Last week, Julie Plec teased The Originals Season 2 Episode 8 would help propel our series forward for it's second half, and tonight she delivered on that promise.
Esther's spell has had lasting effects for Elijah, Klaus knows Hope isn't safe from Dahlia, and the plan for Cami isn't one she's willing to accept.
Someone tell me that our two week wait until the mid-season finale will be survivable!
Rebekah played a much bigger role in "The Brothers That Care Forgot" than I expected she would. Going into tonight, I thought we would see her at the very end of the hour, a glimpse over her shoulder and a frantic phone call to her brothers just as the final credits rolled.
It was pleasantly surprising to see that her return was in a much greater capacity than I had anticipated, and the reveal that she was being watched was perfectly timed to Finn's reveal that Esther has been hunting her. Thankfully, the starlings can't talk, and props to Beks for recognizing her mother's familiars. (Though it'd be kind of hard not to be freaked out by that many birds staring you down...)
Once Elijah attacked Finncent and threatened more bodily harm to both of their brothers, Klaus knew that Elijah was somewhat off-kilter. Somewhat is, of course, an understatement.
The question is how much more off-kilter will he be when he learns that Hayley has plans to marry Jackson in order to unite their werewolf packs and save her people from the pain of having to turn on a full moon and/or being slaves to witches? That will either heal Elijah or tear him apart. Kind of like he's tearing people apart left and right at the moment except a little more metaphorical.
While waiting for Rebekah, Elijah slaughtered a dozen innocent people simply because he perceived them a threat to Rebekah and Hope. His paranoia that the monster within is showing is growing every minute.
Poor Elijah scrubbing at the stain on his cuff, working feverishly to rid himself of the damned spot! Lesther has broken Elijah worse than he's ever been broken before.
For that reason alone I hate her. I mean, I hate Lesther for myriad other reasons, but Elijah's struggle right now is breaking my heart while, I must admit, simultaneously sucking me right into this story.
How much of Elijah's personality is because of his mother's memory-altering and how much of it is who he is? Did she plant the seed of the impeccably dressed, well-groomed man in his mind when she took Tatia behind the red door or was he always that way and being a vampire made his desire to give the world his best outward appearance stronger?
If the latter, then has she subverted that because she knows it will send him begging for mortality?
He's definitely on the brink of it, and so is Rebekah. Her eyes practically lit up like stars when Elijah told her Esther has a plan to make them all mortal again so they can live out their days as humans.
Prediction 1: She takes her mother up on it and we get Rebekah back, albeit in a different body. That solves the issue of the Rebekah-shaped hole in New Orleans not always jiving with Claire Holt's new gig.
So long as they don't put her in Cassie, we're good. And while we're at it, don't put her in Cami either.
That's Lesther's plan and was her reasoning for sending Finncent in to get close to the blonde bartender. Cami, Finncent declared, was "perfect" for the body-swap. She's a loner with no family who already has an affinity for the Mikaelsons.
Finncent and Klaus both having a thing for Cami put a wrench in Lesther's plan, which forced Lesther to kidnap Cami to prepare her as a vessel. It had to be Cami because that's the human girl in Klaus' life. Putting his sister's essence into the body of the woman he cares about most, platonically or otherwise, might have left Klaus with nothing tying him to his hybrid side and persuaded him to join his mother.
(Ha! Fat chance, Lesther!)
Cami is, however, still prepared to become a vessel, against her own wishes. Once Lesther locates Rebekah, there's little to stop her from putting Rebekah into Cami.
Prediction 2: Finncent, who, as of right now, has not teamed up with his brothers, will not allow their mother to put Rebekah's essence into Cami. He's grown fond of the girl, even if she double-crossed him and is the reason he's in chains and his coffin. He won't allow it because a) he has some feelings for her, b) he won't want to look at her face while they live out their lives as humans, c) both.
Koleb has, for the time being, come over to see his brothers' side of things. If they're going to fight their mother, and if he's going to get to stay in that amazing Daniel Sharman-shaped body which is wonderful for wooing witches like Davina, they're going to have to work together.
Our favorite teen witch gets a special shout-out for her plucky little plan to paralyze Klaus. She knew calling him weak would be the thing that made him strike and she was willing to take the bite to take him out for a while! I love this girl! I think she's crazy and reckless and probably going to get herself killed, but she's not afraid to take a risk. Koleb is probably going to regret showing her his magic stash, though.
And two thumbs way up for tricking Josh into inviting Aiden over and then sneaking out, Davina!
She may not be happy with Koleb at the moment, but at least she's rational enough to know that when three of her friends tell her to play nice with Klaus, they're not doing so because they hate her. They legitimately think it's a good idea for all of them to set aside their differences and come up with a way to stop whatever has been set into motion. Plus, how can she say no to a beignet-eating Koleb?
Koleb may only intend to work with his brothers long enough to see the demise of their mother's plan, all while pretending he'll stick around for much longer, but once Dahlia and Freya come into play, I think we're going to see a lot more of the Mikaelson siblings united together against a common enemy and in protection of their youngest member.
Who can't bring themselves to protect a baby, you know!? Especially one as cute as Hope! (But hey, Auntie Beks, next time, buckle the baby into the car seat, mmkay?)
What did you think of The Originals Season 2 Episode 8? Will Elijah ever be himself again, or is this the new Elijah? Will Rebekah take Esther up on her offer?
We'll have to watch The Originals online to find out!
And here's your first look at The Originals Season 2 Episode 9, "The Map of the Moments."
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