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The Originals - Till The Day I Die - Review + POLL

This week on the Originals, Kol, Rebekah, and Davina returned to New Orleans for Freya and Keelin’s wedding, which almost didn’t happen when the 2 got into an argument about starting a family. But Freya came clean about her fears and promised to work on it with her new wife. Davina discovered that the Hollow will soon kill Hope. Declan threatened to reveal the supernatural world to the human faction but later agreed to work with Marcel instead to help build a better New Orleans for everyone. Flashbacks showed us that Hayley came to see Elijah in France, leaving Elijah feeling even guiltier. He almost leaves his family but a letter from Hayley changes his mind and he finally reconciles with Klaus, who needs him now more than ever. 

Out of character: I really hope that this is the last time I have to lay into Elijah because this is becoming tiresome. But I did not agree with the writing choices that were made for him this week. First the flashbacks. I think I get what the writers were trying to do here, appease the Hayley and Elijah fans but in my opinion, they made it worse. The tragedy of Hayley’s death was that Elijah didn’t remember her, or his feelings for her. But now that we know they met in France and had a great time, it makes even less sense to me. Sure, he may have felt deceived at that moment, but she never actually lied and was that really enough for him to let her die for people he didn’t even know. Because I’d understand if he’d been close to Greta and Roman if they’d known each other for longer than a few hours. But they didn’t, both sides were essentially strangers to him. And he knew one of those sides was his family, a family that loved him. With all of his memories now restored, Elijah is still carrying around that guilt, understandably. But Elijah bailing on Klaus and Freya on moments like this seemed so out of character to me. Freya has finally found some happiness, and Elijah won’t even stick around to walk her down the aisle. Klaus is about to go through the worst thing possible, losing a child, and he bails. I almost threw my laptop at this point. This made no sense to me, no matter how much guilt he was carrying around. It shouldn’t have taken a letter from Hayley to snap him out of it. I haven’t liked the direction the writers took with this character for a while, but this was a whole new level. 

Nice timing: I don’t know what Freya was thinking putting off that conversation until right before the wedding. Whether or not you want a family is one of those must-have discussions before getting married. Maybe she was waiting for the right time, but as she herself pointed out, there is no such thing. I’m glad Rebekah was there to mediate, though. Freya would’ve let her fear of becoming her mother ruin her own chances at happiness. But I guess it’s understandable. Freya hasn’t had the same experience with family as her siblings have. Despite all of their disagreements, fights and the occasional threats, they’ve always been united behind “Always & Forever”. But Freya is the one that was given away to Dahlia before she was even born. She has some serious mommy issues that she’ll need to work through first. And then there’s the loss of her son that I’m not sure she’s worked through… yeah, it’s going to be a few years before they start that family. The wedding was really sweet and beautiful, I just wish the writers had actually made it about them and not about another couple (and yes, I would’ve said this if it had been a different couple). I would’ve liked to have heard their wedding vows. 

Stay: Since this is the final season, it makes sense that we finally start seeing some familiar faces again. Rebekah and Davina were back this way, though it sucks that the latter didn’t get a scene with Josh before he died (or that we didn’t get a funeral). So is Davina using magic to slow down her aging or is it just great skin cream that makes her look only a few years older than Hope, while she should look at least 15 years older? Rebekah spent the episode sharing her infinite wisdom. From relationship and wedding dress advice to being there for Klaus as he’s facing one of the most difficult things, anyone can face. Davina tried to find a cure for Hope. Honestly, maybe she and Freya should hold a séance to talk to Esther. Between the 3 of them, they should be able to work something out. I hope Davina and Rebekah stick around for the remaining 2 episodes. 

Needs a hug (and finally got it): I felt so bad for Klaus, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him this hopeless. He wants to save his daughter so badly and it’s killing him that there’s nothing he can do. I totally get why he didn’t tell her anything. I’m sure he will eventually but she was so happy, she finally had a good day for the first time in a while and he didn’t want to ruin it for her. I really love how they’ve written their relationship this season. It’s truly been one of the highlights for me and I hope that despite Klaus’ absence in Legacies, we’ll still get to see some of that there. 
Best quotes: Vincent: “It’s like I keep pushing the same stone up the same hill and it just rolls right back down and it crashes on top of you. And I cannot do it. We had all those years of vigilance, we had all those years of peace and good people died. And it means nothing. Nothing that I have ever done in my entire life has meant anything at all.” Freya: “That is not true. We had 7 years of peace because of you. 7 years of people not having to apologize for who they were, not having to mourn their dead. That was you.” Vincent: “That was us. And it’s over. And I thought that it was going to last longer.” 
Rebekah: “Well, it wouldn’t be a Mikaelson family gathering without one of us being mad at another one.” 
Rebekah: “We may be damaged, but we are not doomed to repeat our parents’ mistakes.” 
Keelin: “Yes, see, that is the look that I need. That’s the ‘I don’t know what to do’ look, that’s the ‘your my partner, let’s work it out together’ look. And believe me, it is a lot better than the Mikaelson ‘I’m gonna stubbornly make all the decisions for the both of us until the end of time’ look.” 
Davina: “Marcel, you want to honor him after he’s dead. I’m talking about a way that could’ve kept him alive. Which one do you think he would’ve wanted?” 
Kol: “By the power vested in me by a Franciscan monk in the 13th century, … and by the internet a few hours ago, just to be on the safe side, I now pronounce you married. You may both kiss the bride.” 

That’s it for this week. Check in again next week for an all-new review and let me know in the comments what you thought of this week’s episode. 

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