Going into The Originals season 5 episode 7 we knew from the start that there would be some big stories. Yet, we weren’t quite sure that there would be many more emotional moments beyond the funeral of Hayley Marshall.
Ultimately, one of the biggest ones that we had came courtesy of Elijah, who finally had a chance to break open that metaphorical door and return to his old self. Daniel Gillies was magnificent in this episode, and that makes sense given that he effectively played two different characters over the course of this episode and was pretty darn incredible in each. Klaus didn’t necessarily want the old Elijah back, mostly because at this point he was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to handle some of what has transpired. In his words, he wanted to do everything that he could in order to effectively save him from himself. His life with Antoinette was at least one that he could bear in some shape or form.
As for remembering Hayley, there were a few moments over the course of the night where we got close to shedding a tear, especially when it comes to Klaus speaking about how he really should have listened and shown her more care and attention.
The funeral for Hayley was about recognizing her value and remembering her, but beyond just that it was about bringing people back together. That included Keelin coming back in the closing minutes to be with Freya the moment that she heard the news about what happened. Freya spoke at Hayley’s werewolf funeral, surrounded by familiar faces. Klaus eventually decided to ignore the warnings about being in the same place as Hope and everyone else, feeling as though he needed to be there for his daughter. He arrived on the cusp of a storm. He took the risk and prepared for some of the potential consequences of that.
In the closing minutes, we saw Elijah emerge to meet with Klaus, with the twist being rather simple: The two found themselves trapped. How so? Think in terms of Elijah’s mind.
The Originals has been on a rather-nice tear when it comes to quality for some time, and we like to think that this installment is another great example of everything that the show brings to the table when it’s at its best. Sure, The Originals does do a great job of giving us a lot of supernatural intrigue, but it also goes beyond that. It’s an emotional story about family and tonight, it was about figuring out the right way to say goodbye.
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