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‘The Originals’ Review: Hell Hath No Fury like a Scorned Witch

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It took me a long time to process last night’s episode of The Originals. I have to admit that I was skeptical when I kept reading interviews and tweets from the producers, writers and cast that “Apres Moi, le Déluge” would be a game changer. It’s nothing personal against any of them, but ‘game changer’ is one of those phrases that are thrown around far too freely in the television world just like the word ‘epic’.

But I am thrilled to be able to say that this was not a case of too much hype or exaggeration. Last night’s episode was EVERYTHING that I have wanted this show to be from the moment it was announced that there was a possibility of a Vampire Diaries spinoff. The episode took the characters, the setting, the plot and completely changed the dynamic and not only raised the stakes, but actually provided realistic ones that finally make the audience think that something bad could happen to our favorite characters.

The Harvest storyline was already my favorite plot of the show so far and I loved the writers found a way to tie all of the characters to the story (Cami had to sit this episode out, but she played her part last week when she worked so hard to keep Davina safe). Last week’s episode ended with everyone taking sides against Klaus and this one could have easily picked up with him continuing his bad behavior. Instead, we got to see glimpses of Klaus’ humanity and we were reminded why we root for this guy when he’s always being so terrible to those around him.

Losing Tim and being betrayed by Marcel, combined with the enormous power that was never meant for one person, began to take its toll on Davina. Her mood swings shook the house and when Rebekah tried to get her to tone it down, the young witch made it clear that she had no control. Elijah went to track down Sophie to find out what was going on, but first, Hayley had to reveal her part in Sophie’s Celeste quest. Elijah did not take it well at all and for the first time, the potential couple had real, emotional angst that didn’t come in the form of a Klaus tantrum.

Sophie warned that Davina was only going to get worse as she lost her grip on nature. There would be wind, water and eventually fire coming unless they’d let Sophie complete the Harvest. Marcel was not okay with that and neither was Rebekah, but it didn’t matter because Sophie dug up Celeste and her magic was gone from her bones. They needed another powerful witch and luckily the Originals have one chilling in their basement. Klaus and Elijah wanted to bury Esther and let the witches channel her magic. Rebekah definitely didn’t like that plan, but her brothers actually let her have a say and she realized there was no choice.

But Marcel wasn’t ready to give up on Davina so he took her from the house to try and keep her safe. There are not enough words to describe how fantastic Charles Michael Davis was in this episode and the same goes for Danielle Campbell. When Davina realized that there was no other option and she had to be sacrificed so she didn’t take everyone out with her, the two shared an emotional goodbye that was beyond heartbreaking and brave and incredibly beautiful. As Marcel carried Davina into the rain drenched cemetery with a trail of fire following behind them, the scene was haunting.

It was hard to watch as Sophie slit Davina’s neck and then asked the spirits to bring the girls back. Then she begged. But it wasn’t working. Rebekah and Hayley cried while Elijah, Klaus and Marcel watched in horror until finally Sophie broke down in tears as well. Why didn’t it work? Because the writers had the biggest, coolest twist yet planned and it was unfolding where Sabine was performing a spell of her own – except she’s not really Sabine.

Remember how Celeste’s bones didn’t have any magic? That’s because Sabine dug up Celeste a year earlier and the elder witch took possession of her. How awesome is that? And who else wants to go back and watch every Sabine scene to see if there was any clue? Or how about we just watch the scene in this episode where Elijah and Sabine talk about being in love and what it means (he was talking about her to her!). But Celeste wasn’t playing a solo game. She brought back three witches with her – the elder who performed the Harvest on Davina’s friends and two other witches who we don’t know yet, but I’m guessing they were not random choices.

Go ahead and try to digest all that while we talk about the two remaining major scenes. First, the Hayley and Elijah moment that was wonderful and awful. Hayley took Klaus’ advice and apologized to Elijah and explained that she doesn’t always think – she acts. She’s also all about living in the present and doesn’t understand why Elijah would be stuck in the past. When he wouldn’t accept her apology, she started to walk away and then he grabbed her and pulled her close and then they were going to kiss…and then he stopped! HE STOPPED IT. OMG, I’m still so upset about it (fine, it’s not the right time and angst is important, but OMG, people). Hayley wasn’t having it either and she walked away. My heart hurts, you guys…

But forget shipper angst for a moment and let’s talk about one of the greatest scenes I’ve ever watched. Marcel was devastated over losing Davina and he wasn’t in the mood for Klaus. He blamed him for not being able to keep her safe. Marcel was broken (and Davis was pulling out all of my heartstrings). Klaus grabbed his friend and told him that he understands grief – he thought Marcel was dead and he couldn’t even speak his name for years. Then he hugged him. KLAUS HUGGED MARCEL and it was everything that I never knew I wanted in life. The moment was touching and beautiful and it finally makes sense that Klaus loves him like a son because he wanted to help ease his pain.

It’s been almost 24 hours and I am still in awe of this episode. Everything about it was amazing and it left me completely speechless, something TVD has done for years and I was desperately waiting for The Originals to do the same. It happened last night and I cannot wait to see what the writers have planned for these characters next.

What did you guys think of the episode? Did it live up to your expectations? What do you think about the Sabine/Celeste twist (It’s always those laidback ones that you’ve got to watch out for)? Have you forgiven Klaus for some of his sins? Do you think Davina will be back? Who’s going to find out that Sabine is really Celeste first?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts and theories 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.

  • Georgia

    Klaus and Hayley are soul mates (trust me). Elijah and Celeste belong together. Rebekah and Marcel. The episode was good very emotional, brotp is Klaus/Marcel. They killed Davina, damn them! CELESTE IS BACK!!