol and Bex are siblings while Marcel and Davina are father and adopted daughter. Nope, totally not weird.
Elijah’s thriving in his new career as a musician playing in a bar for tips. Although it’s not genuine peace he’s enjoying, seeing him indulging his hobby gives me a smile.
Looks like I’m contradicting myself here. Can’t help it. I’m contradictory by nature.
The sheer amount of Klelijah in this season finale makes my Klelijah heart nearly burst out of my chest. Every line, every gesture between them is beautifully heart-wrenching. It hurts, but in the fantastic way, to see your ship both doomed and propelled by the writers. Doomed in a sense that they’re not allowed to be in the same room again and Elijah’s taken drastic measures so he will not instinctively run to Klaus. Doomed in a sense that he does not even recognize his little brother to whom he’s basically dedicated his whole life. Propelled in a sense that despite Vincent’s warning, it’s Klaus that runs to Elijah just to see if his beloved brother is doing OK. Propelled in a sense that this episode was meant to be the conclusion of the whole series and of all the various relationships in this show, they chose to end it with a beautifully crafted Klelijah Not Klamille, not Klayley or Haylijah or any other romantic ships, it’s this ship that is endgame. It comes a full circle that in the pilot, Elijah came to look for Klaus and in the finale, Klaus finds Elijah. And that smile. My words will not do that smile justice.
Since this is the last rant for this season (don’t know if I’m gonna do a weekly rant for season 5), let’s go over a few plus and minus things:
“I will carry you with me” promise realized
Mentions of Cami throughout the season and Klaus’s reaction
Hayley’s full wolf form
Freya getting a love interest
Hope as a little girl who is “7, not stupid”
Hope’s interactions with Hayley, Klaus, Marcel, Freya
Hope doing magic
Davina’s resurrection. Funny that both she and Kol have died and been brought back to life twice.
Origin story of the Werewolf curse
A decent villain who poses a constant threat to our ‘heroes’ (and manages to kill one of them), whose defeat requires the heroes to brush aside their differences and unite to fight against her
The season only has 13 episodes.
Klaus still not showing his full wolf form. Come on, how long do we have to wait?
Freya’s love plot is bordering on Stockholm Syndrome and seems a bit rushed (like they thought it was the last season and had only 13 episodes so they had to speed things up).
Lack of interaction between Hope and Elijah as well as between Hope and Rebekah while the former was the first one to fight for her life and the latter took care of her during her eight first months
Decent as she may be, the Hollow lacks the charisma to be a great and memorable villain. True to her name, she’s rather ‘hollow’ in terms of personality – or let’s say she has no personality whatsoever. She also has no clear motive aside from wanting more powers (for what purpose?). Moreover, she seems to be a bit overrated by Vincent’s constant warnings that she’ll destroy New Orleans (and the world for that matter) when resurrected but when it does happen, she just goes around wrecking some (minor) havoc like killing a bunch of witches and then dying.
The untied plot thread involving Eva and Vincent’s unborn child. It is introduced in third episode as a potentially important plot thread and never mentioned again after that.
Unnecessary ties to The Vampire Diaries
Elijah’s death and the eradication of his entire sire line
Elijah’s magic-induced amnesia. Elena Gilbert anyone?
Elijah’s treatment in overall, which is steadily becoming Stefan-esque
The end of “Always and Forever”
Hope and Hayley moving to Mystic Falls
Haylijah We all know what the real reason is.
Where’s Aurora? What happened to her? At least give us some conclusion about her fate.
Warnings: spoilers, inappropriate jokes, careless language, messing up the order of events
Is there anyone else who is surprised that this season only has 13 episodes? I remember reading somewhere before that there would be 16 episodes. Where have the three episodes gone?
On a slightly note, I’ve just learned that Michael Narducci will leave the show after this season, giving full rein to the capable hand of Julie Plec. Given the mess that The Vampire Diaries became, this is by no means positive news. The best I can hope for is the fifth season of The Originals won’t turn into the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries, which, as far as I’m concerned, is an enormous fall from which the show never ever recovered.
But that remains to be seen in the future. For now, let us give a big applaud to Daniel Gillies’ successful directorial debut. I think this is my favorite episode of this season so far.
Mostly because its focus is Elijah’s storyline, his Red Door and the fabled Beast lurking behind, all of which have been postponed for two seasons. Let’s say all of these aren’t a disappointment.
I especially the look of the all-white seemingly endless corridor. Maybe it’s just me but I find all-white places far creepier than dark, dimly-lit places. It probably has something to do with the color white being associated with death in some cultures. Perhaps they had that in mind when they designed this corridor as representation of Elijah’s mind to highlight the grim fact that death follows his each and every footstep.
All in all, the white corridor is very aesthetically pleasing. And the all-white aspect is a beautiful contrast to the ones that set foot in it, namely Freya, Hayley, Hope and later, Elijah (or rather, step out of the door).
Kinda makes me wonder how Finn’s mind would have looked like. What color would have represented his psyche?
Anw, let’s get back to the episode first.
From the screencaps on Tumblr, I almost thought we got to see flashback of Bex in the 80s. Maybe it’s just me but her red dress and hairstyle kinda gives off the 80s vibes.
She looks good btw, as she always does. And she’s ready for some fun with a random guy…
… who happens to be a vampire from Elijah’s bloodline and has a heart attack right after having a little make out session with Bex. Rude (I mean the guy).
This is pretty much a confirmation of Tristan’s fate if there were any doubts after the ninth episode.
Forever bitter I’ve never got to see his transformation into a vampire and Elijah’s exact motive to turn someone he deemed dangerous and lunatic. He could just grabbed any random guy to pose as himself to complete the Klaus-Rebekah-Elijah trio – they were all compelled and who cared if they weren’t real siblings – and compelled the human Tristan to jump off the cliff or something. Yet Elijah just had to give Tristan his blood. His reason for doing so is as enigmatic as how the Trinity managed to elude Mikael despite being baby vamps.
Anw, back to present.
Kol and Bex are quick to deduce what happened to their brother and they’re immediately flying back to Nola.
Klaus’s still pushing Freya to resurrect Elijah while Freya gives him a medical, or shall I say orthopedic, analogy as explanation. Does this have anything to do the fact that her girlfriend is an orthopedist?
While waiting for Rebekah and Kol to catch a taxi home, Klaus spends some minutes giving Klelijah shippers a beautiful speech that ends with a heartbreaking note “I’m so sorry, my brother.”
And then, that Klebekah.
The Klaus-Rebekah-Kol squad. Hearts will be ripped and blood will flow. That much we can expect.
Alas, this squad doesn’t last long because Kol’s gotta find the Harvest Girls for a chance to contact Davina.
Why does everyone, including Klaus, have to keep repeating that Elijah killed those four girls? Yes, it was terrible. Yes, it was cruel. Yes, it was inhuman. But it wasn’t anything new at all. At least Klaus of all people should understand this (is the “murdered in cold blood” absolutely necessary?).
At the same time everyone has to keep forgetting that those girls weren’t Harvest Girls to begin with; they weren’t chosen since there were no elders and the Ancestors simply were disconnected. Ironically it was Elijah who ‘chose’ them and now they’re having the title and powers of Harvest Girls to brag about whenever they are onscreen. It’s getting a bit boring.
Not trying to justifying Elijah’s act here, just looking at both sides of the matter, which the characters kinda forget to.
Dunno whether to praise Marcel for his gallant chivalry or his naivety that he could take on a 1500-year-old likely-to-be-immortal super evil witch. Remember the last time that creepy witch dude wiped the floor with him?
Naturally Marcel fails big. Better luck next time.
So big question: who’s in possession of the dagger that can kill Marcel?
Kinda surprised the big bad Hollow just lets him take a nap right there and does nothing to him while she threatened to build her kingdom upon his ashes before.
This Hollow girl is probably the first villain in the entire TVD and TO universe to have absolute nothing for viewers to sympathize with. The name truly befits her.
Even her motives are unclear. Vincent was rightfully terrified by the prospect that once resurrected, she would burn the city to the ground (for what?). So far she hasn’t burned anything, just strolling around the city in fancy footwear making flowers withered and killing her own followers or lurking in the cemetery. Huh?
Maybe deep down she’s still a teenage girl who wanna have fun. Next she might even want to go to school just so she can be in the cheerleading squad and attend the Homecoming ball.
Freya’s got to witness a merry moment of her younger siblings. Such a rare sight to see Kol joke and throw stuff playfully at Elijah. And of course Klaus just has to bring snack to the dinner table.
Lucky for Freya she doesn’t open a door that stores some of her little brother’s more… mature memories with his lovers over the years (Katherine, Celeste…). That would be really awkward.
The entire episode could be dubbed ‘The Trip Down Memory Lane’ instead.
Have to strongly disagree with Hayley here. The person who’s closest to Elijah should be Klaus as they’ve been by each other’s side since the very beginning and they’ve seen the best and the darkest aspects of each other. Hayley’s been with him for about seven years and she has yet to see everything that makes Elijah Elijah, the evidence being she has no idea about the existence of the Red Door and the Beast. If it had been Klaus who was sent into the pendant, the outcome would have been vastly different as he would not have run, he would not have been shaken to the core facing the Beast and he would have been strong enough to fight this manifestation of Elijah’s darkness. But since Klaus has to hunt the rose bushes, poor Hayley has to suffer by the hand of the Beast before once again Hope saves the day.
Although the Haylijah ship has hit a rather bulky rock, on the bright side it’s a necessary challenge and development of their relationship. No relationship, I believe, can be deemed healthy and strong if the partners have not seen each other at their best and their worst.
Both Phoebe and Daniel deliver this heartbreaking sequence really well. While Phoebe’s done a great job in portraying Hayley’s terror and despair at being assaulted by the darkest version of the man she so loves, whom she fails to reach and wake, Daniel nails the Beast’s mute malevolence. There’s something as beautiful as it is unsettling in the Beast’s serene expression and his absolute silence in contrast with the atrocities he’s been committing.
Can we perhaps think of this Beast as a humanity-off Elijah? We’ve never seen an Original switch his or her emotions so this is the closest to that.
Elijah looks so lonely here.
In hindsight the whole entering-Elijah’s-mind could be a perfect opportunity for the writers to tie the knots with Tristan’s storyline by showing the scene where Elijah turned Tristan and compelled the Trinity to become the Mikaelsons – something we’ve been deprived of since forever – instead of showing two scenes from the first season.
Hearing Klaus praising Elijah once again moves my little Klelijah heart. Elijah may not truly be the best of them but Klaus certainly thinks he is.
Still, it probably takes a while for his reassuring words to sink in Hayley’s scarred heart.
I’m a little disappointed in Kol for being ready to leave the city. Family’s crisis aside, he gives up too soon. The Harvest Girls give him a witch headache, sure; they also break his neck and take his stuff, sure, but come on, he’s a Mikaelson who has gone through death twice; shouldn’t he be a little more adamant in his will to see and speak to Davina?
Of course, the Hollow brings Davina back with a catch. Having gone through Klaus’s mind, she should have known better than to link herself to Davina; didn’t the last time Freya and Elijah sacrifice Davina in order to defeat their foe? The history may just repeat itself.
The Hollow can be considered the Mikaelsons’ in-law, can’t she?
Wait, does that mean the Hollow is mortal?! As in killable?!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Warnings: spoilers, inappropriate jokes, careless language, messing up the order of events
Once upon a time, a princess was born. She was the hope of her papi and mami as well her tribes. So the Witchy Godmother bestowed her with many magical gifts so she would grow up to be a proud, beautiful and powerful girl, no, witch. As time passed, she grew up happily to be…
Anyone’s reminded of this?
… the Hollow. Or Idahu, as we viewers finally learn her name. Or, alternatively, one crazy bitch…
… with nice hair. As nice as sixth-century hair treatment could manage.
With great power comes great insanity, apparently. Or great bitchiness.
And no, she wasn’t abused by her parents, her elders or her peers. She was evil because she was ‘born this way’.
Bitchiness in my blood indeed.
Thus it’s the origin story we need in order to sort of figure out what, or who, the season’s big bad is, which is told through the lovely and familiar voice of Davina Claire…
… who has come back-ish. It remains to be seen whether she’ll stick around.
Didn’t the Ancestors tear her to shreds?! How come her juju is still so strong? Then what’s the point for bashing Freya and Elijah for the past year?
She seems pretty fine actually.
Oh Alaric. Do I miss ye? Let me check. Huhm. No I don’t. Nope. Not even a bit.
As a matter of fact I don’t miss anyone from Mystic Falls. At all.
Crossovers aren’t that necessary and it confuses the hell out of non-TVD viewers.
Guess he’s needed for the bone…
… which is swiftly taken by Hollow-possessed Sofya.
The Hollow is a much more intimidating and threatening villain than the so-called Devil in TVD.
I’m puzzled as how a vampire body can use magic. Does possession work that way?
So if Sofya’s killed, will the Hollow die with her or just be expelled from her body?
Moreover, can the Hollow be killed? Like, torn to shreds, eradicated from this world and whatever worlds beyond? Davina seems pretty certain she can’t be destroyed, hence her intention to sacrifice Klaus. But can she be killed by using her own bones? Using one’s own bones to kill one is a familiar device used repeatedly in TVD and TO, for instance Dahlia was killed by combining soil from her homeland and ashes of her oppressors; Cade and Katherine were killed by their own bones.
Either way Sofya’s life is hanging on a thread. I just don’t see her surviving the season at all.
And so is Elijah’s life, after he’s stabbed by Hollow-Sofya.
I’m getting a lot of Stefan vibes here, from the guilt, the self-hate, the low self-worth, right to the ‘sacrifice my life and my love so that my brother can live happily with his girl’. I will be sad, but not surprised if they kill Elijah in the similar manner they did Stefan. After all they probably didn’t expect to have the fifth season.
Maybe not in the next episode but perhaps the season finale, they might kill Elijah. There’s always a dear price to pay to defeat their enemies; that’s the Mikaelson way and at the end of the day, it’s most likely their way that succeeds in defeating their enemies. This show is cruel like that. Sometimes I wonder why I am torturing myself and watching it.
The future can’t be predicted as I’m not on the writing board of this show. Hope for the best, expect the worst, as a wise man once said. For now I’m happy that Hayley isn’t Caroline and she won’t sit still and just accept her man’s self-sacrifice.
Cue some golden Haylijah They do need to work through their issues first if there will ever be a happy ending for them.
On the other hand, it’s nice to have Hayley and Klaus worrying about each other. Hope needs both parents.
“I’ll compel them to the priesthood.” This line tho.
It’s actually worse than dead. Ruthless Klaus.
I don’t see Davina as being painted as a villain here although others may disagree. She isn’t vengeful; she’s just very determined to put the Hollow back to her cage, no matter what it takes. I guess in that light she’s very much similar to Freya and Elijah. Perhaps that’s why she doesn’t seem to be holding a grudge.
Still, why does it have to Klaus? I hate to say this but Elijah practically offers himself up to be the sacrifice.
Hope’s saving the day is awesome! She blows Davina away with one blast of sheer energy, no need for spells.
Hopes definitely the key to destroying the Hollow bitch.
The moments between Hayley and Hope and Marcel and ghost-Davina are touching and sweet, or bittersweet in Marcel and Davina’s case.
The music during Marcel & Davina scene.
Really, Klaus compels a sweetshop to make treats for his daughter? The perks of having a vampire dad. I wonder if he ever did the same to young Marcellus centuries ago.
And a simple, platonic mention of Caroline and barely any reaction from Klaus sends a certain community of shippers spiraling into enthrallment. Predictable much?
Where’s Freya and Keelin this episode? Off to their love nest perhaps?
The Werewolf Origin story is nice too.
Definitely better origin story than this:
One thing before end, does Elijah’s suit really cost 9,000 dollars or does he just make a joke??
Filthy rich guy.
Looking forward to the next episode and prepare myself for saying goodbye to gorgeous Taylor Cole – have a feeling she won’t likely make it to the tenth episode.
Warnings: Spoilers, careless language, inappropriate jokes, messing up the order of events
First, congratulations to Charles Michael Davis for his successful directorial debut. The episode definitely lives up its predecessors’ standard. Looking forward to Daniel Gillies’ episode.
Second, I can totally imagine the Ancestors throwing their heads back and laughing their dead asses off in the Ancestral Realm. “You blew the link but now you need us or the Hollow’s gonna blow all your asses straight to Hell.”
Wait, Hell was already destroyed in TVD!
As usual, “no bloodshed in the house where my daughter sleeps and plays” will no doubt end up in a lot of bloodshed at the end of the episode, say the writers of TO probably.
“Perhaps I’ll go out for dinner”. All these bloody jokes never go old, don’t they?
But Klaus is grounded although it’s Elijah who kinda caused a ruckus last time. Life simply isn’t fair. Not that I’m complaining.
Guess at least one Original has to stay home and protect the family.
Freya’s hair’s looking fine af. Riley’s so gorgeous she’s got to have a different hairstyle each episode.
And guess who she runs into? Surprise, surprise, it’s Dominic who should be ashes in the furnace. New Orleans, or the French Quarter to be more specific, is really small isn’t it, since our characters keep ‘conveniently’ running into one another.
They also have about one bar to hang out, the Russeud’s, and that’s where Freya finds Josh.
Now I wonder what Freya’s original plan for the day was before stumbling across Dominic. Scourging the city for the Hollow’s followers?
What I don’t get is why Freya has to embark on this mission of destroying evil minion Dominic alone. Elijah’s having his own affair but can’t she just take Hayley with her? They already have Klaus to guard the house and Hayley’s far more capable partner than Josh in terms of fighting and defending Freya if Dominic tries something funny (which he does, eventually). Plus, she doesn’t have to shoo Hayley away as she does Josh.
Maybe it’s in the actor’s contract or something.
In this episode we have two most powerful witches making two enormous mistakes: Freya to let her emotions get the best of her and throw Dominic out of the circle and Vincent to treat such a crucial item (Sacrificial Knife) in such careless manner – no cloaking, no protection spell and not even hiding it somewhere safer. While Freya can be excused for her growing affection for Keelin, there’s no reason for Vincent to practically tell Elijah what the blade is used for and just leave it there for Elijah to take. It’s not like he has only known Elijah for a day and has no idea what the Original is capable of.
So, either Elijah has rock-hard, unwavering faith in Vincent’s juju or he’s a sociopath, which is no surprise I guess, given that he hasn’t been human for more than a millennium. Either way he’s getting more hate for slitting those four girls’ throats.
Love him or hate him, you cannot deny what he does, he does it for his family.
At least Elijah’s act is still better than Damon’s snapping Jeremy’s neck not knowing Jeremy was wearing the Gilbert resurrection ring.
I read a comment somewhere that says this season’s Elijah has no chill because he has given all his chill to Klaus. Kinda agree.
On the other hand, the Ancestors are really mean, aren’t they? They hate Elijah, fine; they hate Vincent for helping Elijah (and not because he sorta blew up the link and had been shaking hands with Marcel for the last five years), also fine. But they are not going to resurrect the girls, who are, like, their own children?!
Meanwhile Klaus’s venting his frustration of being trapped in the house by hammering the jawbone, which doesn’t even leave a scratch. It’s high time we called an exorcist and sprayed it with holy water.
The Klayley conversations. I don’t and will never ship them as romantic partners; I ship Klaus and Hayley as partners who have each other’s back and trust each other to do right by their child.
“No one protected ours.”
“I see no evidence that your uncle Elijah doesn’t sleep here hanging upside down.”
Not sure if Klaus is calling Elijah a bat or Dracula. Either way it makes no difference right?
The way Klaus lies about the blood on his hands being paint is touching. Still, he does realize his daughter is part-wolf and has wolf senses right and probably knows the smell of paints, doesn’t he?
Because she’s “seven, not stupid”.
She even figures out on her own that the man in the basement was the boy living in the attic.
Cue brother-sister bonding moment we’ve been waiting for.
Since Hope trusts Marcel’s words about family sticking with one another, that means she acknowledges him as her family, specifically her brother, right?
But Hope is really strong isn’t she? She hasn’t learned any proper spells and yet she’s able to break Freya’s binding and cloaking one. And fast too.
I imagine Freya must have laid a stronger spell.
Klaus’s hybrid face tho.
Klaus vs. Dominic battle. Klaus: 1, Dominic: -1 (head).
Hayley’s framing her dad’s photo and hugging Hope in sleep.
The Freelin Can’t say I’m excited about them or shipping them (have given up shipping game with this show long, long time ago) but I’m fine with them being together and hope neither of them, mostly Keelin, will fall victim to ‘Bury Your Gay’ trope.
The little Freylijah moment near the end.
Is it just me or the Hollow’s voice sounds a lot like Davina’s, just a bit more child-like? And its, or her, CGI face kind of looks like Davina’s too. This leads to a question whether Davina should be trusted or whether she is an ally or not. Maybe when she was ripped to shreds by the Ancestors, she somehow ended up at the same place with the Hollow and they made a deal.
Well that remains to be seen.
Looking forward to the next episode, where dear old Alaric will make pay Nola a visit. The idea of Hope going to Alaric and Caroline’s school has been circulating around the fandom for a while but I don’t see Klaus or Hayley ready to part with their littlest wolf because that is a boarding school and there’s some distance between the A rmory and New Orleans.