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The Originals recap: 'Wheel Inside the Wheel'

More of Esther’s story is revealed as Klaus comes face-to-face with an important person from his past.

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The Originals Recap
Richard Ducree/The CW

The Originals

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

The smartest thing Julie Plec ever did was decide that Elijah Mikaelson—and then, his entire family—would be more than 1,000 years old. (And also, have a mother who’s a witch.) Because with that, comes endless stories full of delicious twists and turns. I mean, there’s now a wicked aunt roaming the world? And potentially another Original sibling? Just when you think this family has seen it all, there are more secrets, and of course, more members. Honestly, 1,000 is the new 30 when it comes to age, am I right? Let’s get to it!

Act One: Sister, Sister

We start with a flashback to the Kingdom of Norway in 972 A.D. There, we’re first introduced to Dalia—whom I’m calling the Wicked Witch of the West—otherwise known as the dark-haired older sister of Esther, the blond innocent Glinda, if you will. (Did you ever think I’d be calling Esther “Glinda”?) Apparently Esther gave up practicing magic when she wasn’t as good as her sister, and because of that, she’s come to her scary older sibling to ask for help with fertility issues. Dalia warns her that it requires sacrifice, but Esther doesn’t seem fazed.

Jump to present day, and Finn and Esther have decided to execute Oliver at midnight. For now, they’re simply spreading the word. And once they put out the e-vite—get it? An execution invite? I’m sorry—Finn heads off to meet with Cami while Esther catches up with Sleepy Beauty. Inside his little dungeon, Elijah is still having “visions of horror and dreams of love.” That is until Esther starts talking about how he was such an innocent and kind boy. And then? Like all parenting books tell you: After you compliment your child, you slit their throat and whisper a spell in their ear. Okay, so maybe “Glinda” was a little too kind. Let’s go with Wicked Witch of the East?

Also a fan of the blood spilling, Klaus is busy interrogating witches to try and find Elijah, but when he tells Hayley he won’t be needing her help on his journey, she heads straight to Plan B. If she can’t save Elijah, she will save Oliver (and then hope he knows where Elijah is). For that, she heads to Gia and Marcel to explain her plan. They will distract Finn while she rescues Oliver. Simple, yeah? Well, it will be. But first, she has an alpha to find.

Act Two: Mother Knows Best

With Klaus on his own, determined to save Elijah, the hybrid heads to the family’s old plantation, where he apparently buried his mother’s body. As he puts it, “Nothing says ‘I loathe you’ like desiccating a corpse.” But before he can light the coffin on fire, Elijah appears looking incredibly dapper in a suit. Only, he’s looking a little too dapper for a man fresh out of emotional hell, and Klaus realizes it. With that, Esther gets rid of the Elijah illusion—how can I get one?—and appears herself instead. She wants to talk, and she’s come armed with the most powerful weapon: the truth.

Esther informs Klaus that she’s busy making Elijah into the man he was meant to be, and she intends to do the same to Klaus. After several lifetimes of misery, she’s offering him an escape. However, she changes her preachy tune when Klaus lets it slip that not only is The Destroyer back in town, but Kol has known about it for a while. Suddenly, Esther is all “we” this and “we” that when it comes to taking down Mikael. However, she assures her son that Mikael was not always a demon.

In another flashback, we get to meet Freya, the first born Mikaelson daughter, and arguably Mikael’s favorite. Right around here is the time that present-day Esther drops a bomb on Klaus: She’s ready to tell him the truth about his real father. After reminiscing about the time Klaus strangled her, she tells him the story of her relationship with his real father. After Freya was killed by the plague, Mikael was beside himself with grief, and when he shut her out, she turned to another.

When Klaus asks why his real father never claimed him, Esther swears that he loved Klaus and that it was her decision that Klaus never know his true father. She was scared of Mikael’s rage if he ever learned the truth. That, and with Klaus’ birth, Mikael’s spirits were renewed. After that, they had Kol and Rebekah and Henry. They were a family again. And now? She offers to put Klaus into the body of a werewolf. And when he turns her down, she snaps his neck.

In a dream state, much like the one Elijah’s currently chilling in, Klaus relives the moment he found his real father’s body. Apparently Mikael decided to put daddy on a stick… literally. After seeing his dead father’s face, Klaus wakes up, and Esther lets him go. She claims that once Elijah wakes up, he’ll be ready to make his own decision. They’re both free (for now).

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