St. Anne's Church
- VINCENT: It's a beautiful day outside. Streets are packed with tourists. They're drinking beers, they're chasing beads, headed out on the vampire walking tour of New Orleans. They think it's just a myth. Just part of our city's charm. Well, we know better. Just like we know that there's a storm coming. This week marks five years since the fall of the Mikaelsons. Five years of peace. And we paid a high price for that peace. We witches we earned that peace. We snatched back our freedom, we severed our link with our ancestors. To take back our city, we backed Marcel Gerard. Now, since then, we fought hard to build this community. And in the next week, as we celebrate our independence, that community will be challenged because every year we get visitors.
(The scene flashes to Sofya sitting at a café table watching as a vampire leaves a car, having fatally fed on a women.)
- VINCENT: Vampires from all over the world. They come here, and they want to see firsthand the suffering of Klaus Mikaelson. Now some of those vampires, they're gonna be well-behaved. Others... not so much. You see, out-of-town vampires they don't care about our city. They don't follow our rules. They will instigate trouble. They will attempt to upset our peace and the only way that we're gonna get through that is if we get through that together.
(The scene now flashes to the Mikaelson compound closed off and a "Condemned" sing on the gate.)
- VINCENT: Now, this ain't the first time that we faced conflict. Each and every single one of us here has faced their fair share of monsters. I swear, I feel sometimes the city just has evil lurking in the shadows. For a long time, we've managed to keep our monsters buried. And now we've got to make sure that they stay buried.
(The screen continues to go deep into the Abattoir, underground. Gated off, chained and behind a salt boundary spell, Niklaus Mikaelson sits, awoken from his torture from Tunde's blade.)
- VINCENT: Otherwise, we will lose everything that we've built... we will lose it, forever.
- MARCEL: To five years of independence. And old enemies who became new friends.
- SOFYA: I thought you said this was strictly a business meeting.
- MARCEL: Oh, you didn't mind last time we mixed business with pleasure.
- SOFYA: You pay me for information, and I have quite a bit to share. As predicted, Klaus' enemies are flocking to New Orleans to celebrate. However, some are seeking allies among your witches. No doubt they want to befriend the very covens that still resent you, start conflict, undermine your power, and perhaps steal your prize trophy. Klaus himself.
- MARCEL: Oh. How diabolical. It's a good thing I called a truce with the witches. Vincent wants peace as much as I do.
- SOFYA: So you've said, but I'm hearing that the covens are up to something. Sigil markings on the walls, secret midnight meetings. Maybe Vincent doesn't know, or maybe he's planning a power grab.
- MARCEL: I will ask him myself.
- SOFYA: Better make it fast, because you have bigger problems.
- MARCEL: Oh, if you're talking about Hayley Marshall, I said she's off-limits.
- SOFYA: Fine, but there are others who will stop at nothing to find her. Alistair Duquesne for one. He and his allies believe Hayley is the key to finding the rest of the Mikaelsons.
- MARCEL: So Alistair's going after Hayley?
- SOFYA: Alistair is here. Ostensibly for the independence celebration, but I believe he will demand you give him Klaus' blood, which he will then use to track Klaus' siblings. Or his child.
- MARCEL: No one has seen or heard from the Mikaelsons in half a decade.
- SOFYA: Alistair's hunted down members of the Strix. He offers them as proof: if Elijah's sire line is alive, so is Elijah. Which leads people to wonder if Hayley is somehow trying to bring the Mikaelsons back.
Hayley's Safe House
(Hayley is walking up stairs to the second floor. Through a small opening into the attic, she hoists herself up and spies the coffins with the sleeping originals. She opens one, Elijah is seen slumbering. An older hope is in her room coloring as Hayley returns and they hear a vehicle approaching.)
- HOPE: Is that her?
- HAYLEY: Let me check. Stay inside.
- MARY: Well, now, aren't you a sight?
- HAYLEY: You're sure no one followed you?
- MARY: I've been avoiding trouble since well before you were born. Now, where's that little girl?
- HAYLEY: Did you find it? Mary, please. After all this time, I am this close to getting them back. I found a cure for Freya's poison, I got a witch to siphon Rebekah's hex.
- MARY: So you're really gonna do it? Cure 'em and then wake 'em up? Did you ever stop to think, Hope might be better off without 'em?
- HAYLEY: I made a promise.
- MARY: To who? To Elijah?
- HAYLEY: To my daughter. I promised her a home where she would feel safe and protected by the people that love her. Mary, she's a Mikaelson, too. She's inherited all of their enemies and a power that I don't understand. She needs someone to teach her to control it. I can't do this on my own.
- MARY: You told me to wake the Mikaelsons you needed to find all seven werewolf packs. You found six. The last one, the Malraux, I thought they'd been killed off. According to this, there might be one left. Hayley. You looked for five years. You found nothing. Suddenly, I get word of a lead. What if someone else found it, too? What if it's a trap?
- JOSH: Your royal highness. And to what do I owe this great honor?
- MARCEL: All right, all right, take it down a notch. Is he here?
- JOSH: In the back. He was just raving about your awesome punctuality.
- MARCEL: Good crowd. Witches, vampires. Everyone getting along?
- JOSH: We're like Switzerland, right smack in the heart of the city. Everything Cami wanted. Okay, I got to run. Spinning records all week. You know... [he imitates rhythmic, percussive sounds]
- MARCEL: Vincent. Appreciate you coming.
- VINCENT: You're a little late, but I guess you got a city to run.
- MARCEL: Yeah, it'd be a lot easier if I knew the witches were in check.
- VINCENT: The cauldron will stay in line, provided you keep the vampires out.
- MARCE: So why am I hearing about secret conclaves, sigils scribbled on the walls? Sounds like someone's stirring up trouble.
- VINCENT: Marcel, these out-of-town vampires got you a little bit paranoid, man.
- MARCEL: All right, look, I'm asking you, especially this week, handle your community. Keep them in the cauldron. Find out who's stirring up trouble, and when you do, get 'em to stop. As far as our out-of-town friends go, if they act up, I'll handle 'em.
The Abattoir (Underground)
- KLAUS: Have you come to taunt me, Marcellus?
- MARCEL: No. I came to have a nice, civilized conversation. I think we're overdue. Not much to say? And here I thought you'd enjoy the company.
- KLAUS: What I would most enjoy is for you to rot in hell.
- MARCEL: Look, there's two ways this can go.
(Marcel holds up a rather large vial of blood and then holds up Tunde's Blade)
- MARCEL: The nice, easy way or the other way. You know, once I figured you suffered enough, I pulled this out. And on that day you said a word that I've never heard you say. "Mercy".
- KLAUS: Why not just kill me?
- MARCEL: Because I'm not like you. I'm stronger than you. My life is no longer linked to you, and the city that you like to say you built... it's mine.
- KLAUS: Did you come here seeking my approval?
- MARCEL: I came for a little information. See, an old friend of yours just arrived into town. Alistair Duquesne. Word is might even cause me some trouble. Now, I could kill him. But who knows what kind of war that might start. I would rather convince him to get into line. You're gonna tell me how. So, how do you want this to go?
(Klaus moves towards Marcel's right to take the blood and provides him with the information he's seeking.)
- KLAUS: Pride was always Alistair's weakness. Even before I turned him he was a vain aristocrat, throwing feasts in his own honor. Just show him more of the same. You'll find him quite malleable.
Hayley's Safe House
- HOPE: Do you have to go?
- HAYLEY: I do. But I'll be back very, very soon. And I won't be alone. I'll call you every night before bed, okay? In the meantime, you listen to Mary. Deal?
- HOPE: Deal.
- MARY: Keep your guard up. Stay moving. You smell trouble, you run. Those folks back there, they had plenty of life. What you need to do is stay alive for your little girl.
- HAYLEY: Everything I do is for her.
St. Anne's Church
- CHILD: Adam, where are you going?
- JOSH: What's up, little witch dude?
- ADAM: Whoa. You're a vampire.
- JOSH: I know. And I got the teeth and everything. Whoa.
- MAXINE: Adam. Say you're sorry. Now.
- ADAM: Sorry.
- JOSH: It's okay.
- VINCENT: Maxine, let me help you with that.
- MAXINE: He doesn't listen. Maybe I should stick him in a boundary spell.
- VINCENT: He'll grow out of it. Just give him a couple decades.
- MAXINE: That's optimistic. Anyway, uh, thank you. For all of this.
- VINCENT: Oh. Well, just trying to make sure everybody's stocked up so they'll stay in their home and out of the Quarter, at least for the next week, you know.
- JOSH: Yeah, just until the, uh, Eurotrash vampires are done Eurotrashing the city.
- MAXINE: Well, it means a lot, you looking out for the covens.
- JOSH: Um Hey, Casanova, uh, I may be going out on a limb here, but - she's into you.
- VINCENT: Maxine?
- JOSH: Fun, cool, ridiculously gorgeous single mom? Yeah. Mm-hmm. But, hey, if you'd rather be a monk the rest of your life.
- VINCENT: Um, Maxine. Look here, um, over the next week, if you need anything, I-I could I don't know, that is to say that...
- MAXINE: Well, I'm definitely gonna make a mess out of all these groceries, so if you want to help with that... come by for dinner tonight.
- VINCENT: All right.