|“||There was a time when the name Klaus Mikaelson was little more than a rumor. A shadowy figure who cast fear into the very bones of any who heard whisper of him. I don't run, sister. I disappear. And tonight, the three of you are going to make that possible||”|
THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW FOE — When Klaus learns that Cortez, an old vampire with a vendetta against him, has arrived in New Orleans, he finds himself forced to deal with this new threat. Meanwhile, when Cortez begins threatening the lives of innocent residents, Vincent has no choice but to help the vengeful vampire in his plan to take down Klaus. Elsewhere, Marcel turns to Davina for her help after several Strix members turn up missing, and Elijah confronts Hayley after learning that she’s been dealing with Jackson’s death in a destructive way. Cami and Freya also appear.
- Antagonist: Gaspar Cortez.
- Freya mentions that several days have passed since Klaus' sire line was broken by Davina in the previous episode.
- Josh and all the other vampires formerly of Klaus' sire line have been partying in Marcel's place.
- This episode marks the first time all Original siblings have appeared in the present day (excluding Henrik), excluding Rebekah who is absent in this episode.
- This episode marks the first time Kol is seen feeding on a Human in present-day. All the other times Kol was seen feeding in flashbacks.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Cortez.
- In this episode, it is seen that Klaus keeps the letters of his victims' loved ones.
- This "habit" of Klaus was first revealed in the TVD episode: O Come, All Ye Faithful.
- This marks Kol's second appearance as a resurrected Original Vampire, and reveals his return to the land of the living to his family when protecting Davina from Klaus. Davina makes Kol a new daylight ring.
- Davina and Kol have sex for the first time.
- Kol decides to do right by Davina by trying to control his blood lust by feeding only from blood bags and promises he will try to control. But later feeds on a woman on the street when he finds all his blood bags empty, feeling regret after doing so.
- Cortez forced Vincent to ask the Ancestors to locate the last of the White Oak which they refused to do, but later, after Cami leaves, they show him where to find the last bullet made by Aurora.
- Cortez is the first vampire shown to know another by sight rather than being told when he knew that Cami was a vampire on sight. This could be experience or her reactions to the compelled people of the bar as only another vampire would and not the way a human would.
- Cami believes Klaus still has feelings for Aurora as the reason he bricked her up instead of killing her as he had other enemies. She also told him she no longer had feelings for him since turning but Vincent knew she had lied to him.
- Cami told Vincent she knows someday Aurora will get free and come after her saying that if Klaus won't kill her she'll have to do it herself.
- According to Klaus and Cortez, now that Klaus' sireline is severed from him, all of Klaus' enemies in his own sireline will come to kill him and destroy everything he holds dear, all for revenge from the horrors Klaus has committed in 1,000 years against his own sirelings.
- Hayley and Elijah kills all the Strix vampires responsible for Jackson's death whose deaths are blamed on Cortez by Marcel to cover for them. The two members of the Strix knew who Cortez was as they had dealt with him in the past.
- Klaus and Hayley leave New Orleans with Hope to protect her from all of Klaus' enemies from his now former sire line. Freya does a spell given to her to by Kol which will show to any witch doing a locater spell that Klaus is still in New Orleans.
- In the closing scene, as Kol succumbs to his bloodlust after being resurrected as an Original Vampire, Finn is revealed to have been brought back as an Original Vampire as well when he mocks Kol's lack of self control.
- This is the second episode of the season not to feature any members of The Trinity.
- Camille was last seen in Heart Shaped Box.
- This marks the first time Klaus and Cami see each other since.
- Aurora was mentioned by both Klaus and Cami, she was last seen in A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Vincent was last seen in Dead Angels.
- Josh was last seen in Wild at Heart.
- Finn was last seen in Savior.
- Kol was resurrected by Davina in the previous episode.
- This is also the first time ever that Nathaniel Buzolic plays Kol for more than three consecutive episodes.
- Jackson Kenner was mentioned in this episode. He was last seen in A Ghost Along the Mississippi.
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Saint Charles Place
- Limo driver - Suicide by Compulsion; killed by Gaspar Cortez
- Girls in the limo - Drained of blood; killed by Gaspar Cortez
- Bar Patron - Throat slit - compelled by Gaspar Cortez; presumably
- Several The Strix members - Werewolf bite; killed by Hayley Marshall-Kenner; presumably
- The Strix member - Decapitated; killed by Hayley Marshall-Kenner
- Three humans in the bar - Broken neck; killed by Niklaus Mikaelson
- Gaspar Cortez - Decapitated; killed by Niklaus Mikaelson
- Several The Strix members - killed by Elijah Mikaelson
- Woman on the street - Drained of blood; killed by Kol Mikaelson
Behind the Scenes
- Caspar Zafer and Nathaniel Buzolic make their 5th appearances (in the season) as Finn and Kol in this episode.
- We actually got to blow up that limo, which caused such a spectacle in Olde Town Conyers, where we film, that the local newspaper published an article about it that day. And, of course, that article was immediately all over The Originals fan blogs. Spoiler alert?
- Matt Cedeño, who played Cortez, and our director Jeff Hunt looked familiar to each other, and they realized partway through filming that they had worked together before. Jeff was the Steadicam operator on The Suburbans, a 1999 Jennifer Love Hewitt movie, that Matt had a part in.
- Things cut from this episode include a murder, a whole lot more sex, werewolves doing kamikaze shots, a very strong implication that Taylor Swift is a vampire (along with a few members of the Senate), and a letter written to Elijah, several centuries ago, by the infamous Katherine Pierce.
- The Pied Piper of Hamlin is a fairy tale about a man who had the ability to magically lure the rats out of Hamlin with his pipe. After doing this for the city of Hamlin, and being double-crossed by them when they refuse to pay him, he then uses the pipe to take all the children.
- Josh references this story when asking Marcel why he hasn't gotten the Strix to leave New Orleans.