The Originals season 5: As the firstborns near the end, the stage is set for 'Legacies' to take off
Other than tying up all loose ends, the show is also setting the scene for 'Legacies', the next chapter in the life of these supernatural beings
It is a pretty sad time to be a fan of CW's 'The Originals', 'The Vampire Diaries' spinoff. Not just because it's coming to an end after such a successful run of five, really intense seasons but also because this season has been the best of them so far.
The last episode 'Till the Day I Die' had hinted at tragedy and it couldn't have been further from the truth. It suddenly dawns on you - the end is indeed near. As strange as it may sound, the Mikaelsons have been bouncing back from the dead for so long (literally thousands of years), deep down in your heart you sort of hope that things work out and they surprise us with another season. But that's wishful thinking of course.
One thing is for certain - there have been too many deaths this season. While still dealing with the death of one of the central characters of the show - Hayley Marshall (Pheobe Tonkin), showrunner Julie Plec threw in another rather painful loss in the form of Josh's (Steven Krueger) death who dies saving Marcel Gerard (Charles Micael Davis).
From the looks of it, it doesn't feel like Plec is done yet — because we know, from experience, that bad things happen to good people on this show. The show's plot is currently tying up loose ends and slowly etching towards a closure - but the worry is, will it take the Mikaelsons down with it?
The prophecy that was revealed all the way back in season 1 about dark magic being the downfall of the firstborns almost came true a couple of episodes ago. While they managed to stop the disaster, it is clearly only a temporary solution. The four siblings — Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic), Rebekah (Claire Holt), Klaus (Joseph Morgan), and Elijah (Daniel Gillies), went their separate ways after splitting the power of the blue light and taking it inside them and when they did come together, New Orleans turned upside down - blood turned into water and the seas caught fire.
It was then that Hope (Daniel Rose Russell) decided to take it all in once again so that the family comes together. In recent episodes, we saw Hope suffering because of the darkness inside her and in the latest episode, it is revealed that she is slowly dying. But since CW has announced another spinoff called 'Legacies' that has Hope Mikaelson as a central character, we know that they will find a way of keeping her alive and kicking.
In terms of the character arcs too, it is all coming together. Elijah's romance with Antoinette (Jamie Murray), which was on the up at the beginning of this season died down. He's back to mourning the love of his life — a pattern that has been crucial to the character of Elijah Mikaelson. It is a sad curve, to say the least. He was finally free from the grips of the "Always and Forever" promise, but his siblings managed to bring him back to right where he started, proving, once again, that it is always family first for the Originals. His short-lived romance in France was the better part of his story arc because for the first time since his existence he was actually happy.
Niklaus' character is also coming to a full circle — from being a kind man to a ruthless vampire-werewolf hybrid to a caring father, Klaus too is going back to his roots. This season has been all about how great a father Klaus is. His commitment to his family shines through.
When it comes to people he loves, the lines between what's right and wrong have always been quite blurry for Klaus, thus it comes as no surprise that he would want to kill for his daughter. In the upcoming episode, 'The Tale of Two Wolves' he is traveling to Mystic Falls to seek help from Caroline (Candice King). Klaroline was a thing a couple of seasons ago, so this may be a hint that it may click once again.
Rebekah and Marcel's love affair, that has gone on for more than a thousand years is also hinted at finally reconciling. Even the city of New Orleans, that was once at peace with all the factions appears to be going back to the good old days, now that Marcel has promised to help Declan (Torrance Coombs) head the human faction. Freya (Riley Voelkel) and Keelin (Christina Moses) have sorted out their differences and tied the knot and the story arc so far seems to be pointing at a long and blissfully happy life. Other than tying up all loose ends, the show is also setting the scene for 'Legacies', the next chapter in the life of these supernatural beings. The spin-off features the kids of Alaric Saltzman. Klaus, when he's off looking for a cure to Hope's madness, runs into Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
The next episode 'Tale of the Two Wolves' airs on July 25, Wednesday on CW.