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The Originals recap: City Beneath the Sea

A glimpse into Dahlia’s past makes Klaus reconsider his alliances.

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The Originals

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
The CW
Drama, Fantasy

Talk about a deadly alliance … by the end of tonight’s episode, Klaus had done the unimaginable: He’d teamed up with Dahlia in order to take his daughter away from everyone she loves. And in doing so, Klaus had agreed to kill Hayley (and any/all of his siblings if it comes to that). In other words, if you thought Klaus’ road to redemption would be without its bumps, you were so very wrong.

Act One: Remember when…

With Klaus daggered, Dahlia is able to get inside his head. Or rather, she allows him inside of hers as she transports him down a quite literal memory lane. Transporting Klaus back to the time that the Vikings massacred her village and took Esther and Dahlia captive, Dahlia tries to prove that she and Klaus aren’t all that different. For starters, they both say “always and forever” to their siblings.

Secondly, both Klaus and Dahlia know what it’s like to be betrayed by siblings. For Klaus, that betrayal comes in the form of a dagger in his heart. But for Dahlia, it came in the form of something much worse—marriage. In Dahlia’s memory, we watch as Esther—who’s apparently a hippie—experiences the joys of hope and love while Dahlia slaves away, performing the dark magic requested by the Vikings. And when Esther tells Dahlia that she wants to abandon her sister to marry one of the Vikings who killed their family, Dahlia cannot believe her sister’s betrayal. (To be fair, had Dahlia at least seen Mikael? It’s not like Esther was leaving her for an ugly murderous Viking, am I right?)

Unfortunately for Dahlia, Esther’s cruelty does not come as a surprise to Klaus. After all, it runs in the family. But that just brings Dahlia to her third point in this whole “why we should be allies” argument: Both Dahlia and Klaus were unjustly painted as the villains of the story. (Says the woman who’s literally running her hands through blood to make this spell work.)

At this point, Klaus seems intrigued, but he still needs more. Why should he let his daughter live a life in captivity with Dahlia? Well, she has an answer for that, too. In another flashback, we see a young Freya struggling to control her magic. According to Dahlia, first-born witches in their family possess “devastating power.” And because of Hope’s vampire and werewolf sides, she will suffer even more than Freya. Without Dahlia, Hope’s power will grow unchecked until she devastates the city and beyond. Dahlia, being a first-born herself, is the only one who can help.

So how does Klaus fit in? Well, Dahlia is one to learn from her mistakes, and with Freya, her biggest mistake was keeping Freya from the love of a parent. So she asks Klaus to join her and Hope in creating some weird, very non-traditional family structure. The only catch is that, in order to live in peace, Hayley will have to die (or else she’ll never stop coming after them).

With that, Dahlia blows some dust in Klaus’ face, which causes him to wake up in present day and pull the dagger out of his chest.

Act Two: Whom do you trust?

While Klaus hangs out in Dahlia’s head, Freya catches Elijah up on her plan: She’s going to use all of the ingredients needed to take down Dahlia to create a killing ground. Once Dahlia enters, she’ll be rendered mortal. Now for the kicker: Freya wants to use Hope as bait.

Elijah, who’s beginning to think Klaus was right in not trusting Freya, heads to Cami to find out the truth about Klaus’ not killing Aiden. But he doesn’t have time for that now. (Neither does he have time for Cami’s feelings for Klaus.) Instead, he tells her to grab some dark objects. Together, the two of them head to the jazz club, where Vincent is already working on a spell to unlink Rebekah from the teenage witches.

Elijah plans to use the dark objects as a decoy for Dahlia—instead of using Hope as bait—but when Vincent says he wants nothing more to do with magic, Cami calls Davina. Together, Davina, Rebekah, and Cami come up with the idea of using a golem. If they can replicate Hope’s power source and transfer it to a doll, they could fool Dahlia.

Correction: That’s an awful plan. When Vincent runs into Cami on a coffee run, Vincent tells them that the decoy needs to have a heartbeat if they’re going to have any hope of fooling Dahlia.

With that, Elijah sends Freya to the compound to channel Mikael’s ashes, while he heads to the bayou to gather baby Hope.

NEXT: Hayley picks a family