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‘The Originals’ Review: 5 Key Moments from ‘The Casket Girls’

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It was time to return to New Orleans and see what our favorite vampires were up to after The Originals’ holiday hiatus. “The Casket Girls” opened with a voiceover from Rebekah as she explained the celebration and how it might as well be in her honor.

The narration was accompanied by flashbacks to the actual events from way back in the day and Rebekah got to play hero and save innocent girls from a terrible fate. The moral of the story (and the episode) is that Rebekah Mikaelson remains the best and no one should ever forget that.

Unfortunately, Klaus remains the worst. Are we supposed to be rooting for him? I will root for Joseph Morgan’s fantastic acting, but I have no use for Klaus at this point. I rooted for him more on The Vampire Diaries when he was torturing my beloved Stefan and he was supposed to be the bad guy there. I’m honestly not sure what his purpose is now. How many times do we have to watch him drive everyone away?

Before we get into the best parts of the episode, let’s talk about a few honorable mentions that just missed the list: Elijah and Marcel teaming up together even though they don’t like each other. I loved Elijah telling Marcel not to give up on Davina (like he’ll never give up on Klaus). Then there was the Elijah/Hayley dress moment (aka fangirl heaven) and Cami telling off her uncle. I like Kieran, but he had that coming. He should have been protecting her.

#5 Josh proved that he’s awesome (not that we doubted it)

I consider myself very open-minded when it comes to fictional characters. People can love them, hate them, be indifferent to them, etc. We all have different opinions and none of them are wrong because it’s fiction, not life and death. But if you watch this show every week and you don’t love Josh, I think you might be watching it wrong.

Not only does he provide comic relief, he’s one of the few people in this universe who truly puts his loved ones first. When Davina announced her intention of killing the Originals, he was conflicted because he knows that he would die too, but instead of warning her, he just told her to go for it because he wanted to help her and save her and it was awesome. Someone get this boy a daylight ring immediately.

#4 Hayley chose her family over Elijah

Anyone who spends time on social media knows that Hayley is a polarizing character. People love her or they hate her and their opinions are deep rooted. I like her a lot, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around her actions tonight. Sophie called and offered Hayley a deal: she would end the curse on her family (that keeps them in wolf form) if Hayley would find out where Elijah’s dead witch girlfriend Celeste was buried so that she could channel her power and complete the sacrifice (you know, the one where Davina has to die).

Being complicit in Davina’s death would have been bad enough and given people more ammunition for their anti-Hayley feelings. But betraying Elijah on top of it when he’s been nothing but nice to her and snooping through his journals to get the information and then acting like everything was normal? That’s not okay, Hayley. Maybe I’d feel differently if this was her family in the sense that she actually KNEW them and they weren’t just people she happened to be related to. But it seems that everyone is screwed now since…

#3 Celeste is coming back?

I have to give the show props for that ending because it’s exactly what has been missing from the series: cliffhangers that actually make me want the next episode more than I want to breathe. It turns out that in addition to drawing pictures of witches doing magic, Davina has been painting something troubling that she sees. Elijah was intrigued by the paintings and began piecing them together and they formed Celeste’s face (which Hayley instantly recognized and had an ‘OMFG, what did I do?’ moment).

Hayley tried to stop Sophie, but she was already unearthing her tomb. Now the question is will Celeste actually be back or will Sophie be channeling her? I’m intrigued by either option because it’s going to royally screw with Elijah’s head and I love that. These vampires can’t be physically hurt by much so the only way to give them real conflict is psychological and emotional torture. Bring it on, show.

#2 Davina unleashes her fury

When the episode started, Davina was systematically removing the compulsion from Cami’s mind and then she gave her vervain to drink and I wanted to applaud her because FINALLY (I’m still really annoyed that Kieran never slipped her any). Then she realized that the witches were tracking her and it was time to flee. What followed was basically a human tornado in the form of a tiny witch. She stopped the witches in the church by snapping their necks and then when she learned that Klaus had Tim, she headed home to make everyone suffer.

She started with Klaus, turning him into the beast that she saw as his natural state. That she went after Elijah for being less than honorable and made him choke on blood. Marcel was next on her hit list, but he was starting to get through to her and that’s when Rebekah came up and stabbed him with a stake so Davina wouldn’t fall for his kind words. And that leads us to…

#1 Rebekah runs the world

It’s about time. Ever since Rebekah came to NOLA, I’ve been waiting for her to get something that’s just hers and now she finally has it. After sparing Josh and helping Tim get around Klaus’ compulsion, Rebekah led Davina and her friends to the garden and showed them just how ruthless Klaus and Marcel were (and made it clear Elijah would join them). But before they could make any real progress, Klaus’ Plan B kicked in and Tim shared some poison water with Davina.

On the positive side, Marcel and Elijah were a step ahead of Klaus and Marcel had asked Sabine to cast a protection spell (thank goodness she cast one over herself too because she’s too awesome to die). So Davina got to come back to life, but Tim didn’t. Rebekah carried the devastated girl back to the house and reluctantly passed her over the Marcel. But it turns out that was all part of the plan. Davina is now Rebekah’s spy on the inside and the narration of the episode was actually Rebekah talking to Thierry. She wants to free him from the garden so he could help her ruin everyone’s life and then they can take over the quarter.

Does it get any better than Team Rebekah? No, no it does not. I’m so proud of her and I cannot wait to see her put her plan into action (bonus points for freeing the good looking vampire). Also, can we talk about the look of disappointment she shot her brother? There was no need for words. Her face said everything (Claire Holt, ladies and gentlemen. Take note).

What did you guys think? Did you enjoy watching the women take back the power? Were you sad about Tim’s death? Do you think Hayley was justified? Do you hope Celeste is back in her own form or Sophie’s? Hit the comments and share your thoughts with us!

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Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.

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  • both haylijah and hayley are gross
    like seriously do you honestly think that klayley are gonna happen? lolol i can see them being friends for the sake of their demon baby but that’s about it
    he’ll be with camille instead( and i don’t even care for her either)mark my words

  • I can understand why Hayley did it, but Elijah loved Celeste, I hope he forgives Hayley because they have super chemistry!

  • Hayley’s not dumb. She had no way of knowing some psyhco super witch was going to come back to life. Besides she’s trying to save her family.

  • There was no Klaus/Hayley scenes. This is getting ridiculous. Rebekah was awesome, Cami is still irrelevant, Marcel is still fine as hell and Haylijah is still gross. Yes, I said it. Come at me bro! ;)