The Originals Recap: Season 1, Episode 8 — Klaus Has His Kingdom Back
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The Originals Recap: Season 1, Episode 8 — Klaus Has His Kingdom Back

Klaus finally has his kingdom back, but the Mikaelsons are more divided than ever. (And you thought your family had problems!)

In Season 1, Episode 8 (“The River in Reverse”) of The Originals, Joseph Morgan turned out some of his best work as big, bad hybrid Klaus to date, and the final scene between Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah was absolutely heartbreaking. Clearly, all Klaus has ever wanted was his family, but he has a funny way of showing it. However, after the initial shock of impedining fatherhood wore off, Klaus really tried to work with his siblings — he let Elijah handle Sophie Deveraux and the witches, and he even sat back as Rebekah fell (back) in love with his foe, Marcel. But when it came time for his siblings to trust him, they failed. They believed Tyler Lockwood.

“I make no excuses for past sins, but in the one moment when you two could have chosen to stand by me, to believe in me, believe my intentions for my own child were pure, you chose to stand against me — to side with my enemies.” Buuuurn! [Cut to a lonely, solo tear rolling down JoMo’s pretty face.]

It’s hard to imagine Klaus as a doting dad, but he truly does love this child, and it’s never been as apparent than in “The River in Reverse.” He just wanted his family back. Sure, he showed it a little differently than Elijah, who still believes Klaus can be redeemed and his broken family “fixed,” but Klaus only ever wanted to share his kingdom with his siblings.

The Originals Recap: Season 1, Episode 8 — Klaus Has His Kingdom Back
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Rebekah, however, betrayed his trust by siding with her love Marcel. (So are Rebekah and Marcel really a couple at this point?) Vampire Barbie takes out Tyler Lockwood with one flick of her wrist — he was so annoying anyway — and helps Marcel and Co. craft the perfect plan to take down Klaus. Marcel seems to think that if he gathered his entire army (nightwalkers and daywalkers, alike!), they’ll be able to capture Klaus and bury him in “The Garden.” But they were very, very wrong.

It should be noted that Klaus is the Original hybrid and, therefore, has the ablity to take out Marcel’s entire army when he kicks it into scary hybrid mode. In an effort to save Marcel and stop the madness, Rebekah tells Marcel to grab the coin Klaus had placed on the floor at the beginning of the rumble. By doing so, Marcel would have to pledge his allegience to Klaus. By the end of the episode, the tables had turned — Klaus was back on the throne, and he took his Little Wolf with him.

I’m curious to see where this leaves Rebekah and Elijah. “I wanted a home back, now I have it, so I’m going to live there,” Klaus told them. “And the two of you can stay here together… and rot.” Are Rebekah and Marcel still together? Or will Klaus keep them apart? As for Elijah and Hayley, it’s clear these two have fallen for one another, but Elijah is hesitant to show his true feelings after what happened to his former love Celeste, a witch he fell for back in the 1800s. As soon as Klaus found out about his love for Celeste, she was as good as dead. Clearly, Elijah doesn’t want the past to repeat itself.

The Originals Recap: Season 1, Episode 8 — Klaus Has His Kingdom Back
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With Klaus back in control, it will be interesting to see how this affects Elijah and Rebekah. Will Elijah continue his deal with Davina (who was absent from this episode)? As for Hayley, Elijah and Rebekah were starting to feel like the only family she had ever known, and if Klaus hears word of her werewold ancestors in the bayou, he’ll definitely want to see them dead.

The power dynamics on The Originals is what makes this series so compelling. Each week, an intriguing new alliance has formed. Klaus is back on top now, but Marcel and his men could be planning a coup d'état — or will Marcel and Klaus rekindle their old companionship? And then there’s poor Tyler, who is being kept in Marcel’s dangerous garden. Seeing how he wants to see Hayley’s baby dead before Klaus can use her to create a hybrid army, will he turn to Sophie Deveraux for help? Because let’s face it: at this point, the witches really need to be brought back into the main plot before I forget their names.

As for the Mikaelsons, it’s clear the heart of this show is their twisted, albeit gut-wrenching, family dynamics. At this point, the Mikaelsons are so broken, I fear even perfect Elijah won’t be able to fix it.

Rebekah: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I am a liar, a betrayer. I have conspired against my own blood, and I doubt even your God can save me.”

Klaus: “Poppycock!”

Klaus: “That typewriter was good enough for Hemingway.”

Cami: “I doubt you trust your own reflection.”

Klaus: “Harlots are like rats in the Quarter, you trip over one every step you take.”

Marcel: “You can put me back on the street for all I care. But let’s make one thing clear, you will never have this: Loyalty. You can’t own it. You can’t force it. It comes only out of love and respect from the people who belive in you. You taught me many things, Niklaus Mikaelson, but this I learned myself, and it is something you will never know. Enjoy your kingdom.

What did you think of the episode, Originals fans? Sound off in the comments!

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!