The Originals Recap: Season 1, Episode 14 — This Love Is Treacherous
You know how they say the truth will set you free? Well, that doesn’t seem to apply to poor Rebekah. In fact, the truth put her on Klaus’ hit list, and it wasn’t pretty.
The Originals returned with Season 1, Episode 14 (“Long Way Back From Hell”), and if you thought after killing off Sophie the show was going to slow down, you thought wrong. This episode was a bulldozer of emotions — from fear to anxiety and yes, even sadness. The Mikaelson family has never been so broken. Sure, Klaus has daggered his sister many times before, but on tonight’s episode, he took things to a whole new level of desperation. He was ready to plunge that dagger into Rebekah’s heart permanently — and kill Marcel — for her betrayal. It was nothing short of terrifying… in the best way possible, of course.
This wasn’t The Originals’ finest hour — that honor belongs to Episode 13 — but “Long Way Back From Hell” comes in a pretty close second. It combined the creepiness of American Horror Story with the tragic family dynamics of Game of Thrones, and from start to finish, it was a thrill ride.
We start at the abandoned sanitorium, where Genevieve and Celeste have locked away Klaus and Rebekah. Why the sanitorium? Because it’s the place where Rebekah and Genevieve first met back in 1919. They were nurses during the influenza epidemic. Despite using her for her and Marcel’s master plan to bring Mikael back to town, Rebekah strikes up a friendship with the young witch. This, of course, only makes this more heartbreaking when Rebekah uses Genevieve for her plan.
Once the locator spell is completed, Rebekah starts to have second thoughts, but when she goes to call the whole thing off, Genevieve tells her it’s too late. Mikael has already been contacted. That’s when the plan starts to unravel and Genevieve realizes Rebekah’s friendship had all been a lie. She had been used in this twisted family feud. In an effort to keep her secret under wraps, Rebekah infects Genevieve with influenza — along with another young nurse we later learn was Celeste — and has her quarantined to die.
Yikes. Now can you see why Genevieve is so angry with Rebekah? Not only was she used by the blonde vamp, but she was also killed because of Rebekah’s guilty conscience. So it’s no surprise that Genevieve’s master plan was to explain the entire thing to Klaus — and when she does, he is NOT happy. [Cue a panic-inducing scene in which Klaus chases Rebekah around the abandoned sanitorium with a dagger.]
While his siblings are starting World War III, Elijah is going through his own personal hell trapped in a game with Celeste. She made him choose between his siblings and Hayley, and now she’s mocking him with a little hex. At Sophie’s consecration ceremony Monique gives Elijah a gift from Celeste — and it just so happens to be a riddle that marks his (incredibly chiseled) chest. There are names all over his chest — names of witches Celeste has inhabited over the centuries. And Elijah, Marcel, and Hayley need to put the pieces together fast because the longer the game, the longer Klaus and Rebekah suffer. [Side note: It took us a while to get onboard, but now we’re totally shipping Hayley and Elijah. Our TV screens were literally sparking after that Haylijah scene. Plus, seeing Hayley wack Celeste over the head with a shovel was a definitely high point for her character. It finally feels like Hayley is a player in the game and not the Mary Sue character that needs to be rescued all of the time.]
Luckily, Elijah is able to figure out the puzzle with a little intel from Marcel, who reveals his and Rebekah’s plan to bring Mikael to New Orleans nearly a century ago. Needless to say, Elijah is not happy with Marcel. His foolish plan cost his family the only true happiness they had ever known. But Elijah knows that if Klaus finds out about this betrayal, he’ll be after Rebekah’s blood, so he puts his anger aside to go rescue his sister.
Back at the sanitorium, Klaus threatens to makes Rebekah’s life miserable with the hexed dagger Genevieve had given him. It basically makes his desiccation daggers look like a fun time. Rebekah puts up a good fight, but she’s no match for her hybrid brother, who’s running on pure anger at this point. But just when it looks like all hope is lost for poor Rebekah, Elijah rushes to the scene and turns the dagger on Klaus. Ouch. This is definitely not helping Klaus work through his trust issues. Elijah tells Rebekah and Marcel to run as far away from New Orleans as they can — and they do. Elijah is left with a paralyzed Klaus in his arms.
Things are not looking good for the Mikaelson family. Klaus hunted Katherine Pierce for over 500 years. We can only imagine the kind of hell Klaus is going to raise to find Rebekah — that is, if he can get that dagger out of his chest first. Is this what the witches wanted? To split up the Mikaelsons and weekend the vampires? Because they’re doing a hell of a job.
$#*! The Originals Say
Genevieve: “I’m no stranger to Rebekah’s treachery — something that you and I have in common.”
Rebekah: “I don’t want to be afraid of what my brother will do to me for loving you.”
Klaus: “My father’s blade. It went missing when I was just a boy. He beat me half to death, so sure I had stolen it.” (Klaus may be a dick, but let's not forget how he was emotionally scarred by his father.)
Marcel: “I loved her. I still love her.”
Hayley: “Hey there, witch bitch. You and I are going to have a little chat.”
Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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