He knew. He had to be the anchor to Freya's spell. He saved us.
Rebekah to Elijah about Klaus

The Bloody Crown is the twenty-second and final episode of the third season of The Originals and the sixty-sixth episode of the series overall.


THE PROPHECY FULFILLED — After months of thwarting off dangerous threats and deadly attacks, the Mikaelson siblings finally come face to face with the one person that could lead to their ultimate demise. With the stakes higher than ever and the compound overrun by an army of his oldest sworn enemies, Klaus is put on trial for centuries of atrocities he’s committed. Meanwhile, Marcel, who has been spiraling out of control following an act of betrayal by those closest to him, is stunned by the unexpected arrival of someone from his past. Finally, Elijah, Freya and Kol frantically search for a way to save their family before it’s too late. Hayley and Vincent also appear.



Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonists: Marcel Gerard and Klaus' sirelings.
  • Marcel kills the remaining members of the Strix in St. Anne's Church. They are found by Detective Will Kinney, who is badly injured by a surviving vampire before he is saved by Vincent.
  • Elijah and Kol are bitten by Marcel during a fight while Freya is poisoned by one of Klaus' sirelings. They are only saved by Rebekah's intervention.
  • Klaus asks Rebekah: "Wasn't it you who once said I could talk my way out of hell?" Rebekah says this to Marcel in The Garden in The River in Reverse, while plotting on how to take down Klaus.
  • Freya finds a way to save her family from death; she will place them all in a slumber similar to the one Dahlia had used on her. This will prevent Marcel's poison from killing them until Hayley can find an antidote and save them.
  • Freya binds the spell to Klaus, who tricks Marcel into daggering him with Papa Tunde's Blade instead of killing him. As long as Klaus lives, his family will remain alive and asleep.
  • Freya creates a Chambre de Chasse for herself, Elijah, Kol and Rebekah until the day they wake, so they can be together as a family without any of the drama that plagued them in the past.
  • Hayley and Hope leave New Orleans to track down an antidote for Marcel's poison, starting with the seven original werewolf packs.
  • Marcel bricks up Klaus in a tomb in the destroyed City of the Dead.
  • Vincent chastises Marcel for his sloppy destruction of the Strix and his resemblance to Klaus. He declares St. Anne's Church a sanctuary where he and any other supernatural creature, including vampires, will be welcome, if they no longer tolerate Marcel's antics.

Body Count



Behind the Scenes

  • This is the last episode of the series to air in 2016.
  • Danielle Campbell is removed from the main cast after her character's death in No More Heartbreaks.
  • For Baby Hope’s scene in the truck, the baby — after a whole day of being wide awake hanging with Phoebe [Tonkin] and crew while waiting to shoot her scene, promptly fell asleep for the final scene where she was supposed to do magic as Hayley drives away to end our season. Despite our best efforts to wake her up, she wasn’t having any of it until the very end. We ended up using a shot of her sleeping in the edit. Adorable kids.
  • The chambre location is a full-fledged Georgia farm owned by two later-years ex-boyfriends that housed llamas, roosters (which made a good deal of our audio useless at times), Scottish cows, and an entire lake of ducks at the peak of mating season — far from the peaceful serenity seen on screen, and far more awkward.
  • The trial sequences were shot with three cameras all the way through from when Marcel first interrogates Klaus until Klaus being tunde-bladed. It was like watching the trial play out in real time, unedited. Our actors and their impressive memories did an astounding job performing that very long and very dialogue-heavy scene two or three dozen times as cameras zoomed in and out for various sizes of coverage. Also, after destroying half the compound, the Mikaelson home will likely look a bit different the next go-around.[3]

Cultural References

  • The Bloody Crown is a quote in Shakespeare's play Richard II. The central theme is about a king, who was king for a short while, to become dethroned by a member of his own family, starting a civil war.
    • In this reference, Marcel portrays King Richard II and Klaus the member of the family to dethrone him.
  • A Bloody Crown, is also a lyric (The king so kind and solemn, He wears a bloody crown) in Leonard Cohen's song "Samson in New Orleans" , about a man dethroning the King due to his cruel ways.
    • In this reference, Marcel and Klaus' relationship is depicted quite accurately through the lyrics, as are some of the scenes in the episode:
    • "You said that you were with me, You said you were my friend, Did you really love the city, Or did you just pretend."
    • "So gather up the killers, Get everyone in town, Stand me by those pillars, Let me take this temple down."


Freya: "There's nothing that can stop Marcel now."
Freya: "None of us will make it through the day."
Elijah: "It's not a trial, it's a suicide."
Niklaus: "You want to judge me?!"
Rebekah: "Enough!"
Rebekah: "You shall not condemn him before I have had a chance to speak on his behalf."

Freya: "There's nothing that can stop Marcel now."
Marcel: "Elijah is as good as dead."
Freya: "I'm poisoned, Rebekah's hexed, our brothers are bitten, none of us will make it through the day."
Marcel: "You want justice, let's have justice."
Elijah: "It's not a trial, it's a suicide."
Niklaus: "You want to judge me?!"
Rebekah: "Enough!"
Rebekah: "You shall not condemn him before I have had a chance to speak on his behalf."

Hayley (to Elijah): "Despite everything that we've done."
Niklaus: "NOO!"
Hayley (to Elijah): "All those we've lost. We're still here. You're not alone."

Elijah: "I am the one that's responsible for this crime against you."
Marcel: "One thing I learned sticking around this family Elijah, we take on one of you, you are taking on all of you."

Niklaus (to Hope): "What better life might have awaited were another man your father."
Niklaus: "NOO!"
Niklaus (to Hope): "All those who have loved me...have lived to regret it."

Marcel: "All this was you?"
Vincent: "No. I had help. Davina Claire. She's the one that made sure the Ancestors were gone for good. It's the last thing she did."
Marcel: "That means you've done your part. That just leaves me to do mine."
Vincent: "You sure you can?"
Marcel: "I'm sure I can. The whole point of me taking Lucien's serum was so I had the power to deal with the Mikaelsons."
Vincent: "Well so there's a big difference between having the power...and actually using the power to kill somebody. These people are your family."
Marcel: "They were my family. Do you know why I even bother pretending like I already hadn't taken the serum? I needed to see how my family would react. Elijah killed me in cold blood. Yeah. So whatever happens next, they've earned it."
Vincent: "Did the people of New Orleans earn it too? Cause I've been hearing the rumors about vampires just flocking into town and it looks to me that you've dead settled started a war. Now I need to know what happens to the innocent people when they get caught in the crossfire of that. No. You'll promise me you're gonna do what's right for the people of this city."
Marcel: "That's exactly what I'm gonna do."

Marcel: "I am taking back my home. My city. My freedom. This is a fight to the death and I won't lose."
Marcel (to Niklaus): "If I hadn't been one step ahead of you, I would be at the bottom of the river."
Freya (to Niklaus): "I'm poisoned, Rebekah's hexed and our brothers are bitten. We need three different cures to three different aliments. Each of which could take years to find and none of us will make it through the day."
Kol: "Are you planning to put on a little show... Marcellus?"
Marcel: "Damn straight I am. The Fall of the Mikaelsons."



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