|“||After I plunge this into your heart, you will be immobilized, imprisoned in a state of raw, inescapable anguish. Time loses all meaning. It's not unlike a living hell, which I find rather fitting, given your treachery.||”|
REBEKAH’S PAST CATCHES UP WITH HER — When Rebekah finds herself locked up in the sanatorium where she worked in 1919, she realizes a witch named Genevieve is back to seek revenge and to reveal dark secrets that would destroy Rebekah if she is exposed to them. A distraught Elijah turns to Marcel and Hayley for help when one of his decisions puts Klaus and Rebekah’s lives in danger. With time working against them, Marcel realizes he may hold valuable information that could lead them to Klaus and Rebekah, but revealing it will almost certainly result in deadly consequences.
|Guilty and angry Mikaelsons have become the status quo at this point and, while Elijah took care of the former, Klaus definitely fits into the latter category now that Rebekah's deepest, darkest secret has been unveiled.
Yet the news that she and Marcel had conspired to bring Michael to New Orleans back in the day didn't have the impact that I'm sure the writers had hoped, and the big problem with this episode were the reactions of the characters to this newest betrayal. Sure, Klaus didn't like his dad much and would have been peeved to learn that his sister had intentionally brought his to town in the hopes of getting rid of him, but we know that its pretty standard for this family to commit such treachery on a weekly basis. We also met Michael back on The Vampire Diaries and, contrary to what were told, he wasn't so bad.
Unfortunately, that's going to be a problem for a few weeks yet, with Klaus on the warpath, Rebekah on Marcel on the run and Elijah tasked with explaining his actions to Hayley and her unborn Mikaelson offspring. The episode itself was another great example of flashbacks being made interesting and relevant to the present-day action, with Rebekah running around an abandoned hospital from her past and running into everything from influenza-riddled living corpses and creepy hallway twins, but it didn't fill in as many blanks as I had hoped going in. These guys have been alive for a long time, and I'm certain heck I've seen that they've committed worse crimes against each other.
But, ignoring this niggle, what were left with is a fractured family of ruthless originals intent on destroying one or both of their siblings. Before Klaus had the chance to plunge the torture dagger (is anyone clear on exactly what that does?) into Rebekah, Elijah swept in like a hero, intervened and instead stabbed Klaus in the heart. Now we know that there would be no Originals without Klaus running around so, assuming its not too long before said dagger is removed, should Elijah also be running for the hills? He doesn't seem like the type, of course, and its not knowing how the three of them will now exist that made the episodes cliffhanger feel as big as it did.
- Antagonists: Rebekah (1919), Genevieve and Céleste (present).
- Narrator: Rebekah Mikaelson.
- Title meaning: a reference to Elijah's attempts to get his family back after the witches' attack on them, and the fact that Klaus' discovery of Rebekah's treachery will destroy all those efforts.
- Now that Sophie is dead, there are only seven main characters left.
- This will be the first time that less than six main characters will appear in an episode. Niklaus Mikaelson, Elijah Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson, Hayley Marshall and Marcel Gerard are actually the only five main characters who have appeared in every episode to date so far, which breaks the record from The Vampire Diaries up until this point.
- Sophie's death has been confirmed to be permanent, and as a result, Daniella Pineda is no longer credited as part of the main cast.
- This episode take place two days after events of Crescent City.
- This is second flashback to 1919 New Orleans in the series.
- It's revealed that Rebekah was friends with Genevieve in 1919 and takes advantage of Genevieve. Rebekah used Genevieve to magically summon Mikael in hopes of causing Klaus to flee New Orleans, but Rebekah ended up killing Genevieve after Rebekah had second thoughts about betraying her brother and feared Genevieve would rat her out to him.
- Céleste has Monique deliver a message to Elijah, which is given in the form of a Devinette spell, or a riddle, on his skin. The riddle is a list of the names of every witch Céleste has possessed since 1821, that'll disappear once he figures out the message. Marcel offers to do some recon work on the name Annie LeFleur, a witch who was shunned from her coven just over a year ago.
- It's confirmed that Céleste possessed Clara Summerlin, a friend of Genevieve who Rebekah also killed, in 1919. While Clara ultimately died of influenza along with Genevieve after Rebekah purposely infected them both, Céleste managed to live on in the body of a different French Quarter witch afterward.
- It's also revealed through Monique's Devinette spell on Elijah that Céleste also once possessed Brynne Deveraux, the witch who cursed the Crescent Wolf Pack, in the 1990s Labonair Family. Upon learning that it was actually Celeste who cursed the the clan, and not Brynne as Sophie had previously suggested, Hayley proceeds to kidnap Celeste in order to force her to reverse it.
- Celeste is the second character to possess more than one person in either series. The first is Klaus, who has possessed both Alaric Saltzman and Tyler Lockwood.
- Klaus finds out about Rebekah and Marcel's secret regarding their summoning of Mikael to New Orleans, and in retaliation, he planned to stab Rebekah with Papa Tunde's Blade and kill Marcel for their betrayal. However, Elijah stopped him by stealing the blade from him and using it to stab Klaus instead, giving Rebekah and Marcel enough time to flee.
- This episode marks the fourth time Klaus is incapacitated in the series.
- It's revealed Genevieve had a crush on Klaus in 1919 that continues on to this day.
- The witches buried Sophie in Lafayette Cemetery and consecrated her remains in order for her to join the Ancestors and to allow the coven to draw upon her magic.
- Elijah learns that Sophie is dead from Monique, but not that Monique herself killed her aunt. It is possible that only Monique, Céleste, Bastianna, and Genevieve know the truth about the manner of her death.
- It's revealed the Human Faction, now led by the newly-elected Mayor of New Orleans, has a record of every supernatural death in the city, be it vampire, werewolf or witch, along with other details such as addresses and family histories. These records were moved to St. Anne's Church after the previous Mayor's death.
- We see the Fleur-de-Lis Sanatorium for the first time.
- Hayley knocks out Sabine (possessed by Céleste) with a rear assault using a shovel and captures her with the goal of forcing her to reverse the Crescent Curse on her pack.
- Genevieve (past) - Influenza, killed by Rebekah Mikaelson (indirectly).
- Clara Summerlin (past) - Influenza, killed by Rebekah Mikaelson (indirectly).
- Camille doesn't appear in this episode.
- Kol is referenced in this episode by Rebekah. He was last seen in a flashback in Always and Forever.
- The new Mayor of New Orleans mentions files on the supernatural community of the town, which he had moved to St. Anne's Church following the death of the previous mayor. The previous mayor, along with the majority of his fellow Human Faction members, were killed by Klaus and Marcel in Reigning Pain in New Orleans, leaving Father Kieran as the only survivor to rebuild the group.
- Papa Tunde's Blade, which was turned into a dark object by Papa Tunde in Crescent City, was featured again in this episode when Genevieve pulls it from Klaus' chest and gives it to him to use against Rebekah. He is then stabbed with it again by Elijah.
Behind the Scenes
- This episode had about 1.83 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.27 million less than the previous episode.
- "Long Way Back From Hell" is a song by Danzig released in 1990 on the album Danzig II: Lucifuge.
- The story of New Orleans’ battle with influenza is a particularly interesting one. A port city, it saw influenza arrive by sea via merchants and sailors. New Orleans influenza epidemic was a devastating one, between October 1918 and April 1919, the city experienced a staggering 54,089 cases of influenza. Of these, 3,489 died – a case fatality rate of 6.5%, and an excess death rate of 734 per 100,000. Only Pittsburgh (806) and Philadelphia (748) - the two cities with the worst epidemics in the nation – had higher death rates.
- Tremé is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. "Tremé" is often rendered as Treme, historically the neighborhood is sometimes called by its more formal French names of Faubourg Tremé; it is listed in the New Orleans City Planning Districts as Tremé / Lafitte when including the Lafitte Projects. Originally known as "Back of Town," urban planners renamed the neighborhood "Faubourg Tremé" in an effort to revitalize the historic area. A subdistrict of the Mid-City District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are Esplanade Avenue to the east, North Rampart Street to the south, St. Louis Street to the west and North Broad Street to the north. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, and early in the city's history was the main neighborhood of free people of color. Historically a racially mixed neighborhood, it remains an important center of the city's African-American and Créole culture, especially the modern brass band tradition.
- The fleur-de-lis or fleur-de-lys (plural: fleurs-de-lis) is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. The fleur-de-lis has appeared on countless European coats of arms and flags over the centuries, but it is particularly associated with the French Monarchy in a historical context, and continues to appear in the arms of the King of Spain and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and members of the House of Bourbon. It remains an enduring symbol of France that appears on French postage stamps, although it has never been adopted officially by any of the French republics. According to French historian Georges Duby, the three petals represent the medieval social classes: those who worked, those who fought, and those who prayed.
- Elijah: "My siblings have been taken, where are they?"
- Niklaus: (screaming)
- Genevieve: "Rebekah's awake and the hallucinations have begun."
- Rebekah: "Who's there?"
- Elijah: "Niklaus and Rebekah are somewhere suffering horribly."
- Elijah: "The longer the game, the more they suffer."
- Rebekah: (screaming)
- Genevieve: "Just because we can't kill them, doesn't mean they can't be destroyed."
- Marcel: "They're putting eyes and ears out everywhere. Daywalkers are working every contact we got. Cops, dockworkers, guys in the Tremé, the word is out-- anyone trying to earn favor with me gets a lifetime of it if they find them."
- Elijah: "Good. I need a pen and paper."
- Marcel: "Hey, am I taking orders from you now, or are we in this together?"
- Elijah: "Pen and paper, Marcel. Now."
- Marcel: "Look, I want her back just as much as you do you know, both of them."
- Elijah: "Hayley!"
- Hayley: "Elijah, you're back. Did you find anything?"