Just when you think The Originals can’t possibly get any better, and episode like “Après Moi, Le Déluge” comes along to knock you right in the gut, proving that yes, in fact, it can. Season 1, Episode 11 had all the elements of a compelling hour of television — heartbreaking goodbyes, emotional connections, and a major twist in the third act. But, perhaps what made this episode truly remarkable was the was it fearlessly approached killing off a main character.

In the end, the power that surged through Davina was slowing killing her, and it was wreaking havoc on New Orleans. So, in order to save the city (because Klaus was not about to watch it go down in flames again), Sophie convinces the Mikaelsons to complete the Harvest. Marcel, on the other hand, isn’t having any of it, and he decides to kidnap Davina — who, at this point, is vomiting dirt and making the elements rain down on N’awlins — and take her to the docks. At first, Davina isn’t too keen on being alone with Marcel. After all, he did use her for her power, but upon the realization that Davina’s time is running out, they have an emotional heart-to-heart. (Seriously, I even teared up a little.)

But, when Sophie is unable to consecrate Celeste’s body, it looks like all hope for New Orleans is lost. Elijah, however, quickly turn to the only other solution — consecrating Esther Mikaelson’s body. In turn, this made Sophie an elder, and she was able to complete the Harvest after she slit Davina’s throat. But, it didn’t really go as planned. The power that was surging in Davina’s body did not go back to the four young witches. In fact, it disappeared — and Davina, Monique, and the other two girls were the casualties.

Sure, given Julie Plec’s track record on the CW, there’s a chance our dear teenage witch Davina will come back to life, but for the sake of storytelling, I really hope that’s not true. It’s not that I don’t like Davina — I actually found her to be the emotional crux of the show, especially given the way she bonded with Elijah, Rebekah, and Marcel. They each saw something special in her that made them want to protect her. But, I like a show that’s not afraid to take bold risks, even if that means killing off a teen girl (see: Vicki Donovan on The Vampire Diaries).

What made Davina’s death so special, however, was not the realization that the Reaping had not gone according to plan, but how Marcel reacted. He may have abused her power to control the witches, but he truly cared for Davina — in a way that coincidentally, only Klaus can understand.

Watching that scene between Klaus and Marcel — seeing Marcel so broken and Klaus so hellbent on getting through to him — was absolutely gut-wrenching, but in the best way possible, because that was the moment that made me truly believe in The Originals as a series. Sure, there are way too many complicated storylines on this show, but the power of the acting is incredible. I mean, are we sure this is the CW? Joseph Morgan has always been captivating, but in this episode, Charles Michael Davis stole the show. When he screamed, “I don’t care about the vampires! She is dead,” my heart wouldn’t stop pounding.

But I digress. Where does Davina’s death leave the Originals? Well, as Rebekah so cleverly points out, where did all the power go? Cue epic twist. It turns out Dabine was hiding one, very huge secret. As we scene in the final scene, Dabine has the power, and she uses it to resurrect three very powerful elders — and they all look experienced in voodoo magic. Oh, and the real kicker? Sabine isn’t her real name — it’s Celeste! That’s right, Elijah’s former love has been alive this whole time, and she’s ready for her vengeance. Last time we saw Celeste, the vampires had killed her, and something tells us it’s payback time. 

It’s a good thing Klaus and Marcel are a team again, because they’re going to need all the help they can get. We just wonder how helpful Rebekah will be. She’s been plotting against Klaus and Marcel’s regime for sometime now, and she’s even growing her alliance — she has Marcel’s former confidante Thierry in the garden and now she has Sophie on her side. In order to take down her brother, she’s going to need a witch on her side. But once Celeste and the Elders start taking out the vampires, will she find herself uniting with her brothers once more?

And then there’s Klaus, who made several great strides in this episode. Not only was he emotional support for Klaus, but he also showed Hayley his softer side by making sure his werewolf clan was safe from the elements and protected during the Harvest. He also gave Hayley some advice for how to deal with Elijah, which I thought was a great sign of his growth. Klaus knows what’s going on between Hayley and his brother, and he — gasp! — seems a wee bit supportive of it.

Speaking of Elijah and Hayley, these two have so much chemistry, they need to act on it already! I can’t take another near-kiss. But with Celeste back from the dead, I fear that Elijah’s feelings for Hayley will get put on the backburner. Oh, and did anyone else love Hayey’s line to Elijah? “If I feel something, I act. If I want something, I take it.” This was the first time I found myself rooting for Hayley. Let’s hope her character keeps developing. I like her spunkier moments.

And, I’m not trying to say this like it’s a reason why this episode was so amazing, but Cami wasn’t in it — at all. I’m just merely stating the facts! Oh, and given that Klaus is showing up in Mystic Falls in this week’s 100th episode of The Vampire Diaries, was anyone else hoping for a mention of it? Or at least a throwaway line? But then again, maybe that was intentional, because let’s face it: does anyone still think of The Originals as the TVD spin-off anymore?

$#*! Originals Say

“Since your best friend killed my best friend?” — Sassy Davina is the best Davina. 

“Young, old, dead, or alive, witches are a pain in the ass.” — Ain't that the truth, Klaus. 

“You have not only violated my privacy, but you have broken my promise to her.” — Hayley, you don't mess with Elijah's word. 

“Charming little habit she’s developed.” — Klaus was really funny in this episode. 

“When you’re done burying your witchy bits on sacred ground…” — Rebekah's first naughty zinger of the hour. 

“Sometimes, what’s more important is not who you’re siding with, but who you’re siding against.” — Rebekah's got it all figured out. 

“I’m done caring what Klaus says.” — Aren't we all, Marcel? 

“She hemorrhaging magic.” — Nice visual, Sabine... or should we say Celeste?

“Kill a demon today, face the devil tomorrow.” — Rebekah is dropping some truth bombs. 

“I had Monique. I had Tim. And I had somebody who fought for me since the moment he met me. Most people don’t get that even if they live to be 100.” — And Davina just made us cry. 

“Resurrect your chosen ones… please? I beg.” — Poor Sophie.

Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, January 27 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+!