What we saw on The Originals season 5 episode 6 can be described in many different ways, but above all else we can say this: It was a heck of a powerful hour of television. This was about reflection, about trust, and also a major ending that should cause some conversation.
We already knew going into this hour that we were going to see Hayley in danger, mostly because that’s the way in which things have been for most of the season. To go along with that, though, we also learned that Hope could be in danger by the end of this, as well. Vincent and Freya did what they could to work together and locate Hayley from afar. Meanwhile, Hope and Roman were a little bit more on the front lines in their search.
Eventually, we did get a chance to come across Hayley … and it was pretty darn clear soon after this that things were going a little bit crazy in the aftermath. Hayley did her best to explain to her daughter that it wasn’t exactly her that she was afraid of — instead, it was Hope. It just so turns out that Hope is the worst nightmare of Hayley’s captors a.k.a. Roman’s terrible mother: She is a witch descendant of a hybrid and a Mikaelson and with that in mind, she is more valuable than we can possibly say.
Eventually, Klaus (with the help of Caroline) managed to turn up at the location; unfortunately, so did Elijah, but not exactly of his own mind still. A showdown quickly ensued, one that was every bit as crazy and violent as you could have possibly imagined. Things went crazy, and eventually, we saw Hayley die in the aftermath of it. So did Roman’s mom, not that anyone really cared about her.
Overall, this was a very good episode of The Originals anchored by many outstanding moments, whether it be Vincent explaining more of his backstory and also getting a chance to see Klaus and Caroline work together — while sharing a few nice moments along the way. Alas, the struggle here comes via trying to sift through the good moments and celebrate those while in the midst of great suffering over the loss of a fantastic, iconic character. Hayley sacrificed herself so that Hope and others can try to move forward.
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