The Originals Review: All The King's Men

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Every week after The Originals airs, I say "this was my favorite episode!" because every week this show steps up its proverbial game with twists that keep us thoroughly hooked. 

The big reveal from The Originals Season 1 Episode 9? Klaus' werewolf family has come to town.

I've watched tonight's mid-season finale twice already, and I'm still not sure where to begin this review. That was one jam-packed hour of television which left us with much to discuss between now and the show's return in January.

JANUARY. Over a month! What are we going to do?

Klaus with Hayley

This cast better get some attention from the People's Choice Awards next year, particularly Joseph Morgan, whose portrayal of an "immortal egomaniac" is beyond anything we could have imagined when the character first appeared on The Vampire Diaries season 2.

Back then he was just this, well, immortal egomaniac. Now he's an immortal egomaniac with a soft spot for pony sketches and pretty blondes. And babies. Who knew?

Klaus finally has the reins and is the ruler of the vampire community of New Orleans, but he doesn't know what to do with his new position. As someone who is used to taking what he wants when he wants it, the ideas of subtlety and politicking are lost on him. And he hates rules. 

The humans decided to teach him a lesson tonight and, honestly, it was one he needed to learn. It also allowed us to see Klaus and Marcel team up against the humans and even if it wasn't an epic fight like last weeks' Klaus-smash in the compound, it was still great to see Marcel get a little devilish.

(Is it just me or does Charles Michael Davis have THE BEST evil twinkle in his eye? Paired with that smile of his? Wow!)

If Klaus is going to rule the city, and if he wants to earn the respect and loyalty which Marcel has been able to garner in Klaus' nearly 100-year absence from the city they both call home, then he has to learn to play well with others in the sandbox. Or the bayou. 

Marcel, it seems, is eager to rule alongside Klaus like the two dreamed they would someday. Now that someday is here, Marcel is pretty quick to choose Klaus over Rebekah. Again. 

To be honest, I'm kind of okay with this quasi-breakup.

I feel badly for Rebekah because the girl can't catch a break when it comes to love, but the setup for their relationship was a little clunky and got too serious too quickly despite the fact that they have a century's worth of history together. I might also still be angling for Matt Donovan to leave Mystic Falls and join Rebekah in the Big Easy. 

Hey, Cami's in need of a few more humans who know a thing or two about the supernatural world, you know? (Let me have my dream, people!)

Cami's quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. The girl is headstrong and unafraid, but she's also got a huge heart and spirit of compassion. There's nothing about her I don't like right now. Nothing at all.

Her full-on Memento moments to help herself remember all of the things she'd been compelled to forget were great and really seemed to fit with the type of analytical character she's been written to be. She believes in the power of the mind. That's why she's a psychology major. That she would believe in the power of her own mind to overcome the compulsion worked.

Of course, then Klaus compelled her again in what was one of the most fraught with sexual tension scenes to date on this series.

Come ON, man! Kiss the girl, already! Do you need a lagoon of sea creatures to sing to you? What are you waiting for? She's (probably) not going to get pregnant if you decide to make a move!

If admitting he's in love with Hayley will help remove the stick from Elijah's "enduringly stoic ass," then imagine what a good woman could do for Klaus! Maybe it will happen once Cami's free of the compulsion thanks to Davina.

Having Davina and Hayley under the same roof could prove to be Klaus' undoing. He's underestimating just how far the wolf and the witch will go to protect themselves. He himself should know that survival is everything after running from his own father for centuries.

On the homefront, things are intensifying for Hayley. She's protected because she's carrying Klaus' baby, but that protection doesn't extend to her werewolf kin in the bayou as far as Klaus and his vampire army are concerned. He ordered their deaths, but Hayley couldn't allow that. 

Elijah and Rebekah trekked out to the bayou to protect the werewolves and in the process uncovered wolves from Klaus' original bloodline. The werewolves are about to move front and center, it seems, and my curiosity is piqued. 

Aside from introducing them and supplying the mythology behind their curse, The Vampire Diaries didn't do much with the werewolves. There's room on The Originals for this story to be told.

 Klaus going to Father Kieran and asking for his help in protecting the werewolves he has yet to meet says that he's as intrigued as many of us are.

The mid-season finale ended with a familiar refrain: Family above all.

Elijah apologized for thinking the worst of his brother when they learned that the baby's blood could be used to make more hybrids. Klaus accepted the apology by inviting Elijah and Rebekah back into the compound.

Maybe there's hope for the Mikaelson family yet.

What did you think of The Originals Season 1 Episode 9? Are you intrigued by the werewolf story arc coming up? What do you plan to do to pass the time on Tuesday nights until the series returns in January?


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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

Spindae 2o

I love this show, it is so well written. Julie and the others are loving to go this dark.
I loved Hayley's line. She was so sassy, so perfect, her Vd self was awfully negging but she is so sensual so strong just love her.
But where was Tyler? I almost missed him?
Elijah and Becca. I loved them bonding.
Marcel and Klaus worked solid together.There lines and interaction was nicely done.
davina and josh worked well together. They have a nice bound.
But how powerful was the Original's scene. And I knew they would enroll Klaus werewolf line but not this soon.
Cami was acting great as always, I really digged her going mad. Why do I feel Cami will go Vamp by season end? And when will Sophie appear and go super witch?


First: editors of tvfanatic, Can you please edit or remove comments like the ones ryan jones makes? They are very offensive and completely off topic. Now, I think that the originals has found it's pace. Even though I didn't care for the baby in the beginning of the show, I'm starting to now, so thats a good thing.


After hearing cami scream during the end it felt felt to annoyingly similar to other blonde girl in another vampire show screaming for all it's episodes cliffhangers.
4.3/5 for me.
But I love cami to death as well. But if felt a little forced the way she reacted to Klaus's memory barrage, she seemed like she wanted to kiss him but I think would be more natural for her to freak out more.

Miranda wicker
@ Tphxitachi+

I really just wanted her to kiss him. Really.


Does Klaus really have to remind us every week about how old he is ? I find it really annoying that he has to tell us that he is over a thousand years old and tonight he did it twice in one episode. the cliffhanger could have been better as well,I was wanting to be left on my seat dying for January to be here tomorrow. instead it was a subpar ending to a fantastic episode.

Miranda wicker
@ ilk_vomit

I also wish that the Cami/Davina scene had come earlier in the episode but having been on set and listened to all of the leads talk about the January episode, ending with Cami/Davina was a good setup for The Casket Girls.


I REALLY love this show. I just wish everyone would stop comparing The Originals to The Vampire Diaries. TVD is in SEASON 5 and The Originals is in it's first half of its first season. Let's see if The Originals can keep up the amazing quality 5 seasons in before we compare them. Other than that, the show is great and keeps getting better!

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The Originals Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Rebekah: Absolutely not! I paid for that!
Elijah: Please. You've never paid for anything in your life.
Rebekah: I hardly see how that's relevant.

Klaus: Let us begin with a toast to our shared gift--immortality. After 1,000 years, one might expect life to be less keenly felt, for its beauties and its sorrows to diminish with time, but as vampires we feel more deeply than humans could possibly imagine. Insatiable need, exquisite pain, our victories, and our defeats. To my city, my home again. May the blood never cease to flow--
Marcel: And the party never end.