After months of teasing Dahlia’s (Claudia Black) terrifying story line, fans of the hit CW series “The Originals” finally got a front-row seat at watching the evilness of the Mikaelson’s witchy aunt unfold. Episode 16 of the sophomore installment kicked off with an intense flashback, which had taken place in 977 A.D.
Dahlia had just kidnapped Freya (Riley Voelkel) from her mother and quickly began to spew lies to her little niece that Esther did not love her. “She gave you away,” Dahlia said to Esther’s eldest, adding that she would take Freya under her wing to become two of the most powerful witches in the world. “There is no greater strength than family,” Dahlia said.
Those words seemed to stay with Freya throughout the centuries, which is why Freya was so adamant about joining forces with her siblings to put an end to Dahlia. So when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) invited her over for brunch, to find out if his older sister was trustworthy, Freya quickly RSVP-ed.
While Freya primped herself for a Mikaelson get together, Rebekah (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) prepared herself for the wrath of an angry mob. As we well remember, Rebekah is currently inhabiting the body of a renegade witch named Eva Sinclair -- an evil enchantress who slayed children and stole their powers. Sounds scary right? Well, what’s even more chilling is that Eva somehow managed to revive herself to cause more destruction in New Orleans -- and now Rebekah is getting blamed for it!
Throughout the episode 16, appropriately titled “Save My Soul,” Rebekah would lose consciousness and wake up with terrible visions.
But they weren’t scenes out of a nightmare, they were memories of Eva torturing children -- including Davina (Danielle Campbell)! With their children missing in action, the parents of the witch community decided to pay Eva a visit, hoping to get some answers.
But Elijah (Daniel Gillies) ensured them that they were after the wrong witch. After all, Rebekah was using Eva as a vessel and she would never harm a child, right? Elijah then promised he would find the person responsible for the terror and hold them accountable.
But to do that, they needed to find out just who Eva was. That's when Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) decided to visit Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood), a NOLA native and recent victim of Finn. As it turns out, Vincent was the husband of Eva -- and not even he wished for his wife's return.
But that wasn’t the biggest shocker of the night. It was during Klaus and Freya’s one-on-one that our mouths dropped. According to Freya, she wished to form an alliance with the siblings because Dahlia is “the most powerful witch” she has ever seen. And because of their aunt's strength and immortality, there is nothing standing in Dahlia’s way of kidnapping Hope and slaughtering anyone who stands in her way -- that is, unless the Mikaelson’s join together to kill Dahlia.
Freya revealed Dahlia’s death would also benefit her because with her aunt dead she would be able to live her life freely for the first time ever. For the past couple of centuries she was living as a slave, serving her aunt at her every whim. That’s when Freya let Klaus in on the truth of why she sought out revenge so strongly. According to Freya, Dahlia had killed the love of her life, leaving her alone and with child.
In a fit of desperation, Freya opted to kill both herself and the child to prevent them from becoming Dahlia’s pawns. However, after Freya had gulped down the poison, she learned that Dahlia had made her immortal. But the same couldn’t be said for her unborn child.
“She turned me into a monster and I will destroy her for it,” Freya admitted to her brother.
Following his conversation with Freya, Klaus revealed to his brother that although he believed Freya’s sincerity, he also questioned whether it was a smart move to form an alliance with someone whose clarity was altered due to her anger.
The episode concluded with the sound of Dahlia’s lullaby soothing baby Hope in her sleep.
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