|“||He knew. He had to be the anchor to Freya's spell. He saved us.||”|
THE PROPHECY FULFILLED — After months of thwarting off dangerous threats and deadly attacks, the Mikaelson siblings finally come face to face with the one person that could lead to their ultimate demise. With the stakes higher than ever and the compound overrun by an army of his oldest sworn enemies, Klaus is put on trial for centuries of atrocities he’s committed. Meanwhile, Marcel, who has been spiraling out of control following an act of betrayal by those closest to him, is stunned by the unexpected arrival of someone from his past. Finally, Elijah, Freya and Kol frantically search for a way to save their family before it’s too late. Hayley and Vincent also appear.
The episode opens with Marcel (now an Enhanced Original known as The Beast) at the bottom of the ocean. Thought to be dead by all but Vincent and Josh, he begins to reminisce about the time that Klaus rescued him from his abusive father and took him in as his own.The episode flashes to the Abattoir, where Hayley and Elijah spent the night together, despite the fact that Elijah ‘killed’ Marcel the night before. Hayley comforts Elijah, telling him that he is no alone. We see Klaus with his daughter, mourning in his own way after the death of his adopted son. Klaus seems convinced that Hope would have had a better life if her father were someone other than him–he’s probably right too. However, he persists that he will do right by her and guarantee her a good, safe life. We see again Elijah, (once again) asking for Klaus’ forgiveness, telling Klaus that he did what he had to do to keep his family safe.
Next, we see Freya–who hasn’t slept all night–and Kol. Freya has out the map designed to track Klaus’ enemies from all over the world, and when Freya activates it, it shows many all in New Orleans.The episode cuts to the Cemetery, the previous source of the witches power (since it was destroyed previous episode), where Marcel is paying his respects to his best friend and daughter like figure, Davina Claire. Vincent appears and tries to explain that Davina helped make sure that the Ancestors were cut off from the land of the living–the last good thing she did before her death. Vincent questions Marcel on if he has the ability to take down the Mikaelsons, he is certain that he can.
The next appearance of the Mikaelson's comes at the Abattoir, with Kol informing Klaus and Elijah that Freya is tracking Klaus’ enemies as they speak. The Mikaelson's are certain that they have the upper hand as no vampire can enter the compound without an invite. We see Freya performing the spell where she is attacked by a female vampire and stabbed, which pushes the brother into a trap in the middle of the compound. Marcel enters with a band of Strix vampires, confusing the likes of Klaus who was certain of his death.
After a scene or two with Freya and Hayley — who has an idea about stopping Marcel, and Freya’s poisoning by an unknown vampire — we cut back to the Abattoir, where Kol has been bitten by Marcel and a fight has started between Klaus, Elijah and Marcel, the former losing despite their Original Status. Elijah too is bitten and Klaus goes to attack before Rebekah (who was last seen daggered), steps in and stops the fighting. Rebekah tells Klaus that Hayley has hope in Freya and to take Kol and Elijah and leave, Marcel won’t hurt her if he knows what is good for him – we aren’t certain of how strong Rebekah is now she is cursed.
Freya and Hayley make another appearance at Lucien’s penthouse, where they are struggling to find the antidote to the poison Freya has endured. Klaus enters with the two brothers. Klaus is adamant that he is going to die while Klaus reassures him he is not going to die, Kol remarks that he too said that to Finn and Camille. Freya is sure they will die before they find a cure to all the curses placed on the family.
Rebekah asks Marcel to cure her brothers before he does something that cannot be undone, he refuses, stating that he will not loose. Rebekah asks why Marcel is doing what he is doing but agrees when Marcel says that she cannot defend them. Marcel explains that all the Mikaelson's will be dead by the end of the night but he will never hurt Rebekah. Rebekah calls Klaus, telling him that Marcel wants him to stand trial for his actions, which he considered, but Elijah will not allow. Freya tells Klaus that she may have a way to cure the family but would require Klaus leaving the trial alive.
Now we see Klaus’ trial, Marcel gives a run down of all Klaus’ turned vampires, to which Klaus remarks that what he did taught the world to fear him and kept his family safe. Marcel provokes Klaus and asks why he sired them if he was afraid to be alone. Marcel tells Klaus that for what he has done, he must pay.
We see Freya writing on a piece of parchment the names of the Originals—possibly to perform a linking spell like her mother before her. When Kol begins to become erratic and starts to attack Hayley, Elijah steps in to save her.
Rebekah stops the trial, stating that her brother will not be condemned without her speaking on his behalf. Stating that his first instinct is to save his family, and when asking if anybody would do anything else, nobody replies. The curse starts to enact itself on Rebekah again, and while Marcel is asking if she hates him as much as anybody else there, she agrees, stating that she should tell the truth about Klaus. Rebekah states that she is envious to all the vampires, as they have broken free and she is still bound to him via the pact they made so long ago. After a flash into another scene, the episode flashes back to the trial.
Klaus states that Marcel is outraged by the loss off Davina, but got what she is coming to her, as does anybody who crosses him. Klaus insists that Davina’s death helped defeat Lucien so was worth it in the end. Klaus knows that the scales are still in his favor as he will die tasting just an inch of the pain he has inflicted upon the vampires. Rebekah reminds Marcel that he has the means to make him suffer—Tunde’s blade. At that point, Klaus is stabbed in the back with the blade, plunging him into a fate worse than death. It seemed as though Rebekah had betrayed Klaus, however, she was helping him stay alive.
Freya performs the ritual, linking each of the members of the Mikaelson family together, saving them all from their fates, but putting them to sleep like Klaus. This leaves the vampires and witches thinking that the Originals are all dead. Hayley and Hope leave town with the Mikaelson's. We flash to the mind of the Originals, all which seem to be in a dream-like state. Freya explains that—unlike we thought—the spell she used linked the family to Klaus’ life force, the same spell Dahlia used so long ago.
Special Guest Star
- Antagonists: Marcel Gerard and Klaus' sirelings.
- Marcel kills the remaining members of the Strix in St. Anne's Church. They are found by Detective Will Kinney, who is badly injured by a surviving vampire before he is saved by Vincent.
- Elijah and Kol are bitten by Marcel during a fight while Freya is poisoned by one of Klaus' sirelings. They are only saved by Rebekah's intervention.
- Klaus asks Rebekah: "Wasn't it you who once said I could talk my way out of hell?" Rebekah says this to Marcel in The Garden in The River in Reverse, while plotting on how to take down Klaus.
- Freya finds a way to save her family from death; she will place them all in a slumber similar to the one Dahlia had used on her. This will prevent Marcel's poison from killing them until Hayley can find an antidote and save them.
- Freya binds the spell to Klaus, who tricks Marcel into daggering him with Papa Tunde's Blade instead of killing him. As long as Klaus lives, his family will remain alive and asleep.
- Freya creates a Chambre de Chasse for herself, Elijah, Kol and Rebekah until the day they wake, so they can be together as a family without any of the drama that plagued them in the past.
- Hayley and Hope leave New Orleans to track down an antidote for Marcel's poison, starting with the seven original werewolf packs.
- Marcel bricks up Klaus in a tomb in the destroyed City of the Dead.
- Vincent chastizes Marcel for his sloppy destruction of the Strix and his resemblance to Klaus. He declares St. Anne's Church a sanctuary where he and any other supernatural creature, including vampires, will be welcome, if they no longer tolerate Marcel's antics.
- Female vampire - Staked; killed by Hayley Marshall-Kenner
- Male vampire - Heart extraction; killed by Hayley Marshall-Kenner
- The Strix members - Various; killed by Marcel Gerard
- Vampire - Staked; killed by Vincent Griffith
- This is the third season finale to feature Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah, Hayley, Marcel, Vincent and Hope, the second to feature Freya and the first to feature Kol and Will.
- This is the third and final episode of the season not to feature any members of The Trinity.
- For the second time, an army of vampires is destroyed in the final episode of the season.
- Rebekah was last seen in Savior and in an archive footage in Behind the Black Horizon. She was last mentioned in Where Nothing Stays Buried.
- Thierry was mentioned. He was last seen in The Big Uneasy. He was last mentioned in Rebirth.
- Diego was mentioned. He was last seen in From a Cradle to a Grave.
- Gia was mentioned. She was last seen in Fire with Fire and her corpse was last seen in Ashes to Ashes. She was last mentioned in I'll See You in Hell or New Orleans.
- Ansel was mentioned. He was last seen in Chasing the Devil’s Tail and was last mentioned in Where Nothing Stays Buried.
- Camille was mentioned. She was last seen in No More Heartbreaks and was last mentioned in Give 'Em Hell Kid.
- Davina was mentioned. She was last seen in Give 'Em Hell Kid.
- Esther was mentioned. She was last seen in Ashes to Ashes and in an archive footage in Behind the Black Horizon. She was last mentioned in Where Nothing Stays Buried.
- Mikael was mentioned. He was last seen in Night Has A Thousand Eyes and in an archive footage in Behind the Black Horizon. He was last mentioned in No More Heartbreaks.
- Dahlia was mentioned. She was last seen in Ashes to Ashes and was last mentioned in No More Heartbreaks.
- New Orleans, Louisiana
Behind the Scenes
- This is the last episode of the series to air in 2016.
- Danielle Campbell is removed from the main cast after her character's death in No More Heartbreaks.
- For Baby Hope’s scene in the truck, the baby — after a whole day of being wide awake hanging with Phoebe [Tonkin] and crew while waiting to shoot her scene, promptly fell asleep for the final scene where she was supposed to do magic as Hayley drives away to end our season. Despite our best efforts to wake her up, she wasn’t having any of it until the very end. We ended up using a shot of her sleeping in the edit. Adorable kids.
- The chambre location is a full-fledged Georgia farm owned by two later-years ex-boyfriends that housed llamas, roosters (which made a good deal of our audio useless at times), Scottish cows, and an entire lake of ducks at the peak of mating season — far from the peaceful serenity seen on screen, and far more awkward.
- The trial sequences were shot with three cameras all the way through from when Marcel first interrogates Klaus until Klaus being tunde-bladed. It was like watching the trial play out in real time, unedited. Our actors and their impressive memories did an astounding job performing that very long and very dialogue-heavy scene two or three dozen times as cameras zoomed in and out for various sizes of coverage. Also, after destroying half the compound, the Mikaelson home will likely look a bit different the next go-around.
- The Bloody Crown is a quote in Shakespeare's play Richard II. The central theme is about a king, who was king for a short while, to become dethroned by a member of his own family, starting a civil war.
- In this reference, Marcel portrays King Richard II and Klaus the member of the family to dethrone him.
- A Bloody Crown, is also a lyric (The king so kind and solemn, He wears a bloody crown) in Leonard Cohen's song "Samson in New Orleans" , about a man dethroning the King due to his cruel ways.
- In this reference, Marcel and Klaus' relationship is depicted quite accurately through the lyrics, as are some of the scenes in the episode:
- "You said that you were with me, You said you were my friend, Did you really love the city, Or did you just pretend."
- "So gather up the killers, Get everyone in town, Stand me by those pillars, Let me take this temple down."
- "Gather Up the Killers" is the title of the following episode.