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The Originals review: The best twist of the season

And we thought last week was good

After an episode like this, it's hard to even begin to imagine what The Originals' finale next week has in store. All we know is, it will be a brutal wait to find out.
Elijah fights Marcel's men in The Originals
Photo credit: Quantrell Colbert/The CW

Tonight's episode marks the pre-finale buildup to what is promising to be an explosive conclusion to the first season of The Originals. Joseph Morgan was not joking around during our interview this week when he talked about the finale, and neither is the show. What started out as an OK episode quickly took a turn toward mind blowing with the best twist of the season.

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I don't even know where to start tonight, but I guess Francesca is the hot topic of the episode since she's a freaking werewolf!? Cami's the first to discover the bombshell of a twist, which Father Kieran left for her in a folder in some hidden voodoo closet of his instead of telling her face to face before she died. But that's a rant to be had on another day. Right now, we'll set aside the fact that everything in tonight's episode is the late Father K's fault because he didn't clue us all in a little earlier. Let's focus on the fact that Francesca wolfs out and kills the vamps. (Well, they're not all dead yet, but they've got nasty werewolf bites.) Not that it's really that much more bloodshed to add to the mix since Klaus (Morgan) and Marcel's armies were both well on their way to killing each other anyhow.

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Even more shocking, Francesca is working with Genevieve. That didn't surprise us as much, since we never trusted Genevieve even an itty-bitty bit, but girl really knows how to take a man down. After giving the enchanted moonstones over to Francesca, she takes out Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) with a spell, and then moves over to Klaus who is struggling to stand at a bar. No, he's not wasted, he's nearly powerless since Genevieve tied the moonstones' power to Klaus' strength. We're left with mouths dangling, silently forming o's of What?!

Don't worry, we are far from done with the headline-making events tonight. Next on our list: Elijah (Daniel Gillies) gets gnawed on by two werewolves a la Francesca. I don't even know what that does to an original vampire? Anyone? And now that Klaus is pretty much defenseless, can his blood still heal? No doubt, we'll find out soon enough. Good thing Elijah and Hayley had a cute little moment together before things went postal.

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Francesca may be the hot topic, but there's even bigger news (and we've saved the best for last): We have a baby on the way, people. That's right. If anything could induce labor it's a vampire/werewolf massacre and some witchy spells. Too bad the witches have a hold on Hayley and plan on using her and the baby as a nice little offering to the ancestors. Talk about moms gone wild, Hayley flips out. All while beginning to have labor contractions. Um, if parents ever need to scare their children into using protection, we have a feeling this scene will do just nicely. The whole birthing situation for Hayley right now just makes me shiver. We feel for her.

Best quotes of the night

  • "It's complicated," Hayley says about her relationship with Elijah.
    "I think that's the understatement of the year," Jackson responds.
  • "Come on, Elijah. For once in your immortal life can you just not be so noble?" Hayley asks him.
  • "If you fail to uphold your end of the deal, the consequences for you will be apocalyptic," Klaus warns.
    "You say the most romantic things," Genevieve responds.
  • "Go, Elijah, and don't hold back," Hayley tells him right before the battle with Marcel's army. Sexy.
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