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Lincee Ray
May 19, 2017 AT 11:17 PM EDT

The Originals

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
The CW
Drama, Fantasy
We gave it a B+

I’d like to salute The Originals writers for weaving in a couple of monologues that truly helped me understand the complicated storyline between the Mikaelsons and the indestructible Hollow. Intricate spells, family sacrifices, old bones, glowing blue eyes, angry covens, bloody blades. Who can keep up? Here’s what we know: Elijah is dying and the rest of the crew needs to band together in order to stop the Hollow. How are they going to do that?

Like I said, it’s complicated.

The Hollow, walking around in Sofya’s body, has stabbed Elijah with the killing stake and has taken him to a cabin in the woods. Sofya figures the Mikaelsons will come looking for Elijah and offer her an exchange: One jaw bone for their brother. Unfortunately, Elijah is still going to have to die because she needs a sacrifice in order to be reborn. The sacrifice of an Original is even better.

Over at the compound, I’m pretty sure Klaus is taking credit for the arrival of the beignet in New Orleans as he eats breakfast with Hope. This would have been a light and breezy exchange if Hayley hadn’t shown up dampening the mood. Elijah never came home after going over to Marcel’s the night before. Original down.

Typically, the family would turn to Vincent for help, but he’s up against his own problem. It appears the church has been desecrated as a warning to the covens. The Hollow wants them to align with her. How do we know that? Sofya walks in and tells Vincent. Her eyes glow that Smurf blue. She means business.

Sofya all but flirts with Vincent, taunting him with tidbits of their history together. Vincent taunts right back, claiming she’s hiding inside a vampire because she isn’t as strong as she would like Vincent to think. Come on, Vincent! Everyone knows what happens when the Hollow’s host body’s eyes turn blue. NOT GOOD THINGS. She flies him around the room like a rag doll, dumps him into some pews, and then makes him an offer.

Vincent strolls into the Mikaelson compound with news. The Hollow has Elijah and she wants the jaw bone. PS: There’s not going to be an exchange. She needs Elijah to die in order to channel the energy from his sacrifice. He’s as good as dead, anyway, since he’s slowly being poisoned by Marcel’s venom in the rose thorns woven around that stake. (Thank you, monologue No. 1.) If she doesn’t get it by sundown, she’s going to take it and burn the city to the ground.

Just as I shout, “Let Hope have a crack at it!” the Mikaelsons whisk the young girl away so they can have a family meeting. Vincent’s goal is to vanquish the Hollow’s spirit. Marcel’s goal is to save Sofya’s body. Klaus’ goal is to kill everyone. Freya and Hayley just want to find Elijah. My goal is to not develop a headache from all the details I’m trying to keep straight.

Vincent suggests they use the element of surprise. Marcel will hand over the bone and then stab the Hollow with a blade dripping in Hayley’s blood, the only thing that can kill the Hallow. Then Vincent will cast a spell that buries her. Through Elijah’s sacrifice (or his death by rose thorn) they will be able to shove her spirit back into the grave. Elijah’s death will mean something! Everybody ready? Annnndddd BREAK!

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Several of us have a problem with ELIJAH being sacrificed. I vowed a long time ago that I would boycott this show if Daniel Gillies was ever killed off. There has to be another way. Freya agrees with me. She and Vincent are going to study old grimoires and find a loophole if it kills her. Figuratively speaking.

Back at the cabin, the Hollow is toying with Elijah’s emotions. She speaks of brotherly love, family bonds, and how sins pass from one generation to another. When the Hollow mentions Hope, and how the girl holds the key (blood) to killing her, Elijah nearly loses it. Then he passes out. Gillies is working on his Emmy reel with this performance. So much angst.

Freya is feeling angsty too. Especially when Vincent keeps reminding her Elijah has lived a thousand years. He’s been there, done that. What she may not know is that eventually, everything dies! Freya remembers Finn’s death. She also remembers how she trapped Finn in her bejeweled necklace that one time. Why can’t she do that with another brother?

NEXT: The ultimate sacrifice

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