|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 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.
The Vampire Diaries viewers know that the Mikaelson siblings once lived in and ruled over the city of New Orleans. That is until their father, determined to exterminate them once and for all, forced them to flee. Last we saw of Elijah Mikaelson and Niklaus Mikaelson, they had returned to their beloved city and decided to stay awhile while Rebekah Mikaelson rebuffed Elijah's invitation that she join them. Elijah is enjoying a drink and spilling family secrets to the brave bartender Camille "Cami" . He asks her the whereabouts of Jane-Anne Deveraux, who we know was killed by the King of Bourbon Street and former Klaus flunky Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). He is directed to a woman who takes him to where Jane-Anne was murdered and her body still lay in the street. She is surrounded by witches, including her sister Sophie. Now we know The Originals is not picking up where it left off but filling in some plot holes not addressed in The Vampire Diaries episode 'The Originals.'
The woman, who turns out to be a witch, tells Elijah Jane-Anne was killed for practicing magic. All of a sudden, Marcel and his crew start to appear, and the woman asks Elijah to stay hidden. She tells him if Marcel finds out a witch led the Original family back to New Orleans her people will all be slaughtered. Marcel asks Jane-Anne's sister Sophie (Daniella Pineda) why Klaus had returned to town asking questions about Jane-Anne. Sophie says she doesn't get involved in vampire business. Marcel takes Jane-Anne's body hostage as leverage for information. Klaus calls Rebekah to tell her how Marcel runs a menagerie of savage vampires who kill openly and how witches aren't able to practice magic in the quarter. He describes the city as a war zone. Elijah tells her he doubts Klaus knew what he was walking into. Rebekah is less than sympathetic to any problems that may be plaguing Klaus. Elijah reminds her of the oath they took to stand together forever and always. Elijah doesn't have much patience for Rebekah's attitude. His primary concern is why the witches would lure an Original back.
Elijah finds Sophie, who informs him that the witches have been trying to fight back against Marcel's army of vamps without much luck. That is until Jane-Anne met a girl, a werewolf, with a special connection to Klaus. Sophie informs Elijah he's going to be an uncle because this girl (who TVD fans know is Hayley) is pregnant with Klaus' child. The witches are hiding/holding Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) hostage in a cemetery where she's theoretically safe from vampires.
Elijah returns to the witches and says now that they've drawn his brother's ire, what is to prevent him from just killing them all? Sophie explains that the spell Jane-Anne performed, the one that got her killed, not only confirmed Hayley's pregnancy (EPT anyone?) but also linked Sophie and Hayley. Anything that happens to Sophie, happens to Hayley. Sophie gives Elijah until midnight to change his mind.
In order to corroborate what Sophie is telling him, Elijah asks to speak with Hayley alone. She tells him they lured her out to the bayou where they performed a bunch of "witchy tests." Hayley is clueless how the pregnancy is even possible since it is universally understood that vampires can't procreate. Elijah tells her that if she knew Klaus' history, she might understand how it is possible. Hayley already knows Klaus is a hybrid, but why waste a chance at exposing a previously hidden talent Elijah possesses with a flashback? It seems Elijah can transfer images and information to another person via some kind of mind control. He tells her the history of the Originals and how they came to be vampires. Vital information for viewers not familiar with The Vampire Diaries, but old news for fans. One new bit of info, it was only after Klaus made his first kill as a vampire that his family (perhaps with the exception of Mom) found out he was a werewolf. Mikael forced Klaus' mother to cast a spell (she was the Original witch) that would deny him any connection with his true self, his werewolf side. Elijah tells Hayley that even after defeating their father, Klaus remained discontent. He wonders if this baby might bring his brother happiness, a way to save him from himself. This is when Sophie reveals the witches' plan. They want to run Marcel out of town. Sophie says that since Marcel sired Marcel and taught him everything about being a vampire, it will be easy for Klaus to infiltrate Marcel's inner circle and help the witches run Marcel and his crew out of town. Elijah points out that Klaus doesn't exactly like to be told what to do. Anticipating Klaus' lack of cooperation, Sophie has some leverage. She tells Elijah that Marcel ran all of the werewolves out of the city years ago, and he would not be thrilled with the presence of a bouncing baby hybrid. She tells Elijah that if he convinces Klaus to help, no one will find out about the unborn member of the Original family.
Elijah locates Klaus and takes him to Sophie, and they inform him he's going to be a baby daddy. Klaus takes the news in typical Klaus fashion: threats, denials and homicidal rage. Sophie also gives him an ultimatum regarding his cooperation and the life of Hayley and his unborn child. That really goes over well. Elijah tells his brother they can build a family and regain the power they once had. He uses the baby as a way to emotionally manipulate his brother. Any TVD fan knows there's a softer side to Klaus. He's just misunderstood with some serious mommy and daddy issues.
A cranky Klaus confronts Marcel in an effort to find out what the beef is between him and the witches, but Marcel stays tight lipped. Things get heated, and Klaus takes a bite out of one of Marcel's buddies guaranteeing the vampire's death sentence. Since Klaus is in a rage spiral, Elijah has his work cut out for him. Especially since now Klaus has managed to piss off Marcel. Elijah again turns to Rebekah, who still could care less about any of Klaus' drama. When Elijah mentions the possibility of bringing mother and child back to Mystic Falls, Rebekah shows less than a nurturing side. But, Elijah is determined that nothing will happen to the baby.
Marcel sends out a search party to look for Klaus and ensures his followers he knows how to deal with Klaus. This comment is overheard by Elijah, who has decided to pay Marcel a visit. Elijah is a gentleman as always and informs Marcel that Klaus' blood will cure his friend. In return, Elijah wants Marcel to return Jane-Anne's body to her people so they can lay her to rest. Marcel questions why Elijah cares about the witches, and Elijah informs him that is his business. Midnight comes, and Elijah brings Jane-Anne's body as proof that he intends to help the witches. He assures them that Klaus will agree to their terms, but he needs more time to convince him.
Sibling rivalry hits a new violent high between the brothers. That's saying a lot given that Elijah nearly yanked Klaus' heart from his chest, and Klaus daggered Elijah. Elijah tells his brother he will not walk away from this. He threatens to spend eternity saving Klaus from his vile, spoiled, petulant self and beating the humanity into him as their father did. All this and his appearance remains impeccable. Klaus questions why his brother cares, and Elijah says it is because he let Klaus down so long ago. He admits he should have killed their father the first time he struck Klaus. He stands by the promise they made about sticking together forever and always.
While the lure of fatherhood still alludes Klaus, Elijah does get him to see the baby as more than a means to an end. He tells Klaus this baby could finally provide his brother with what he's been searching for his entire existence, unconditional love. Klaus offers his blood to Marcel as a peace offering, Elijah sets Hayley up in a lush pad, and the brothers still question the source of the hostile relationship between Marcel and the witches. Marcel has a secret weapon he believes he can use to defeat the Originals, and Klaus reverts to his old ways. The premiere overlaps too much with the backdoor pilot but still provides some unexpected thrills. Can't wait to see what happens when little sister hits town and glad to see Klaus isn't embracing fatherhood. It just wouldn't be in his nature.
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- 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.
- 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.
- New Orleans
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.
- Always and Forever is the name of a 1977 song released by Heatwave.
- The arrival of the Mikaelsons in American mirrors the arrival of Dracula to England in Bram Stoker's book.
- Always and Forever is or was a comedy, drama romance TV/Movie that was released in 2009.
- Always and Forever is the name of an album by British group Eternal.
- Always and Forever is a song and CD single by Greek singer Kostas Martakis.
- Always and Forever is a 1991 Swiss drama film directed by Samir.