‘The Originals’ 1.14 Recap and Review: Long Way Back From Hell

On the February 25th episode of The Originals, we are finally able to see exactly what the witches have planned for Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah (Claire Holt). As two of our favorite Original vampires face the consequence of deceit and the torture of truth, Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Marcel (Charles M Davis) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) follow a trail left by the witches in hopes of rescuing their friends. One thing’s for sure, nothing goes as planned when a game changer of epic proportions gets thrown into the mix.

Tattoos and Clues:

When Elijah decides to make an unexpected appearance at Sophie Deveraux’s (Daniella Pineda) funeral, he gets a pretty interesting message from Celeste (Shannon Kane). I found it quite odd that Celeste went through so much trouble during the previous episode to force Elijah to make such a tough decision on who to save in regards to Haley or his family, only to give him clues on how to rescue his family. What was the point? Regardless, names of various witches who Celeste happened to inhabit at some point all appeared tattooed on Elijah’s body. After having Hayley write down all the names on his body (totally an excuse to be shirtless around her, obviously), they begin to narrow down the possible connections between them. After some intense research, the trio find out that every name written on Elijah died by their own hand… All except one. After doing research on that one name it was revealed that the witch, Clara Summerlin, died from Influenza. After getting a closer look and seeing a picture of Clara, Marcel realized the connection and revealed where they would find Rebekah and Klaus, as well as what might be waiting for them once they arrive.

Ghosts of Rebekah’s Past:

Paybacks a bitch. The wolf venom in Rebekah’s system has caused her to hallucinate, giving Genevieve (Elyse Levesque) the chance to do what she wanted to do all those years ago. We finally got to piece together more of the story on Mikael’s return that forced Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah out of New Orleans all those years ago. Rebekah, in an attempt to rid herself of Klaus, manipulated a young witch, Genevieve, into summoning her father. The only person at the time that Klaus truly feared. Rebekah did this because she knew it was the only way for her to be with Marcel. After the deed was done, she felt guilt for tricking Genevieve and in an attempt to backtrack, Rebekah revealed to her that if they succeeded in bringing Mikael to New Orleans, Klaus will kill them both when he finds out what they’ve done. Genevieve reveals to Rebekah that Mikael is coming and what’s done is done. She explains that she cannot undo the spell, and that she’s going to tell Klaus the truth. Rebekah has other plans and decides to infect Genevieve with the influenza that’s killing everyone. When she is caught in the act by Clara, who turns out to be Celeste, she infects her as well. Leaving them both in isolation making it impossible for them to tell Klaus the truth. I guess she didn’t plan on them coming back from the dead!

Klaus finds all of this out courtesy of Genevieve giving him access to Rebekah’s mind as she battles with her hallucinations. It’s an understatement to say that he didn’t take this revelation well. I love that they told this story in this way. That the writers made clear that the only way for Rebekah to reveal one of her biggest mistakes was to be sick in the mind and to not have control over her thoughts. It’s actually very interesting and gives the audience more insight towards her character. In The Vampire Diaries, we always have flashbacks by storytelling, so this was a refreshing change.

Elijah’s Betrayal:

By the time Elijah, Marcel, and Hayley arrived at the abandoned hospital, it was almost too late. Klaus, in the midst of his rage nearly stabbed Rebekah with the enchanted knife. In a turn of events, Elijah comes from behind and stabs Klaus in the heart with the very knife he intended on using on Rebekah. Elijah ended up saving Marcel and Rebekah, screaming at them to run. I’m interested to see what Klaus has to say to Elijah once he comes to. Also, I can’t wait to see how Hayley’s little ‘talk’ with Celeste goes. I have a feeling that it won’t end well.

This episode was absolutely insane! Although Klaus has everything coming to him, there is still a part of me that felt heartbroken when Elijah stabbed him with the enchanted knife. Yes, he was doing it to protect Rebekah, but it’s obvious that this one event is the start of Celeste’s initial goal… To tear apart the Mikaelson family. I’m curious to see how much strain this puts on the family. I find it interesting that this show is so family oriented, but there are so many factors lined up to tear said Original family apart (i.e. Hayley and Elijah’s relationship, Rebekah’s betrayal). Honestly, I never really felt much towards the Rebekah/Marcel relationship, but I’m excited to see where they end up now that they’re both on the run. This episode was definitely a game changer, and I’m extremely impressed.




FanBolters, what are your thoughts on this episode? Do you pity Klaus, or felt he had everything he got coming? What were your thoughts on Elijah’s betrayal? Let us know in the comments below!


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