Klaus, at Katherine’s suggestion, returns to his former home of New Orleans to find a witch with ties to him. He instead finds a former protegè, named Marcel, who is ruling the city with an iron fist. Marcel has run the werewolves out of town, and has complete control over all of the witches. As Klaus continues his search, he finds that the witches who live there are trying to overthrow Marcel and that they plan to use Hayley, who is miraculously carrying a child that is Klaus’. After Elijah arrives to help out and persuades him to stay, Klaus decides to stay in New Orleans and return the city to his command with his brother by his side, and begins a plan involving Elijah and the witches to overthrow Marcel’s rule. Rebekah is offered a spot in Klaus’ new domain by Elijah, but she turns him down in favor of staying in Mystic Falls. Katherine tells Elijah he’s foolish and he should run away with er instead, but he tells her goodbye and leaves.
Back in Mystic Falls, Damon and Stefan begin extreme measures to return Elena’s humanity by imprisoning her in the basement of the Salvatore house, and later feed her blood mixed with Verlaine. The episode ends with Elena declaring that they shall see who breaks first – her or them.
It was a really strong episode, one of my favorites of the season. The bookend parts involving Elena and the Salvatore’s are a continuation of the overall plot, but it was the middle section that really mad eit brilliant. It was superbly written, vibrant, and intriguing. I hope The Originals gets picked up, or at the very least we get more episodes along a similar vein.
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