The Originals Review: Set Fire to the Rain

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I'm not gonna lie. Tonight's episode of The Originals has left me sort of speechless. Danielle Campbell teased that the Reaping wouldn't go as the witches planned, but I can honestly say I didn't see THAT coming. And I really hope it doesn't stick.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven't seen The Originals Season 1 Episode 11 but it appears that Davina the teenage witch hasn't survived the Harvest and Reaping ceremonies. 

You guys. Is Davina really dead? This just can't be happening, right? It just can't! All I can do is eat Nutella and rock back and forth willing it not to be!

From her very first scene, it was clear that things weren't looking great for Davina. She was coughing up dirt, which I thought was Celeste trying to inhabit her body or something. That seemed like a witchy thing to do, you know? 

But no. The Reaping needed to happen and it needed to happen ASAP. Davina was cycling through the four elements and bringing them down upon New Orleans plague-style. First with an earthquake, then with winds, then rains, and her final element would burn the city to the ground. 

But Klaus and Elijah have worked to hard to regain control of the city to see that happen. 

The only solution to their problem was that Davina had to die. After Sophie was unable to consecrate Celeste's ashes (because Sabine had gotten there a year ago unbeknownst to everyone) the originals buried Mommy Dearest Esther so that Sophie could draw on her magic.

(I'm totally overlooking the supernatural loophole that somehow just by burying Esther in consecrated ground outside the Quarter she became a witch of New Orleans. Totally overlooking that very convenient loophole.)

The good news is that Esther isn't back on our screens. The bad news is that Sophie's completion of the Harvest allowed Sabine/Celeste to bring back the wrong witches. 

Instead of four young witches roaming the streets, we now have four witches intent on practicing dark magic roaming about. So that's fun.

Will Davina stay dead? It's hard to say. Maybe in the next couple of episodes, the team of anti-heroes will figure out a way to swap the dark magic witches for the four girls, raising Davina and Monique from the dead. 

Or not. 

With a show like this, it could really go either way. And if Davina's dead, then she becomes our first casualty of a regular character of the series. (The witches don't count because who wasn't happy to see Elijah rip their hearts out, you know?)

Major, major props to Danielle Campbell for her performance tonight. She balanced the fear of a 16 year old unsure of her future with the maturity of someone much more advanced in age as she decided to offer herself up for the Harvest. 

Davina: I'll die whether I do this or not. Right now the only option is whether I take everyone else with me. When you look at it that way, it's kind of selfish not to do it.
Marcel: There has to be another way. This is not how it ends.
Davina: And if it is, if this is all I have, I've had a lot. I had Monique, and I had Tim, and I had someone who fought for me from the moment he met me. Most people don't get that even if they live to be a hundred. Marcel, I'm ready.

I mean, there's just no way to do anything except root for her to live after that, you know? And then no, she doesn't. Or hasn't so far? 

Ugh. RIP for now, Davina.

Let's switch gears a bit so I don't continue grief-eating Nutella. 

It's always nice when Klaus' softer side comes through a bit. Or, rather, according to him, when Elijah rubs off on him. 

Joseph Morgan proved tonight why he deserved that People's Choice Award. He balanced Klaus' maniacal nature with moments of sincerity and tenderness which remind us that he actually is a character we can actively want to win. We can root for him.. He's not a total jerk 100% of the time.

When the storms began blowing into the city and outlying areas, Klaus had Father Kiernan round up his clan and bring them into the church for shelter. He then provided food and water and supplies to them, and maybe has been since he learned of their existence. 

The really special part was that he let Hayley inside and shared his secret with her. The werewolves are linked to her through the baby, after all, so it makes sense that she knows he's protecting them. But what of her own family? Will Klaus use his position of power, for however long he's able to maintain it, to save her biological family as well? 

Maybe. Maybe his moment with Marcel will further soften him. (Probably not.)

But slow clap anyway for the JoMo Bro Hug!

Marcel was devastated by losing Davina, and rightfully so. He felt he should've been able to protect her, and there's a huge part of him that blames Klaus for her death since, if he'd never returned to New Orleans, this might not have happened. But it also might have happened. He can't know that this wouldn't have been the eventual result because Davina's power would have continued to grow out of control no matter what.

It might do Marcel some good to remember that it was the witches who first summoned Klaus to the Quarter, and for the purposes of doing what they just did. 

The vampires have played right into the witches hands so that Sabine/Celeste, at the very least, has gotten exactly what she wanted, which was...resurrection? There has to be more at play than just that.

Perhaps what Celeste wants is to be reunited with her long lost lover, Elijah, but Hayley's kind of in the way of that. He said tonight that he's only been in love twice in a thousand years, once with Celeste and the second time with whom?

Hayley? Katerina? Tatia? Some unnamed and likely powerful entity we've yet to meet?

Sabine was the witch who originally prophesied that Hayley's baby would bring about death to all witches, and Celeste, as a newly re-embodied witch, probably won't want that. It's just a prediction, but Elijah's going to have to choose between his former love and his current...whatever Hayley is to him.

They were so close to kissing tonight I was actually leaning forward off of my couch waiting for it to happen and No kissing for Haylijah. Bummer. (When this finally happens there better be actual fireworks. Do you hear me Julie Plec? Legit fireworks. Outside my window, on the TV, somewhere. Fireworks. Make it happen.)

Hayley knows she screwed up and she did the one thing that she could do (and which Klaus advised her to do) and that is apologize.

She sort of gave him a bit of a Sorry NotSorry, but ultimately, she admitted she never intended to hurt him by consecrating Celeste's ashes. She just couldn't foresee the pain that unearthing Celeste's remains would cause Elijah because, like she said, she lives in the now and he tends to live in the past.

I know what a promise means to you, Elijah, but you made it 200 years ago. I live in the now. If I feel something, I act. If I want something, I take it. I won't choose the dead over the living, so why are you? I'm sorry, Elijah.


And now that I've processed the fact that Hayley and Elijah's faces were so close together and his grabbing her and spinning her back around to him seemed like the perfect setup for a kiss that didn't happen, I'm back to being sad about Davina.

Man, what a roller coaster of an episode this turned out to be.

What did you think of The Originals Season 1 Episode 11? Were you shocked that the Reaping didn't work because Celeste is in Sabine's body? Do you think Davina is really dead?


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It's sad that people are such huge Joseph Morgan fans that they fail to recognize the acting ability of another new actor. That scene with Marcel and Klaus wouldn't have been so great if Charles didn't also bring his A game to the performance. I think he did a spectacular job showing the grief, anger, and pain Marcel felt about Davina's death. To tell the truth, if Joseph Morgan had just recited his lines I wouldn't have felt anything. It was the pain on Marcel's face that made it all come together. So it was more than one person who owned that scene.

@ Lena

Of course Charles Michael Davis had an amazing performance too ,especially when he said (I don't care about vampires) he was really touchy,he and Joseph both made the scene so great , but when I see Joseph morgan I forget everyone else.


I love the shows that makes me cry, I cried a lot today especially in Davina and Marcel scene ,And Klaus and Marcel scene too, it was amazing this is the first time since he arrived to New Orleans he tell him how he felt when he thought that Marcel was dead . Joseph morgan keeps Impress us with his performance.
And I really want to know who is Elija second love, I hope to be Katerina.
I don't think this is the end for davina , with Julie plec even the dead dead can back.
I thought that in this episode will know why Klaus gonna go to Mystic falls in the 100th episode of the vampire diaries ,I guess now we have to wait.
Did anyone miss cami??? I didn't.

@ Bara'a

I didn't miss Cami, also. She is borring.


Davina's death really was a hard thing to take, but Joseph Morgan's acting skills really took a lot of focus away from her, in my opinion. He just amazes me sometimes with how emotional and in depth his acting can be. He really can make you hate him one second and have you crying with him the next. I wouldn't want them all the time, because then he wouldn't really be Klaus, but all his moments of vulnerability with Marcel, Hayley, Father Kieran, etc were just so great to see. I love to see his softer side. The scene with him and Marcel was heartbreaking. And can't forget about him complimenting Rebekah. It's nice to see them getting along once in a while. I do think Davina will be back, just probably not for a while. She was becoming a fan favorite, and I know they like to push the envelope on the show, but I just don't think it would be right to get rid of her. I'm sure Celeste/Sabine will be able to do something at some point.

@ Amy Lynn

I feel the same about Joseph acting , he is a great actor .


I love your review of The Originals. You are such a great writer and keep me entertained so much that I don't even realize you are just doing a recap of the episode!


That was a very good twist at the end. I was wondering if something was off with sabine when she was talking to elijah at the cementary. It was good that she chose to complete the harvest. No one mentioned that klaus said he knew how he felt because he felt it when he thought marcel was dead for years.


I think Davina and the other come back, at least I hope it because I love Davina and I wouldn't forgive Julie Plec if she once again take a beloved character from me for good... I think the only reason the girls didn't come back was because Sabine/Celeste redirected the power that should resurrect the girls to these other witches and herself, so I think once they are defeated our favorite badass teen witch and her fellow sacrifice witches come back because the power goes back to where it belongs. And it wouldn't be to suprising I mean TVD brought back people that weren't even meant to be coming back :D I keep my hopes up and if she really doesn't come back, than I vote that julie plec is going to guest star on her own show and does become a victim to her own writing xD No I love Julie I just really hate her for always killing favorite characters of mine, yes I still haven't forgiven her for Lexi, Jenna and Alaric... And that almost kiss, almost killed me when it didn't happen -.-

Sarah silva

I really hope Davina is not dead for good, I like her and want her back.
So it all makes sense why Sabine would do what she did, she was the one that had previously dug up and consecrated Celeste's bones. As Sophie was unable to do so and thus, knew someone else had already done so. I should have guessed it was Sabine.
I really want Elijah and Hayley to kiss already, I loved what she told Elijah about needing to stop choosing the dead over the living.
I felt bad for Marcel at the end after Davina died and I really enjoyed the scene with him and Klaus.


What an amazing episode! Was blown away..., am thinking Davinia will be back :) going to be a long week waiting :)


The spell was for four witches to come back. According to Sabine/Celeste she had been back a year already. So on the completion of the harvest only 3 witches were resurrected so I see room for Davina to return! Hopefully!


my mind has just been blown away !! when I watch this show it's almost as if the Vampire Diaries doesn't even exist. how about that Vampire Diaries promo that shows Klaus saying "Hello Caroline" ...... I just might have to finally tune in to VD just to see that scene alone. Candice Accola is being wasted on that show she belongs in New Orleans a city full of life just like her character.

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The Originals Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Elijah: [to Sabine] You ever experienced something so profoundly wonderful that when it was taken from you your life felt unbearable?
Sabine: Yes, I have felt that. And I have the scars to prove it.
Elijah: I believe that when you love someone and that person loves you in return you're uniquely vulnerable. They have a power to hurt you that's like nothing else.

Klaus: Are there any more inopportune deaths you'd like to wave in my face?
Elijah: Give me a month. I'll get you a list.