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‘The Originals’ Review: Sacrificing Innocence

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Is anyone else a little disappointed in the Mikaelson family after the latest episode of The Originals?

For beings that have walked the earth for more than 1,000 years, they never seem to learn their lesson. Ancient evil? Not the easiest thing in the world to kill.

(Unless of course there’s a random thorn lying around to take out an Original).

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“A Spirit Here that Won’t Be Broken” put the all-powerful Hollow in the position to destroy the Mikaelson family in the worst way imaginable: through Hope.

But before we get to that, we need to talk about everything else that went down during the packed hour (side note: where were episodes like this one a month ago when nothing happened?).

Kol opted to betray his family in order to save Davina’s life. Cue the surprised faces of those around him. Although, he did have a valid point: Davina’s dead because the family screwed her (including Kol, who, let’s not forget, actually killed her), so maybe he should have asked for help in the first place?

(I know, I know—not how TV works).

And, to be fair to Kol, he did tell the littlest Mikaelson the truth about why he needed her witch powers. That should count for something (especially the cute conversation over her being well-adjusted).

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On the other hand, I could have done without Kol using Klaus’ love for Cami as a bargaining chip. Not because it worked; obviously it worked. However, it will remain offensive (always and forever), that Cami had to die to make Klaus a better person. Constantly bringing it up makes me want to throw things at my TV.

Hope completed the spell and Davina survived! After a heartwarming reunion with Josh (she heard him talking to her all the time!), Davina and Kol skipped town. Are they really getting a happy ending? Or does this seem a little too easy and convenient? Does anyone on The Originals ever get a happy ending?

Speaking of, I think those of us who’ve shipped Hayley and Elijah can see the writing on the wall at this point. The one in big red letters that screams, “DANGER AHEAD!” Because even though Hayley risked her life to make sure Elijah returned to the land of the living, she opted not to be there when he woke up.

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As I said last week, I’m not blaming Hayley for this at all. What happened behind the red door traumatized her. Possibly to the point that it will forever taint her love for Elijah. And knowing Elijah, he’d be the first one to accept that. How often did he warn her away from him or insist he wasn’t a good man?

The Hollow also used Jackson to manipulate and torture Hayley (who more than earned that case of beer she took to the bayou). After she killed the Hollow (or at least the body it used), Mama Wolf needed reflection time. While she admitted that she, too, is a monster, she knows Hope’s not. And she wants to make sure she doesn’t ever become one. What’s the brave thing Hayley wants to do?

My guess: send Hope away. Likely to Alaric and Caroline’s school where she’ll be around other supernatural children. But what Hayley and the others don’t know yet is that the Hollow was one step ahead of them. She somehow transferred her spirit into Hope’s body.

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In other news: Freya continued to worry Keelin would die if she remained close to her. Probably a safe bet given the history of Mikaelson family love interests. Then again, Hayley, Marcel, and Davina have all died and lived to tell the tale so she might be okay. It’s only Cami who’s dead forever (and YES I AM BITTER).

Rebekah and Marcel showed more chemistry than they have since season one while trapped together by Kol’s dark objects. Their banter was on point and they literally blew up a house to get away from each other. They earned that kiss. I hate seeing Rebekah sad, even when she’s being catty AF about Sonya Sofya. But Marcel makes a valid point. Their love story always ends the same way: with her leaving him behind.

(Unless Claire Holt’s planning a surprise contract status change for Season Five, what’s the point of getting invested)?

Two more episodes to go…

About the author

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.