Tonight was the hour we’ve been waiting for all season: Dahlia arrived in New Orleans, and she did not disappoint. Not only did she make defeating Klaus and Mikael look like child’s play, but she slit Josephine’s throat with a violin bow. So there’s that.
But here’s the thing: As great as her arrival was, this episode worries me in that I’m scared that the show just made its first big mistake. In the hour’s final moments, Klaus killed Mikael. And because the Other Side no longer exists, we can only assume that this was Mikael’s official goodbye. And for me, this show has never fully used Mikael to his potential. There’s still so much left to explore with all of his children, not to mention the acting treasure that is Sebastian Roché. To finally bring him back, give him a hilarious hour teaming up with Klaus, and then kill him again makes it feel like they’re not properly utilizing neither the great character of Mikael nor the great talent of Roché.
But before we get to his death, let’s enjoy Mikael’s final hour (in present day, at least):
Act One: New Orleans, meet Dahlia
Out for an afternoon stroll with Hope, Hayley and Jackson are enjoying all that the streets of New Orleans have to offer when Hayley starts to notice that everyone seems to be watching her. And by the time a random flower man offers them a “black dahlia,” it’s evident that Dahlia’s in town and ready to play. And when Jackson’s eyes go white, Dahlia uses him as her vessel, informing Hayley and Klaus—who has shown up in a hurry—that she’s “everywhere,” and she intends to “take what is mine.” (Looking at you, Hope.)
So how did Dahlia take over Jackson? As Freya explains it, she uses proxies to spy on her enemies from afar. Thankfully, Freya has concocted a tea that will keep her out of all of their heads. But once tea time is over, they’re going to need a plan. And here’s where you see the difference between siblings: Elijah wants to create a sanctuary in which to hide. Freya wants to use Jackson to trace Dahlia’s magic back to her. And Klaus, being Klaus, wants to murder Dahlia … like, now.
With everyone carrying out their plans, Klaus heads to Davina for help. And in exchange for Kol’s ashes—she’s still determined to bring him back, bless her—she agrees to help Klaus find Mikael. Yes, you read that correctly. Klaus wants Mikael’s help. This should be fun.
Elsewhere, shirtless Josh and shirtless Aiden are enjoying all that love and shirtlessness have to offer when Klaus calls and tells Aiden to get to the compound to be his eyes and ears.
Speaking of the compound, that’s where Jackson is pitching Hayley his latest defeat-Dahlia strategy: Basically, his defeat-Dahlia strategy is more of a run-from-Dahlia strategy. He wants to take Hayley and Hope and escape to the bayou—get back on home turf, if you will. But Hayley’s hesitant.
While Hayley thinks it over, Jackson heads downstairs to allow Freya to use him to find Dahlia. But when Freya channels Rebekah to do the spell, Rebekah discovers that Dahlia is so powerful because she’s channeling Freya. Freya claims that she had no idea it was happening, but regardless, Rebekah asks her to leave.
And within minutes of being alone on the streets of New Orleans, Freya comes face-to-face with her least favorite aunt, who is as creepy as she is stunningly beautiful. I mean, she just froze an entire town by barely moving her hand. (And her hair looks great.) Yeah, I officially want to be her.
Act Two: Preparing for battle
While Elijah and Marcel get Josephine to perform a blessing on a jazz club in Algiers—thereby making it a sanctuary from anyone who wishes to do them harm—Klaus is working on that whole “the best defense is a good offense” thing. After my favorite line of the night, in which Klaus tells Davina that being Klaus Mikaelson every day “hasn’t been a picnic,” Mikael, arrives in a cab. Let me repeat: The Destroyer took a cab to New Orleans. Either he’s getting lazy or he’s just so over being the big bad tough guy.
I’m going to go with the former, because within one minute of being in Klaus’ company, he calls him a bastard and brings our “boy” count to one. At a nearby bar, Klaus—with the White Oak Stake in hand—confronts Mikael about the three ingredients they need to kill Dahlia. He knows that Mikael has them. So why don’t they team up for one final witch hunt? Mikael is resistant, but Klaus knows his audience. If they lose, Mikael can die knowing “the bastard finally got his due.” Plus, they’re both fighting for the love of a daughter, to save “the only ones who do not see us for the monsters that we truly are,” as Klaus puts it. Yep, Mikael’s in, and I’ve got my father-son dream team, teaming up to do the thing they love most: “glorious murder.”
“Boy” count update: two, as Klaus and Mikael go to Davina to help them create the perfect weapon to kill Dahlia. Combining the soil of Dahlia’s homeland with the ashes of a viking and Freya’s blood, Davina puts it all together in a knife—Mikael wouldn’t be Mikael if he didn’t have one on him—to kill Dahlia. Can I just say that I would watch Mikael and Klaus’ banter all day? Mikael making fun of Klaus’ art might be my favorite thing this season. Wait, I take it back because #shirtlessElijah happened.
Speaking of, when Elijah returns to the compound, we get our Elijah Moment of the Week. When he finds that Freya gone, he immediately stands up for his sister, because that’s the kind of loyal brother that he is. And thankfully, he’s got a plan: Marcel will transport Hayley and Hope to the sanctuary at 9 p.m., and he and Bekah will wait for Freya … but they don’t have to wait long. She quickly returns with a warning that Dahlia is going after Klaus and Mikael. And spoiler: It’s already happening.
Act Three: The battle
At a church, Klaus and Mikael are forced to fight off Dahlia’s army. It isn’t an easy battle—and it’s very bloody—but the Mikaelsons come out on top. And when Freya arrives, it gives Mikael the chance to stab Dahlia. Too bad she isn’t exactly easy to kill. In fact, she’s rather impossible to kill. Example A? When Klaus pulls his most intimidating move by flying through the air to stab her with the knife, she literally disappears. And because not even that was cool enough, she also managed to swipe the knife from Klaus. And then, she destroys it. #boom
Back at the compound, Jackson asks Aiden for help getting Hayley and Hope out of town before Marcel arrives. Aiden doesn’t say no, but as he expresses to Josh, his alliances have him stuck between a wolf and a hybrid. Long story short: He doesn’t show up to drive them out of town and blames traffic. So for now, Hayley, Hope, and Jackson are at the safe house in Algiers. Also, Josh tells Aiden that he is his pack, and they’re officially the best.
Speaking of the safe house, that’s where the Original siblings—and father—go after the battle to debrief in yet another almost-full-family reunion. I really missed Finn and Kol in this scene. (Not so much Esther.)
In another great “oh Mikael” moment, he blames Nik for
everything Rebekah’s current body situation before giving us his third—and final?—”boy.” Mikael thinks it was a dumb move to wield their Dahlia-killing weapon so soon, but Klaus isn’t worried. They can make another with a little of Freya’s blood, some more soil … and more viking ash? Yeah, Klaus has an idea for that too.
When Klaus stabs Mikael with the White Oak Stake, he asks why his father despised him, even when there was a time when he knew him as his son. Mikael’s honest answer: “I don’t know. I just did.” When Klaus asks if those are his final words, Mikael apologizes to Freya, but just as he says that he loves her, Klaus kills him. There’s their viking ash.
And finally, out on the street, Josephine meets Dahlia, who heals her hands and allows her to play the violin once more … before slitting her throat with her own bow.
So yes, Dahlia is as big and bad as we wanted. And yes, that final scene between Klaus and Mikael was beautifully heartbreaking. But by killing Mikael now, the show cuts a great opportunity short, not to mention the fact that with every passing death, we’re even further from the possibility of a full Mikaelson reunion.