My whole life the witches of this city have lived in fear. Vampires run wild, children are sacrificed. Nobody took charge. Now, be honest have any of you stood up to the vampires? The Mikaelson's? No? Well I have, and I have won. Now, I might be young, but the truth is, I know better than anyone here what we're really up against. And, I can help build a peace, or I can burn our enemies to the ground.

Fire with Fire is the twenty-first episode of the second season of The Originals and forty-third episode of the series overall.



The Originals 2x21 Extended Promo - Fire With Fire HD

A FAMILY DIVIDED — After discovering that he's been betrayed by his own siblings, Klaus teams up with an unlikely ally and sets off on a warpath, hell bent on revenge. Amidst the news that Klaus is on the loose, Elijah, Rebekah and Freya move forward with their plan to lure Dahlia to the compound and take her down once and for all. Meanwhile, Hayley and Jackson attempt to escape through the flooded bayou, even as Marcel finds himself hunted by a dangerous new threat. Finally, Davina is presented with an offer that could allow her the chance to bring back Kol, though it will require her to make a life-altering decision. Cami and Vincent also appear.


As the thunderstorm continues, Rebekah and Davina are ready to begin the unlinking spell. Klaus feeds on two people, but it isn't enough, so Dahlia hypnotizes several more people for him to feed. Rebekah tests herself by cutting her finger, and Davina doesn't have the cut on hers—the spell worked.

Mary combines Solomon's seal and snapdragon and burns them, which will help them tell when magic is afoot. If the smoke is white, they're in the clear; if it's black, there's a hex; if it's red, they're in real trouble. Mary and Hayley see the smoke is black, as the storm is unnatural.

At the compound, they find out Klaus has escaped. Rebekah calls Camille to ask her to reason with him.

Dahlia is getting impatient, and Klaus points out that his siblings could evade Dahlia until she slumbers for another century, or she could follow his plans.

While Rebekah wonders how Klaus got freed, Freya figures it was Dahlia's plan all along—frame Klaus for Aiden's murder, divide the family, and win him over to her side. Freya has finished the spell, she reveals, and gives Elijah the knife to kill her.

Gia has found out from Marcel that Josephine is dead and wants to know who to kill. Elijah says they'll kill no one and wants her to leave to safety, as it isn't the time for them to be having this conversation, but Gia counters that there is never the time. Elijah kisses her and asks for her to leave. She goes back to Marcel's place.

Klaus snaps Marcel's neck and bleeds him of vervain. His siblings are bound by bonds of friendship and romantic entanglements, and he intends to use that against Elijah and Rebekah. He compels Marcel, ordering him to keep Rebekah from interfering and to kill her if she escapes.

Rebekah is in another room chanting, maintaining the spell that gives the doll an illusion of Hope, and Freya is holding "Hope" in wait of Dahlia while Elijah is hidden with the knife. Freya says she betrayed her siblings to get Hope away and give to her, but once Dahlia has come close enough, Marcel interrupts Rebekah's chants and "Hope" crumbles into clay. Klaus attacks Elijah and Dahlia puts Freya into slumber early.

Klaus forces Elijah to watch as a compelled Gia takes off her daylight ring and burns. Elijah attacks Klaus in rage, but Klaus gets the best of him and uses Papa Tunde's blade. Camille tries to reason with him, but he bites her. She falls unconscious.

Klaus finds the pack, and the wolves unsuccessfully attack him. Mary takes Hope and drives off, while Jackson and Hayley take on Klaus. But Dahlia uses the Crescent Curse on Hayley, and linked with her, the pack turns too.

Meanwhile, Davina becomes Regent of the nine covens after convincing the witches that they need her, especially since no one else has stood up against the Mikaelsons and lived.

Dahlia says she'll bond Hope to her, and once she can channel her power, she'll keep her safe from all harm. However, Klaus stops her, as she offered an alliance that would benefit Hope but now Dahlia wants to link Hope to herself while she suffers from the sleep spell. Dahlia claims she'll free herself, but Klaus points out Hope is just a baby and more likely won't be able to handle it. He offers Dahlia an alternative—use him. Since she requires power to be immortal without the need to sleep for a century, why not channel him who already has eternal life?

Camille gets the blade out of Elijah and tells him Klaus secretly whispered in her ear that it was all a trick to get Dahlia to trust him. Elijah says she's lost her mind, and Klaus too. Camille tells him Klaus had to make it look convincing, and that she knows the secret to killing Dahlia.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Blake/Charlie as Hope Mikaelson
  • James Davison as Tourist
  • Tyrice Lollis as Tourist


  • Antagonists: Dahlia and Niklaus Mikaelson.
  • Vincent tells Davina that the reason the covens wanted him as leader was because he was an outsider, which is why they would also accept Davina - because she has been estranged from the other witches, she will be impartial and unwilling to play favorites.
    • He also tells her that, as Regent, she could prevent any future event such as the Harvest from ever happening again. She tells him that she is only accepting because it would give her the power to bring Kol back.
  • Klaus tells Dahlia that what he has planned for Hayley is far worse than death. This ultimately turns out to be true when Klaus compels Marcel to give him the spell to the Crescent Curse he had Brynne Deveraux (possessed by Céleste Dubois) cast on the Crescent Wolf Pack in the 1990s. He then has Dahlia cast a modified version of the curse on Hayley and Jackson that accommodated Hayley's hybrid nature; because the curse was cast on both Alphas of the pack, every single Crescent wolf was also subjected to the same fate. This curse being placed on the pack for a second time served several purposes in Klaus' agenda.
    • First, it allowed Klaus to fulfill his end of his bargain with Dahlia by preventing Hayley and Jackson from interfering with their plans without having to actually outright kill Hayley, as Klaus was afraid that Hope would ultimately grow to hate him if she knew he had killed her mother. It also kept Hayley from figuring out and interfering with his plan to double-cross Dahlia as well.
    • Second, the curse allowed Klaus to punish Hayley for her attempt to flee Louisiana with Jackson and Hope without his permission in the first place, as he was furious at the fact that Hayley would dare intend to keep his daughter from him, even if Hayley believed it was the best chance for Hope to have a safe life.
  • While it has been established in past episodes dating all the way back to Season Three of The Vampire Diaries that Elijah possesses more than enough strength to hold his own against Klaus and even win a fight with him, this episode demonstrated that Elijah's ability to outmatch Klaus is dependent on his ability to keep himself calm and in control; when Elijah succumbs to anger and gives into "the monster behind the red door", as Klaus described it, he's much more prone to letting his emotions get the better of him, which thereby allows Klaus - who, because of his werewolf heritage and upbringing, already uses his anger as fuel for a fight - to gain the upper-hand.
    • In this episode, Klaus took advantage of Elijah's anger and distraction and easily bested him in a physical battle between the brothers. However, if Elijah were to fully unleash his "inner monster" while keeping some aspect of control over his emotions, it is still unknown who would actually be victorious - even Klaus himself stated during their fight that, at the end of the day, Elijah is even more monstrous than he is.
  • Klaus stabs Elijah with Papa Tunde's Blade after compelling Gia to kill herself in front of Elijah. Later, Cami slices his chest open with a knife and pulls the blade out of his heart.
    • The scene is similar to The Vampire Diaries Season Three premiere The Birthday, when Stefan - who was angry that Damon refused to stop looking for him while he traveled with Klaus - compelled Damon's then-girlfriend Andie to walk off of a several-stories-tall scaffolding and fall to her death while Damon was forced to watch helplessly.
  • Davina becomes the new Regent of the nine covens of New Orleans after she promises the witches that she will stand up against the vampires and anyone else who gets in the way of their cause, even if that means going to war with Klaus and the rest of the Mikaelsons.
  • Cami reveals to Elijah that Klaus got into her head when he was feeding on her and told her to play along with his "betrayal" before he left with Dahlia. While he was in her head, he informed her that he had figured out Dahlia's true secret and now knows how they can kill her for good.
  • After learning that Marcel had been compelled by Klaus to kill Rebekah if she tried to leave the compound, and realizing that Klaus intended for Marcel to follow these orders so that Rebekah's spirit would be returned to her original (and physically stronger) body, Rebekah "kills" herself (or, rather, kills Eva's body) by stabbing herself in the neck with a letter opener in order to spare the compelled-Marcel the pain of having to do it himself.
    • This scene is a interesting parallel to TVD's Season Three episode The Reckoning, in which Klaus compelled Stefan to kill Elena if she attempted to leave the gymnasium before the clock ran out.



Body Count

  • Multiple vampires at Marcel's loft - killed by Klaus
  • Eight random party-goers - drained of blood, killed by Klaus

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 1.14 million viewers in the USA.

Cultural References

  • "Fire with Fire" is an American action film released on November 6, 2012 directed by David Barrett.
  • Fire with Fire is a romantic/drama film. The movie was released in 1986.


Rebekah: (to Cami) "The coffin's empty, and he's nowhere to be found."
Klaus: (to Hayley and Jackson) "It'll come as no surprise to learn that things will not be ending well for you."
Rebekah: (to Freya) "He'd kill anyone who'd try to take his daughter."
Freya: (to Rebekah) "Isn't it Hayley?"
Klaus: (to Dahlia) "I'm beginning to feel like my old self again."  
Klaus: (to Elijah) "Come on, brother."
Elijah: "No!"

Dahlia: "My deadline has come and gone and yet you bring me here."
Klaus: "I find it fitting. This is where Freya plotted her own treachery."
Dahlia: "When I granted you the strength to overcome that dagger's curse, I assumed you would thank me by taking swift and merciless action."
Klaus: "Am I allowed to trapeze around in this monsoon you created?"
Dahlia: "This storm is to stop your family from running with the child. So I wonder, are you having second thoughts about standing against them? They are the family after all, who left you here to rot."
Klaus: "I assure you there are no second thoughts."
Dahlia: "We struck a bargain for the benefit of your child so that she would be delivered to me safely and be content by the presence of her father. Make no mistake, I will take her. With or without you."

Vincent: "Listen Davina, the Rite of Supplication is just a formality-- you meet the Elders, and you show a little bit of respect."
Davina: "What happened to just telling them I'm gonna be Regent?"
Vincent: "They only listened to me when they thought I was accepting the job, and if it's gonna be you, we've gotta grease some wheels."
Davina: "The covens aren't just gonna chose me. And I mean, for that matter, why'd they want you?"
Vincent: "Because they think I'm a selfless saint who betrayed his wife to save a bunch of kids. Hmm? And if I've got no one to answer to, I'm less inclined to play favorites. Basically, I'm an outsider. Just like you."
Davina: "You know, I was put to death by people like this. They sacrificed me and my friends for nothing."
Vincent: "Yeah, and there's a reason you'd have the power to make sure nothing like that ever happened again."
Davina: "I'm only doing this because you said it will give me the power I need to bring back Kol."

Human #1: (sings along to the music) "Dah. Dah. Dah. Dah. (He laughs) Dah. Dah."
Klaus: "Good evening. I wonder if you could help me? I'm feeling a bit famished."
Human #1: "I'm sorry. I don't have any change."
Klaus: "Well, that's no problem, mate. I'll just help myself."

Camille: (to Rebekah) "What do you mean he's gone?"
Rebekah: (to Cami) "Exactly that. The coffin's empty and he is nowhere to be found. It I had to guess, I'd say he's planning a long list of cruel and unusual punishments for his treacherous siblings."
Dahlia: (to Klaus) "Are you having second thoughts about standing against them? They are the family, after all, who left you here to rot."
Dahlia: (to Klaus) "I will take what is owed to me. And if the mother resists or attempts to run, I will kill her myself."
Klaus: (to Dahlia) "I have something planned for Hayley that's far worse than death."
Dahlia: (to Klaus) "Have you had your fill?"
Klaus: "Indeed. I'm beginning to feel like my old self again."



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