The Originals recap: The Axeman's Letter
One day in town, and Aurora has already driven a wedge between Elijah and Klaus.
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Well, if you’ve felt like this season has been building to something big, I think it’s safe to say that things are officially underway. It’s finally happened: After years and years and years of lies, anger, forgiveness, and, ultimately, love, Elijah has (at least temporarily) given up on his brother. If Klaus wants a war, then, as Elijah puts it, “so be it.” (Never did I think that someone saying “so be it” would give me chills.)
Act One: The death of choker scarves
We will start with Davina because much of what happens in this hour has to do with the fact that it’s once again time for Fete de Kado, marked by the Axeman Jazz Fest. (Fun fact: The Axeman was a real thing.) For the witches, it means that it’s time for them to bring an offering to their regent. In return for paying tribute to their regent, they get a party. Seems simple enough, but considering that it’s Davina’s first public event since Hayley murdered all those witches, she figures it wouldn’t hurt to enlist Hayley and Jackson as body guards.
The couple reluctantly agrees because it’s not as if they have much of a choice considering that Davina’s candle is the only thing keeping them on two legs. However, that’s not the case for long.
About halfway through the ceremony, Davina realizes just how sick she is of being given goats (and pigs and bunnies). It might sound weird, but it’s that realization that gets to her to an even bigger one: She needs to stop trying to emulate Josephine — because really, no one can pull off a choker scarf — and learn to rule in her own way.
Her first order of business? Dealing with the son of the witch she sent Hayley to kill. Jackson found him about to perform a spell that would force Davina to confess all her sins. But instead of punishing him, Davina invites him to help her rule the witches in a new way. He’s not fully on board…yet.
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Her second order of business is much simpler: Getting the ancestors to grant her the power to lift the spell on the wolves for good. Looks like Jackson and Hayley can get used to this whole human thing again.
Elsewhere, Cami and Vincent are tracking Lucien around the jazz festival when Lucien decides he wants some one-on-one time with Cami. As he informs her, just because she knows Klaus does not mean that she knows him. And while he might not be able to harm her without feeling the wrath of Klaus, Lucien has a wrath all his own.
Example A: He seems to leave his next victim for her to find. And when the cops show up and find only her handprints on the victim, well, they get a search warrant. And not surprisingly, finding Cami’s closet of magical weapons does not help her case. Suddenly, Kinney’s putting her in handcuffs and taking her to the station. Yeah, Klaus is going to be pissed.
Act Two: The greatest love story never told
This week’s set of flashbacks is all about Klaus and Aurora and their epic love. We start with present day Aurora remembering a letter that Klaus wrote her about how he never meant for her to know him and how she makes him forget the monster that he is. But in present day, Aurora’s writing a letter of her own, and it’s Klaus’ first indication that she’s in the city.
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Before Klaus and Elijah run off to track down Aurora, Elijah tries to tell Klaus a 1,000-year-old secret that could threaten to drive a wedge between them, but it seems that time has not made Klaus any wiser. He simply tells Elijah to save it because it can’t be worse than what Aurora did to Klaus…which means it totally is.
At the festival, Klaus realizes where Aurora is hiding and ditches his brother for a moment alone with the woman who broke his heart. In my favorite line of the night, Aurora says their love story feels like yesterday, to which Klaus responds, “If yesterday were the apocalypse.” Well, that tells you pretty much everything you need to know.
Of course, it isn’t long before Aurora brings up the very secret that Elijah hinted at, but Klaus still isn’t interested. Instead, we get a flashback to Aurora’s birthday back in 1002 A.D., when she revealed to Klaus that her mother died when giving birth to her. In other words, Aurora was born an abomination, too! (Maybe these two are meant to be.)
Klaus then did the unthinkable: He told someone that he killed his mother and framed his father. But it only made Aurora love him more. She said they would hold each other’s shame forever…if he would make her a vampire.
But ultimately, it was not Klaus who turned Aurora. Determined to become a vampire, Aurora tricked Rebekah into turning her by slitting her wrists, drinking Rebekah’s blood to heal, and then jumping out the window. However, Klaus didn’t seem too angry with her when he first realized what she’d done. Instead, they enjoyed their first time together as vampires…and it’s a memory that still affects Klaus to this day. That’s probably why they’re currently making out in the present day.
And yet, the reunion is short-lived because Klaus isn’t about to forget what happened when word spread about the family and they were forced to run from Mikael. In another flashback, we see Aurora tell Klaus that she doesn’t want to run away with him because she does not love him. Instead, she sees him as a cruel, wretched thing, unworthy of anyone’s love. I mean honestly, Klaus isn’t the greatest guy, but this is just harsh. No wonder he’s so scarred.
The twist? As Aurora so elegantly puts it, she’s not the architect of his heartbreak. Turns out, before Klaus asked Aurora to run away with him, she ran into Elijah, and when she mentioned that Klaus told her things he’d never told Elijah, Elijah got so angry that he accidentally stumbled upon the art of compulsion. Without knowing what he was doing, he compelled Aurora to tell him Klaus’ secret. He then compelled her to see Klaus for the wretched — sound familiar? — deceitful monster he is.
I know what you’re thinking: How could Klaus be mad at Elijah for something he didn’t realize he was doing? But as it turns out, he’s less mad about the actual compulsion and more mad about the fact that Elijah didn’t undo it when he later realized what had happened. So with that in mind, Aurora leaves Klaus to talk to his brother.
Act Three: Brother against brother
Considering that Klaus is with Aurora for most of the hour, Elijah takes the opportunity to visit/threaten his progeny, Tristan. Elijah thinks Tristan knows something about the threat facing his family, and if he isn’t going to fess up, then Elijah is going to have Marcel’s men trail him.
And trail him they do…right into a building that contains hidden passageways that lead to a storehouse. Fun fact: That storehouse was just bought by Kingmaker Land Development, a.k.a. Lucien. So either these two are brokering a truce or have been working together the entire time.
But unlike Tristan and Lucien, there’s no chance of Klaus and Elijah working together. This fight has been building for a while, and I have to say, I was not disappointed. It’s a beautiful moment for both brothers (and actors), but specifically, our Elijah Moment of the Week has to be the look on his face when he tells Klaus that he alone has always stood by him. And when Klaus tries to blame him for being the “cause of everything I am,” Elijah’s done. He will no longer carry his brother. As Elijah puts it, “You wanna fight? So be it.”
I’ll say it again: chills.
Between learning more about Klaus’ past — I feel like this line makes more sense now — and that final scene with Klaus and Elijah, this hour only made the story of this season that much meatier. I’m in. What about you? Hit the comments with your thoughts or find me on Twitter @samhighfill.
P.S. Be sure to check out Julie Plec’s blog for insight on the hour (including which part of the episode was all Daniel Gillies’ creation).