The Originals Season 2 Episode 19 Review: Divided We Fall

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The stakes have never been higher for the Mikaelsons and never have they been so divided.

It's about time they all remembered their "family above all" mantra and started working together. Divided we fall and all, you know?

The Originals Season 2 Episode 19 just became one of my favorite episodes of this series. We said goodbye to a beloved character and watched another deliver one of the most honest moments of his existence only to be daggered – FINALLY – by his siblings.

It was clear that one of the guys in the above picture, either Josh or Aiden, would meet his demise by the episode's end. That didn't make the loss any less difficult to process.


Some will give the obvious foreshadowing of Aiden's death a thumbs down, but I, for one, find a little poetry, albeit dark and unhappy poetry, in the fact that just as he cleared his conscience by confessing to Jackson that he'd been a bit traitorous, proclaimed his love for Josh, and begged his beau to ride off into the supernatural sunset with him, Dahlia killed him. 

And what a way to go, right? Dahlia evicted his heart right from his body and didn't even chip a nail. 

While I do not love the omnipotent being that Dahlia is and how impossible to defeat she seems, I'm absolutely LOVING the creepy factor surrounding this character. Claudia Black is KILLING. IT. 

As Dahlia spoke to Hayley, I was kind of entranced with just how cracked and crazy Dahlia actually is. Hayley plainly and accurately says that not taking Hope, ending this "bargain," is Dahlia's choice to make and Dahlia just goes right on revealing her crazy. 

It isn't power that Dahlia wants. It's love. A family. It was clear by the way she talked about how getting Hope as a baby instead of a small child as she had Freya would change everything. What, exactly, is Dahlia trying to change if not her own maternal failings?

She made that bargain with Esther not because she wanted to practice kenning and create a coven of super witches so she could be all-powerful, but because she doesn't want to be alone. There's a little part of me now who is sympathetic to this woman who, for whatever reason, never became a mother herself. 

What happened in her life that caused her to end up alone?

I kind of hope we find out before Dahlia gets killed. If Dahlia gets killed. It doesn't look like anyone really has a plan or any idea how to get a plan together. They're all too busy fighting over Freya and whether or not she – the only person with any sort of knowledge of Dahlia at all – gets a seat at the table.

Klaus refusing to trust a soul AND refusing to tell anyone that he even HAD a plan until after Aiden was dead and the wolves were ready to try to rip Klaus apart just frustrated me. But sort of in a good way. I don't know. I have a thing for Cranky Klaus, I guess. That's probably why I like Cami so much.

That moment between the two of them toward the end was quite powerful. I've long been a fan of Klaus and Cami, and even though her presence felt a bit forced since Cami was absent last week and she and Klaus haven't shared a scene in quite a while, I can't say I minded. I'm always game for whatever puts those two together since she's the ONE person he'll open up to.

Klaus is probably right not to trust people a solid 90% of the time, but right now, he needs an army. He's seen firsthand the power Dahlia possesses and he has to know he cannot defeat her alone. Power in numbers, right?

His siblings were right to dagger him. He's a bit of a loose cannon right now, believing himself to be the only person capable of protecting Hope, above even the child's mother. That's one of the things that bothers me most about Klaus right now, is that he can't see that Hayley loves Hope as much as he does, if not more, what with having actually given her own life for Hope's and all.

If there's one person he should be trusting to protect Hope, to have her best interests at heart, it's Hayley. Hayley, similarly, should probably have clued him in about the plan to suppress Hope's magic. That was a solid plan. Good on you, Hayley!

Now with Klaus daggered, it's up to the remaining Mikaelsons to do what they can to defeat Dahlia. They know where Mikael's ashes are hidden so they can make more weapons but, presumably, they do not know what Klaus' great plan was as they didn't exactly give him a chance to tell them before doing to him what he's done to them so many times over the centuries. 


Finally, because it's worth mentioning, with all the grieving and researching and planning Davina is or has been doing to get Kol back, something better work. For our her sake.

What did you think of "When The Levee Breaks"? Were the siblings right to dagger Klaus? Was Klaus right to trust no one?

The Originals Season 2 Episode 20 airs next Monday night at 8 on the CW! Remember you can always watch The Originals online to get all caught up on the Mikaelson family mischief.

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The Originals Season 2 Episode 19 Quotes

Elijah: Niklaus, if we cannot trust one another, we cannot work together.
Klaus: No, we cannot.

It's not every day you lose your father at the hands of your brother. Again.