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'The Originals' recap: 'Ashes to Ashes'

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The Originals

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
3
run date:
10/03/13
performer:
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
broadcaster:
The CW
genre:
Drama, Fantasy

So, the Originals has wrapped another season, but this one ends on a much different note than the first. There was no last-minute, gasp-inducing twist. No one came back from the dead (and stayed). Instead, it was an hour about what lengths this family will go to to protect one another and ultimately, to find happiness. In that way, it was oddly simple. And yet, at the basis of all the supernatural drama, this is a fairly simple show. And that’s why it works so darn well.

Act One: We need to talk about Klaus’ plan

We kick things off with Dahlia and her alarmingly deep spell voice. Out in the woods, she’s performing the spell that will link her to Klaus. She will then need a single drop of Hope’s blood to channel the baby’s power. Then? It’s adios for Freya. See, by severing her bond with Freya, Dahlia’s bond with Hope will then become permanent, and only then can the scarring childhood begin.

Only, Dahlia’s plan will have to wait, because as soon as she completes the linking spell, Klaus daggers himself, thereby knocking them both out. Freya then wakes up alone in the woods with her adorable baby niece. (Just a thought: He really should’ve done a babysitting background check on Freya before leaving her alone with his child. I mean, who’s her reference? Dahlia?!)

Back at the compound, Elijah is beside himself with rage. (And I’m loving every minute of it, so yes, it’s our Elijah Moment of the Week.) Covering Gia’s burned corpse, Elijah isn’t exactly in the mood to listen to Cami talk about how Klaus is buying time until they can get the necessary ingredients with which to take down Dahlia. He’d rather yell about how his brother is the worst.

But at least he’s not alone. Also currently yelling about how Klaus is the worst, Marcel is upstairs breaking my heart waiting for Rebekah to hopefully wake up in her new/old body. The good news? She does! The bad news? Marcel’s eyes are all “I’m in love with you,” but his lips don’t do a damn thing. Instead, Rebekah answers her phone when Klaus—meaning Freya—calls. Bekah then quickly heads downstairs to stop Elijah from yelling at the messenger.

As excited as Elijah is to see his original sister back in all her blond glory, he’s none too happy with the answer to the “Why isn’t Hayley answering her phone?” question. Spoiler: Klaus turned her into a wolf. Or as Elijah so elegantly puts it, Klaus chose to “condemn her to the body of a beast.” Even when he’s angry, that man is a poet.

But eloquent or not, Elijah has to put his feelings aside, because Klaus’ plan has left Freya alone with Hope, and finally, somebody in this world uses their vamp speed appropriately. Elijah gets to Freya in like, literally less than a minute, where he quickly informs her that Dahlia never loved her most of all. Instead, it’s Esther’s ashes that they need to take down Dahlia, and that’s why they’re going to trick Davina into resurrecting mommy dearest.

Speaking of whom, Davina is currently using “earth magic” to turn dirt and ash into Kol’s flesh and bone. Thanks to the ancestor’s granting her one-time-only access to the power she needs, Davina is finally going to get her beloved boy toy back. At least, that’s what she thinks.

So while Davina sets things in motion, Elijah and company take Dahlia and Klaus’ bodies back to the compound, where the dagger in Klaus’ chest starts melting. (Can you get any sort of poisoning from gold, because if so, he’s definitely getting it right now.) And that leaves the Originals with no choice: They have to follow Klaus’ plan, no matter how angry they are at Klaus.

With that in mind, Elijah and Rebekah head out to dig up their mother—Happy Belated Mother’s Day!—where Rebekah proves that she’s just as eloquent as her older brother. Why is she mad at Klaus? Because once again, she’s built to take a life and robbed of the chance to create it. Seriously? This dialogue is so beautiful I feel inadequate to even recap it.

So while Elijah and Rebekah wax poetic and burn their mother’s casket—typical Monday stuff—Marcel and Freya search for Kol’s ashes. Long story short: Davina has already gotten to them and Freya couldn’t care less … because she finds the White Oak Stake.

Act Two: Resurrection gone wrong

At the cemetery, Davina is about to bring Kol back when Rebekah walks in, performs the equivalent of a mic drop with the reveal of her new/old body, and then distracts Davina while Elijah swaps out Kol’s ashes for Esther’s. You can imagine Davina’s disappointment when the person she resurrects has breasts (and has clearly gotten her roots done recently).

Rebekah quickly puts Davina in a sleeper hold while Elijah slaps some magic-resistant chains on Esther, who’s standing by watching all the action unfold wearing nothing but a sheet. Don’t worry Esther, somebody will find you some bright red lipstick and in a few moments, you’ll look literally better than you ever have before.

Back at the compound, Freya is about to kill Klaus with the White Oak Stake when Klaus stops her. Yep, he’s awake. And so is Dahlia.

It takes about .5 seconds for Dahlia to get her hands on the White Oak Stake, but Klaus isn’t worried. He and Dahlia are linked … right? Wrong! Remember that whole melting dagger thing? Yep, it broke the link between them, which means Dahlia is free to kill Klaus. Quick! Somebody show her a picture of the Salvatore brothers! She’d never kill those hunks.

Never mind, no need. Marcel is there to tackle Klaus out of the way, but by the time Klaus and Marcel can get to Hope, she’s already had her hand pricked by some of Dahlia’s plants. Now, Dahlia has everything she needs. (She also has Freya, but no one seems to be too worried about that.)

With the big battle looming overhead, Marcel asks Davina for help finding Dahlia, asking her to postpone her war on the Mikaelsons until this Dahlia stuff has blown over. And while Marcel does that, Klaus also asks a friend for help: He asks Cami to watch over Hope at the jazz club that is a magic-free zone. She’s still a little hung up on the whole you-bit-me thing, but Klaus promises to make it up to her.

Leaving Hope with Cami, Klaus returns to find the wrath of his older brother, who’s finally able to confront his brother about, I don’t know, burning Gia alive and turning Hayley into a wolf?! Klaus writes them both off as “collateral damage,” which earns him a well-deserved punch in the face. Elijah quickly calls it like it is: This wasn’t all part of a plan. Klaus was also punishing his family for daggering him. As Elijah puts it, “to break your enemy, you broke your family.” And because of that, no matter what happens with Dahlia, Elijah will no longer stand at Klaus’ side. Klaus can enjoy his time ALONE.

With that, Elijah takes his mother by her leash and walks her to her death. #Family, amirite?

NEXT: The end of Dahlia

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But before we get to the epic showdown, it’s time for one of my favorite interactions of the night. Vincent joins Cami on babysitting duty at the magic-free bar, where they reminisce about dry cleaning bills—blood is not a simple stain to remove, FYI—and drink in front of a baby. (Trust me, she’s seen worse). Vincent tells Cami a bit about his family—the wickedest witches of the west side of the city—before she convinces him that he can’t leave town and leave Davina to fend for herself against her own dark side.

So if that’s why Vincent should stay in town, why would Cami?

Cami: “I have complicated feelings for a monster.”

Vincent: “And does this monster have conflicted feelings for you?”

Cami: “I think it’s entirely possible that he does. Yeah.”

Vincent: “We’re gonna need another bottle.”

Okay, I could watch this all day.

Act Three: How many Mikaelsons does it take to take down a Dahlia?

Getting to the real action, Dahlia is pissed and she’s ready to kill Freya. However, killing an Original isn’t exactly easy—although, to be fair, Matt Donovan did do it once. Before Dahlia can teach her niece/daughter a lesson, Klaus shows up with Rebekah by his side. As Dahlia puts it, he brought “vampires to a witch fight.” And cue Elijah’s entrance … with Esther.

After the world’s most emotional staring contest between Esther and Dahlia subsides, Dahlia starts some sort of incredibly terrifying laughing/crying mix. Esther is their big weapon? Well, Dahlia’s got news for them. Her weapon is the White Oak Stake, and just as Klaus points out that there’s only one stake, she turns it into dust and makes them all start choking on it, therefore burning them from the inside out. Any questions?

Esther, finally stepping forward, tries the classic “you’ve won” speech on Dahlia, but nothing seems to work on her stone heart. So switching to Plan B, Esther promises to share with Dahlia the freedom she’s found … in death. In other words, after years of trying to kill her children, Esther is finally stepping up to save them!

Esther quickly wraps the magic-resistant chains around Dahlia’s neck, allowing Freya to use her magic to force her siblings to cough up the White Oak dust. Elijah then tosses Klaus the knife with all of the necessary ingredients to render Dahlia mortal—minus Esther’s blood—which Klaus shoves through Esther and into Dahlia.

In the sisters’ final moments, they flash back to their youth, where Esther finally apologizes for not standing by her sister’s side. And just as they die, Dahlia forgives her. As for the Mikaelsons? Well, as Klaus says, “We’re officially orphans.” (But 1,000-year-old orphans, so…)

After the battle, we jump forward a bit in time, where Rebekah joins Klaus for a celebratory drink. There, she learns of his plan to give Marcel back the city and raise his daughter with the help of his sisters, completely ignoring the Elijah-sized hole in the room. It’s a nice idea, but Rebekah reminds him that this is not what happiness looks like. (Tip: Happiness always involves Elijah in a suit.)

And while we’re on the topic of happiness, Rebekah then heads upstairs, where Freya has a gift prepared for her: Her human body has been restored, and she may choose her own path in life. So what path does she choose? The human one … for now. At least until she helps find a way to bring back Kol. Then she’ll make her true decision.

Although, it also seems that she’s headed out of town for the time being. But she doesn’t leave without a goodbye kiss from Marcel, because it finally seems that man’s lips caught up with his heart.

Sadly, the same can’t be said for Klaus. From one couple to the next, Klaus meets Cami at her bar to woo her with words about how they were always going to find each other in life and then NOT kiss her because Klaus Mikaelson clearly invented the phrase “run from your feelings.” (With his age, though, he really could have.)

Cut to Elijah meeting up with Hayley on a full moon in the bayou. He tells her that Hope is safe, but she asks him to return to the compound so that Hope can know more than just Klaus, because fun fact: Not all men are like Klaus. And because he’s Elijah, he does as Hayley asks. (But what about his super cool room in Algiers?)

Finally, we see Klaus holding his beloved daughter and telling her the story of the wolf king who went to war to protect his precious daughter. As he tells his littlest wolf, just when it seems that all is burnt to ash, in the Mikaelsons’ story, there is always another chapter to be told. (Or a thousand. You pick.)

Altogether, it was a surprisingly tame ending to the hour. I’ll admit I was waiting for a twist. But instead, they left us with bigger, more personalized cliffhangers: What is next for Davina? Will Elijah forgive his brother? Will Klaus ever kiss Cami?

So what started as an action-packed hour ended on a more reflective note. In a way, the hour was a lot like Klaus Mikaelson: quick to act, dramatic when necessary, and more than anything, full of heart.

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