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The Originals 1x12: Dance Back From the Grave

Klaus is two seconds away from giving Marcel the "with great power comes great responsibility" speech on this week's episode of The Originals.

The Originals 1x12: Dance Back From the Grave

Previously on The Originals: Celeste is back with a vengeance – in Sabine’s body. Davina offers herself up for the Harvest, but Sabine/Celeste diverts the power and brings back witches of her own choosing.  Hayley and Elijah almost kiss, but Elijah stops himself, because the writers are the meanest meaniepants who ever meaned.

"Marcel, I told you. The Hoodie of Mourning just isn't a good look for you."

The Original Dysfunctional Family Drama

Remember when Rebekah said, “I know the words that will make [Klaus] hate you forever” in Reigning Pain In New Orleans? Turns out that part of the secret is named Papa Tunde, a witch who practices sacrificial magic.  Marcel recruited him to take down Klaus, while he was abroad during World War I.  (This was clearly unsuccessful, given that Il Duce is alive and still delightfully pouty-lipped.)  Papa Tunde is one bad mofo, especially now that Sabine has brought him back from the dead.  (He’s the man in the hat from the end of the last episode.)

But first, 1919: Papa Tunde makes a bit of a splash when he turns up at a meeting with the Guerrero werewolf crime family, Klaus, Elijah, and Marcel with the mayor’s head in a box. “We’re going to need a new mayor,” Klaus says, without missing a beat.  Papa Tunde had agreed to lend his strength to the New Orleans witches so long as they accept him and his sons as part of the coven, and recognize him as leader – hence the meeting crashing, trying to represent the witches’ interests.  Unsurprisingly, their interests were not his real motivation (he preferred money and power), which leads to Klaus and Elijah debating how to deal with him. (Elijah wanted to negotiate. Klaus decided to kill Tunde’s twin sons, the source of his power, and gouge his eyes out. Oh, Klaus, there is a certain poetry in the punishments you mete out.) 

Finally, Rebekah tells Marcel that there is only one person Klaus fears: her father, Mikael, “the vampire who hunts vampires.” If Mikael were to turn up, Klaus would flee.

In the present day, Papa Tunde is Sabine’s lackey – he is going around the town, killing vampires (including the ones Klaus sent to harass the witches at The Cauldron) and drawing upon that power.   This frightens the vampires at the Compund, who refuse to stand with Klaus and defend the city.

Rebekah sees the symbol Papa Tunde uses and thinks a copycat is afoot, but she’s sadly mistaken.  As she wanders the warehouses with Thierry, Papa Tunde appears. Papa Tunde can’t kill her, but he puts her in a deathlike state to draw upon her endless power.

Present day Marcel is mourning Davina in the time-honored tradition of day-drinking the pain away, and “shirking his responsibilities,” as Klaus puts it. He hangs out at Rousseau’s to wait for Sophie, which involves being interrogated by a particularly annoying Cami. Cami, upon hearing about Davina’s death, demands to know if it was Klaus. She says, “I TOLD him not to hurt her,” which leads me to wonder what she could do to a thousand year old vampire. Nag him to death?  Luckily, Cami’s interrogation and moralizing is cut short when Papa Tunde shows up to kill Marcel, declaring that “the sins of the father are paid for by the son.” Cami finally makes herself useful by disrupting Papa Tunde while he is in the process of killing Marcel; no one should harm that national treasure of a man.  While Tunde is disrupted, Cami calls Klaus to save Marcel.

Papa Tunde almost debilitates Klaus, too, but Hayley and Elijah disrupt the spell just in time so that Klaus once again gains the upper hand.  Rebekah wakes up from the spell, furious at Thierry (now released by Klaus, due to his Mystic Falls-induced good mood *ahem*) for his cowardice.  Elijah, in turn, is furious with Rebekah for refusing to give Klaus and peace a chance.

In the end, Papa Tunde performs a spell to empower his rattlesnake-rattler-adorned knife, hands it to Sabine, and allows her to sacrifice him, too.

"I'm so glad bowties are back in style."

The Original Mythology

- Celeste has been “coming [to the cemetery] for a century…wearing one face or another.”

- A witches’ spell is like a recipe and can be thrown off with too much or too little of one ingredient.

The Original Body Count

- In 1919: the mayor and Papa Tunde’s twin sons bite it, the entire Guerrero werewolf clan end up with their heads on pikes, and all the witches who opposed Tunde die.

- Several snakes meet an untimely demise in 1919 as well as real life.

- All of the vampires in The Garden are sacrificed.

- Papa Tunde allows Sabine to sacrifice him in the present day.

The Original WTF

- Cami’s on vervain. How is it that Marcel could feed from her and heal?

- Rebekah still had major daddy issues in 1919; she was flattered that Marcel was going to burn down New Orleans and kill Klaus for her. Rebekah. Seriously.

- Hayley’s baby is a quarter witch, presumably due to Klaus’ mother.  You’d think the werewolf/vampire thing would throw the genetic percentages off. Punnett squares are a bit lacking in this situation.

- Also, I’m no biologist, but how can Hayley’s blood from her own bloodstream be mingled with the baby’s blood, for the purposes of disrupting the spell? I do not think that is how pregnancy works. 

- How the hell does Papa Tunde keep his suit so white, freshly pressed, and snake-gut free?  Now THAT is the kind of magic I’m interested in.  Tide could make a killing (sorry) off of his skills.

The Original Joseph Morgan Award for Tortured Hot People

Elijah’s back in a suit and bites Hayley’s wrist (which, I believe, is a first on The Originals and The Vampire Diaries), but I prefer to think of Marcel in an Army uniform and Klaus in a tux as proof that there is a supreme deity. Writers, I almost forgive you for dragging out the Hayley and Elijah tension.  Casting director, my friends from SF FYA book club would like to buy you a drink.

And lo, the Supreme Deity is benevolent.

So, what did you think? This episode seemed to be a setup for Celeste as the Big Bad and to sow more discord between Marcel and Klaus, but to what end? What does Celeste want?

Jennie's photo About the Author: Jennie Kendrick lives in San Francisco and has an excessive fondness of historical fiction, spreadsheets, turquoise sparkly things, and bourbon. When she's not reading, writing, or writing about reading, she cooks obsessively, runs an Etsy shop, and thrifts for vintage everything.