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|“||I have something planned for Hayley that's far worse than death.||”|
A FAMILY DIVIDED — After discovering that he’s been betrayed by his own siblings, Klaus teams up with an unlikely ally and sets off on a warpath, hell bent on revenge. Amidst the news that Klaus is on the loose, Elijah, Rebekah and Freya move forward with their plan to lure Dahlia to the compound and take her down once and for all. Meanwhile, Hayley and Jackson attempt to escape through the flooded bayou, even as Marcel finds himself hunted by a dangerous new threat. Finally, Davina is presented with an offer that could allow her the chance to bring back Kol, though it will require her to make a life-altering decision. Cami and Vincent also appear.
- Antagonists: Dahlia and Niklaus Mikaelson.
- Vincent tells Davina that the reason the covens wanted him as leader was because he was an outsider, which is why they would also accept Davina - because she has been estranged from the other witches, she will be impartial and unwilling to play favorites.
- Klaus tells Dahlia that what he has planned for Hayley is far worse than death. This ultimately turns out to be true when Klaus compels Marcel to give him the spell to the Crescent Curse he had Brynne Deveraux (possessed by Céleste Dubois) cast on the Crescent Wolf Pack in the 1990s. He then has Dahlia cast a modified version of the curse on Hayley and Jackson that accommodated Hayley's hybrid nature; because the curse was cast on both Alphas of the pack, every single Crescent wolf was also subjected to the same fate. This curse being placed on the pack for a second time served several purposes in Klaus' agenda.
- First, it allowed Klaus to fulfill his end of his bargain with Dahlia by preventing Hayley and Jackson from interfering with their plans without having to actually outright kill Hayley, as Klaus was afraid that Hope would ultimately grow to hate him if she knew he had killed her mother. It also kept Hayley from figuring out and interfering with his plan to double-cross Dahlia as well.
- Second, the curse allowed Klaus to punish Hayley for her attempt to flee Louisiana with Jackson and Hope without his permission in the first place, as he was furious at the fact that Hayley would dare intend to keep his daughter from him, even if Hayley believed it was the best chance for Hope to have a safe life.
- While it has been established in past episodes dating all the way back to Season Three of The Vampire Diaries that Elijah possesses more than enough strength to hold his own against Klaus and even win a fight with him, this episode demonstrated that Elijah's ability to outmatch Klaus is dependent on his ability to keep himself calm and in control; when Elijah succumbs to anger and gives into "the monster behind the red door", as Klaus described it, he's much more prone to letting his emotions get the better of him, which thereby allows Klaus - who, because of his werewolf heritage and upbringing, already uses his anger as fuel for a fight - to gain the upper-hand.
- In this episode, Klaus took advantage of Elijah's anger and distraction and easily bested him in a physical battle between the brothers. However, if Elijah were to fully unleash his "inner monster" while keeping some aspect of control over his emotions, it is still unknown who would actually be victorious - even Klaus himself stated during their fight that, at the end of the day, Elijah is even more monstrous than he is.
- Klaus stabs Elijah with Papa Tunde's Blade after compelling Gia to kill herself in front of Elijah. Later, Cami slices his chest open with a knife and pulls the blade out of his heart.
- The scene is similar to The Vampire Diaries Season Three premiere The Birthday, when Stefan - who was angry that Damon refused to stop looking for him while he traveled with Klaus - compelled Damon's then-girlfriend Andie to walk off of a several-stories-tall scaffolding and fall to her death while Damon was forced to watch helplessly.
- Davina becomes the new Regent of the nine covens of New Orleans after she promises the witches that she will stand up against the vampires and anyone else who gets in the way of their cause, even if that means going to war with Klaus and the rest of the Mikaelsons.
- Cami reveals to Elijah that Klaus got into her head when he was feeding on her and told her to play along with his "betrayal" before he left with Dahlia. While he was in her head, he informed her that he had figured out Dahlia's true secret and now knows how they can kill her for good.
- After learning that Marcel had been compelled by Klaus to kill Rebekah if she tried to leave the compound, and realizing that Klaus intended for Marcel to follow these orders so that Rebekah's spirit would be returned to her original (and physically stronger) body, Rebekah "kills" herself (or, rather, kills Eva's body) by stabbing herself in the neck with a letter opener in order to spare the compelled-Marcel the pain of having to do it himself.
- This scene is a interesting parallel to TVD's Season Three episode The Reckoning, in which Klaus compelled Stefan to kill Elena if she attempted to leave the gymnasium before the clock ran out.
- Gia was last seen in Exquisite Corpse.
- Mary was last seen in I Love You, Goodbye.
- Cassie, Monique and Abigail were mentioned by Davina. The latter ones were last seen in From a Cradle to a Grave, while Cassie was last seen in Sanctuary.
- Aiden was mentioned by Freya in this episode. He was killed by Dahlia in When the Levee Breaks. His corpse was last seen in City Beneath The Sea.
- Klaus mentions "the red door" to Elijah in order to purposely rile him up. Elijah's metaphysical "red door" was first mentioned in the episode of the same name.
- Josephine was mentioned by Gia. She was killed by Dahlia in Night Has A Thousand Eyes and was last seen as a reanimated corpse in When the Levee Breaks.
- Klaus was seen hanging Marcel upside-down from the ceiling of his loft to bleed him of vervain. He first suggested that Rebekah do the same thing in TVD's Season Three episode The Murder of One when he found her torturing Damon.
- Although indirectly, Davina mentions most members of the French Quarter Coven, including her mother, Sophie Deveraux, Agnes, Bastianna Natale, Sabine Laurent and Jane-Anne Deveraux for killing her and her friends for nothing.
- New Orleans
- Multiple vampires at Marcel's loft - killed by Klaus
- Eight random party-goers - drained of blood, killed by Klaus
- Gia - exposure to sunlight, killed by herself/Klaus (through compulsion)
- Eva Sinclair (body only) - suicide, killed by Rebekah
Behind the Scenes
- This episode had about 1.14 million viewers in the USA.
- "Fire with Fire" is an American action film released on November 6, 2012 directed by David Barrett.
- Rebekah: (to Cami) "The coffin's empty, and he's nowhere to be found."
- Klaus: (to Hayley and Jackson) "It'll come as no surprise to learn that things will not be ending well for you."
- Rebekah: (to Freya) "He'd kill anyone who'd try to take his daughter."
- Freya: (to Rebekah) "Isn't it Hayley?"
- Klaus: (to Dahlia) "I'm beginning to feel like my old self again."
- Klaus: (to Elijah) "Come on, brother."
- Elijah: "No!"
- Dahlia: "My deadline has come and gone and yet you bring me here."
- Klaus: "I find it fitting. This is where Freya plotted her own treachery."
- Dahlia: "When I granted you the strength to overcome that dagger's curse, I assumed you would thank me by taking swift and merciless action."
- Klaus: "Am I allowed to trapeze around in this monsoon you created?"
- Dahlia: "This storm is to stop your family from running with the child. So I wonder, are you having second thoughts about standing against them? They are the family after all, who left you here to rot."
- Klaus: "I assure you there are no second thoughts."
- Dahlia: "We struck a bargain for the benefit of your child so that she would be delivered to me safely and be content by the presence of her father. Make no mistake, I will take her. With or without you."
- Vincent: "Listen Davina, the Rite of Supplication is just a formality-- you meet the Elders, and you show a little bit of respect."
- Davina: "What happened to just telling them I'm gonna be Regent?"
- Vincent: "They only listened to me when they thought I was accepting the job, and if it's gonna be you, we've gotta grease some wheels."
- Davina: "The covens aren't just gonna chose me. And I mean, for that matter, why'd they want you?"
- Vincent: "Because they think I'm a selfless saint who betrayed his wife to save a bunch of kids. Hmm? And if I've got no one to answer to, I'm less inclined to play favourites. Basically, I'm an outsider. Just like you."
- Davina: "You know, I was put to death by people like this. They sacrificed me and my friends for nothing."
- Vincent: "Yeah, and there's a reason you'd have the power to make sure nothing like that ever happened again."
- Davina: "I'm only doing this because you said it will give me the power I need to bring back Kol."
- Camille: (to Rebekah) "What do you mean he's gone?"
- Rebekah: (to Cami) "Exactly that. The coffin's empty and he is nowhere to be found. It I had to guess, I'd say he's planning a long list of cruel and unusual punishments for his treacherous siblings."
- Dahlia: (to Klaus) "Are you having second thoughts about standing against them? They are the family, after all, who left you here to rot."
- Dahlia: (to Klaus) "I will take what is owed to me. And if the mother resists or attempts to run, I will kill her myself."
- Klaus: (to Dahlia) "I have something planned for Hayley that's far worse than death."
- Dahlia: (to Klaus) "Have you had your fill?"
- Klaus: "Indeed. I'm beginning to feel like my old self again."