FINALLY Dahlia has come back to New Orleans. Well, I’m not exactly sure if she’d been to New Orleans before (is that how Freya ended up in the Fauline Cottage?), but if anyone on The Originals deserves to have their entrance treated as though they are The Rock, then it should be Dahlia. She’s earned that status and then some, all in one episode.
If there’s one thing the Vampy-Verse can really do when it comes to their villains, it’s let them live up to the hype of how terrible they are. (Except for maybe the Travelers.) They may not follow through on keeping them completely evil — see: Klaus and, as a result, this entire show — but it’s all oh so good while it lasts. And that’s what we get from Dahlia, even when she’s not physically present in a scene. She’s just that damn good. That’s a Triple H saying, but it’s also applicable. Dahlia is both The Rock and Triple H. This makes sense to someone reading this, I swear.
As if to inform us all that things have gotten pretty real, “Night Has a Thousand Eyes” doesn’t start with the typical Originals voiceover. Instead, we get Jackson, Hayley, and baby Hope taking a walk around the French Quarter, which is just about the dumbest thing they’ve ever done, especially with the looming threat. Then again, this is an episode where Jackson and Hayley are essentially stupid for a living, so this is just the tip of the iceberg. Cue various townspeople creepily staring at them, giving them black dahlias, writing notes about paying off debts (“a promise made is a debt to be paid”), and oh, are basically possessed by Dahlia. Even Jackson. Because Jackson is the worst.
And all that is just the episode opening.
Freya is able to whip up a concoction to keep Dahlia from possessing them — the technical term is actually “kenning” — but Klaus is a dummy who doesn’t drink it (surely that will come back to bite him in the ass), and when Freya tries to help more, by doing a locator spell for Dahlia via Jackson, it turns out … whoops. The reason Dahlia is so powerful (to the point where she can get her kenning on with the WHOLE FRENCH QUARTER) is because she’s channeling Freya. Poor Freya was not aware of that, but once Rebekah realizes it, she sends her away (just to be safe), and Hayley is ready to kill her.
Sadly, in sending her away, Dahlia is able to make her introduction, in one of the most fantastically sadistic scenes of the entire series. Just in the center of the French Quarter, Dahlia teases Freya for stupidly thinking that her family would embrace her with open arms. She mentally tortures her, calling her “a selfish, ungrateful child,” then she physically tortures her (magically, of course), all in broad daylight, as everyone else goes on about their days (after she had managed to “ken” every single one of them). Dahlia point-blank threatens to kill the entire Mikaelson family but Freya, only so Freya can beg her forgiveness.
“After all, once I’m done with these poor souls, I’ll be the only family you have left. You should know better than to defy me.”
Then she struts out like they just got finished with small talk, and her first order of business is Klaus and Mikael, who stupidly decides to make a single weapon of the materials Freya sent Mikael to get to defeat Dahlia. All because Klaus has “always been of the opinion that the best defense is a good offense.”
What it all leads to is an immense failure of epic proportion, with yet another massacre in what was Father Killian’s church. My own words can’t do any of those scenes justice, so if you’re only using me as your source for such things, do yourself a favor and go watch those scenes. Do yourself a favor and watch this episode, as well as this whole season, honestly.
At the end of the episode, Klaus kills Mikael, most likely for good this time. As of this episode and the previous one, all of the Mikaelson children’s parents are pretty much dead for good. Honestly, the writing is on the wall for Mikael to die from the moment he enters this episode. Every scene between him and Klaus is like a buddy cop comedy, with “one last ride” dialogue throughout. How many times watching this episode did you yell “Have some chill!” at Mikael? More than usual, right? His final scene is terrific, as everyone involved has a purpose. You have Freya, who only sees her father as a good man and is terrified to have to lose the only parent who loves her, subdued by Elijah, who knows oh too well that whatever Klaus does to that man is deserved. You have Rebekah, who knows this is what needs to happen but also feels the hurt her sister must fill. And then you have Klaus, who makes it clear earlier in the episode that he is over his father’s abuse and bullying, but finally, just needs to know why. Why was Mikael so cruel to Klaus, BEFORE he knew he was a bastard?
“I don’t know. I just did.”
That’s actually worse. It’s one thing to have a reason for hating your child, no matter how wrong it is. It’s another to just be a monster to them for no reason, as if on instinct. And it’s not even that he had a sense of something being wrong. He just did. If ever there were a reason for Klaus to kill Mikael, that one was it, and so he did. Plus side? Mikael’s dust can be used as the Viking ash needed to make another weapon (or how about weapons, plural, this time) to take on Dahlia.
You know the “funny” thing? With this episode, Freya’s plan to destroy Klaus from within was probably off, but as soon as this happens, it’s totally back on. The results of being so similar.
Then there’s the end of the episode, which is basically “Powerful Witch 101,” with Dahlia and Josephine (who had found a safe haven for Hayley, Hope, etc., free from magic) having the most cordial conversation ever … about how Dahlia has to kill Josephine to send a message to those who would define her. She does, however, fix Josephine’s hands so she can play “one last tune” on the fiddle. Then she slits Josephine’s throat with the bow, leaving her to bleed out in the middle of the French Quarter.
I love her.
A few more things …
- Where’s Cami?
- You know who’s really great in this episode? Josh. He makes it clear to Aiden that there’s no need to keep secrets from him, and he also just says something really sweet to Aiden that makes things a little dusty: “You are my pack. You and Marcel and Davina. And yeah, I’d died for you. Because I don’t think I could go back to how it was before.”
- Having just rewatched the second episode of the series after watching this episode (because of all the talk of Josh’s origin story in this episode), I’ve got to point out that Marcel really has fallen to the wayside this season. He was, without a doubt, second lead on this show (sorry, Elijah / Mr. Gillies) back in Season 1, but now, he’s supporting. That … sucks. (That’s my critical opinion on the matter.)
- Dahlia (being the best): “Don’t you know? I’m too powerful to kill.”
- Hayley needs to have some chill too. Stop trying to kill Klaus’ sisters. And don’t listen to Jackson’s stupid ideas about running away.
- By the way, for a bastard, Klaus has always physically looked the most like Mikael, which was probably intentional.
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