[Spoilers from episode 11 below]
“I believe when you love someone and that someone loves you in return, you’re uniquely vulnerable. They have a power to hurt you. It’s like nothing else.” — Elijah
By far, this has been the best episode since … well, the time we learned about the origins of The Harvest. The gang was reunited (mostly). Klaus said, “Always and forever.” And there was some serious tension between Hayley and Elijah with a near-kiss that had me screaming like an idiot. I thought for sure their lips were on the road to connecting, but it wasn’t so.
Let’s rewind to the start of the season. We had brother versus brother. Evil versus good. And then we go into a Marcel versus Klaus showdown. Then witch versus vampire. We’ve been back and forth. Lines have been drawn and erased. Plans have been built and easily foiled. My head has spun so many times that I’m not sure which direction I’m supposed to be facing. For once, my feet have landed. I am grounded to what I believe is a big bad that we can root against and heroes we can root for. With the entrance of Celeste, we have much more to look forward to — and what appears to be dark, dark magic. I’m down for that. Are you?
Let’s discuss the good, the great and the brilliant moments of the night.
The Good: Marcel and Klaus share their grief. I have ragged on Klaus for crying too much this season, but here, his tears felt more genuine than all the other times he shed them. As Marcel faced the grief of losing Davina, almost a daughter-like figure in his life, Klaus was the one to pull him in for a hug, to hold him close and say, I’ve been there. Once upon a time, Klaus thought Marcel had died, and he expressed how that grief is not lost so easily. It stays with you.
Good grief (pun absolutely intended), I loved that scene. It was almost as good as the pilot where Elijah and Klaus fought each other in the flea market, talking about how their father once abused Klaus. These pivotal moments in Klaus’ life are the heart of the original family.
The Great: Hayley and Elijah have a serious fight. How can a girl that I sincerely disliked in “The Vampire Diaries” become my favorite character on the spin-off series? It is crazy, I tell you. But Hayley has entranced me with her strength and her willingness to be vulnerable too. In order to break the curse of her werewolf clan, she sold out Elijah’s dead ex-girlfriend to Sophie. In short, she broke Elijah’s trust, and he looked … wounded.
I wanted to give Hayley a hug through the television. Her intentions were good, but betraying Elijah stung immensely. It all (sort of) worked out in the end. They nearly kissed. I was fooled big time. I screamed too early in glee at my television, and when it didn’t happen, that glee turned into shock. I am so ready for that ship to happen.
The Brilliant: The Harvest does not work. That was so painful to watch. Davina, who I grew to really love throughout eleven episodes, sacrificed herself so she didn’t burn down the French Quarter with her excess of power. The Harvest has been the most compelling plot of the whole season, and I can’t believe it came to a close with that resolution. All four girls didn’t resurrect. Mostly because Celeste decided to absorb the power that should have given them life.
I’ll miss Davina. My heart broke for Sophie who was desperately trying to right a huge wrong she had made. But I am more than ready for some dark magic, courtesy of Celeste … who was a familiar witch we all recognize. I didn’t see that one coming.
Now it’s your turn! Weigh in by voting on the poll below:
– Becca Ritchie