With the closing of 2013, we’re looking back on our favorite moments from the past year in television. This included the launch of The Originals, aka The Vampire Diaries spin-off we never knew we wanted and are now addicted to. Here are our seven favorite moments from the supernatural sibling drama’s run so far.

Elijah and Klaus face off (Season 1, Episode 1: “Always and Forever”)

For a show that has progressively improved after a promising yet lackluster pilot, most of our favorite The Originals moments came in later episodes but that doesn’t mean this scene in the pilot that saw brothers Klaus and Elijah getting into a fistfight, then a heart-to-heart didn’t gut us. This is the reason we watch the show: to see this dysfunctional family try to function. Elijah tells his baby brother: “Who’s more pathetic: the one who sees hope to make his family whole, or the coward who can only see the world through his own fear? … The first time our father laid a hand on you, I should have struck him dead. I made a promise to you: Always and forever. Family above all.” And, that’s the show in a nutshell, folks.

Davina gets angry (Season 1, Episode 4: “Girl in New Orleans”)

In the fourth episode , Klaus and Davina finally meet. Arguably the two most powerful characters on the show, we were dying for this moment. As Klaus was pitching an alliance, the scene was relatively mild, but we did get to see Davina sic her powers on Klaus when the Big Baddie held her violin-playing crush hostage. Smashing windows, flaring candles. It was pretty great introduction to this dynamic. We can’t wait to see these two characters really face off.

Vampire book club (Season 1, Episode 6: “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree”)

We don’t get enough scenes of all of the Mikaelsons together, so this scene of Klaus and Elijah indulging in “vampire book club” as Rebekah complains that their recent “meal” is staining a 200-year-old carpet is kind of great. It’s sad that it took the show six episodes to give us these three in a scene together because, when the Mikaelson siblings appear on screen together, it is thoroughly enjoyable. This also reminds us why we want these three crazy kids to work things out: so we can get more family time!

Elijah takes out the witches (Season 1, Episode 6: “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree”)

Perhaps our all-time favorite moment of the season so far came when Elijah used the nuance of semantics to trick Sophie into thinking her murderous witch friends were safe. He promised Sophie that he wouldn’t allow Klaus to kill Agnes. Instead, he does it, angrily telling the witch that, “I swore you would not die at my brother’s hand. I said nothing of my own. No one hurts my family and lives.” Homicide has never been so confusingly sweet. Also, Klaus’ face in this scene may be the best thing ever.

Davina and Joshua bond (Season 1, Episode 7: “Bloodletting”)

This is the friendship we didn’t know was missing until it happened: teenage witch Davina and newbie vamp Joshua. They met when Marcel asked Davina to free Josh from Klaus’ compulsion, but became besties when Davina decided not to wipe Josh’s memory of their encounter from his mind. Then, they have this convo:

Josh: “It’s kind of nice just talking to someone normal again.”

Davina: “You think I’m normal? I’m a 16-year-old witch living in a church attic like some kind of freak.”

Josh: “I’m a gay club kid who died and came back as a vampire. Yeah, normal’s kind of relative.”

Then, he pink-swears to keep Davina’s location a secret. On a show full of back-stabbing, it’s nice to see two characters who actually trust one another.

Klaus fights off Marcel’s army (Season 1, Episode 8: “The River in Reverse”)

We’re not generally overly impressed by The Originals’ fight scene, but the clash between Klaus and Marcel’s army was stylish, suspenseful, and set to the perfect song (The Silent Comedy’s “Bartholomew”). It also demonstrated just how powerful Klaus really is. His bloodbath was pretty gruesome, and his victory set about a turning point in The Originals narrative: Marcel and Klaus are, at least for now, on the same team.

Klaus guilts Rebekah and Elijah (Season 1, Episode 8: “The River in Reverse”)

This scene gets us every time! In the aftermath of Rebekah’s betrayal and Elijah’s doubts about Klaus’s intentions toward his unborn child, Klaus lets them know just how much they’ve hurt him and it hurt us, too. “Has history taught you nothing? We don’t abandon you, Nik, you drive us away!” “Is that so? What have I done lately, other than cooperate? … 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.” Klaus is a hard character to make sympathetic, but Joseph Morgan has made an artform out of it.

What’s your favorite The Originals scene so far? Share your picks in the comments below!

The Originals returns Tuesday, January 14, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!