Remember the days when learning that Elijah was Klaus Mikaelson’s brother was a big deal? Or the time we discovered that the brothers also had a sister? And a few more brothers? Oh, and then there was the time we found out that their mother was the Original Witch, and their father was the Destroyer (also known as the vampire who hunts vampires). That was pretty fun.
But even that was only the beginning: Now there are siblings who have died and returned in new bodies (and maybe died again). There are siblings who we thought were dead but were really just taken prisoner by crazy aunts. And let’s not forget about the sibling currenlty living in a necklace.
But here’s the thing: Just when this show should feel like it’s getting too complicated, it hits it stride. Suddenly, I’m wishing there were cousins and grandparents and a secret twin for Elijah—because one is never enough. But before I spend this entire recap writing my Original family fan fiction, let’s find out more about the newest family member: Freya.
Act One: Vampires who brunch together…
We start things off in the Kingdom of Norway in 977 A.D., where an adorable baby Freya really wants her mommy. Instead, she gets a lifetime with the Wickest Witch of the West, who’s all about the bonds of family making them the strongest witches ever. Same thing, right?
Back in present day, the still-damaged Freya has a brunch invitation from none other than her brother Klaus. And considering that Rebekah just woke up to find Josephine LaRue on her doorstep accusing her of attacking two children last night, the siblings could really use Freya’s help. Don’t worry. Josephine doesn’t take Rebekah/Eva. Rather, in our (very early) Elijah Moment of the Week, Elijah elegantly steps into the confrontation between Josephine’s witches and Marcels’ vamps, and—without messing up a hair on his beautiful head—talks everyone down, promising to get to the bottom of the recent attacks. The lesson? Even Josephine can’t deny Elijah when he’s rocking a tie (and just enough facial scruff).
As for Josephine’s suspicions, well, she’s right. Rebekah/Eva attacked those kids. But Elijah is less concerned with the who of it all and more worried about how they’re going to put a stop to Eva. With that in mind, he heads to brunch to tell Klaus to set aside his whatever dastardly plan he’s been working on in regards to Freya. Turns out they might actually need Freya’s help with this one … so it’s a good thing she just showed up.
Ever the bad host, Klaus doesn’t even offer Freya a mimosa before he and Elijah start asking her to divulge all of Dahlia’s secrets. Basically, Dahlia is alive for the next year before she goes back into another century-long slumber, and she’s going to want Hope’s power for herself. Cutting to our second flashback, we watch as adorable baby Freya magically bonds with Dahlia, making the Wicked Witch so powerful that she kills an entire village—she really is related to Klaus—with the wave of her hand. Okay, so maybe she’s more impressive than Klaus.
The one sibling not invited to brunch? Finn. Well, to be fair, he’s in Freya’s necklace, but the body he left behind—Vincent—isn’t invited either. Instead, Marcel is keeping him for questioning. After informing the poor guy that a Mikaelson—and the boring one at that—invaded his body for the last nine months, Marcel asks Vincent to tell him what he knows about Eva Sinclair. More to come on that.
Act Two: Freya Explains It All
After Rebekah goes to Davina for help with the whole Eva situation, she calls Elijah and tells him that she’s on her way to brunch. But really, she passes out in the cemetery and wakes up in some sort of warehouse lot. We don’t know what happened, but it’s safe to assume some harm came to children during her blackout.
Also missing out on the festivities are the wolves, who choose to spend the day training in the bayou, where Aiden and Jackson are currently enjoying their time being manly men. There’s grunting, mud, lots of hair, and even more raw sex appeal. The two practice their moves until Aiden takes things just a bit too far—he bites his alpha. Aiden claims he’s just trying to look out of Jackson. In his mind, if Jackson doesn’t remain the strongest in the pack, someone might challenge him for the role of alpha. Vulnerability’s a bad thing. But as Hayley later reminds her hot new husband, they’re a team now. She will handle Klaus while he uses his backwoods bayou charm to remain as alpha with the wolves. Any questions?
Back at the compound (and still not enjoying mimosas—though Elijah does seem to be pretty into that tea), Freya tells Elijah all about dreadful Dahlia and her weaknesses. Apparently, she’s paranoid, obsessed with power, and she “hungers constantly for what’s been denied her—be it love or revenge.” In other words, she’s Klaus but older and with boobs. After suffering a rough childhood, Dahlia vowed never to be weak again. So in her master plan, she wanted to use her own bloodline to build a coven.
But here’s the thing: Esther ended that bloodline when she turned all her kids into vampires, which left Freya as Dahlia’s only hope. And so, in trying to keep another child from living the way she did, Freya swore off all love, vowing to never have a child of her own.
So as Elijah’s heart warms to his older sister, Klaus proves that he’s still, well, Klaus, asking Freya why she didn’t just kill herself if her life sucked so bad. Apparently, she tried, but much like her siblings, Freya is also immortal. Ah yes, those Mikaelsons: Creatures of great power, cursed for all time. But at least they’re pretty, right?
Speaking of pretty Mikaelsons, after Rebekah wakes up surrounded by warehouses, she finally makes her way to the compound, where she and Elijah convince Klaus to let Freya help. According to Freya, helping Rebekah is simple: She’ll put her to sleep and perform a spell to suppress Eva.
Not surprisingly, that answer is a bit too easy for Klaus, who’s still not buying Freya’s story. Focusing her attention on Elijah—smart girl—Freya remembers how she used to sing to him when he was still in Esther’s womb. She was “enchanted” by the prospect of his birth. (Can you imagine if she’d met him?!) She always wanted more siblings, but instead, much like her siblings, she was ruined by those who raised her. It’s a solid attempt at some common ground on Freya’s part, but Nik is done with storytime. So he snaps her neck. Welcome to the family, Freya!
NEXT: Dahlia is the worst