A heartbreaking sacrifice was made on Friday’s episode of The Originals — and not just the mountain of precious beignets that went completely uneaten. (Not even breakfast is immune to the power of The Hollow, apparently.)
Once Klaus and Co. caught wind of Elijah’s kidnapping, it was all hands on deck to rescue him, even if it meant forging a temporary alliance with Vincent and Marcel. The problem with that plan, of course, is that — while stopping The Hollow from materializing remained the collective goal — everybody involved had their own stipulations.
Vincent, for example, was ready to leave Elijah for dead, while Klaus was more interested in killing Sofya, which is the one thing Marcel said he wouldn’t allow. It was like a damn serpent eating itself — which, come to think of it, is kind of a theme this season.
I’m not going to lie, this was one of the Mikaelsons’ most complicated — and, dare I say, sloppiest — plans to date. Everybody’s actions seemed to counteract everybody else’s, and if you want an exact play-by-play of what went down, you’ve come to the wrong person. But here’s where I think we ended up: Elijah is technically dead, though Freya was able to trap his distorted spirit in her pendant; with Hope’s help, Hayley should be able to enter his shattered mind to help bring him back; and Sofya, though battered and bruised, is no longer possessed.
Worst of all — yes, even worse than Elijah’s temporary demise — The Hollow has been made flesh.
* I love that Freya has someone to calm her down when she goes all, well, Freya. And I love it even more that Keelin is that person. Their relationship is my favorite thing to come out of this season. (No pun intended.)
* Speaking of the hottest couple in New Orleans, I really appreciated when Klaus told Freya, “Your girlfriend seems nice, for what it’s worth.” It was a small gesture, but it was all that needed to be said in the moment, not unlike Hayley showing her approval earlier this season.
* But nothing packed the emotional punch of Vincent’s pre-sacrifice speech to Klaus: “Here you are, finally living up to the potential Cami saw in you. She would have been proud.” #gutted
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