There’s Always a Bigger Baddie, The Originals “Wheel Inside the Wheel”
It was bound to happen. Weâ€™ve got a new baddie to contend with on The Orignals. Not just a new baddie, but potentially also another Original sibling. Although, not a vampire Original. A witch Original? We have yet to find out. With 1,000 years of mythology in which to play, thereâ€™s no shortage of enemies and allies to the Mikaelson clan. Probably more enemies than allies, considering this family. As I called it back on â€œAlive and Kicking,â€ The Originals never makes you wait long for a bigger reveal of a new evil to battle. This week we got a chunk of Estherâ€™s backstory and met Estherâ€™s sister, who apparently is a more powerful witch than Esther could ever be. Here we go!
Iâ€™ll just skim over the highlights: Elijah has been chained up by Esther for a while, all the while sheâ€™s spilling his blood and chanting spells in his ear. She claims when he wakes, heâ€™ll make his own choice as to which side to be on. Klaus, after battling Mikael last week, spent this week exchanging pleasantries with his mother in an effort to track down Elijah. Esther claims she is his salvation; he wants to rip her throat out, blah blah blah. Anyone else getting a little tired of Estherâ€™s sermons? Meanwhile, Hayley goes on a mission to rescue Oliver and tracks down Jackson in order to do so. She meets Ansel (Lloyd Owen), a werewolf of few words and killer aim with a bow and arrow. Ansel and Hayley take on the traitor wolves to rescue Oliver. More on Ansel later.
Back to Estherâ€™s story, which is going to have significant sway on where our Originals go from here. We learn that Esther was once upon a time a wife back in Norway who was infertile. Begging her witch sister for help, we meet Dahlia (Kristin Erickson), Estherâ€™s sister with power Esther canâ€™t begin to harness. Dahlia helps but with a price. Surprise! Dahlia makes Esther swear to hand over her firstborn and the firstborn of every generation to come. Whoops! Since the Original Family hasnâ€™t had a second generation in a thousand yearsâ€¦..oh wait, thatâ€™s right. Baby Hope! Uh-oh. Unbeknownst to Klaus, his daughter Hope is sworn to his aunt Dahlia. So THATâ€™S why Esther was gunning for Klausâ€™s daughter. She was trying to save her from her great-aunt. Butâ€¦.wait. If she was going to save her from Dahlia, killing her was the way to do that? Perhaps Estherâ€™s thought was by sacrificing Baby Hope, she could save the rest of her children from Dahlia. Aunt Wicked Witch made the condition if Esther didnâ€™t hand over her firstborn, she would have to sacrifice all her children. Esther gave in and let Dahlia drag the firstborn Mikaelson, Freya, away in front of Finn. Claiming she died by plague, Freyaâ€™s â€œdeathâ€ broke Mikaelâ€™s heart and turned him into the cruel monster we fear today.
So we get a new Mikaelson family member, eldest sister Freya. Other than the fact she is blond and blue-eyed, we donâ€™t know what happened to her following her kidnapping by Dahlia. Did Dahlia tutor Freya up to be a good witch? One can hope that maybe ONE of the Mikaelson clan was safe from Esther and Mikaelâ€™s warped parenting. Iâ€™m looking forward to meeting her.
Speaking of meeting, Klaus was in for a shock when he came face to face with the father he thought was long dead. Turns out, Ansel is Klausâ€™s birth father, brought back from the dead by Esther four moons ago. Esther claims she did it so she could give Klaus the father he always wanted. Always thinking of her children, that one is, isnâ€™t she? Ansel has been coaching Jackson out in the bayou on â€œthe old waysâ€ and has already made it clear he values wolf lives above all else. All we know about him is he was a good and well-respected leader, heâ€™s got a tattoo on one arm and heâ€™s been watching Klaus from the other side for a millennium. If heâ€™s been watching for that long, youâ€™d think heâ€™d realize his son is pretty much the biggest jerk on the planet, but a fatherâ€™s love canâ€™t be swayed. Ansel didnâ€™t get quite the reunion he had hoped for. Klausâ€™s knee-jerk reaction was to shun his father. Thereâ€™s a lot of unfold there, especially once Mikael gets back in the mix. Considering it was Mikael who killed Ansel the first time around, Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™s no love lost there.
In other news, Cami has figured out that her mentor Vincent is actually Finn, thanks to Marcel. While a few weeks ago Cami was adamant about staying out of the fight, sheâ€™s had a change of heart. Iâ€™m thinking the soft and squishy moments she had with Klaus over the last few weeks had something to do with it. Cami swears to Marcel sheâ€™s gung ho to play double agent and keep Finn occupied.
Last but not least, we bid farewell to wolf Oliver. Held captive by Finn and Esther, he had until midnight to live. Even though Hayley rescued him with the help of Ansel, Ollie died a gruesome death in Jacksonâ€™s arms thanks to the witches. But not before redeeming some of that nasty heâ€™s spewed since we met him. When face to face with the traitor wolves in the cemetery, Oliver pleaded with them to think about what theyâ€™re doing because wolves were not meant to be slaves to witches. His plea worked and the wolves let them pass unharmed. He made amends with Jackson, barely, before dying. So long, wolf friend. Weâ€™ll miss your hair. With Oliverâ€™s death, itâ€™ll light a fire under Jackson to get back into the fight and save his wolf brethren from the witchy control of Finn and Esther.
Klaus moment of the week
Klaus had some real breakthrough moments with Esther this week. Cami would be proud. He finally asked the questions heâ€™d been dying to ask for centuries: Why did my father abandon me? Why didnâ€™t he want me as part of his pack? Those fundamental questions have tormented Klaus since he learned he wasnâ€™t Mikaelâ€™s son. Esther claimed she was the one who kept them apart but weâ€™ll see how Klaus takes that when he gets to know Ansel.
The OriginalsÂ airs Mondays at 8/7c on the CW.
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