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The Originals Review: The Hybrid Returns!

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Normally after watching an episode of television, people ask "what happened on The Originals"? But after tonight, the question to ask is...

What didn't happen on The Originals? What a packed hour that was! 

Tyler Lockwood's return has certainly shaken things up in the Big Easy! The Originals Season 1 Episode 7 was chock full of action!

An Unexpected Encounter

All of tonight's story lines were interconnected, but each of them happened in their own circle like a giant Venn diagram. Each story centered around a pair of characters and converged by the end of the hour.

Tyler and Klaus: Tyler was back for...I'm not sure. He came back to give Hayley information, which we'll get to in a minute, but for a little bit there it very much seemed like Tyler came back to die. 

Sure, he wants revenge, but he can't kill Klaus. He can't even outlast Klaus in a fight because he's so much younger than his sire. Tyler has nothing left. So, Klaus decided to let him live. Living is a fate worse than death for Tyler Lockwood.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two alpha males go after one another. I have a feeling I'll also enjoy watching Tyler team up with Marcel. 

Hayley and Tyler: Marcel didn't take Hayley. Tyler did. He took her so that he could show her where she's from and what's happened to the rest of her pack and also test the theory that the blood of the Magical Miracle Mikaelson baby could create more hybrids. 

It can. I'm not impressed with this development.

Why did we spend an entire season protecting Elena on The Vampire Diaries from the likes of Klaus if all he needed to do to create his hybrids was to knock up a bunch of werewolves? Then we would've gotten to see JoMo sans shirt a lot more often and maybe Klaus would've been a little less surly. 

Oh, right. Because the product of using hybrid baby blood to create hybrids sires the hybrids to the mother and not to Klaus. Except no one knew that?

Honestly, I'm done with the hybrids. We had a beautiful, orchestral scene with Klaus slaughtering 12 of them and that felt like a metaphoric slaying of the story entirely. Until now.

Tyler believed that Klaus knew that the baby would give Klaus this ability and that the chance to make more hybrids is the only reason Klaus has been keeping Hayley alive. He made her believe this as well, and truthfully, had Klaus known, it would seem like Klaus' usual m.o. But he didn't know and underestimating his reasons for wanting the baby to survive drove the Hayley wedge a little further between the original brothers. Point for Tyler!

Klaus and Elijah: The brothers are at odds. Again. Elijah's still sort of bitter about that whole daggering thing despite forgiving his brother last week. Hayley and Elijah believe Tyler's story that Klaus knew about the hybrid-making potential and confront Klaus about it. Klaus senses Elijah moving in on his incubator and doesn't like it. He doesn't want Hayley for himself, but he has trouble with the thought that any of his siblings could maybe potentially find happiness. If Klaus ain't happy...

These brothers are both fighting to protect the same thing: family. Their interpretations of what and how to fight give them issues. 

Klaus fights for the Mikaelson name, for the power of being an Original vampire. He wants to strike fear into the hearts of those who dare cross him. If enough people are afraid of him, he doesn't have anything to worry about.

Elijah fights for the people, the physical members of the family. Power is important but doesn't seem as important as finding happiness. He wants them to be one big happy, except Klaus has a problem with that whole happiness thing.

Elijah believes that Hayley and the baby can heal what's broken in the Mikaelson clan and will stop at nothing to protect that hope, even going so far as to believe the worst about his brother. Klaus, who actually has a heart sometimes, was hurt by his brother's lack of trust. And because it's what Klaus does when he's angry, he lashed out, biting Elijah and leaving him in the bayou with Hayley.

I'll save comments about Hayley and Elijah until after the next episode, but suffice it to say, I like where this is headed.

Marcel and Rebekah: There was a ton of tension between them for weeks while Marcel was chasing Cami, but both of them seemed uninterested in pursuing anything. Suddenly Rebekah couldn't leave New Orleans without saying goodbye, they slept together, she begged him to leave with her, and now he's showing her the house he wanted to build her once upon a time.

The speed with which this relationship is progressing is sort of bizarre, but I'm not sure I'm complaining. Marcel could have chemistry with a wall and Rebekah wants to love and be loved. It works. 

And there's that whole "help me take down your brother" thing, too. 

Marcel has The Gardens, the place he puts those who break his rules. When Rebekah told him that asking Davina to find a way to kill Klaus would kill him as well, he immediately came up with the plan to wall Klaus into the Gardens. Genius! Thierry's spot will be vacant by Mardi Gras.

But since he's basically killed his brother, Klaus needs Rebekah to be his spy. Rebekah's torn, and understandably so. Here's the brother who's kept her daggered for over half her life parading in front of her with "family! and so what I killed our brother! we're family!" and Rebekah's lonely enough to want to stand by her brother even against her own best interests.

Now that Josh is free from Klaus' compulsion, Klaus has an opening for a new #2 and he needs Rebekah to shoulder the mantle. 

Josh and Davina: While all the heavy stuff was happening everywhere else, the writers gave us some lovely scenes between Davina the Teenage Witch and club-loving vampire Josh. 

Davina, trapped in that attic all day long, has really missed out on a lot of living, and her conversations with Josh drove that point home. Over the course of her mind-erasing, they became fast friends. He even pinky promised to keep her location a secret if she wouldn't erase his memory again.

This will probably come back to bite Davina (Ha. Vampire pun.) but maybe this will just turn out to be another person who cares about her after those who claimed to care were willing to see her die. The girl needs friends, and she's smack in the middle of a hotbed of supernatural activity. She might as well make friends with the vampires.

What did you think of The Originals Season 1 Episode 7? Let's talk about the return of Tyler Lockwood and Davina's friendship with Josh! Do you buy Marcel's interest in Rebekah as being about more than just getting rid of Klaus?

Check out our The Originals quotes page and then let's chat about tonight's episode!

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Poor Klaus you have a brother and sister who love you but you treat them like their nothing is it any wonder they don't trust you and believe the worst about you. They need to move Caroline from TVD to change him or the only thing that can happen to him is when this show ends Klaus dies. He doesn't even talk to Hayley and she is carring his child. The only reason he cared she was gone was because he thought Marchel had her. I like Hayley and Elijiah together. This show is growing on me every week.

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On the Rebekah matter: I think she fully WANTS to betray Klaus. She made that pretty clear to me. And let's be honest after his recent speech to her (and let's not forget everyhing he did to her in the last thousand of years) I woulnd't keep my family vows either. But when it comes to actually killing Klaus or harm him she will chicken out. She loves that guy too much for her own good.

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@ hummelchen

They all see rebecca as the weak link. maybe because she is the youngest?

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Terrific episode!!! I felt bad for Klaus even though I was rooting for his siblings or anyone to just give him a lesson for once. He's a gigantic asshole! Just one I happen to love. This show is that good because we know these characters so well. I just imagined watching it without knowing TVD I don't think it would give me even half of the feels I have now. I feel like this is the year of the Spin-Offs and The Originals win hands down. It's probably even my favourite show this fall at all. Oh and Klaus said Caroline! How I missed him saying that name! Please more! Also yes Tyler finally got a plot again!

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Great it look like the gang from Vampire Diaries will be coming down their and the Cullens and Voltear plus Bonnie

Spindae 2o

This was quite anticlimatic. I had high expectations but quite a let down.
The Klaus-Elijah moments were quite the big deal and the highlight of the episodes. With Klaus U never know is he jealous or just being a spoiled boy.
I was a huge Tyler fan as he changed for Caroline and developt as a character but this is just a spiral down. Going against Klaus with no back up or power up just stupid. I would've been happier if Klaus killed him today.
The Haliyah scene was nice as well. But where did the Baby bump disappear?
And the stupidiest thing ever Rebecca turning her back to her family. She should be smarter and not fall under the pitty lies Marcel is serving her.
But this episode served as a good build up towards the midseason final? I hope Sophie comes back stronger than ever, they neglected her a bit.

Ilkvomit

Also im tired of Elijah getting punked . . . Tyler should have had his heart ripped out because he deserves it. he was only cool in season 2 when he became a werewolf ,now he just blows chunks.

Ilkvomit

"Why did we spend an entire season protecting
Elena on The Vampire Diaries from the likes of
Klaus if all he needed to do to create his hybrids
was to knock up a bunch of werewolves?" the simple answer to that question is that nobody knew it was possible,plus he never intended on having a child so why would he try ?. in the first episode when the witches told him about it he even said "Impossible".

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@ Ilk_vomit

exactly why i was thinking, the never knew klaus could get a girl pregnant, even less that child could create hybrids without elena's blood, and if the reviewer is referring to season 2 of tvd, klaus needed to break the curse to be a full hybrid, without that, he couldnt create hybrids or even get hayley pregnant

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I'm somewhat interested in Tyler's storyline. I would like to see Caroline make an appearance for Klaus, however having Tyler in the proximity may make that less possible.

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I'm not excited for Tyler's storyline here. Id rather have ANYONE else from TVD in the crossover.
Also, how come hybrids can be made without Elena's blood? Di I miss something there? The last thing I remember about it is that Klaus needed doppelangers blood to make hybrids.
And one small little thing - I'm kinda sorry the writers made Josh gay, he and Davina would be the cutest couple. :(

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@ Jovana

I think Tyler's story in Mystic Falls was done. There was nothing there for him except for him to be Caroline's puppy. How the hybrids can be made from the baby remains to be told. Hopefully we'll get those answers in coming episodes. And Davina has Tim!

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@ Miranda Wicker

Yes! Davina has Tim and they are a cute couple. The Josh/Davina friendship reminds me of Matt/Carie. Sometimes you need a gay BFF.

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@ Miranda Wicker

I agree with you about Tyler. I wish Klaus would just kill him, and be done with it. He bores the crap out of me since the beginning of S4 of TVD. We'll see. Hopefully, they won't just let it slide like this, because that's an answer I'm really eager to learn. Great review, BTW. :)

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i'm just soooo excited that haley might be an original werwolf or at least a descendant .thats probably why her and klaus could have the baby in the first place

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@ aishu

If she's an original werewolf then they're relatives, aren't they? That's kinda creepy.

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@ aishu

I think there has to be something more to it than just the fact that they're both werewolves. Because he's a VAMPIRE for crying out loud. So yes, I'm interested in learning more about this, too.