CHUCK (VOICEOVER): “Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. There’s always gonna be holes. And since it’s the ending, it’s all supposed to add up to something. I’m telling you, they’re a raging pain in the ass.” Chuck Shirley (God) – Supernatural
Where does one start after watching last night’s series finale of “The Originals”? First off, you cannot fit everything into a 41-minute episode. “The Originals” for so many people were more than just a show. They adored the characters and the great story-telling up to Season 4. This season was the weakest by far. The plot was an absolute disservice to the fans. We got a recycled storyline from Season 4 of the “HOLLA”, thrown in with some Nazi vampires? Who thinks of these ridiculous ideas, for god’s sake.
The ironic part of this show was it always about family. They tell stories about everything but it. They focus heavily on romantic interests. Then the familial, friendships and then foes.
The saving grace of this episode was Daniel J. Gillies (Elijah Mikaelson) and Joseph Morgan (Klaus Mikaelson). They made this entire episode work. I will tell you what was missing: Hayley Mikaelson. (Phoebe J. Tonkin). Anyone, who watched will agree that every other couple on this show got a “goodbye” or “happily ever after”. What did Elijah and Hayley get? I got an answer from the new show runner. Peace. Well, just not with each other. They are dead. They baited the Haylijah fans into believing they’d see a dance between the couple. Well they could pretend and imagine it happened. It never did. They didn’t even have the decency to show a scene, Hayley waiting for Elijah in the afterlife. Nothing. They “dangled the carrot” one last time and it worked.
Meanwhile, they gave Caroline (Candice King) and Klaus a happy ending. They were a TVD couple not a TO one. The happy ending was an exact carbon copy print of Klaus and Camille’s (Leah Pipes) goodbye! (So much for being the love of his life.) The writers couldn’t even be original and give them a different ending? I have never seen anything like this before in my life. Yes, I have, I’ve watched this show. (chuckles). Why must they always do that?
Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) skipped town and wanted no part of saying goodbye. He was going home to his family, Davina Claire (Danielle Campbell). Beks stopped that by standing in the middle of the road and not letting him pass. You see, Elijah (unbeknownst to us yet) absorbed some of dark magic of the “HOLLA”, to lessen the burden and pain of his brother. It was Beks who opened Kol’s eyes and very quickly to the situation at hand.
Happiness is a choice.” – Beks says to Kol
Klaus was finally putting everyone ahead of himself and his own needs. Which for Klaus is huge. He is a changed person because of the love of his daughter. He finally found unconditional love. In Klaus final moments of his life, he wants his family by his side. Beks and Kol head back to the compound to be with their brother. Meanwhile, back at the compound Freya (Riley Volekel) is looking for a cure. She remembers a spell Ivy told her about. A cycling spell. This will expel some of the darkness out of Klaus into someone else. (cough) Elijah (cough). I jumped a bit ahead and told you some of that story already, haven’t I? Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) explains to Freya that he is leaving town for a while… It’s not before Freya asks him a big question. If he would be the father to her and Keelin’s (Cristina Moses) baby? WOW, right? (Another “Happy Ending”) Klaus is going mad in the “Chamber de Chasse”. He sees a devil Mikael, (Sebastian Roche) and an angel, Camille (Leah Pipes). Mikael is the most cruelest and capricious I’ve seen him! Mikael, Klaus’ own father, tells him to kill Hope. Cami tells Klaus she knows his heart. It was so nice to see Leah again.
It’s by this time, I was emotional. I knew what Elijah had done. Freya had completed the “cycling spell”. Klaus started to go completely mad. They had to do something and quickly. Elijah rather sacrifice himself, so his brother could finally be at peace, than nothing at all.
“What have you done?” -Klaus
“What I have always done. Followed you into the fire.” – Elijah
(By this time Elijah had me verklempt in such a terrible state. Kudos to you Daniel Gillies and Joseph Morgan! You both were outstanding in this series finale.)
Caroline did offer good advice to Klaus on saying goodbye to Hope. “One of you stands, walks to the door, doesn’t turn back, even if their heart aches for just one more look, one more moment. But you’ll know you’ll that the not looking means I’ll never forget.” (Being a parent changes you in the most profound ways.) You know saying goodbye to his baby girl would never be easy. I can’t even begin to imagine what state Hope will be in.
Happiness is a choice. When Klaus comes home. He is witnessing another reunion. It seems that Beks (Claire Holt) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) are back together.
What happens next you ask? They have a Farwell party. The entire family are joined at a table talking about their lives. If you didn’t know any better, you would say they haven’t been this happy as a family in the longest of times. It was nice seeing all of them together.
Marcel makes a promise to Hope (Danielle-Rose Russel) that he will never abandon her. (Is Marcel stepping up as her new father figure? Uncle Marcel Gerard?) They have a wish burning ceremony that reminded me right out of S02E09, “Map of Moments”, when they all burned there wishes. Same place, just a different time… Klaus steps up and gives a big speech about how he knows his family will step up when he’s gone and take care of Hope.
Elijah however brought tears to my eyes, reciting something he said from the very first episode of the show.
“We’re bound forever to those with whom we share blood. And while we may not choose our family, that bond is our greatest strength.” – Elijah
Hope was painting a portrait of Hayley (Phoebe J. Tonkin) looking down and smiling over the family. (Oh, how poetic.) Shame you killed her off. She deserved better. Hayley deserved to be in the finale. Elijah and Hayley never got a proper goodbye or hello again. The fans are “supposed” to imagine it. While every other character on this show got a great ending. Pathetic.
Vincent tells Freya and Keelin, he’ll be the child’s father. (Another happy ending.) Beks will accept Marcel’s proposal, if he’ll have her. She plans on living the rest of her life out as a human. They embrace. Of course, Marcel wants to marry her. He never stopped loving her. (Another happy ending!)
We end the story were it all started, with two brothers.
Elijah and Klaus.
“What if there’s nothing after this, no peace, just darkness? – Klaus
“We face it together. As always.” – Elijah
They take each half of the white oak dagger and stab each other. As their ashes float away into the night-time air… The story ended as it began. Two brothers looking for peace.
My final thoughts: I felt the series finale was rushed. There were missing details and important characters left out. Hayley for instance. I feel like fans were cheated and misled by the writers/TpTb. Yet, they give this bulk of storyline in the finale to Caroline and Klaus. When they should have focus on “The Originals” characters instead. They could have found a way to work Camille into Klaus s/l. They used their “tour of NOLA” s/l, they could have brought back her character for that intent and purpose. It made so much more sense. Regarding bringing back Hayley for the series finale, they could have easily, had her waiting for Elijah in the afterlife. OR showed fans they gave a damn, by writing in the dance scene, they had written in the letter. I would like to reference the picture I used for this review above. You see who’s in it? It is always with the fan-baiting with this show that I never cared for. They could have easily worked in a 2-hour series finale covering a better scope of all the story and the characters. I would rate this at a C.
I hope you enjoyed my series finale review of “The Originals”.