This episode gave me tingles and shivers - not to mention that my brain is literally exploding with questions and overwhelmed with the information we've learned.
On that note, let's dive right into this recap.
Ric and Elena are wandering through the caves muttering about bats (ironic?), and then Damon gives Elena a heart-attack (super hilarious) before telling Elena the old Lockwoods must have hated vampires too. Elena and Ric head into the part of the cave Damon can't enter and they look at the stick figures - oh sorry, cave paintings - and Ric does an all-powerful assessment and says it's Viking script and there's the names of their 3 fav originals. Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah. (Elena nearly passes out, she's so shocked).
So it takes us back in time to when Klaus and Rebekah are carving their names on the walls. It's a bit cute; for brother and sister they seem very close. We learn that Mikael is 'papa original' [jaws drop] and thus it mustn't have been made up cave drawings by Klaus.
Damon is still teaching Elena how to fight (does anybody else not focus on what they're saying when Damon and Elena are touching?) and Elena believes that asking Rebekah is the best way to find out more information. She heads off to speak to her and it doesn't start out well - "If you wake Mikael then we are all doomed. Sounds super ominous. Smeh, bring on Sebastian Roche I say.
Rebekah flashes back to a play fight between Elijah and Klaus (little brother Henrik is there - and I wonder where the other original brothers and sisters are). We find out that Mikael was not all cute and fluffy - he was a bit of a tyrant and had it out for Klaus. Her story is interrupted by a concerned Damon who calls Elena while he is headed to see tied-up Rippah Stefan.
In the cell, Stefan's all like: "Elena's plans never work out" and Damon's like: "Yeah I know bro, so I'm gonna release ya and we're gonna go drink people and whiskey". (And apparently - that plan worked). Rebekah invites Elena over for a fashion show.. and I am instantly in love with her (not that I wasn't before - but she shows how sassy and strong, but also vulnerable and caring she can be). Claire Holt is incredible. Anyway.
Ric invites Bonnie over and asks her to bring the necklace, and in return he offers some great advice about Gilbert men: "Trust me, we learn eventually", I hope so, for Jeremy's sake. We discover that Ric has been playing puzzle and has worked out that the symbol of the necklace means 'witch' which I didn't get meant 'original witch' and 'original mother' - [cue my brain going into overdrive].
Rebekah tells Elena about the werewolves and how they lived together in peace for 20 years... until Henrik was killed because of them (and Klaus who was a naughty boy and snuck them out on a full moon). Damon calls Elena in the midst of all this and of course, she hears Stefan in the background and Damon tells her he's "got it". Then we all enjoy more of Rippah Stefan as he talks about his "bunny diet" and flips coins into a glass (how does he DO that?!). It was kind of eerie, the two of them are too similar at the moment. Except until Damon shows his "humanity" later...
Anyway Elena is given a bit of a low-down on vampires by Rebekah, claiming that they are predators and don't care - but Elena is smarter and coys her into talking more (Elena's satisfied smirk.. love). We find out that vampirism was created as 'protection' rather than a 'curse'. It was pride that got them there too.. and they were warned that this magic would breed consequence. Esther and Mikael were told that it would be the makings of a 'plague' and right she was [Ayeanna?]. But Mikael is having none of it - and BAM Esther created the curse in her 'original-witch-ness' (more jaw dropping).
I liked the way Rebekah explained how Esther turned them, "calling upon the sun for life and the ancient White Oak tree (one of nature's eternal objects) for immortality" (her voice gave me shivers). And then - Mikael gave them wine laced with blood and drove his sword through their hearts (I jumped).
Flashback again and we find out that Mikael forced Rebekah to drink blood to complete the ritual, and Klaus tried to stop him but failed. Rebekah explains that for "every strength there would be a weakness"; people could now keep them out; the flowers at the base of the White Oak burned and prevented compulsion and the spell decreed that the tree that gave them life could also take it away. But the darkest consequence was the hunger for blood.. OVERLOAD ON INFORMATION MUCH? I don't think I breathed through her entire spiel. Just saying.
We jump back to present day and Stefan is snacking on Callie in front of everyone. He asks Damon: "What's the point of the jailbreak?" to which Damon replies: "Because I thought you needed a hug Stefan" (lol). And then suddenly - MIKAEL is there! In all of Sebastian Roche's gloriousness. Epic.
Rebekah continues her story. We find out that Esther turned her back on Klaus, and Mikael went on a rampage and killed half the village. But shocker - Rebekah thinks that Mikael killed her mother, but actually it was Klaus - and he's been lying to her this entire time because he didn't want to be alone (naww.... ugh? I am torn).
Then there's this super sweet family moment between Elijah, Rebekah and Klaus (linking hands, together forever). Rebekah explains to Elena that she still loves Klaus, because "he's her brother and I'm immortal". She shouldn't spend an eternity alone! No no no.
[side note: Elena - you might want Klaus dead, but I surely don't]
And now Elena has Rebekah's threat hovering over her - except that might change, with the revelation of Klaus' lie.
Damon almost gets his heart ripped out by Mikael, except apparently Stefan can still care - since he saves Damon's life AGAIN. And Mikael threatens Stefan with his own life if he doesn't lure Klaus back to Mystic Falls.. Dum dum dum.
Ric, Bonnie and Elena are in the caves mulling over the stick figures, and then Elena pieces together the puzzle of Esther's death.. and goes to tell Rebekah. (cue my heart breaking for her.. she looked so upset and lost).
P.S. Elena should have hugged her. Her whole world was just ripped apart. Why not give her a little cuddle? Tiny, minuscule even? Just saying.
Stefan tells Damon that he didn't have a breakthrough, but I'm sorry Stefan - you did. And I would so punch Stefan after that statement too. Loved Paul Wesley laying on the ground gasping and chuckling though.
And then - my favourite part of the episode: the famous end Delena scene. Damon just doesn't move from her bed, and I love that Elena gave up and climbed into bed next to him. They share a little moment where Elena talks about the "bond of family". Elena: "I'm not mad at you for letting him out Damon. I think that you're gonna be the one to save him for himself." [soft sigh, pause] "It won't be because he loves me, it'll be because he loves you." Naww. Think on that Damon.
Cue soft loving looks at Elena as she falls asleep. And that's another episode wrapped!
- What's the deal with Klaus? Why did he feel the need to kill his own mother I wonder?
- What will happen now that Rebekah knows about Klaus? Will she go onto Delena/Ric's team or stay sided with brother-dearest?
- Damon and Elena are all kinds of adorable. And I think that their romance will happen, despite the screams of Stelena fans. I just think that the writers have to explore that option.. what does everyone else think?
- Is anyone else literally in LOVE with Claire Holt after this episode? Cos I surely am.
- I'm wondering whether Mikael is all that bad... I mean, Klaus did kill his wife. Hmm.
Alright my dears, have fun reading and sound off in comments! You can tweet me on @jayneymoo or just chat to me in general :D I love your thoughts!