Is it just us, or does the Mikaelson clan have a bad case of baby fever? Episode 13 of “The Originals” focused on Hope’s secretive Season 2 storyline and Finn’s (Yusuf Gatewood) desperate attempt to find the missing child during “The Devil Is Damned.” However, Finn’s mission to track down Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) daughter came to an abrupt halt when Freya (Riley Voelkel) made her shocking debut.
After revealing her identity, the two siblings spent the rest of their time together catching up with one another. Freya explained that Dahlia, who is still alive, had cursed her by putting her into a deep sleep -- one that would only allow her to sparsely wake so that she could remain young and beautiful.
And that’s not all she divulged during her one-on-one reunion with Finn. Freya revealed that Dahlia is not only a witch but also a hunter driven by deception. That’s when the two stumbled into the conversation of whom exactly Dahlia hunts. Freya explained that Dahlia tracks down the first-born of every Mikaelson generation but insisted Dahlia had no one left to chase down considering all the Mikaelsons were vampires. That’s when Finn let her in on Hope’s existence.
Freya’s eyes lit up with the mention of Hope. She then questioned Finn about the newest Mikaelson’s current location. But our suspicions only grew with Freya’s next statement. “You have to let some things die so that others might live,” she stated. Is it safe to assume that Freya has officially joined the dark side? Perhaps that’s why she’s back, to help her captor hunt down another first born child.
While Finn seemed excited to welcome Freya back into the picture, Klaus couldn’t care less about the news of his sister’s return, which Rebekah (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) had so kindly relayed. Instead, he was more interested in the woman who placed this curse on the family: Dahlia.
But Klaus had bigger things to worry about than his wicked aunt’s whereabouts – like the death of Kol (Daniel Sharman). In episode 12 Finn has cursed Kol with death and the life-loving witch was anxious to reverse the spell. However, he didn’t want to pay the cost, which would involve Klaus slipping into his mind to unlock the spell Finn used.
After Klaus jumped into Kol’s head he could see that Kol was planning on deceiving him. But after a few moments of bickering the brother’s decided to put their issues behind them to save the life of Hope. Kol even turned out to be a useful ally as he informed Klaus that not only does Finn have an army of vampires hostage in his lair but he’s also torturing Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) to get something top secret out of the head vamp: the location of baby Hope.
Finn sent his blood-sucking pawn on a wild goose chase to get Hayley’s blood so that he could track down the baby. But Marcel was reluctant to betray Hayley so quickly. Instead, he revealed to the hybrid just what Finn had up his sleeve, which is when Hayley decided to call Klaus, giving him an update.
After Hayley’s check-in, Klaus, Rebekah and Kol picked up the pace on trying to take down Finn. But what they learned was frightening: Finn had known about Hope’s location all along. He was just toying with his family to distract them while he visited the baby’s current residence.
In order to protect Hope, Kol revealed he would need to channel some seriously dark magic with the help of his siblings. As Klaus collected the items to use against Finn, their treacherous, vampire-hating brother was already at the barn, searching for the baby.
However, Hope wasn’t home. Instead, she was out with Cami (Leah Pipes) running errands while Elijah (Daniel Gillies) stayed behind, taking care of things around the house – like evil brother’s wanting to kill his niece.
Finn greeted Elijah by stabbing him in the back and chest. But unfortunate for Finn, Elijah seemed to be stronger than he was before. As Finn searched the house, Elijah rose to his feet to return the hospitable favor, stabbing his brother in the stomach. The two than partook in a major brotherly show down until Elijah ended it with the flick of a flame. Just as Kol had used his dark magic to turn Finn powerless, Elijah had bravely self sacrificed himself to blow up Hope’s hideout -- with Finn inside.
But it wasn’t Elijah’s selflessness that surprised us. What shocked us at the end of episode 13 was a glimpse at Hope’s powers. While the baby and auntie Cami were driving back to the house of horror, Cami’s car suddenly stopped. A moment later the two witnessed their home being blown to smithereens. Cami looked at Hope, wondering if it was the baby who had prevented them from being barbecued with the rest of their belongings.
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