The Originals Review: By Choice or By Force

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall in The Originals writers' room, you guys. To have listened to the ideas bounced around in order to come up with what is turning out to be one epic first season would have been a total treat. 

This new chapter, featuring the vengeful witches on a takedown quest against Klaus, is really something to behold every Tuesday night. While there are small issues I could point out, I'm doing my best not to let the little things interfere with my love of what's happening in this fictional New Orleans we're being given week to week.

The Originals Season 1 Episode 13 changed the game AGAIN with a risen Monique, a hexed Father Kieran, a kidnapped Klaus and Rebekah, a betrothal, and SPOILER ALERT: a possibly dead Sophie Devereux. 

Monique is back, first of all. The teenage witch literally burst from the grave while Sabine/Celeste gave a tour of the cemetery. It seems that Papa Tunde's death left a hole in Celeste's power of four, no doubt orchestrated by Celeste herself.

I'll get to Celeste's masterful planning in a bit, but it seems she's a little too good, right? Just me?

Anyway, Monique is alive again, and Sophie is obviously happy to have her niece back. It's hard to know much about Monique pre-death, but something felt off about the risen witch, like she wasn't with Sophie. We do know that before the Harvest, Monique was a believer who willingly gave her life in the ritual for the greater good of her coven, so perhaps that is what she still sees as her duty and that's why she brutally maybe-murdered her aunt by making Sophie bleed from every orifice on her body.

What a way to die. Maybe die. Is Sophie DEAD-dead? I hope not. I kind of liked her. Let's find a way to bring her back, Team!

Killing Sophie seemed to be the only part of tonight not somehow a part of Celeste's master plan. The rest of the episode's events were a well-oiled machine.

A little too well-oiled, maybe, beginning with Bastiana's hex on Father Kieran.

Once he was cursed, how did Celeste know that Father Kieran would go to the bar to see Cami where Genevieve would also just happen to be there, ready to intervene and hand over Papa Tunde's blade with the promise to remove the hex if Cami drove the blade into Klaus' heart?

Cami, however, couldn't do that, because despite the fact that the vampires sometimes kill innocent people, the witches made an innocent person kill innocent people, and in Cami's mind, that's the greater offense. She chooses to side with the vampires in the war for New Orleans, which really only makes me love her more. 

Cami is a fighter. She's brave and strong. She doesn't make poor choices in men and constantly need to be saved. She may turn to others for help, but now that she's no longer capable of being compelled, Cami is very much making her own destiny. For good or for ill remains to be seen, but she's making it.

Part of that destiny includes working with Klaus. (And part of Cami's destiny in my head has her working a little more closely with Klaus at some point in the future...)

He sees Father Kieran as a good man and finds the witches' hex to be unconscionable, so he feels compelled (ha!) to do something about it. While his plan to help Kieran wasn't painless and didn't remove the hex, it worked, at least to the point that Father Kieran likely won't go on a murderous rampage and kill his parishioners. 

He may still die, though, unless Cami can find a witch to help her reverse the hex permanently.

What I loved about Klaus tonight is that he showed that when it comes down to it, he does care about people. He has a great capacity to be an ass, but there are some lines he doesn't believe should be crossed, much like Marcel.

And this is where we get back to Celeste's plan and where things got a little bit more weird to me. We're going on a tangent so hang on for the ride.

Celeste told Elijah that his downfall would be his promise of "always and forever" and issues her former lover a choice: save Klaus, save Rebekah, or save Hayley. He cannot save all three and in saving any one of them the other two will be tortured or killed. 

She tells him that he'll awaken in enough time to make his choice and then he's passed out in a street in New Orleans, poisoned by the witch's kiss.

He doesn't wake up until Hayley is in trouble in the plantation house, by which time Klaus and Marcel have scuffled over Marcel's rules not to kill children and Sophie has plunged Papa Tunde's blade into Klaus' heart.

This was done presumably at Bastiana's urging, which means that Monique was blocking Sophie's magic until it was time to reveal Bastiana's presence so that she could tell Sophie what to do, Celeste is clairvoyant and knew Cami would fail them, or both.

Eh, given how these witches work, it's probably both.

Rebekah, meanwhile, has been attacked by werewolves in the woods near the plantation home where she and Hayley were throwing a party for Hayley's Crescent Moon werewolf pack. Because it's a full moon, it's their one night a month to turn into human form. Hayley, eager to finally learn more about her life, invites them all over for a kegger and Oliver sweeps Rebekah off her feet while Jackson drops a bombshell on Hayley.

He and Hayley are from the pack's two most prominent families. Their families go back to the beginning of the pack. At some point, their pack began fighting among itself, which weakened them and caused them to lose control of the city. To reunite their pack, Jackson's parents and Hayley's parents promised their children to one another.

Hayley is betrothed to Jackson and Jackson is the wolf who's been following her around and saving her. 

If that doesn't throw a(nother) wrench into the Hayley and Elijah, not much else will.

To say I'm not Jackson's biggest fan right now is an understatement. While I welcome the opportunity to learn more about the Crescent Moon werewolves, an arranged marriage and, dare I say it, imprinted werewolf, wasn't what I expected. There are holes in Hayley's story that I want to see filled in, but like this? No. Not like this.

Jackson is wrecking the intense heat from last week's Hayley-Elijah encounter in the warehouse and I don't like it. Truthfully, there was enough tension in the Hayley-Elijah pairing with the fact that she's carrying Klaus' child and Elijah is loyal to his brother without the addition of a hot werewolf to further complicate things.

Oliver and his naked abs, however, can stay, though Rebekah has the worst luck in men. Except Matt.

SEE! GET TO NEW ORLEANS, MATT! You're the best thing ever to happen to Beks!

Elijah doesn't think about Rebekah or Klaus when he wakes up to Hayley's phone call. He thinks only of saving her, and he does. And then he goes back and saves her friend. By that time, he's well beyond the point of being able to save Rebekah or Klaus, which unites him and Marcel in their shared desire to find the other Originals.

As the four witches were walking away from Sophie's body, I couldn't help but think--again--about just how flawlessly Celeste's plan came together. And about how she said Elijah would be able to choose who to save, but that didn't really seem to be the case at all. Continuity error, perhaps? Or just some wonky timing that I'm supposed to overlook?

These witches are powerful and they want it all. Their city, their coven, and no more vampires. They mean to take it and right now, without Sophie, our anti-heroes are feeling a little helpless. It's Elijah, Marcel, Hayley, and Cami against, well, the world for all the power they don't have when dealing with these witches. 

I'm excited to see how this turns out.

What did you think of The Originals Season 1 Episode 13? Are you loving these powerful witches? What are your thoughts on the Crescent Moon werewolves? Did Elijah make the right choice?


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What en EPIC episode! I hate witches, though.
always causing trouble!


klaus seems to prefer blonds but he empregnates the brunnette, the final choice is always the brunnetee i know its not exactly dawson creek but you know what i mean. Klaus and Haley are only in the beginning and they make baby steps to each other that neither of them aknowledges them , he isn't gentle like elijah but they are more alike due to their wolf side , like klaus himself said, so we have elijah with whom haley has chemistry but they are incompatible due to their opposit nature and its kind of forbidden , we have the wolf fiance with whom haley wants to come closer to solve the curse and meet her family and we have the hybrid which whom they are pretty compatible , and since haley doesn't liked being backed into a corner... In conclusion i predict that the werewolves once freed from the curse will be come dangerous rivals and will take part in the game of throne of New Orleans (lol) but in the series finale haley will stay by Klaus side if she is alive by then - See more at:


I don't really think that Elijah had a choice to save someone particular ,he doesn't know where Klaus is and he thought that Rebekah and Hayley in the house ,and when he arrived to the house it was burning so he saved every one in it ,what else he supposed to do???


I don't really like Hailey and Elijah together, and I also feel like Elijah's taste makes no sense at all. But anyway, I just don't like Hailey at all. Rebekah and Marcel are my loves in this show, but I still don't understand Beks guy issue, I mean, how can a vampire that is 1000 years old keep falling for whoever speaks honey to her ears? Is she really that needy? It seems more like something that is convenient for the writters than something I can actually believe in a character. TEAM KLAUS


Good episode. Even though it might not seem like it now Cami chose the right team because the originals will beat the witches because they're the originals, and witches always seem to get killed even though they have magic and can take down vampires. Hayley and the arranged marriage is a nice twist and can't wait to see where that heads. I was kind of hoping we'd get another witch dead and another girl would come back but that would be way to easy. Sophie clearly died which was totally shocking and I don't want her to be dead because I really liked her I mean even though she was always against the originals and vampires everything she's done has to bring back her niece and you can't blame her for that but now that her niece has killed her I think they should have left her dead because she's completely insane believing in the harvest and believing Celeste I mean you got to be crazy to kill your own family I mean even though Klaus has daggered his siblings he's never killed them killed them. The way Monique talked to Sophie at the end it almost sounded like Davina and the other 2 girls were going to be brought back to life and they were going to take down the vampires but I don't believe that because I don't think Davina would ever do that because she's not insane but she could of also have been talking about Celeste and those other two witches so I'm not really sure I guess I'll have to wait and see. Can't wait for the next episode it looks really good I can't wait to see Rebekah hallucinate and Klaus in pain and Elijah doing everything he can to save them it should be a cool episode.


First of all, I so disagree with the Hayley and Elijah shipping. They have zero chemistry together. Her and Jackson had way more right from the beginning. That's something I'd like to see happen. Also, I just wouldn't mind seeing more of him in general! It seems fair that Elijah would go to save her first though, because whether it still holds true or not, as far as he knows, his siblings can't be killed. Hayley can. So I don't blame him for that. I may have missed something, but how did Sophie get Papa Tunde's blade anyways? I thought Klaus had it once Cami gave it to him. But I very well could have missed something. I was also glad to hear the mention of Josh to know that he's still alive and well! It was sweet to see Klaus helping Father Kieran for Cami's sake. I'm glad she's finally becoming more interesting. And not being a fan of Sophie, I'm glad to see her go and hope it's permanent. I find her boring. And there are enough witches already. I'm scared to see how Davina will come back now. Clearly she won't be the Davina everyone remembers. Not right away at least. And I hope they don't make us wait too long!

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Just saw that Sophie really is dead! Sorry to those who liked her! The actress is always signed on to star in a new show.


In the episode with the harvest when they brought back THREE witches (Celest has already been alive for months as she said) I thought "they should be four,there is one missing". I guess that one was Monique,but why so late??? I think she definitely killed her aunt and I don't see where the help will come from now when there is no witch on their side,which is probably nice, because we will be surprised when it does. I was thinking "How amazingly stupid of Elijah to let the crazy witch kiss him" and of course she did sth...


Elijah did choose right. Hayley is carrying his niece so it’s just normal that he would pick her. But seriously the story with him having feelings for her is so stupid. We all know that Hayley is only on this show because CW and the writers have a crush on Phoebe Tonkin. She was unstandable on TVD with the backstabbing and lying on Tyler. And now all she is on TO is the damsel in distress. We could replace her pregnant body with another actress, it would still be the same story. And 1000 years of living and it’s her who Elijah is in love with? He has met far more interesting women. Plus he’s way more experienced and older than her, so it really looks creepy.


When Elijah push those vampires in Marcel'a house oh Gooooood...Angry with himself and those witches! In pain! He is so hot in pain!

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The Originals Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

Josh isn't dead yet? Well, good on him! I love a good survival story!


Marcel: Back in the day the witches wanted to send a threat, they'd just kill a chicken and leave it on your doorstep.
Elijah: That's a rather large and ominous chicken, wouldn't you say?

The Originals Season 1 Episode 13 Music

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Dr ross cats squirrel Cat’s Squirrel Dr. Ross iTunes
Queens of the stone age vampyre of time and memory Vampyre Of Time And Memory Queens Of The Stone Age iTunes
Glass animals psylla Psylla Glass Animals iTunes