Klaus is no longer a lone wolf in New Orleans, but can he truly trust Marcel? On The Originals midseason finale (Season 1, Episode 9 (“Reigning Pain in New Orleans”), Klaus enlists Marcel’s help to co-rule the French Quarter. The big, bad hybrid can rule, but he can’t quite win over the vampires — so he asks Marcel to rule with him, as brothers. I shall name them Marclaus. [Cue happy tears!]

However, the happy feels are short-lived because Marcel is hiding something from Klaus, and Rebekah is in on the secret. “I know the words that will make him hate you forever,” she tells Marcel after he once again chooses Klaus over her. Hm, that sounds ominous.

Alas, it looks like the tides have shifted once again in this ever-changing game of chess that is The Originals. Klaus and Marcel are now working together after they wiped out the entirety of the human faction (except for Father Kieran), and Elijah and Rebekah have even been given the go-ahead to join them in the mansion, which means Hayley and Elijah can let the sparks fly. Meanwhile, Davina the teenaged witch has gotten wind of how Elijah brutally killed Agnus, and now she’s on the run from the vampires with Josh, who is most likely No. 1 on Klaus’s kill list. And where to they decide to seek refuge? In Cami’s apartment! Meanwhile, Sophie is still MIA. Is she even on this show anymore? Or are the witches planning some sort of uprising?

With Klaus on the throne, his first order of business is trying to make Marcel’s old regime trust him. So he tells the vampires to go on a werewolf killing spree to prove that he doesn’t plan on creating more hybrids. Upon hearing that her pack was in danger, Hayley turns to Elijah and Rebekah for help. She needs them to saves the werewolves in the bayou. Obviously, Elijah goes along with the plan because he very clearly loves her. But Elijah and Rebekah discover something much more interesting about the pack in the bayou — they’re related to Klaus’s biological father! In fact, one wolf even had a ring similar to Esther’s wrapped around his neck. Does this mean we’re finally going to learn more about Klaus’s other family? Color me intrigued.

At this point, it’s hard not to ship Elijah and Hayley. These two have intense chemistry — did you see that scene on the balcony?! — and they also have what every TV ship needs to thrive: romantic tension. He is, after all, the baby daddy’s brother. That’s bound to cause drama for the already-fraying Mikaelsons.

However, the relationship I’m most intrigued to see develop is the one between Klaus and Marcel. Clearly, these two former confidantes have a lot of history, but it’s their future that’s uncertain. Marcel is hiding something big from Klaus, and I’m guessing it has something to do with Mikael. Marcel was hurt when the Mikaelsons fled New Orleans back in 1918, and I’m going to speculate that Marcel was the one who told Mikael where his children were headed. Now, this would definitely make Klaus hate Marcel forever. If there was one person who could bring Klaus to his knees, it was Mikael.

Klaus opened up to Marcel about his true feelings toward his unborn child. At first, the thought of being a father meant nothing to him. “Then I recalled my father, how he held me in contempt from the moment I was born,” he told Marcel. Seeing Klaus open up to Marcel was key in developing his character. He’s never been good at the whole friendship thing, and he’s putting himself in a vulnerable position by trusting Marcel, especially when he’s hiding something so catastrophic.

And then, of course, there’s Cami. Sigh. As much as it breaks my Klaroline heart, I’m find myself truly fascinated with Klaus and Cami. While I don’t think anything romantic is going to happen anytime soon — she’s a human, after all —  he showed her a part of himself he doesn’t share with anyone. And that’s big. When he compelled her to leave New Orleans, he didn’t do it for himself (he needs another stenographer now), he did it for her. Klaus rarely puts others before himself, so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens once Cami regains her memories from Davina.

While “Reigning Pain in New Orleans” wasn’t the best episode of The Originals, it did manage to tie things up quite nicely. The Mikaelsons are somewhat back to normal, even though Rebekah is still suspect, and I’m looking forward to seeing them back under one roof. As for Marcel, I still don’t trust him, especially now that I know he’s hiding something from Klaus. What other skeletons does Marcel have in his closet? Hopefully, we’ll find out when The Originals returns in 2014!

$#*! The Originals Say

“Make me a promise, Marcel. You will do whatever it takes to stay alive.”

“So eat, drink, and be merry, and tomorrow I suggest you have yourselves a little wolf hunt. Go ahead, kill them all.”

“You haven’t paid for anything in your life.”

“A thousand years of history isn’t going to write itself.”

“Do we look like a bloody vampire rescue squad?”

“I see you’re an artist. Wonderful.”

“Darling, we have got to stop meeting like this. This is how rumors begin.”

“When I picked up that coin, I swore loyalty, Klaus, not friendship.”

“I’ve had enough of family to last me a lifetime. Why would I possibly want anymore?”

“I know the words that will make him hate you forever.”

“You don’t make it easy to love you, brother.”

Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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