This article is about Always and Forever, an episode of the first season of The Originals. You may be looking for Always and Forever, the vow made by members & relatives of the Mikaelson Family.
Forgive me, my brother. There is no power in love. Mercy makes you weak. Family makes you weak. If I am going to win this war, I have to do it alone.
Klaus to Elijah

Always and Forever is the first episode of the first season of The Originals and the first episode of the series overall.


KLAUS MIKAELSON, THE ORIGINAL VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF HYBRID, RETURNS TO NEW ORLEANS IN THIS SPIN-OFF OF THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, has returned to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans - the city his family helped build 300 years ago. Determined to help his brother, Elijah leaves their sister Rebekah behind and follows Klaus. Elijah learns that the beautiful and rebellious werewolf Hayley - Klaus' one-time flame - has fallen into the hands of a witch named Sophie Deveraux. When Sophie reveals some life-changing news, Elijah realizes that the Original family may have been given a second chance at humanity and redemption. Klaus, however, is more intrigued by his recent unexpected reunion with his former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic but diabolical vampire who now has total control over the supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Klaus vows to reclaim what was once his - the power, the city and his family. Cami and Davina also appear.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Unknown as Esther (flashback)

Key: * Also in archive footage


  • Antagonists: Mikael (past) and Marcel (present).
  • Narrator: Elijah Mikaelson.
  • Title meaning: a reference to the vow Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah swore after their mother's death. It is also a reference to Elijah's point of view in this episode, and to the fact that he has always taken the vow to heart more than the others.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Sabine.
    • Sabine knows Elijah without introduction.
    • There is foreshadowing that she's really Celeste because she mentions "vengeful spirits" with an ironic roll of her eyes to the tourists whom she is showing around the Quarter. The irony in her voice is due to the fact that she herself is a vengeful spirit possessing the body of the Sabine, the tour guide and a French Quarter Witch.
  • This is the first flashback episode of The Originals.
  • Rebekah only appears in the flashbacks and during phone conversations with Elijah.
  • Elijah is neutralized for the first time in the present on this new series, excluding the amount of times he was daggered on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Marcel hints that Davina might be strong enough to take on the Originals in a fight.
  • For the first time in this series, the Originals are referred to as the Old Ones by Davina.
  • In this episode's flashbacks, Klaus shows his normal "Original vampire face" and normal vampire fangs, rather than his usual Original hybrid features, since the flashbacks take place before he broke the hybrid curse. This is the first time since The Vampire Diaries Season Two episode The Sun Also Rises.
  • Sophie reveals that Jane-Anne had cast a linking spell upon her sister and Hayley. This served a similar function to the linking spell that Lucy performed to link Katherine to Elena in the Season Two episode Masquerade, what Esther did to link all of the Original children to each other in Season Three, and what Bonnie did to link herself to Katherine in Season Four.
    • Each of these major linking spells were performed with either a different magic or spell. Jane-Anne incorporated the practice of Representational magic with Ancestral magic; Lucy presumably used Traditional or Spirit Magic; Esther used a Ritual incorporating blood of each of the children as well as the Doppelgänger, and Bonnie used Expression.
  • This episode demonstrates that Klaus was forced to turn on his first human kill, which doesn't happen to any other hybrid—hybrids can only be made from triggered werewolves, which means they have already made their first human kill. This makes Klaus the only hybrid to ever turn in this way.
  • At the end of the episode, Klaus and Elijah have moved into a plantation house just outside of the French Quarter. Elijah reveals this house to be his house, which he purchased to have as a headquarters for his business in the Quarter. This is the first time a home belonging to Elijah has been shown on either of the two series: in The Vampire Diaries, only homes of the Original siblings that were shown were Klaus' and Rebekah's. It was later revealed that the plantation home actually belonged to the Governor back in the 1820s, which is also where Marcel worked as a slave before he was adopted by Klaus.
  • The coffin Finn was being stored in is shown, although Finn himself is not seen.
  • This is the first episode of the first chapter of Season One, The Return Chapter.
  • Elijah and Hayley meet in this episode and they talk about the baby.

Body Count

  • 3 unnamed humans - blood loss, killed by Rebekah.
  • 1 unnamed human - blood loss, killed by Niklaus.
  • 2 unnamed vampires - heart extraction, killed by Elijah.


  • The title of the episode is a reference to a "pact" made by Rebekah, Klaus and Elijah in the episode Ordinary People to stay together, "always and forever."   
  • This is Mikael's first flashback episode since Ordinary People on The Vampire Diaries.
  • This episode retells the pilot episode from Elijah's point of view, as a way to better acclimate new viewers to the family. As such, a significant percentage of the episode consists of archive footage, mainly from episode The Originals as well as: the first flashback in Ordinary People, Klaus breaking the curse in The Sun Also Rises and Klaus killing the hybrids in O Come, All Ye Faithful.
  • This is the first episode in the series in which Henrik Mikaelson is mentioned by someone.
  • This is the first episode where Sebastian Roché appeared as Mikael on The Originals, the third flashback he appeared in since The End of the Affair and Ordinary People, and the first episode Mikael made an appearance since The Vampire Diaries episode Homecoming (where Mikael was destroyed by Klaus with Mikael's own white oak stake.) 
  • Kol appears in this episode daggered in a coffin. He last appeared in The Vampire Diaries episode Graduation and this is his first appearance in a flashback.
  • This marks the first time the white oak ash dagger has been used on The Originals and the first time in the TVD/TO universe since Klaus daggered Rebekah in Season Four of The Vampire Diaries.
  • Chronologically, the flashback marks the moment that Klaus became a hybrid, when he makes his first human kill after being turned into a vampire and triggers his werewolf curse.
  • This episode shows for the very first time the Hybrid Curse ritual that Esther had cast upon Klaus to make his werewolf side dormant. 


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.21 million viewers in USA.
  • A body double portrayed Esther because the actress who portrays her, Alice Evans, was pregnant at that time so they had to replace her.

Cultural References


Elijah: (as the narrator) "Over the course of my long life, I have come to believe that we are bound forever to those with whom we share blood. And, while we may not choose our family, that bond can be our greatest strength... or our deepest regret. This unfortunate truth has haunted me for as long as I can recall."      

Elijah: (to Marcel) "It's time we had a little chat."  

Rebekah: (to Elijah about an unnamed man) "Hello. Hmm... lovely to see such a handsome face after a long journey. Can I eat him, brother?" 

Klaus: (to Rebekah) "Are we saving the best for last?" 
Elijah: (to Klaus) "Niklaus, your manners are as always without equal."

Sabine: "Are you gonna continue following me, Elijah, or do you wanna talk?"
Elijah: "You know who I am."
Sabine: "Original vampire, always wears a suit. You and your family are famous amongst the witches. Especially with your... brother back in town." 

Marcel: "I gotta tell you, Soph, this street corner has not proven the luckiest spot for your family tonight. Not half an hour ago, we had to teach your sister a little lesson."
Sophie: "We're putting her to rest, Marcel. Leave us alone."
Marcel: "I never said you could move the body. Matter of fact, I left her here for a reason-- send a message. If anybody is thinking of joining some kind of rebellion, my rules state that witches can't practice magic in the Quarter. And yet, a little birdy informed me that Jane-Anne was cooking up something magically delicious. Oh, yeah. While I have you, quick Q and A. My old friend, the hybrid, Klaus? He just happened to show up out of the blue, asking for, of all people, Jane-Anne. Any idea why?"
Sophie: "I don't know. Witches don't get involved in vampire business."

Elijah: "What did your sister want with Niklaus?"  
Sophie: "Isn't it obvious? We have a vampire problem, and we need help. Marcel has an army backing him. The witches have been trying to fight back. We haven't had much luck. Until my sister, Jane-Anne, met a girl, a werewolf passing through the Quarter from a small town in Virginia. She had a special... connection to your brother."
Elijah: "What kind of connection?"
Sophie: "Apparently, they spent some... time together. One thing led to another and now, this special werewolf girl, she's pregnant. And, the father of the child she's carrying is your brother, Klaus."
Elijah: "That's impossible."
Sophie: "Nothing's impossible, especially when it comes to your brother."

Hayley: (to Elijah) "Who the hell are you?"

Klaus: (to Mikael as he was turning into a hybrid) "Father! It hurts!"

Hayley: (to Elijah about Klaus) "Your brother is a notorious psycho, who I slept with. Classic me."

Klaus: (to Hayley) "You've been with someone else, admit it!!"
Hayley: (to Klaus) "Hey! I have spent days held captive in a friggin' alligator bayou because they think that I'm carrying some magical miracle baby. Don't you think I would have fessed-up if it wasn't yours!?"

Klaus: (to Sophie) "Kill her. And the baby! What do I care!?"

Klaus: (to Elijah)"I will not be manipulated!"

Agnes: (to Sophie) "What makes you think that you can control the hybrid!?"

Sophie: (to Elijah about Hayley) "Anything that happens to me, happens to her, which means her life is in my hands!"

Marcel: (to Klaus) "What's mine is yours, but it is mine! My home, my family, my rules!"

Marcel: (to Klaus) "I'm not the prince of the Quarter, friend, I'm the KING!"

Rebekah: (to Elijah over the phone about Klaus) "Leave him to his temper tantrum and come home."

Klaus: (to Marcel) "Your friend will be dead by weekend, which means I have broken one of your rules... and yet, I cannot be killed. I am immortal. Who has the power now, friend?"

Marcel: "I assume it's all quiet out there."
Davina: "The witches know better than to use magic. They know that I can sense it when they do. What about the Old Ones? They're dangerous, and I don't want them to hurt you."
Marcel: "The Originals? Davina, as powerful as you are, they don't stand a chance."

Klaus: (to Elijah about Rebekah) "One too many times daggered and shoved in a box, I gather."

Camille: "So, what brings you to the Big Easy?"
Elijah: "I used to live here."
Camille: "Really? When?"
Elijah: "Oh, feels like a hundred years ago."
Camille: "I just moved here myself. What brought you back?"
Elijah: "Well, my brother's here somewhere. I'm afraid he might've gotten himself into a bit of a bind."
Camille: "You say that like it's a common occurrence."
Elijah: "Well, he's complicated. Defiant, ill-mannered, and a little temperamental."

Elijah: "Right now, you're the most important person in this family. You need a good home. [beat] So, I'm curious. In all this time, has anyone asked you how you feel?"
Hayley: "About having a miracle baby with a psychotic one-night stand?"
Elijah: "About being a mother."
Hayley: "I...I was abandoned when I was born, and my adoptive parents kicked me out the second I turned into a wolf. So, I don't really know how I feel about being a mother because I, I never really had a good one."
Elijah: "I will always protect you. You have my word on that."
Klaus: "And noble Elijah always keeps his word."

Hayley: (to Elijah) "Your dad was a dick."

Elijah: (voiceover) "The bond of family blesses us with an immeasurable power. But we also must accept what comes with it. It gives us a responsibility to love without condition, without apology. We can never waiver from the power of that bond, even when it is tested. The bond nourishes us, gives us strength. Without that power, we are nothing."



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