No! This isn't right. We deserve this. We've earned this. I won't let it slip away. I know what to do to stop Esther. [..] I'm going to take her deal. And, when I do, I'm taking her down with me.

The Map of Moments is the ninth episode of the second season of The Originals and the thirty-first episode of the series overall.


A HOLIDAY REUNION — When Rebekah notices an unusual change in Elijah's behavior, she asks Klaus and Hayley to meet her at their safe house, reuniting them with baby Hope. After reliving memories of being the odd man out, Kol opens up to Davina about his resentment towards his siblings and sheds some light on a spell he created in 1914. Meanwhile, when Cami discovers Esther's plan will put her life in danger, she demands answers from Finn, who remains steadfast in his convictions. Elsewhere, Esther makes an unlikely alliance that could prove dangerous for Klaus, and Hayley makes a decision that could change her relationship with Elijah forever. Lastly, while Elijah continues to struggle with the lingering effects of being captured, Rebekah and Klaus devise a plan to take their mother down once and for all. Marcel also appears. 



Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonists: Esther and Kol.
  • This is the Season Two mid-season finale.
    • This is the second mid-season finale in a row to end on the ninth episode.
  • This episode marks the 20th appearance of Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson on the show.
    • This is the first time this season that Claire Holt has narrated the opening voice-over of the episode, even though she's now a guest star.
    • This is also the first time another actress (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) has played Rebekah Mikaelson in the present day.
  • This is the first holiday episode of the series, with the characters celebrating Christmas. This places the current TO timeline around the same time as the TVD Christmas episode/mid-season finale Christmas Through Your Eyes; approximately December 2012.
  • This is the last episode of The Originals to air in the year 2014.
  • The house that Rebekah and Klaus fled to in 1919 after Mikael forced them to flee New Orleans is located in Arkansas, and is currently being used as a safe house for Hope and her caretakers.
  • Elijah, Rebekah and Hayley learn about Dahlia's curse on firstborns of Esther's bloodline.
  • Klaus and Hayley are reunited with their daughter for the first time since From a Cradle to a Grave.
  • Hope's first Christmas Bonfire is celebrated in this episode.
  • Mikael somehow knows Esther had resurrected Ansel, and is angry she brought Ansel back to life instead of him. He had intended on killing all werewolves he came upon until he found Ansel, but Esther reveals Klaus has already killed him.
  • Elijah tells Hayley to marry Jackson.
  • Elijah and Hayley have sex for the first time in this episode.
  • Davina and Kol kiss for the first time.
  • This episode marks the first time Rebekah is seen on screen turning someone into a vampire with her blood; in this case, it was her mother Esther, who was stuck in the body of the witch Lenore. Klaus and Rebekah find a way to defeat Esther: while Davina magically returns the body-jumping spell on her as she tries to cast it on Rebekah.
    • Klaus kills her while she has Rebekah's vampire blood in her system. Therefore, Esther awakens not only trapped in Lenore's body but also in transition, meaning she no longer has the magic that would allow her to escape. Klaus then gives her a choice: feed and become what she hates the most (a vampire), or die and stay dead. He claims that this is more choice than she ever gave them.
  • Esther makes a deal with Mikael to help her with her plans: in exchange, Mikael will get the right to kill Klaus. While Rebekah and Klaus confront Esther in the City of the Dead, Mikael releases Finn from his imprisonment at the compound.
  • In the flashback to 1914 at the beginning of the episode, Klaus has a witch to trap some of Kol's witch friends (Mary-Alice Claire and Astrid) in the Dowager Fauline Mansion. At the end of the episode, it is shown Rebekah is trapped inside a witch who is locked in that house.
    • It was revealed in Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire, that the boundary-spelled Fauline home was converted into an asylum for witches who lost their minds due to magic, such as Cassie.


  • This is the second mid-season finale to feature Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah, Hayley, Marcel, Cami, Davina, and Mikael, and the first one to feature Finn, EstherKol and Freya.
    • However, in the first mid-season finale, Mikael appeared only in archive footage, which can be considered as a flashback.
  • Mary-Alice Claire and Astrid Malchance first appeared in the Kol webseries The Originals: The Awakening.
  • Mary-Alice Claire was first introduced in The Originals: The Awakening Part One. She was mentioned by Kol in Chasing the Devil’s Tail.
  • Astrid was first introduced in The Originals: The Awakening Part Two. She was indirectly mentioned by Kol in Chasing the Devil's Tail.
  • The photo Davina sees of Kol, Rebekah, Elijah and Klaus from 1914 is similar of all of the Mikaelson Family together including Finn and Esther in the The Vampire Diaries Season Three episode Dangerous Liaisons where they're all lined up along the staircase in Klaus' home.
  • This marks Rebekah's and Hope's third appearance this season.
  • Mikael and Esther met for the first time in 1,000 years, only with Mikael in his own body while Esther is in possession of Lenore's body.
  • Kol was last seen in his own body this season in Alive and Kicking.
  • This marks the first time since From a Cradle to a Grave that Klaus and Hayley have seen and held Hope.
  • Esther revealed that there were two motivations in her season-long goal to place the spirits of her children in mortal bodies; she not only wanted to give them a chance at a true life where they could have families of their own, but she wanted to use the white oak stake to destroy their Original vampire bodies to wipe out the entire vampire species.
  • It was shown that Kol was daggered in December 1914 by Klaus with the help of Elijah for working against him.
    • Kol was kept neutralized until his awakening in The Vampire Diaries.
    • It should be noted that Klaus found out about Kol's treachery because Rebekah told him after Kol enlisted her help in trying to get rid of Klaus.
  • Freya Mikaelson appeared in this episode as a guest to the Mikaelsons' party in a 1914 flashback, but was presumed to be Kol's date by Rebekah, although this was unknown until Sanctuary.


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had 1.41 million viewers in the USA, 0.15 million more than the previous episode.
  • The Map of Moments marked Yusuf Gatewood's 10th appearance on the show.

Cultural References


Klaus"I've done what every good son does; followed the example of my parents."

Esther to Mikael:  "We have things to discuss."

Mikael to Esther:  "Leave Niklaus to me."

Klaus"I've done what every good son does; followed the example of my parents."

Esther to Mikael: "We have things to discuss about our children."

Elijah"We both know what mother is capable of."

Klaus"We are doing this for the good of our family."

Mikael to Esther:  "Do what you want with the others. But leave Niklaus to me."



Last.fm_play.png "O Christmas Tree" – Kermit Ruffins
Last.fm_play.png "Overture (On Christmas Eve)" – Boston String Quartet
Last.fm_play.png "Angels We Have Heard On High" – Clara Oman
Last.fm_play.png "The Coventry Carol" – American Boychoir
Last.fm_play.png "Stay Awake" – London Grammar
Last.fm_play.png "The Holly And The Ivy" – Manor House String Quartet
Last.fm_play.png "Silver Bells" – Digital Daggers




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