It's not every night I take to Twitter to declare an actor THE VERY BEST EVER, but after The Originals Season 3 Episode 22 I did just that.
Y'all, we have a new MVP and his name is Yusuf Gatewood.
We'll get to Rebekah's return, the show's final moments, a Haylijah hookup, and what we can look for when The Originals Season 4 returns midseason in a minute, but first, I have to spend a few paragraphs talking about Vincent and his ascent to the real throne of New Orleans.
Marcel might think he's in charge, but he has no idea the adversary he's awakened in Vincent with this anti-Mikaelson power trip he's been on.
That final scene between the two when Vincent basically says "Oh, and by the way, I am taking back this city" and walks out of the compound with a condescending "your highness" and a tiny little bow?
That was amazing. AMAAAAAAZING. Every single negative emotion Vincent felt about this entire situation and how Marcel has let this newfound power go to his head I felt. I felt it all. Partly because I agree with him, but mostly because Gatewood is just that good.
He's just that good at conveying all of those emotions and having them transcend film and come straight out of my TV and into my feels. I. Love. Him. #VincentForPresident
Marcel is WAY out of bounds here, and I love that Vincent is there to call him on it.
He wants to kill the Strix? Okay, cool. Kill them. But leaving bodies laying around the city like that is 1) not his style and 2) careless and 3) a brazen display of his new power and invincibility. It's going to his head and he's only been a Super Original for 24 hours.
I can't even begin to imagine what that will mean for Marcel during season 4 when we return with, I'm assuming, a three year time jump.
Klaus and his siblings all being asleep at the end of the episode explains why, when Caroline shows up in New Orleans for his help, no one has seen or heard from him in three years. Hayley's obviously doing a great job of protecting the entire family while she's trekking around the country for venom from each of the seven werewolf lines, a witch strong enough to remove Rebekah's hex, and an antidote for Freya's poison. All while raising a daughter.
I mean, that's no small feat. The fate of the Mikaelson family is on her shoulders provided Marcel doesn't decide to unbrick the wall and rip Klaus' heart out.
Not that I think or want JoMo to go anywhere, but wouldn't it be something if Hayley had all the ingredients necessary and Marcel was just like "Welp, today's the day. This is old. I'm done with this." and just BAM. No more Klaus.
But Marcel won't do that. He can't do that. It was evident in his face after all the vampires left and he was alone with Klaus' body.
There's a part of him that really regrets that it came to this. A part of him probably enjoys the fact that Klaus is being tortured by Papa Tunde's blade, but there was remorse in Marcel's face as he stood over Klaus' body and again as he bricked Klaus into the wall.
Despite their dysfunction, the Mikaelsons are his family. At least Klaus is.
Maybe that wasn't remorse in Marcel's face. Maybe it was just immense sadness at all he's lost and the fact that he's now lost the only family he ever had. Again.
I don't want to see Marcel un-blade Klaus and then be like "my bad, dude. Forgive me?" and they're buddies. Actually, I don't know what I want from them right now.
There's not room in the city for both of them, so one of them has to go. But who? They're both important and with Marcel's newfound powers, he's more important than he ever has been before.
One thing I don't understand about the sire line and the vampires descending on New Orleans. Okay, more than one thing.
How did Marcel know how to contact EVERY SINGLE VAMPIRE in Klaus' sire line? And did Klaus really sire all those vampires? Or were they sired by vampires he sired? Was that horde a combination of both?
It wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility that Klaus would turn two or three hundred vampires over the course of a thousand years, but do all of them legitimately hate him? Are none of them happy they became vampires? Really?
It seems so hard to believe that none of them would like their life, or would still harbor so much ill will toward Klaus that they'd come at a moment's notice to see him killed or tortured or both.
It's hard to say anything about Rebekah's return because Claire Holt coming back to the series as a guest star is always so tied up in what her brothers are doing she's a prop for them, just as she was this time. She's being taken over by this hex. She stepped up to help rescue Klaus. She's overcome with emotion in their happy place that Klaus saved them by sacrificing himself.
I love the character and I love Holt, but I'm ready for her to return full time or be gone. Constantly bringing her back just to lose her again is getting old.
And finally, we had several Hayley and Elijah moments scattered throughout this episode, starting with them waking up next to one another and ending with Hayley placing a kiss on his lips just before closing his coffin.
I think it's safe to say they're together and definitely a thing if only we can get him healed and awake again. And so help me, if the writers make up some horrible drama to keep driving them apart and back together and apart and back together, I'll riot in the streets.
Just heal him and let them be happy. Let them be a solid power couple united under the banner of doing right by each other and the family. It's OKAY to show healthy relationships on television. I promise.
It's basically all I want for midseason.
What did you think of "The Bloody Crown"? Are you Team Marcel or Team Vincent? Will Hayley find the cure ingredients necessary to save all members of the Mikaelson family? Let's chat one more time and don't forget you can watch The Originals online to relive your favorite moments from the season!
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