My daughter has an advantage Klaus never had. She will never, ever know you.
Hayley to Mikael

A Closer Walk With Thee is the twentieth episode of the first season of The Originals and the twentieth episode of the series overall.


The Originals 1x20 Extended Promo - A Closer Walk with Thee HD

The Originals 1x20 Extended Promo - A Closer Walk with Thee HD

Extended Promo.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFEHayley confronts a surprising enemy as she and her unborn baby fall into peril during a celebratory wake to honor a fallen member of the community. In order to save Hayley, Klaus and Elijah enlist the help of Genevieve who struggles to maintain control over Davina and the other young witches. Camille tells Marcel that Francesca is determined to find a mysterious key that may unlock a family secret. Meanwhile, as Klaus suffers from nightmares of his father Mikael, he is forced to examine his troubled relationship with his own adoptive son, Marcel.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast




  • AntagonistsMikael and Monique Deveraux.
  • Narrator: Hayley Marshall.
  • Title meaning: a reference to Mikael's plan to return from the dead and pursue his plans to destroy Klaus and his daughter.
  • This is the first ever The Vampire Diaries/The Originals episode to be directed by French director Sylvain White.
  • Mikael appears in this episode, marking his first present-day appearance on The Originals.
  • A funeral for Kieran was held at St. Anne's Church, followed by a wake at Rousseau's.
  • Hayley confronts Francesca, as she suspects she played a part in the Bayou bombings, a suspicion that ends up being correct, despite Francesca's protests to the contrary.
  • The events occurring on The Vampire Diaries begin to affect the characters on this show as The Other Side continues to disintegrate.
  • Hayley and Elijah kiss for the first time after Hayley almost dies. 
  • Mikael meets with Davina and asks her to bring him back from The Other Side, as he knows she possesses the power necessary to do it. In exchange, he promises to kill Klaus in order to get revenge on him for all the hurt he's caused Davina.
  • Genevieve reveals that she is beginning to get cold feet about sacrificing Klaus and Hayley's child for the coven in exchange for her life, and she pleads with the Ancestors to not make her a monster by forcing her to kill an innocent baby.
    • This explains why she wasn't happy with Monique when she tried to kill Hayley and the baby. However, despite Genevieve's pleas, the Ancestors refuse and use their considerable power to telekinetically throw her violently around Lafayette Cemetery until she promises that she'll do it.
  • This is the first and the only episode of The Originals in which the Other Side is seen. The imminent collapse of the Other Side frayed the veil between the dimensions enough to where Hayley and Mikael can physically interact with each other during the brief amount of time Hayley spent there. It also makes it possible for Mikael to physically interact with the living world as well.
  • The flashbacks of 1820-1835 that were seen in this episode were originally filmed for the second episode of the series, House of the Rising Son, but Julie decided to use them for this episode instead.



Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 1.77 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.27 million more than the previous episode.

Cultural References

  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee is a gospel song and is one of the most frequently played tunes in traditional New Orleans jazz funerals.
  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee is an LP album of spiritual songs sung by Patti Page, released by Mercury Records in 1960 under catalog number MG-20573.


Mikael: "Greetings, boy."
Klaus: "My father is literally mocking me from beyond the grave."
Klaus: "The spirit world is crumbling."
Hayley: "I'm dreaming. This is a nightmare."
Mikael: "On the contrary, this is very real."
Elijah: "She's not breathing."
Hayley: "The baby!"
Mikael: "There is no saving that atrocity festering in your womb."
Klaus: "I won't lose that baby."
Elijah: "I won't lose that girl."
Hayley: "No!"
Mikael: "Welcome to my hell."

Mikael: "Greetings, boy."
Klaus: "The dead are being torn away, and they are not interested in going quietly."
Elijah: "Our father, faced with permanent extinction, is tormenting us. How delightful."

Marcel: "Kieran rolled into town on a rusty old Cruiser after his daddy died twenty-five years ago. And dammit, that guy could party! That was, of course, before he took his vows. But even then, he was committed to the Quarter. He knew that this town needed him. And, we still do. To Father K!"
Audience: "To Father K."



Last.fm_play.png "Long Time Traveller" – The Wailin' Jennys
Last.fm_play.png "Drowsy Maggie / Rakish Paddy / Harvest Storm" – Altan
Last.fm_play.png "The Kid On The Mountain" – The Ballybeg Band
Last.fm_play.png "In Crimson" – Jessy Greene
Last.fm_play.png "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" – Sabor! Brass Band
Last.fm_play.png "Bringin' The Flavor" – Sabor! Brass Band
Last.fm_play.png "Celebration" – Sabor! Brass Band
Last.fm_play.png "Too Late" – M83



See also

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