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The Originals recap: The Bloody Crown

In order to save his family, Klaus sacrifices himself, but probably not in the way you’re thinking

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The Originals

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

Family first. Always and forever. It’s the vow that has made the Mikaelsons who they are. It’s the vow that has helped them live for a millennium, and it’s the vow that has earned them many an enemy. And in the season 3 finale, it’s the vow that damns them. 

Act One: Marcel’s Revenge

We start the hour right where we left off, with Marcel rising from the river, now a Super Original (as I call them). The Mikaelsons, however, still think he’s dead. And for Hayley and Elijah, their grieving involves sexy morning-afters. Klaus, on the other hand, still hasn’t forgiven Elijah and prefers to spend his time promising Hope, his “littlest wolf,” that he will do right by her no matter what.

But that might be more complicated than usual considering Freya just realized that all of Klaus’ enemies are heading straight for New Orleans. And once they arrive, they’ll be joining two of Klaus’ other enemies, Marcel and Vincent, who meet up at Davina’s grave.

Vincent asks Marcel if he’s going to be able to hold up his end of the deal. Now that Vincent took care of the ancestors, can Marcel take care of the Mikaelsons? Can he actually kill the people he once called family? As far as Marcel’s concerned, Elijah killing him sealed the deal. As he puts it, “Whatever happens next, they earned it.”

Just like that, Marcel gets someone to nullify a deed and someone else to foreclose on a property, and within a matter of minutes, he and a large number of Klaus’ enemies descend upon the compound. Oh, and they poison Freya because #war. 

According to Marcel, he’s brought along a number of Klaus’ sirelings to bear witness to “the fall of the Mikaelsons.” And it begins rather quickly. Bringing up Davina — a bad move — Kol claims what Marcel’s doing is “an insult to Davina’s memory.” So … Marcel bites him. As a fight breaks out amongst the Mikaelsons and Marcel, he then bites Elijah. (NOOOOO!!!!!!!!)

Thankfully, Rebekah arrives — Hayley’s genius idea to stop Marcel — to press pause on the bloodshed. And she’s ready for an explanation. 

Rebekah then orders Klaus to take Elijah and Kol to see Freya, who’s currently trying to find a cure for herself at Lucien’s penthouse, while Marcel catches Rebekah up on the happenings of late. She agrees that she cannot defend the actions of her brothers, and yet, she still begs Marcel to cure them. But as we all know, there is no cure. Marcel informs her that Elijah and Kol are as good as dead, and Klaus will soon follow. 

So what does that mean for Rebekah? Marcel claims he’d never hurt her, but he also refuses to back down. But when Rebekah brings up the idea of justice, Marcel agrees that he can give her that. And that means Klaus is going to be put on trial. 

NEXT: Klaus is put on trial