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The Originals S01E19: "An Unblinking Death"

Stow your pony in the barn and throw your Koosh ball into a tar pit and let's talk about horror for a second. No, not the kind of horror you experience every day on public transportation or when you make the mistake of looking into the eyes of a toddler (toddlers love murder). I'm talking about entertainment horror. Movies or TV shows that use fright-catapults to lob adrenaline grenades at our serotonin sprinklers. The horror genre's most enduring curse is that nearly everybody likes to be safely scared by entertainment (in order to exorcise our very real fears), yet this difficult-to-get-right programming category never seems to garner any critical respect. Much like humor, horror operates on a subconscious level, and its effectiveness is often inversely proportional to our ability to articulate why it's effective. What that means is, for the more lazy-brained critics in our culture, describing good horror is not only hard, it's personal. Might as well just write off an entire genre as a base exercise, right? Well, the problem is that horror has gone rogue, basically. No longer limited to déclassé slasher movies and carnival rides, horror has been seeping into (and enhancing) every other genre. Romance, comedy, drama—horror is like the MSG of entertainment! When it's present, everything tastes better.


The Originals got REAL horrifying this week. When a TV show has 22 episodes to throw concepts and storylines at us, it's natural for certain installments to skew differently. Some are more comedic, some are sadder, some feel like TED Talks. "An Unblinking Death" was one of the scariest hours of this show to date. A lot of that had to do with our increased familiarity and empathy for these characters we've gotten to know over the past 18 episodes, but let's not undersell just how scary the concepts and the execution here were. Demonic possession of a loved one! Terrorism! Straight-up slasher moments. Gore! The Originals tends to straddle many different genres at once, but as a horror fan I'm never more captivated by this show than when all the banter falls away and the darkness seeps in. Yeah, I really liked "An Unblinking Death." Just a terrifying heartbreaker of an episode.

Of the two main storylines, the more resonant one was certainly Father Kieran's agonizing demise. It's to The Originals credit that even in the opening moments, wherein Cami and Josh tended to the chained-up priest's increased madness—complete with hallucinations of Cami's deceased brother and also my beloved Bastiana—there was still a light and playful touch. Josh earned episode MVP status for the line, "Remind me not to piss off a witch!" while restraining a man who was trying to murder them both. As it turned out, Cami enlisting a vampire for assistance was a master stroke; Josh's casual strength and fearlessness came in handy, but his ability to compel a local physician to cart an electroshock therapy machine up into a haunted attic was truly invaluable. You know a plan is intense when even Klaus cringes in disapproval, yet Cami zapped her uncle anyway. It should go without saying that it didn't work, but one thing cannot go without saying: Father Kieran BIT OFF HIS OWN THUMB to escape his shackles. That was so unexpectedly gruesome I clapped at my television.

It's amazing that nobody had suggested curing Father Kieran's brain problems by turning him into a monster earlier (unintentional echoes of Teen Wolf!), but it finally happened here. Klaus tried to talk Cami out of it, but there's only so much you can do when you've shoved your hand into the ribcage of your lady crush's uncle, you know? Next thing we knew, Klaus had bitten into his wrist (ugh, that biting-an-apple sound effect) and fed the priest a taste of immortality. Upon waking, Kieran felt much less hexed and, declining to drink human blood, he instead said his goodbyes and sent Cami away, only to suddenly relapse into hex-town and go after Cami with a huge knife (which was hidden in a crucifix, awesomely enough). Those images of a vampire priest in a long robe stalking his frightened niece through a darkened church were as troubling as they were terrifying, especially when he slashed her with the knife, licked the blade, and turned into a full-blown vampire right before her eyes! And that was before he picked her up and started destroying the church with her body. TV logic mandated that Klaus would show up at the last minute, and he did, but that still didn't make his final act of murdering Father Kieran (with Cami's battered face giving pained consent) any less harrowing. Ugh, so good. And in this case, good means horrible. Tough times all around.

Meanwhile I've never been more riveted by the werewolf plotline, and that includes the time they were all naked on the lawn. (Spoiler alert: I will never be mad at Oliver for anything he does, not after the lifetime pass he earned in that kitchen scene with Rebekah.) Anyway, at first it seemed like the swamp-side shanty village was enjoying yet another day of smoky nostrils, screaming insects, and chill vibes, but then a SUICIDE BOMBER drove up on a motorcycle and blew up the campfire. Luckily Elijah was there to take most of the blast, but then another, more elaborate bomb went off and decimated all the brokedown trailers and, I don't know, cardboard boxes? That village was honestly not the best place to live, but still. Terrifying! The senseless death and carnage was enough to rile up all the wolves and strengthen their resolve against the faction they believed was behind the attack: Marcel and his vampire minions. The surprise reveal ended up being that Oliver himself had been behind the bombing, and all to steal power away from Hayley while also destroying Jackson's truce with Klaus. Credit where credit's due, Oliver's motives were actually logical and understandable. But then he went and smothered that one blonde ponytail werewolf lady who'd discovered his secret, so he's definitely a villain now. Except he spent most of the episode flexing in tank top and that is what's known as MIXED SIGNALS, The Originals. How can I possibly stay mad at him? With that hair? Can't do it, sorry.

Hayley was absolutely fantastic this wek. First her take-charge response in the wake of the bombing (her ears still ringing, she picked up a scared child and later tended to somebody's wounds like a BOSS). But then she busted into the vampire bar and nearly staked Diego before tracking down Marcel at his new loft and threatening HIS life, too. After he explained he wasn't involved in the bombing, he went on to tell Hayley that he'd known her parents, and that after they'd been killed, he himself had been responsible for shepherding her infant self to safety. The scene was great in that the two had a mutual respect for one another, but they openly acknowledged that soon they might be facing off in battle. Just a tense yet enlightening exchange between two very sympathetic characters.

"An Unblinking Death" ended with one of my favorite storytelling elements (one so unfairly maligned during Lost's run): the closing montage. Klaus calling up Marcel to offer a temporary truce so that Marcel could comfort an absolutely wrecked Cami? D.E.V.A.S.T.A.T.I.N.G. Earlier in the episode we'd seen Cami plead with Klaus to keep her company, and he'd complied knowing that Hayley also needed his help elsewhere. So if he's back to feeling romantic toward Cami, it's all the more powerful that he'd allow his biggest rival for her affections to go to her. Ugh, so good. And then that final moment where Elijah all but disavowed his hard-earned monster-truce and clinked glasses with his brother? Also so good. The town was about to go to war, and when that happened, Elijah was prepared to fight alongside his brother first and foremost. Mikaelson and Mikaelson: THAT is the show we want to watch.

Great episode.

P.S. We NEED to talk about that teaser for the next episode, but we can't! That would be too spoilery and it may involve something HUGE that might be about to happen on The Vampire Diaries? But let me just say that if the major thing that teaser hinted at DOES happen, it could singlehandedly redeem TVD's entire season AND provide some insanely good storylines for The Originals. But we can't talk about it yet, can we? Anyway, it's hard for me to type with my fingers crossed so hard.


QUESTIONS:

... What was Father Kieran's key for?

... Are you mad at Oliver?

... Have you ever bitten off your own thumb?

... Bastiana.


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AIRED ON 5/20/2016

Season 3 : Episode 22

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Really irritated with The Originals for handling ECT so poorly. I have had ECT for depression and it literally saved my life, so to see The Originals make it out to be some sort of horrific, dangerous thing and potentially dissuade even ONE person from doing it and saving their own life makes me too mad for words. It is NOT dangerous, the most dangerous part is that you need to be anesthetized (so no you don't scream in agony for long periods of time while zapping sounds fill the room) like any procedure and all the obvious risks of anesthesia. You get put under and wake up with no pain, and no memory of the procedure and it doesn't hurt at all. It is a life saver, and for a show as modern as The Originals to perpetuate old information and flat out MYTH about it is not only irresponsible, but downright unethical
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Also it isn't used only in cases of "extreme psychosis" but rather quite regularly for depression, anxiety, PTSD and all sorts of mental illness minor and severe. When I went there were about 10 other people having it done that same day, all perfectly sane
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I'll miss Father Kieran. I guess I was hoping he'd pull through, since he's the only human that I've ever bought being able to stand up to the other factions. All the other humans just seem oblivious to reality when they act all tough. Like, they get that all of the other factions can rip their heads off in 2 seconds, right? But he seemed stronger somehow. Perhaps partly it's a sense that he has God and integrity on his side. The only way to fight evil, when you're clearly the weaker party, is to be tough but GOOD. Random conniving casino-owners are just gonna get torn limb-from-limb if they piss off any of the other factions. Well, I HOPE they get torn limb-from-limb. Onscreen. RIP coolest human character.
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'I will never be mad at Oliver for anything he does, not after the lifetime pass he earned in that kitchen scene with Rebekah.'

That. It's so true, it's almost a problem. They seem to want to set him up as a bad guy (yes, yes killing the sweet lady was very wrong) but I just can't be annoyed at him.
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Hayley was epic this episode. SO GOOD. Everything she did whilst pregnant, and everything - that is a strong female character, something TVD is severely lacking. I'm not trying to compare the two shows, seeing as one has been running for 5 years and one is only at the end of its first season, but TVD needs strong females. I mean, Caroline doesn't get enough justice - her storylines are always about guys and love.
But anyway, team wolf mama for sure. &3
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This was one of my least favourite episodes. From the cliched writing to the atrocious acting (that Oliver smothering scene was painful) to the even worse direction. This was amateur hour. Also, is it really wise to include a line like "you get a good education when you run away at 13" on a network that targets youth?
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Unless you think kids are going to jump at the chance to learn about how to treat severe trauma and blood loss on the streets, I don't see how that line could make running away sound appealing. Put it this way: if someone said they learned about treating injuries while on tour of duty in Iraq, would that entice anyone to sign up?
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I totally agree! In fact, I scrolled down to the comments just to find SOMEONE that also hated this episode. The acting was atrocious!
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This is the most kind and compassionate I've seen Klaus EVER! Suits him well :)
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I can't emphasize how much I love, love, love this show! The brotherly chemistry between Elijah and Klaus is outstanding! Oh and don't get me started on Klaus's facial expressions and Elijah's hand gestures!!!!
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never thought I'd ever hear klaus saying massaging his heart lool . and got to say elijah in a torn suit after the bombing looked even better than when he is perfectly suited up. Got to say klaus does have his moments which makes me forget he is a psychotic mass murderer with daddy issues, I especially loved how sympathetic he was towards both father kieran as well as cami!! and letting Marcel return just to comfort her , what drugs were you on klaus ?? I just know that its temporary and we'll get back the klaus we all know and love without the sweet side sooner rather than later.
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I'm sad to see Father Kieran go (I think he's a hottie) but the way he went out was creepy, scary and amazing. A definite highlight. I feel for Camy, it's terrible losing loved ones.

Speaking about her, there seems to be an unusual amount of hate for Camy. why? Is it because she's one of the few humans and therefore considered "useless"? I for one like her, she falls into the relatable category for me. She does what she can. I don't fault her for not being able to let go of her loved ones.

I don't care about the wolves or the witches really. Josh and Devina I do care about. Haley is... I get what her character is about, but I don't like her.

Big fan of kind Klaus.
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I agree with all this, except actually Haley has grown on me quite a bit. Couldn't stand her on TVD, but she's so badass on this show. :)
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People don´t like Camille mostly because she isn´t Caroline, that´s all. I also like her character and find her quite relatable and mature but it is true that they should give her a proper storyline.. but I think it´s coming because she will replace her uncle´s place and discover something about family, soo...:)
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Yeah I suppose that makes sense, but I still think it's silly. They're two different characters XD
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Hayley was a BAMF in this episode. LOVED IT!

Have to admit that I'm glad that Cami's uncle is finally dead. I didn't hate him, I just didn't like his storyline. And his dying-process during the entire episode... Just when you thought it couldn't get any more dramatic, it did... XD

No, I'm not mad at Oliver. I simply don't like him. Never did. I'm waiting for his death since he betrayed my precious Rebekah. *miss her*

But I need a Captain over here to explain me something. It's not a denunciation, I just don't get it:

1) How did Oliver get the suicide bomber to do this assassination? No one knew him, so he wasn't from the pack. And Oliver can't do mind control…

2) How was he able to place so many bombs without his pack recognizing ANYTHING? Is he a ninja-wolf or are the other pack members just really careless?



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1) Oliver made a deal with the human faction. Marcel told Hayley that the suicide bomber owed a lot of money to the humans who own the casinos. We found out in 1x17 that Francesca (the new leader of the human faction) owns the Place Royal Casino and is into drug-trafficking - so I think we're supposed to assume that Oliver was working with some of the humans.

2) I didn't get that either but I'm not sure Oliver was the one who set-up the bombs. It sounded like when he was talking to Eve that he hadn't agreed to all those bombs - he just wanted some big act of violence that he could blame on the vampires that way he could use the attack to his advantage and get the werewolves riled up so they could make some sort of power-play.
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Thank you very much, my Captain! :) It doesn't satisfies me entirely, but now I can focus on something. But I still do not like those kinds of lacks in a show... Just too less background information.
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Well I really loved this episode but some things just didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, I love it when Hayley is badass. But she's also a hugely pregnant lady who decides to go alone into the lion's den throwing punches to dissident vampires without any leverage. That was a little dumb, in my opinion. I get that she's aware they wouldn't kill her because they fear the Originals' wrath (and they're right), but they could still harm her. I think the last episode proved that when provoked they have very poor control! And they could still use her and her unborn baby as leverage against them! Careful lady!
On the other hand, I liked her conversation with Marcel and it looks like the story will move forward from now on. It looks like her family have a common story with some of the humans in this town? If so, consider me very much interested. I feel like the human faction (that is apparently scheming behind everyone's back) hasn't been explored enough so I'm really happy that we get to see more of that in the upcoming episodes.
Moreover one of the other things that bugged me a little, was the burgeonning love triangle between Cami, Marcel and Klaus. Firstly because I now hate this plot device more than anything (thanks TVD), secondly because I don't think it's good for Cami's character. I've said this before I'd like her to get her own storyline that does involve her a little more in this war. I feel like at this point of the story it's very unnecessary.

On to your questions :
1/ What was Father Kieran's key for?
I don't know but I'm really super intrigued and like I said I want his niece to join the human faction in some capacity. If anything, I think it's the key to Cami's new SL and I want her to have it. Come on, Marcel, you thief give it back to her! She needs it, the story needs it, WE need it! Or maybe it's just me? I don't know just give it back!

2/ Are you mad at Oliver?
Well, hard to tell. Yes and no. I mean I like the fact that for now we have a new antagonist that is "hidden" to the rest of the characters (although I don't know for how long) but not to us. On the other hand, he also killed Eve! She didn't have much screentime but believe it or not I liked her.
Plus, it's hard for me to take him seriously, I can't really tell if he's being a total idiot here or if he's going to be a master manipulator in the future. Hopefully, it's gonna be the latter but somehow I doubt it.

3/ Have you ever bitten off your own thumb?
Nope. Never going to. Plus, after seeing this episode my thumbs are now my favorite parts of my anatomy, to be honest.

4/Bastiana.
Well, I liked her, she was definitely scarier than some of the witches we now have, and in this episode she was creepy as hell.
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Oliver is a douche, but I'd welcome him in my bed anytime!
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I love the Mikaelsons, I truly do and I will follow them to wherever but there are things on The Originals that are really bugging me. I thought this show would be more intelligent and would perfect every small detail. The episode wasn't bad but I can't help my annoyance with these things:

1. Klaus is a badass, hybrid Original. I honestly expected season one of The Originals to be of him murdering people left and right without a care in the world. Like seriously embracing the monster within him, delighting in the taste of blood and just having the time of his life. But all we've gotten is tears, depression and people stomping all over him. I understand the whole redemption and all but why the hell has he been reduced to this emotional wreck? Where's his sexy, evil, alluring darkness from TVD? The season is ending and all he's done is pretty much talk and threaten people without a real, serious, deadly move.

2. Isn't Hayley pregnant, in her final month; shouldn't she be feeling some weight of the baby? So why the hell does she go around kicking ass and crap and putting herself in danger? Wouldn't the baby feel discomfort with all that action? And I can't help but cringe every time she talks about loyalty and innocence. She betrayed Tyler and then Elijah and suddenly she's so heroic and into helping people. I just don't get it.

And all this crap about her being a leader/queen, I just don't buy it. Like all of a sudden she's this amazing super woman. I mean, if Klaus and Elijah didn't need her baby, she'd be dead already and yet she goes around acting all high and mighty. Without the baby, she's nothing.

3. Why is Camille so forgiving of Klaus? She almost went insane because of him, had to go through the torture of getting her memories back and then he blew whatever chance her uncle had of being cured from the hex. But all she does is pat him on the shoulder and say "thank you for being kind". Like, seriously? He stepped into NOLA and ruined her life, as well as her uncles. She shouldn't be thanking him for anything, he's pretty much the reason for the whole mess.

Maybe it's just me but I feel like TO is just all over the place. I really hope it gets better in season 2.


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I agree with every single word you wrote in this review. You descriped it perfectly....it was horrifying but so nicely done...the suspense was killing me..
Father Kieran was awesome. Those eyes of that man, were already huge, but when he was like a priest vampire, throwing Cami through the church...was simply award worthy...
Klaus was kind this episode, which we don't see that much, so that was a nice touch for a change...

Hayley was awesome. She really acted like a leader and helped her pact and went after the Vampires to get some answers....
Ollie...bad bad boy. he not only attacked his own pact, but killed Eva just to start a war...Don't they realise that they can only fight at full moon now the curse is gone. So the rest of the month, their enemies can take revenge or do more horrible things..

Like i said a fantastic episode!!!
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The actor portraying Father Kieran did a really good job in evoking evil, brief return to clarity, and returning to possessed.
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... What was Father Kieran's key for?

No idea. Maybe a weapon against vampires of sorts? His will? A map for a pirate treasure? Who knows!

... Are you mad at Oliver?

Honestly, I can't take him seriously enough to be mad at him, so no.

... Have you ever bitten off your own thumb?

Mine, not. Do other's thumbs count? ;)

... Bastiana.

Don't miss her, specially after I saw she was hauting poor Father Kieran. R.I.P. Father Kieran, you will be missed! Bastiana, you'll absolutely not!
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People I pled with you watch the trailer for next week someone back and it's a ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh moment
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I know the show was renewed, but the ratings keep dropping. The Originals might be a two season show if the trend continues. It's still a great show and I don't think the quality has declined. But those solid 0.9-1.0 ratings have sunk to 0.6.

The Originals has a marketing and branding problem IMO. It was pitched as a show about The Original family and the first half of the season met those expectations. But then Claire Holt left the show and we are down to 2 Originals. It just isn't the same show I was excited about when the pilot aired, even though I still love the show.

Bloodlines is a better name for the show than that Supernatural spinoff that doesn't look like a Supernatural spinoff show at all.

Hopefully I'm wrong and viewers are still tuning in on Hulu and CW online. Otherwise The CW definitely needs to get Claire back by any means necessary.
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You make a very good point here, but I really think we haven't seen the last of Rebekah. Claire Holt confirmed she just needed to take a "temporary hiatus" to see her family so I'm pretty sure we'll see Rebekah again in season 2!
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And Kol... They brought him back on TVD they could bring him back on TO lol that's wishful hoping though esp since he's suppose to be staring in the Supernatural spinoff? But yea Claire get back on set!
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I missed this episode . what happened to the witches in this episode? is genevieve still around?
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Yes she is
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thanks =)
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I'm guessing we must have seen 2 different episodes.

First, the bombs made me laugh. I mean that literally.
Not only was that explosion miniscule (at least Haley said it was wolfsbane vapors) but the second it happened I said to myself : "Dear lord, please don't let it be one of the wolves responsible and will pull out some 'greater good' crap"

And then they said it was Oliver... That's not a surprising twist, that's a dumb cliche. And it makes absolutely zero sense. If he was going to do that during the peace then maybe. But they were already on the verge of war, what the bloody heck point is to do it now?

And if he wanted to kick Haley out of leadership, he simply should have made a situation where it would seem she prefers to take a non wolf side over a wolf side (either Klaus or Elijah would do)

And most importantly, you do not confess like a moron to a woman before you kill here. It's not like there's an original vampire with super hearing walking around. Let alone the possibility that Elijah did give her his blood or whatever.

Furthermore, the entire use of bombs on this show makes everything that happened so far so stupid. If the witches feared Marcel because of Devina and couldn't do magic, why didn't they just blow up his place? Why didn't Marcel tried to blow up Klaus instead of just letting dozens of vampires attack him on a suicide mission that couldn't work either way?

This is as dumb as Buffy using the rocket launcher, once you pass that mark there is no going back.

Second part that was stupid was everything wtih Cami's uncle. Yes, I too have been saying for all this time that vamping him should have been something someone suggested long ago. Okay, at least they finally went there.
But last week, Genevive told Cami that she might have an idea and even though she said "no" in the end, the fact that they haven't bothered asking any other witch to do anything about it is absurd.

Leaving aside that TVD originally said that Klaus has his own army of witches this show ignores, the fact that Cami didn't try to ask Devina for help is absurd.

I will, however, give credit where credit is due. At least finally Haley asked about maybe she should see a doctor. I find it so utterly stupid that she didn't see an OBGYN up until this point. Even if she wanted to go all natural, the notion that Klaus would even take a chance with the baby is absurd.
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I agree w/ you on the werewolf thing I said "watch its one of the wolves" and as soon as he slammed down and yelled "VAMPIRES!" I said its himmmm lol. Also there is no way a whole tribe of werewolves will not be able to sense/smell some outsider in their midst w/ ill intentions like planting bombs underneath their lil trailers and what not, so it had to one of their own. It just was not clever at all if they were going to go that route.
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Great episode. I did not want it to end. I didn't even check the time during the whole episode. Kieran is dead, this episode had me thinking that he was going to turn into a new super vampire to add another villain into the mix. Klaus mercy killed him and saved Cami. He was actually kind about it, which was very redeeming. Klaus had several redeeming moments in this episode. Maybe there is hope for him after all.

The key is to a chest full of spanish doubloons. Or another white oak stake. Or Esther's grimoire part 2. Or some new MacGuffin WMD that will take out all supernaturals at once.

I never liked Oliver. He killed pack members with the bombs. He killed the blonde in cold blood. And now he is trying to take control of the pack. He is a traitor and needs to be hanged.

No, but I bit a hangnail off of my thumb.

yay for Bastiana. She is more conniving than Genevieve could ever be.
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i find it difficult to give this ep anything less than a 10.

Klaus seems to become a bigger person in this ep as the ep magnified certain aspects of his character that we dun often see. Gotta love how he was able to put aside his anger for Marcel to call him and offer a suspension to his exile to the french quarter in order to allow him to comfort Cami. He was also gracious enough to facilitate with the shock therapy session despite his disbelief that it could work and his discomfort at watching it.

I also enjoyed the scene where Hayley confronted Diego. So bad-ass.. so awesome.

The episode ended perfectly.. Almost. The closing scene with Elijah and Klaus would have been more impactful if Rebekah was there too. Such a precious moment. Ruined by a missing element. Rebekah is terribly missed.

Overall, wonderful ep. Great editing, great direction, good built up to the finale, suspenseful trailer. Cant wait for next ep.
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There was something I wanted to write here....
Still stick with the P.S. -part !

Something that includes the complete The Vampire Diaries storyline!!
Hell YES!!
It's not a secret season 5 has been the worst season of all time and the idea of The Originals saving it!? Thank you father Kiran!! (R.I.P)

ps: Is it just me or was this episode amazing?! Blew me away!
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Don't know the blonde werewolf's name that was heng Haley and who Oliver killed,but didn't Elijah give her his blood to heal her?So it stands to reason she should come back as a vampire right?Or mabey it was out of her system by then idk.


Anyway,good episode and am definitely looking forward to next weeks episode.
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Sadly, werewolves can't be turned into vampires. Unless they consume Klaus's blood before dying and then the blood of the female doppleganger during their transition, they die during transition in a really horrible way.
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Tyler demonstrated earlier this season that the blood of Klaus' child can create a hybrid as well and the doppelganger blood isn't needed (since that was something Esther had done when she put the hybrid curse on Klaus specifically - so it does not apply to his child). The hybrid that Tyler created using the baby's blood didn't live very long (as the hybrid was sired to the baby and protected the baby (and by extension Hayley) when Tyler was trying to kill her so Tyler killed him). but I think we were supposed to assume that the hybrid transitioned into a vampire correctly.
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I don't think he did. He volunteered to give her some blood but Oliver said she's rather die than ingest vampire blood so I don't think he gave her any or she would have been able to defend herself when Oliver decided to kill her.
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Poor, poor Klaus. Nothing he does is ever good enough for any of his love interests. He was Cami all that time and she asks for Marcel. Caroline was always ashamed of her feelings for him (forgetting her so called saintly friends were all murderers too). Every time he tries to connect with Hayley, she makes it clear she will always choose Elijah. Can we please, just for once, get Klaus a girl who is into him alone? Who doesn't stand for his crap but isn't ashamed of being with him either? The only woman who was into him & not another guy too was Genevieve and they've wasted no time turning her into a villain (I still love her). He's far from perfect but he doesn't always have to be the second, lesser, shameful choice.

This was a good episode. I love how the brothers are finally working together. Father Kieran's death was done perfectly. Marcel is still annoying as ever & needs to be killed off. Thankfully no Davina this episode, I'm in the minority who can't stand the sight of her face.

One thing really bugs me. How Hayley is so heavily pregnant but struts and swaggers around like she's not carrying a baby inside her. I don't expect her to waddle but she could at least act like she's pregnant & change her gait a little. It's stupid, I know, but it seriously annoys me.
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Well.. truth to be told - Klaus is the one who cost the fact that girls are running away from him.. He wasn´t very nice to Heyley from the beginning, he wanted to kill her and the baby so she found a comfort in Elijah.. who knows what would happen if Klaus was nicer. Cami is the same thing. I had a feeling that she fall for him almost immediately, more than for Marcel.. but.. Klaus did what he did.. and even after that I had a feeling that she was hoping (till the episode were she slept with Marcel) that KLAUS is going to help her with her uncle.. but at certain moment se lost her hope - when he was with Genevieve and told Cami that there´s no hope.
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1) Since Father Kieran was the leader of the human Faction it probably somehow ties in with that. I bet Francesca (the new leader of the humans) is going to want it for something.

2) Yep. Those werewolves that died are on him. He should never have agreed to blow up his own people. Leading Rebekah into a trap I get (she was a total stranger to him and he thought the witch would help the werewolves) but risking blowing up himself and these werewolves he's known his entire life I just can't forgive him for.

I thought it was interesting that Klaus knew the suicide bomber wasn't Marcel's style so he couldn't have been behind it but yet he didn't tell Hayley this information when they were talking.

Klaus last week was talking about how the werewolves needed to unite together and the rivialry between them needed to stop so I think he may know a lot more about werewolf culture (even though he's probably never lived as a werewolf) that he lets on.

I don't like how the writing is trying to force Klaus/Cami in a romantic way. I just don't think Klaus is actually into her. Marcel has been romantically into her since the pilot episode, but then their romance was halted to accommodate the awful Rebekah/Marcel plot-line, but now with Rebekah gone we're back to Marcel/Cami. There's no need for it to be a love triangle. Klaus may have sympathized with Cami and wanted to try to help Kieran - but there's no reason it needs to become romantic. I'd rather see them go in a friendship direction.

I was annoyed that Hayley didn't stay with the werewolves and help them (the way Jackson & Elijah did). I guess the plot mandated that she had to go have a conversation with Marcel about how her parents died - but it was reckless. Those vampires could have easily killed her. I think because she's pregnant none of the vampires are really willing to kill her because they know that if they kill Klaus' child it's probably a death sentence for them. I would really like to see Hayley put the safety of her child first - and I do think Marcel was right that the best thing for her to do would be to leave town and take Klaus with her and raise her child somewhere that's not a supernatural war-zone.
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Considering Klaus knew that Marcel didn't do it and he knew him well enough to know he would never dare harm Haley, I think he didn't tell Haley on purpose so that she would go on a wild goosechase but would be safe in the meantime.

And of course Klaus knows about wolves, he went and tracked down several packs to turn into hybrids, so he obviously has been with them quite a lot.

And yes... Triangles are annoying on this show. Please stop them at all costs.
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I totally agree with your statement about Cami, Marcel and Klaus. I wish these writers will stop trying to write a love triangle with every character. I think Klaus' redemption would be more meaningful if he developed a friendship with Cami rather than a romance because in reality love doesn't solve all problems. The only person he should love right now is his child.
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Thank you! And I agree this love triangle dynamic bothered me too. I just don't see the point of the three of them getting romantic at any point. They have so much on their plates right now and personnally I'm sucker for complex relationships that don't necessarily involve romance. I could still buy it if the writers have decided to play it slow burn rather than rushing it like they do now . Plus, now is just not the time. Also I wish that Cami was more established as a more complex character than she is now. I feel like she needs to find her own strength and get a storyline that makes her an active participant in this war rather than being tangled up in theirs, and theirs only.
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I will never be mad at Oliver for anything he does, not after the lifetime pass he earned in that kitchen scene with Rebekah.&--- This right here! That's all that goes through my head every time I look at Oliver! Shirtless in the kitchen! Price is in my head yet again!

Awesome ep! And I hope that hinted TVD connection is for real too! Can't wait til next week!
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Just a random thought but I had that song from Pocahontas in my head the whole time " savages......... Sound the drums of war" anywho WOW what an episode I loved it from start to finish, Haley is finally showing some strength and that's great. Josh was great this episode his Whitby oneliners where fantastic. Now I see war in the future bloody, bloody war and I'm soooooo excited.
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Josh is fast becoming my favourite character!
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Is it bad that I wanted Eve to live even as a vamp so Elijah can bang her? Of all the Clan JackAss turns out she isn't a wolf. Though Jackson went from who to Na...

Oliver needs to be hybridized and then stabbed with the knife of eternal Torment and buried in the garden and left there for two centuries or more.

Suicide Bomber if it was Marcel's plan it was smart. I almost admired the guy from a strategic terror point of view. Turns out it isn't his.

Hopefully Kieran key should give the Human faction an edge. I'm just saying humans are the real underdog in this war they need something to give a dog in this show in my opinion.
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Hmm, Eve and Elijah might've made a good couple, but unless they're turned by Klaus the hybrid AND drink the doppleganger's blood, wolves die horrific deaths during transition...though we've never seen what happens to a werewolf who hasn't triggered the wolf curse. Maybe she could've been turned? Potential new mythology!
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Josh's line when Father Kieran says, "there's a special place in Hell for people like you." and he replies, "yeah, yeah, I've heard that one before." -now that was a good way to give subtle nod to a character's gayness. Much better than the not so subtle gay explosion we got when Luke first appeared on TVD.
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I'm wondering when he will get a love interest...?!
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I'm wondering what he thinks of all the other dudes on the show? Like, does Josh consider Marcel to be a hottie? Diego? KLAUS!?
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I can't reply to your last comment directly (dunno why), so I'm just doing it here:
DUDE, we should ask the writers of the show if they'd receive us for guest writing! We would soo rule the script! :D
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I am a writer/cartoonist, and one of my ultimate dreams would be to be in Julie Plec's position and be a showrunner for a CW show. Call me goofy, it is odd because I'm a straight guy in my thirties, but I love teen drama shows! Always have. I think it comes from watching soap operas with my grandmother growing up. But to become a showrunner, you generally start out as a writer, so I would LOVE to write for one of these shows! If only they would let us do it! Even to be in the writing room throwing down ideas would be awesome.
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No to Diego (I don't like him), hands off my Klaus (already claimed), but YES to Marcel for Josh. He can have him.^^
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That would be NUTS! I was just trying to figure out how they were gonna keep Marcel on the show after this season, like, what would his function be? They could make him bisexual and have him hook up with Josh! I don't know if anyone here is old enough to remember the 90's like me, but back then on Dawson's Creek they had this character Jack, and the second he stopped dating Joey, ( Who wasn't a boy BTW, it Katie Holmes's character ) they had no use for him anymore, so they gave him the choice, "you can become gay, or we can write you off the show." He went the gay way. That would be totally insane with Marcel.
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EXACTLY!

This is why I love Josh and hate Luke so much. Both might have started off the same token gay characters, but Josh evolved to the point where he is a fully developed character that also happens to be gay

And Luke remained the token nothingness that he is.
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I would have loved to have seen Father Kieran as a vampire, trying to maintain his faith and position while drinking- presumably-animal blood.
Interesting how no matter where a vampire is holed up, even if it is the dingiest place on Earth, they manage to have a fully stocked wet bar.
I want to see Klaus and Hayley work together instead of having him choose to be with Cami or dealing with other matters, it would have been awesome to see them deal with the fallout of the suicide bomber together instead of him staying with Cami and letting the woman carrying his baby storm around New Orleans without any backup.
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The bombing was over and Hayley wasn't in any danger. There wasn't really anything that Klaus could have done other than had her tag along with him when he went to ask Genevieve if the witches were behind it (because unlike Hayley, Klaus didn't think Marcel was responsible). I think he saw what was going on with Kieran to be the more immediate concern and then planned to go deal with Hayley once that was over. He did ask Hayley to stay out of trouble and I think he wanted her to wait for him before she did anything.
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I agree with you, I'll add that Klaus assumed that Marcel would never dare harm her, so if anyone was still out to get her, Marcel would protect her.

There really was no reason for him to run after her.
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But didn't he tell her that after he was done with Camille she would have his undivided attention and ask her to wait/not do anything stupid?
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But she told him that Elijah is with her.
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is it bad that i wanted cami to die instead of the priest guy haha
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No, I really wanted to see Mad-Vampire-Priest.
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I was going yesssss yesss cami bites the dust but nope she's still here.
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Decent episode. Calm before the storm in the last couple of eps , now its the clouds gathering before the war/finale.
Rebeckah is missed, BUT it also shows just how good the show is that it can still run fairly smoothly without such a big character.

Seeing a bomb attack in a forest is new.
R.I.P to father Kieren. I thought he could have survived another season, he had the potential to be this shows Alaric.
Wolf guy Oliver is a dick. I quite liked Eve.
Marcel saved Hayley. and their conversion was amusing.
Elijah realises that Klaus is right.
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I can feel that they're building up to a finale, and while I appreciate it, this show has kind of lost the one thing that gave it the emotional factor for me: Rebekah. I tried to get into this ep (and last week's) but Rebekah's absence is still very, very profound. I miss her :(
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Without Rebekah, I find I'm not rooting for any side. If I wanted to watch groups I don't care about squabbling, I could watch CSPAN.
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R.I.P Father, loved that character.
I sincerely think he'll find peace now, just like Jenna moved on and bypassed the other side.
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Was it just me, or was Klaus a GOOD GUY in this episode? I can't remember a single heartless, ruthless, or just plain mean thing he did tonight. Could it be? Twenty episodes into the series, is our protagonist finally becoming a PROTAGONIST!? Talk about a game changing plot twist!
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Oh god, thanks! So it wasn't just my own imagination that Klaus was weirdly gentlemen this episode. I mean, he even allowed MARCEL a break from his exile to comfort Cami...
I liked it this episode, but I also hope that it's not permanent. I need my bad boy. :)
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I dunno, I like there to to be a balance of him being bad and him being good.
I also noticed that Marcel didn't do anything bad in this episode. Even his gesture of getting Hayley out of town wasn't really "bad"-it actually probably would be for the best if she left, considering the baby. And we got the reveal that he saved her as a child. Taking the key from Cammi might look bad, but for all we know it could be for a good reason.
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No Davina. Wow. Did they explain why she wasn't involved? Unless, she was caught in the mix of the witches planning Hayley's "miscarriage", but still. Davina is good friends with Cami AND Josh, it would seem plausible she'd be there.
Well, it was an okay episode. Not sure what Marcel's doing anymore though.
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Yes, for the life of me, why didn't Cami ask Devina to break the spell of her uncle? Genevive said she might have an idea, that means that asking other witches to do it would be setp 1.
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Well, Davina is sort of grounded now isn't she :) ?
Plus, it's just a theory but I assume she couldn't really ask knowing how the coven of crazy witches and the ancestors threatened Davina if she ever dared to go against them again. Bastianna was the one who hexed Kieran and she is one of their ancestors now, so that's probably why.
But I do think that's a shame we didn't get all the three of them together :) .
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Sigh. This is the first episode i watched since rebekah left. It just isn't working
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R.I.P., Father Kieran! Such a shame, I loved the character...

And that hex was a hell of a hex... Followed him in death... I'm with Josh, remind me not to piss off a witch!

Oh, and they left us with a cliffhanger last ep., that the witches (Genevieve, specifically) had to kill Klaus' baby but that wasn't even adressed in this ep... I mean, Hayley was in some danger with the bombs and all, but as far as I could understand, the witches weren't behind it, Ollie and the humans were (Ollie apparently was a little cheated... but he was a huge d*** nonetheless).

I hope the witches were just chilling this ep. and thinking about how they're gonna do it cause if nothing is said nor done about it next ep., that "let's-kill-klaus'-baby" cliffhanger (a recycled one, by the way) is gonna be just lost in translation...

And Klaus and Elijah made up... again. They fight, then make up, and then fight, and make up again, and in record time. It's getting tiresome and repetitive, I do hope they stop fighting for while and work together for a longer period this time, just for a change... You go, Mikealson brothers!
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I can't wait this battle is going to be good.

My guess this their will be an episode were there is tons of fighting and death, cut with footage of Haley giving birth, with no sound other then music.
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Oliver is such a d-bag.. I knew after he screwed over Beks that time that he was a weaselly mf.. I just want to be clear on what exactly took place.. So right before Ollie killed that woman, he basically told her he had aligned himself with the humans to get the werewolves to rise up against the vampires? Or did I totally misinterpret that? He said they screwed him over tho, so did he only know about the guy on the motorcycle and not the bombs planted in the houses?
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That is my understanding
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