Let us begin with a toast to our shared gift: immortality. After a thousand years, one might expect life to be less keenly felt, for its beauties and its sorrows do diminish with time. But, as vampires, we feel more deeply than humans could possibly imagine. Insatiable need, exquisite pain...Our victories, and our defeats.

Reigning Pain in New Orleans is the ninth episode of the first season of The Originals and the ninth episode of the series overall.


The Originals - Reigning Pain in New Orleans Trailer

The Originals - Reigning Pain in New Orleans Trailer


NEW ALLIANCES ARE FORMEDMarcel, deeply conflicted by recent events, is surprised when Klaus opens up to him about some of his past indiscretions. Camille tries to make sense of cryptic messages she's come across and is disturbed when she gains some insight into Klaus ' past. Meanwhile, in a surprising turn of events, the Human Faction takes matters into their own hands, resulting in a violent confrontation. Elsewhere, when Hayley learns of a plan to harm the werewolves in The Bayou, she turns to Elijah and Rebekah for help. After heading to the bayou, they run into a werewolf named Eve, who has information that leads them to a shocking discovery.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonists: The Human Faction.
  • Narrator: Niklaus Mikaelson.
  • This is the first mid-season finale of The Originals.
    • The mid-season finale is not the middle of the season by episode, but rather the last episode before the mid-season hiatus, which typically occurs between the months December and January. 
  • This is the second episode to have New Orleans in the title. The first episode was Girl in New Orleans.
  • Joseph Morgan makes his 50th appearance as Klaus in this episode. 
  • Klaus orders the vampires of New Orleans to hunt and kill the werewolves in the Bayou against Hayley's wishes, in an effort to win the favor of the members of his newly-gained vampire army who were afraid that he planned to use his daughter's blood to create more Hybrids. However, the would-be slaughter was thwarted by Elijah and Rebekah, at Hayley's request.
    • Upon finding out about the werewolves' heritage from his siblings, Klaus changes his mind about killing them and asks Father Kieran to discreetly help protect them.
  • Marcel discovers that Cami is recording Klaus' memoirs and that she knows about vampires
  • Sophie doesn't appear in this episode.
  • Klaus assures Marcel that any feelings that Cami had for Marcel were real.
  • Klaus and Marcel slaughter the Human Faction, leaving only Father Kieran alive.
    • Kieran is instructed by Klaus to rebuild his faction before they restarted negotiations.
  • Davina discovers that Marcel lied to her about the fact that the witches are no longer a threat to her now that Elijah has killed the last remaining Elder of the coven, Agnes.
    • Elders are the only witches who have the power to complete the Harvest ritual, and with her death, there is no one left to do the spell.
  • Klaus learns that there are still werewolf relatives from his father's side of the family who are currently residing in the bayou.
    • Klaus is given a ring by Elijah, which was previously in Cary's possession and is exactly the same as the ring which was given to Klaus' father by Esther.
      • In Moon Over Bourbon Street, it is revealed that this ring was once a moonlight ring enchanted by Esther to prevent Klaus' father from having to turn on the Full Moon. It is this ring that ultimately gives Klaus (and, by extension, Elijah, Hayley, and the Crescent wolves) the idea to create more rings to make a werewolf army.
  • Klaus forgives Elijah and invites him and Rebekah to move in with him into the compound. 
  • Hayley tells Davina about the curse on the Crescent werewolves in The Bayou, and indicates that she wants Davina's help in removing it.
  • Klaus compelled Cami to leave New Orleans in order to keep her safe.
  • Davina runs to Cami for help after learning about Marcel's lies, and when she realizes Cami has been compelled by Klaus to forget everything, she uses her magic to remove the compulsion from her mind.
  • Klaus offers Marcel an opportunity to rule New Orleans with him as equals, so Marcel, who still has his friends to protect, breaks up with Rebekah in order to take Klaus' offer.
  • This is the first episode of the second chapter of Season One, The Harvest Chapter.



Behind the Scenes

  • Filming for this episode began on October 22, 2013 and ended on November 7, 2013. [1]
  • This episode had about 2.33 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.05 million less than the previous episode.

Cultural References


Klaus: "And so then I bit Elijah, and left him in the Bayou with my hybrid venom in his veins. Serves him right for making such vile accusations against me. And then... Are you taking this down?"
Cami: "To be clear-- if the Quarter is yours now, you still need me why?
Klaus: "My memoirs! A thousand years of history isn't going to write itself.

(Marcel enters the room and is surprised to see Cami)

Marcel: "Cami. What are you doing here?"
Cami: "My question exactly."
Klaus: "Oh, it's quite alright. She knows."
Marcel: "She does?"
Cami: "That you're vampires? Don't worry, he's compelled me to forget everything as soon as I leave. That way, I'm too busy agonizing over whether or not I'm losing my damn mind to realize I'm playing spy for an immortal egomaniac."
Marcel: "You compelled her to go out with me, didn't you? And I thought you really liked me."
Cami: "So did I."
Klaus: "I mean, to be clear, I only compelled you to give him a chance. Anything you felt for him was quite real... and for the record, the level of awkwardness we're all currently experiencing is entirely genuine."

Hayley: (to Klaus) "That's my family."
Klaus: (to Hayley) "Not for long love."

Rebekah: "Do we look like a bloody vampire rescue squad? I think you should be grateful we came to save you!"
Hayley: "Listen, Rebekah. All my life, I've wanted to know who my real family was, and just as I find out that they're out there in the Bayou, Klaus orders them killed. You wanna help me? Help my people. Please."

Marcel: "I thought you really liked me."
Camille: "So did I."

Rebekah: "I should bloody hope you are! Why else are we out here? [Elijah remains silent] Come on, Elijah! You've fallen for her, admit it. May do wonders for the stick that's lodged up your enduringly-stoic arse if you did."
Elijah: "If I admit to you that it's complicated, would that suffice? Or, are you determined to torment me throughout this endeavor?"

Davina: "You're Hayley. Klaus' wife."
Hayley: "Ew. No. Never."
Marcel: (to Klaus) "You're the one who taught me that a man can't be defined by anyone but himself."

Elijah: (to Klaus) "You don't make it easy to love you, brother."
Klaus: (to Elijah) "And yet you are obstinate in your desire to do so."

Davina: "Cami, I need your help. Marcel has been lying to me, and I can't trust him anymore."
Cami: "I'm sorry. Do I know you?"
Davina: "Oh, you've been compelled."
Cami: "Okay, what are you doing?"
Davina: "It's okay. I can fix you. I'm really sorry, but this is gonna hurt."



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