The Originals season 5 episode 8: As New Orleans suffers wrath of the magic, Elijah finds his memories
'Kindness of Strangers' picks up where 'God's Gonna Trouble the Water' left off. The two brothers find that they are actually locked up in a magical dimension and they aren't alone
CW's 'The Originals' is well on its way to the end and from the looks of it, this series may not give us some great closures. This is the last season for 'The vampire Diaries' spin off. While we hoped that Episode 8, 'The Kindness of Strangers,' would answer some burning questions about the originals, it left us with more questions, instead. And there's just one more episode to go for them to be explained.
So let's catch up. In the last episode, the City of New Orleans waved its final goodbye to one of their beloved citizens, Hayley Marshall (Pheobe Tonkin). In an emotional moment, Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) hugs Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), his daughter and the bayou sets itself on fire, indicating the disaster that's to come. Fast forward, the episode ended with Klaus and Elijah(Daniel Gillies) being trapped in their home with nowhere to go.
'Kindness of Strangers' picks up where 'God's Gonna Trouble the Water' left off. The two brothers find that they are actually locked up in another magical dimension and they aren't alone.
They don't know who did this to them, but they believe that it was Vincent Griffith, the New Orleans witch who cooked up the spell.
Freya and Kol join the brothers followed by Rebecca, their sister. All of them share the same experience - one moment they were going about life and the next they ended up there. Freya comes in with the information that it was actually Hope who put them in there, to protect them from the destruction outside and the prophecy that said that the firstborns would die.
Marcellus Gerard drops in too by this point.
Freya reveals that she had just come in to guide them and already has her key and disappears after.
To escape this magical prison they must now find four keys each that would unlock the door to reality. The four keys are hidden away in the house in the corners that they hold most dear. A lot of sweet and innocent flashbacks later, the family finds their keys. To their disappointment, it doesn't lead them to reality, it leads them to Elijah's memories. This, they suspect, is Hope's way of making Elijah remember and take responsibility for what happened to her mom.
After a lot of bickering, Klaus decides to help Elijah break down the door even though he doesn't know "who he will be on the other side". They crash to the formidable Red Door and memories come flooding back to poor Elijah - he sees Hayley's face first followed by the moments they first kissed and fell in love to the time she catches fire and he stands there watching.
Elijah is devastated. The family wakes up to find themselves in real time as Hope takes away the power that they had split earlier.
Marcel, Klaus, Elijah, and Rebecca set out to find Hope and pick up the pieces of whatever is left of the city.
'Kindness of Strangers' is an emotional episode - you cannot help but feel sorry for poor Elijah. Yet, you see why this family has stuck together even when all they do is destroy each other. Even though Klaus knows that Elijah may never come back to him, he still helps him out. Rebecca decides to leave Marcel because she doesn't want to "destroy him with her sadness", which is a mature thing to do on her part.
So many questions, so little of the season left - what happened when the Mikaelsons were trapped on the astral plane? Is it really Hope doing all this magic? Will she survive the Dark Magic? What happens to the prophecy? Will this series leave Elijah, once again, so unfairly, mourning the loss of a loved one? Where does this leave Rebecca and Marcel? Will the vow of "Always and Forever" still hold true?
The next and final episode, 'We Have Not Long to Love' airs on Wednesday, June 20 on CW at 9/8c.