The Originals' final season wasted no time getting to business in the Season 5 premiere, and frankly I'm still stunned how they fit all of this drama into one episode!
Let's start with Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), who's now a teen after another time jump. It seems teenage Hope is a bit of a rebel, which is only amplified when you're a supernatural creature like no other. In an effort to help out a crescent wolf who's getting picked on at school, Hope turns him into a hybrid and gets suspended in the process. You know, typical high school stuff.
Naturally that causes some serious tension between her and her mother, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), and Russell has thoughts on that.
"I think Hayley has been Hope's best friend for a really long time because it is so hard for Hope to fit in with other people," Russell tells TV Guide. "Her mother kind of knows her better than she knows herself, and so they've been through eight years of life [...] with no one else really, so they're very close even though they do have that mother daughter chaos."
Don't expect that chaos to go anywhere, since we've only just begun to see the start of Hope's rebellious streak where her father is concerned. "Their relationship definitely starts off a little tense," executive producer Julie Plec says. "But as we know, magically they cannot be in the same room for fear that the magic of The Hollow that they worked so hard to take away from her last year could find its way back in her and ultimately destroy her. So Klaus has made a pretty epic sacrifice in his own mind, but she's just a teenage girl who wants her dad."
Speaking of that absentee father...
In the years since we last saw Klaus (Joseph Morgan), he's been on a bit of a murder spree, systematically wiping out his family's enemies and their descendants (and the descendants of their descendants and so on). It helped him pass the time, sure, but it also broadcast a clear message to the world that Klaus may have fallen off the edge of sanity and is in need of someone who can drag him back into the light.
That's like the Caroline Forbes (Candice King) bat signal.
Caroline's appearance on The Originals has been five years in the making, and it did not disappoint. Caroline always had a knack for seeing through Klaus' outward persona to the underlying emotional issues driving his bad behavior, and this confrontation was no different. Klaus ultimately confessed that the reason he dropped out of Hope's life was because he knew how damaging it could be to be raised by a monster. Mikael certainly did some serious work on Klaus, after all.
Unfortunately, Caroline has always been a big believer in tough love, so rather than coddling Klaus' feelings, she just gave it to him straight: "Stop using Mikael as an excuse to be a bad father!"
Drop the freaking mic, girl.
Her parting words of advice about contacting his daughter should probably draw your attention too, seeing as she finally declared that she thought Klaus was a person worth knowing. Anyone who watched The Vampire Diaries knows that's a pretty huge change of tune from Caroline, who only ever pushed Klaus away. Since we know we'll be seeing her multiple times this season, it's probably safe to say she's not done with Klaus yet.
Another romance that saw some big moves in the premiere was Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Rebekah's (Claire Holt) epic love story. Marcel delivered what may have been the greatest (and cheesiest) proposal of all time, and Rebekah — well, she had to think about it. Ultimately, Rebekah once again chose her family drama over Marcel, turning him down and venturing off for a totally unapproved visit to creep on Elijah (Daniel Gillies).
Don't get too worried about this ship though. Claire Holt thinks there's still a chance at a happy ending for them.
"Rebekah and Marcel have had such a tumultuous relationship, but there's a reason that they keep coming back to each other. There's a really deep love and a deep connection that's spanned many, many decades," Holt says. "So I think there's hope for them. They can't stay away from each other."
Meanwhile, Freya (Riley Voelkel), Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) and Hayley have been happily keeping the peace in New Orleans among the supernatural community, but that all might change thanks to Hope's rash decision to create her first hybrid.
Wolves hate hybrids because they're part vampire, and vampires hate hybrids since their bite is still deadly, so no one is too pleased with a teenage hybrid roaming free. Just when we thought Hayley was able to convince all the New Orleans factions to stand down and allow her to foster this new hybrid through his transition, The Originals pulled the rug out from under us.
Someone or something attacked Hayley in the French Quarter, and now she's officially missing.
We've got some theories about who is behind this little kidnapping, but whoever they are, they may have just launched the beginning of the end for the Mikaelson family. Upon hearing of Hayley's disappearance, Klaus made a beeline for New Orleans, even though returning to his daughter's side could have deadly consequences.
"One of the blessings of knowing that you are ending a series after five years, but also after a thousand years of history, is that you get to make decisions about your immortal beings and whether they're going to remain immortal or whether their time has come," Julie Plec teases. "People know I like to kill people. I certainly would never tell you who might die, but I can certainly tell you that of our ensemble of many, many of them will be in some sort of very precipitous situation and frankly not all of them will survive."
The Originals returns Wednesday, April 18 at 9/8c on The CW.
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