The rifts in this city run far deeper than I even imagined, Niklaus. These tribes, these factions-- they're families, families who choose to fight. Mayhem has descended upon our home, and if I'm to choose a side...To our victory, brother.
Elijah to Klaus

An Unblinking Death is the nineteenth episode of the first season of The Originals and the nineteenth episode of the series overall.


The Originals 1x19 Extended Promo - An Unblinking Death HD

The Originals 1x19 Extended Promo - An Unblinking Death HD


THE BREAKING POINT — Desperate to help Kieran, Camille insists on an unconventional treatment, but her good intentions lead Kieran to a violent episode. After Klaus and Elijah disagree over the best way to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah makes a trip to the Bayou, where he is witness to a horrific explosion that only adds to the hatred and mistrust among the communities. While Jackson and Elijah work to save the wounded, Hayley learns a surprising piece of her family history from Marcel.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonists: Oliver and Kieran.
  • Narrator: Elijah Mikaelson.
  • The episode's title is a reference to the unforeseen consequences of Kieran's death.
  • Father Kieran dies with Klaus' blood in his system and awakens in transition some time later. Though Kieran didn't intend to complete his transition, his hex relapsed shortly before he planned to kill himself, and caused him to feed on Cami's blood and become a true vampire. When he tried to kill Camille, he was eventually staked by Klaus with her blessing.
  • There is an explosion in the Bayou that claims the lives of several werewolves. Oliver is revealed to have been behind the bombing, along with an unknown third party, and he kills Eve after revealing this to her to prevent her from exposing him.
  • Oliver's quest for power is remnant of the history infighting among the wolves in the Crescent Wolf Clan.
  • Klaus criticizes Elijah for hiding Esther's grimoire, the one thing that could help empower the werewolves in the impending war.
  • Elijah and Klaus decide to side with the Crescent wolves against Marcel and the vampires, believing it to be what's best for the baby.
  • Marcel reveals that he saved Hayley as a baby after her parents were murdered by someone they knew. He also admitted that he kept her from being affected by the curse he had placed on the other members of the Crescent wolves and gave her to Father Kieran so he could find her an adoptive family for her.
    • It was later revealed in Sanctuary that the person who murdered her parents was Richard Xavier Dumas, Mary Dumas' husband and Jackson's grandfather. Richard was furious at Hayley's parents for trying to make peace with the vampires and killed them to prevent them from completing their goal.
  • Hayley reveals to Oliver that she has been living on her own since she was thirteen. This gives more details into her history, as she revealed in My Brother's Keeper that her adoptive parents kicked her out following her first werewolf transformation after she accidentally triggered her werewolf curse.

Body Count

  • Eve - suffocated, killed by Oliver.
  • Kieran O'Connell - staked, killed by Klaus (considered a mercy-killing after the hex convinced Kieran to complete his transition and kill Cami).



Behind the Scenes

  • This episode was filmed during the week of March 18, 2014.[1]
  • This episode had about 1.50 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.02 million less than the previous episode.

Cultural References


Kieran: "This city… It’s full of monsters."
Klaus: "Well, isn't this a gruesome little scene?"
Camille: "He’s dying, Klaus. This might be the only chance he’s got."
Elijah: "You are making a great mistake."
Marcel: "Witches, humans, vampires, wolves. Something big is brewing."
Hayley: (to Marcel) "Tell me Marcel, did you kill my parents?"
Klaus: "I think you need to prepare yourself. This story does not end well."

Elijah: "Mayhem has descended upon our home."
Kieran: "This city is full of monsters."
Cami: "He's dying Klaus. This might be the only chance he's got."
Klaus: "This story does not have a happy ending."

Klaus: "Don't make this harder than it needs to be, brother."
Elijah: "Well admittedly I did have a theory that your sudden interest in mother's grimoire was somehow related to whatever foolishness you've been conducting with the Crescent wolves. Therefore, I took it upon myself to carefully place it where naughty little fingers could not pry."
Klaus: "And here I thought that you, of all people, would understand that I'm simply trying to help those wolves."



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