The Originals’ brilliant first season has sadly come to an end, and honestly, I’m having a hard time coming up with the words to describe how beautiful and bittersweet this season ender was. t’s hard to remember the last time an hour of television struck so many emotional cords.

From the very first scene of “From a Cradle to a Grave,” it was apparent we were witnessing something special. In what appeared to be a flashback scene, Hayley is writing a letter to her unborn child. “How’s our littlest wolf?” asks Klaus (SWOON) her in a rare moment of lightheartedness. Hayley proceeds to promise her unborn daughter three things — three things she never had as a child — “A safe home, someone to tell you that they love you every single day, and someone to fight for you no matter what.”

Cue the present-day. The witches have Hayley, which means it’s only a matter of time before they sacrifice little baby Mikaelson. Hayley is screaming, because let’s face it: childbirth is already painful without a hoard of witches trying to kill you and your baby.

Klaus barges into the church to try and protect Hayley and the baby, but the witches are too powerful for the Original hybrid. Instead, Klaus witnesses as Hayley gives birth to a healthy baby girl only to have her snatched up by Genevieve — and then Monique slices Hayley’s throat. Yeah, that girl is a real cold-blooded killer. This is the second main character she’s killed since her resurrection! (RIP Sophie.)

Hayley is dead. Baby Mikaelson is M.I.A. after the witches take her to complete the sacrifice. And Klaus is broken. But not nearly as broken as Elijah when he storms into the church to see the woman he loves dead in the arms of his brother. Poor Elijah. He let Hayley in only to have her violently ripped away. (Stop breaking my heart, Daniel Gillies.) 

Klaus says they still have time to save the baby, so the Brothers Mikaelson team up to find her. Because if Elijah couldn’t save Hayley, he can at least save his niece. The witches obviously brought her to the cemetery — where all of the other witchy rituals have gone down — but they managed to cloak their location using a spell. If only they had a way to sense the baby’s location… oh wait, they do! Enter HYBRID HAYLEY.

Since Hayley died with her baby’s blood in her system, she resurrected as a hybrid. Of course, the only way for her to complete the transition into hybrid-dom is to drink her own baby’s blood. It’s a good thing Child Protective Services doesn’t exist on this show.

So Hayley finds Klaus and Elijah just in time to go rescue baby Mikaelson. Can we talk about how perfect Elijah’s reaction was? He ran up to her and kissed her, and it was pretty much the most romantic thing ever. But mama wolf (hybrid?) had more pressing matters on her mind: her daughter. Seeing Hayley step into the protective mother role in this season was so refreshing. I’ve struggled with Hayley’s character this season. She started the season as a grossly underutilized background player, only to be shuffled around as a plot device from one supernatural group to another. But Phoebe Tonkin has really shined in these last few episodes, and she definitely brought her A-game to the finale. Hayley is one badass mama.

Using her new mommy hybrid senses, Hayley is able to locate her baby’s location. Klaus, Elijah, and Hayley rush to stop the sacrifice ceremony. The witches are pretty powerful, knocking Klaus and Co. around, but Klaus manages to impale one of the Harvest Girls, thereby weakening their power. Hayley goes after Genevieve. Monique takes things into her own hands and tries to complete the ceremony and stab the baby, but thankfully Marcel arrives and impales her with the Death Star. He snatches the baby and runs off. Klaus chases after him.

Marcel takes baby Mikaelson back to his former estate in the French Quarter. He took the baby so Klaus would be forces to heal him and his friends with his magical Original hybrid blood. Unfortunately for Marcel, all of his vampire friends are dead (RIP Diego). He’s too late. And it’s all because MIKAEL IS BACK. That’s right. Davina resurrected Mikael in an effort to defeat Klaus. But in doing so, she also controls his every move, like the badass teenage witch she is.

Marcel begins to feel bad about bringing Mikael to town, and he apologizes to Klaus. Klaus then says he saved his child, and for that he deserves his blood to save him. Does this mean Klaus and Marcel can be bros again? I hope so. These two work better as friends and allies. Plus, with the witches mobilizing, they’re going to need an alliance. With Klaus’ blood in his system, Marcel hands the baby back to her dad. Cue adorable daddy moment!

As Klaus is with the baby, Mikael tries to enter the room, but Davina sees him. Davina says she brought him back to punish (not kill) Klaus and he could only do it when she says so. She fixed the spell that brought him back so she could control him. Meanwhile, Hayley and Elijah question (read: torture) Genevieve about why she wanted to sacrifice the baby. It turns out Esther Mikaelson — yes, Klaus and Elijah’s mom — told the witches to kill the baby. Genevieve warns them the witches and Esther will not stop trying to kill the baby. She tells them she just wanted to live, but Hayley doesn’t care for her sob story, so she stabs her with a dagger. Don’t mess with this mama bear!

But the witches aren’t the only ones out for the baby’s blood. The Guerra werewolves want to take down Hayley and the baby because they are royalty. How are they going to protect their baby from all of these foes?

Hayley comes up with a plan. She grew up without her parents, and she promised her baby she would grow up safe and loved — not in a world where he Grandma tries to hill her. So Hayley suggests sending the baby away while they stay behind and clean up the mess they’ve made in New Orleans. And just like that the writers have created an exit strategy for their controversial plot device! Klaus suggests faking the baby’s death in order to be able to send her away so people won’t keep searching for her.


So Marcel brokers a deal with Oliver, giving him the French Quarter while the vamps stay on the other side of the river. Marcel is back on Klaus’ side. Marcel delivers a box of the dead “Mikaelson” baby and suggests they get rid of it because Klaus will not side with the werewolves if he thinks they did it. (Note: Marcel just picked up a stillborn at the local hospital. In return for his help in the scheme, Klaus is giving Marcel vials of his blood. But Klaus is compelling details about the baby from Marcel.)

Cami finds a memorial of the “dead” Mikaelson baby and feels terribly guilty. He says it happened right after the Guerra attack. Klaus acts very convincingly and blames himself, while Cami tries to console him. He appreciates her being there, but says they cannot be friends. Why? Because he ruins beautiful things and Cami is beautiful. Yes, Klaus and Cami nearly kiss, and yes, it was upsetting. I’m glad the writers didn’t go there. It would have been too soon. Klaus needs to concentrate on other things — like finding a new home for his daughter.

He says there is only one person he trusts with his baby… enter REBEKAH. Klaus meets up with his sister on the outskirts of town, and he tells her to find a witch to do a cloaking spell. He doesn’t want anyone to find them. Rebekah tells her brother she thinks she’s going to find a home with a white fence — CUE TEARS — and the two share a beautiful moment. He tells her he trusts her more than anyone to care for his child. I’m guessing this means we won’t be seeing Rebekah in New Orleans anytime soon next season, but I’m glad she truly got the ending she deserved, complete with her family and white picket fence.

When Rebekah asks what her name is, Klaus replies “Hope.” OK, so cheesy name aside, that was pretty much perfect, right?!

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl and pop culture enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!