|“|| Klaus: You're a survivor, and survivors need names. How about Marcellus?|
Young Marcel: Marcellus?
Klaus: It comes from Mars, the god of war, and it means "little warrior."
A FLASHBACK TO THE 1800s — When Rebekah arrives in New Orleans at her brother Elijah’s insistence, she meets Hayley, who gives her some unexpected news. Concerned that her brother Klaus is up to no good, Rebekah seeks help from a reluctant Sophie. At her wits end, Hayley takes matters into her own hands, but things quickly take a dangerous turn. Determined to uncover Marcel’s secret weapon, Klaus stays one step ahead and executes his plan. Meanwhile, after a run-in with Marcel, Rebekah is reminded of all the anger and disappointment Klaus has caused her throughout the years. Finally, Marcel enlists Davina’s help in his dangerous plan.
|Rebekah returns to New Orleans in search of Elijah, who was daggered by Klaus three months earlier, and while driving into town, she kills six of Marcel's night-walkers when they try to attack her at the bar. She goes to Sophie for help locating Elijah, but when Sophie explains that witches can't do magic under Marcel's rule, Rebekah tells Sophie part of the story of how Klaus met Marcel. When Hayley tries to get rid of her baby by buying wolfs bane from Katie at the Jardin Gris voodoo shop, Marcel is informed that a werewolf is in town. He sends his people to kill Hayley, but Rebekah saves her by killing the vampires, which leads Hayley and Rebekah to form a friendship.
Klaus, who knows that he can't compel Marcel and his people because they're on Vervain, decides to compel a new recruit of his own - Camille O'Connell, the human bartender whom Marcel likes. Klaus uses compulsion to force Camille to tell him where Marcel goes and who he sees. Meanwhile, Klaus reveals to Rebekah that he daggered Elijah and gave his body to Marcel to assure him that he means him no trouble, with the hopes that it will help him better infiltrate Marcel's empire. When Rebekah uses Camille as leverage to get Elijah back, Marcel brings her to the attic of St. Anne's Church, where Elijah has been kept with Marcel's friend and powerful witch Davina Claire. Upon inviting Rebekah into the room, Davina, not liking Rebekah's attitude, uses telekinesis to throw Rebekah out of the attic and does another spell to wipe her memory of Davina's safe house in the attic. Learning that the Originals are planning to stay in town, Marcel decides to try to kill Elijah for good with the help of Davina.
- Antagonists: Marcel and Davina.
- Narrator: Niklaus Mikaelson.
- This was the second episode to feature flashbacks. It was also the first time in the series that back-to-back flashbacks have occurred over two episodes.
- This episode marks the first appearances of Joshua Rosza, Céleste Dubois and Katie.
- It was hinted that Marcel likely would have spared both Josh and his friend Tina, had neither of them chosen to save themselves by picking up the coin and betraying the other.
- Elijah is active in the flashbacks in the 19th century, but is only shown daggered in the church attic in the present day.
- The flashbacks in this episode take place in the years 1820, 1835 and 1887.
- Rebekah meets Hayley, Sophie, Davina and Camille for the first time.
- Hayley contemplated aborting her pregnancy with wolfsbane, because she was intent on breaking the hex the witches placed on her to prevent her from leaving New Orleans or risk death, in the hopes that she could escape the French Quarter and her current situation with the unpredictable Klaus.
- Similar to how the pilot was told from Klaus' perspective, and Always and Forever was told from Elijah's perspective, this episode was told from Rebekah's point of view.
- This episode includes flashbacks of Marcel as a young boy and how he receives the name "Marcellus" upon meeting Klaus for the first time.
- Marcel was revealed to have been the son of the Governor of Louisiana and a slave woman, and that he was a slave himself until he was freed and adopted by Klaus in 1820.
- It is revealed that Klaus daggered Rebekah for 52 years between 1835 and 1887, and that at some point during this period of time, Marcel was turned into a vampire by Klaus.
- It was later revealed in A Closer Walk With Thee that Marcel was turned in 1835, shortly after Klaus daggered Rebekah.
- In the flashbacks, it is revealed that the Governor of New Orleans let the Originals stay in his home, threw lavish parties for them, and kept their true nature a secret in exchange for large amounts of gold.
- It is revealed in the flashbacks that Rebekah was in love with Emil, the Governor's son, and asked Klaus to turn him into a vampire. Both Klaus and Elijah refused Rebekah's request, as it would surely have a negative effect on their relationship with the Governor, which led to Emil starting a fight with Klaus that resulted in Emil being thrown over the balcony. Emil died from his wounds, devastating Rebekah.
- Two additional flashback scenes were filmed for this episode but were not used until the twentieth episode of the series, A Closer Walk With Thee. Both scenes involved Marcel's relationship with Klaus, and how he ultimately became a vampire.
- Klaus and Hayley come to an understanding in this episode about the baby, saying that they would not let anyone hurt it due to their desire to be better than the families who raised them.
- Six unnamed vampires - heart extraction, killed by Rebekah Mikaelson.
- Josh (as a human) - snapped neck, killed by Klaus Mikaelson.
- Tina McGreevy (as a human) - snapped neck, killed by Klaus Mikaelson.
- Tina McGreevy (as an "undead" vampire prior to completing her transition) - heart extraction, killed by Marcel Gerard.
- Klaus alluded to Matt Donovan when talking to Marcel about why he didn't tell him that Rebekah was in town and stated that she'd prefer "small-town high school quarterbacks" than Marcel.
- This episode marks Rebekah's first modern day appearance in The Originals.
- She was seen in the previous episode, however only through flashbacks and phone conversations with Elijah.
- Mikael was mentioned in this episode by Klaus.
- New Orleans
Behind the Scenes
- This episode had about 1.92 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.29 million less than the previous episode.
- A rerun of this episode was aired after The Vampire Diaries episode True Lies on October 10th, 2013.
- Filming for this episode wrapped on August 4, 2013. 
- The title is a pun of The House of the Rising Sun, a traditional folk song by the English band The Animals, also sometimes called "Rising Sun Blues," which tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans.
- House of the Rising Sun is a 2011 action drama film starring Dave Bautista.
- House of the Rising Sun is the sixth episode of the first season of the American television series Lost.
- House of the Rising Sun is an album by Idris Muhammad.