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From the moment we met Elijah Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries, his life has revolved around his brother Klaus. In more than a thousand years, Elijah hasn’t loved anyone the way he loves NiKlaus, and that’s why Klaus’ death could only mean one thing for the suit-loving vampire: Elijah had to lớn die too.

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For anyone who’s read just about anything I’ve written on The Originals, you know that Elijah is one of my favorite characters of any show … ever. That noble man stole my heart the second he told Damon and Stefan, “To whom it may concern: You’re making a grave mistake if you think that you can beat me. You can’t.” So one might assume that I hated Elijah’s decision in this finale. But I didn’t. Sure, I cried more than I would lượt thích to admit, but something rang very true khổng lồ me about the idea that Elijah’s story would over when Klaus’ did. As much as I would like to think that, had Elijah lived, he would’ve gone on lớn enjoy a happy life, who are we kidding? Elijah’s life was Klaus. That was the very reason he had to erase his memory at the over of last season; he he wouldn’t be able to physically stay away from his brother. So the question of “who is Elijah without Klaus?” is one that I’m not sure would’ve had a happy answer.

There’s also the question that this show has debated at length: How long is too long to live? At what point does immortality become a curse? Perhaps by ending their lives, these brothers now have a real chance at happiness.

I know, I know. I’m already talking about the final moments of this episode, but I can’t help it! và yet, seeing as how this entire hour was a journey khổng lồ get khổng lồ that moment, let’s start at the beginning.

Just as Klaus is about to stake himself & take out the Hollow’s magic for good, Hope returns from her first transformation và knocks her father out before he can over his life. Back in Orleans, Klaus’ siblings chain him up and try lớn figure out what to bởi next, which, for Kol, is obvious: leave. He’s no longer interested in his family’s melodrama và he wants to get back home to his wife.

But Rebekah’s not having that. She stands in the middle of the road and physically stops Kol from leaving town. The two having a heart-to-heart about how happiness is a choice. As far as Rebekah is concerned, happiness can wait; their brother is finally putting everyone else before himself, & if he’s really dying, she wants the family to lớn be by his side.

While Rebekah đơn hàng with that drama, Freya is, as always, trying lớn find a way khổng lồ save the day. The magic inside of Klaus will drive him mad within a matter of hours if she’s not able to find a cycling spell to lớn temporarily offload some of the darkness. Helping Freya look for the spell? Vincent, who claims he’s leaving Orleans for good … at least until Freya asks him khổng lồ be the father of her child with Keelin. More on that later.

Meanwhile, Klaus is going mad, & in his madness, he hallucinates an angel & a devil on his shoulders: Of course, the devil is Mikael himself — so happy they brought him back for the finale! — & the angel is none other than Cami. While Mikael tries khổng lồ convince Klaus to lớn kill Hope, Cami reminds him that she knows his heart.

Klaus manages to escape his chains, but before he can make any rash decisions, Elijah snaps his neck, and by the time Klaus wakes up, Freya has transferred some of the dark magic onto Elijah so that Klaus can say his goodbyes. I love this exchange between the brothers, because it sums them up so perfectly:

Klaus: “What have you done?”Elijah: “What I’ve always done. Followed you into the fire.”

But Klaus isn’t a tín đồ of goodbyes; he’d much rather die in peace. At least until Caroline shows up! Turns out, she kept that voicemail that Klaus left her in the backdoor pilot for The Originals, during his first trip back lớn Orleans. And, according to lớn her, he still owes her a tour.

Sitting at a bar, Klaus asks Caroline if she’d have come if he had longer lớn live. She tells him that she probably would’ve let him chase her around for a more centuries. “That was always the fun part anyway,” she says. She then tells Klaus lớn say goodbye to his daughter, và because it’s Caroline, he admits that he doesn’t know how. Caroline tells him, “Try this: one of you stands, walks to the door, doesn’t turn back, even if their heart aches for just one more look, one more moment. But you’ll know that the not looking just means I’ll never forget you.” She then leans in, kisses Klaus, và walks away … without looking back. And that is how their story ends.

With that, Klaus returns trang chủ to say goodbye khổng lồ his daughter. He tells Hope that although he hasn’t lived an honorable life, he can have an honorable death because of her. She has helped him feel something he never thought possible: unconditional love. After a hug, the two head downstairs, where Rebekah & Marcel recently rekindled things. Apparently Kol was right. Happiness is a choice, & Beks is choosing it!

Along with Rebekah và Marcel, Freya, Keelin, Elijah, & even Kol have gathered to nói qua Klaus stories. Klaus arrives, gives Kol a hug (seeing as how he “secretly adores his youngest brother”) và the entire family sits around a table to share what must be their happiest meal since they became vampires. So much of this show has been about the burden of immortality, và this moment sums that up best: These people are at their happiest partially because the kết thúc is in sight, at least for Klaus. Today is worth celebrating because there won’t be a tomorrow. (Next: Two brothers, one goodbye)

After Marcel promises Hope that he will never abandon her — father figure? — Rebekah announces it’s time for the classic Mikaelson wish-burning ceremony. After Elijah doesn’t burn a wish for himself — a telling move — Klaus tells his family that they mean everything lớn him. Their loyalty, council, and love is what has kept him alive, & it’s why he knows that they will continue to come together after he’s gone. It’s why he’s not worried about Hope.

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Elijah chimes in, quoting something he said in the first episode of The Originals: “We’re bound forever to those with whom we chia sẻ blood. And while we may not choose our family, that bond is our greatest strength.” He leaves out the part about it potentially being their deepest regret. Klaus tacks on, “Though I may be leaving you tonight, this is not the kết thúc of the Mikaelsons.” With one final “always and forever,” Klaus says goodbye to lớn Hope, who promises to make him proud và do right by the Mikaelson name.

Klaus, Rebekah, & Elijah then head to lớn a familiar bench in the French Quarter. Klaus apologizes to lớn his sister for all the times he got in the way of her happiness, & to make it up khổng lồ her, he asked Caroline to get the cure from Damon when he’s ready lớn go in a handful of decades. It’s Rebekah’s if she wants it. Rebekah hugs Klaus before turning lớn Elijah, và when she goes to lớn hug him, it’s clear something’s off. That was a goodbye if I ever saw one.

Sitting on the bench next to lớn his brother, Elijah snaps the trắng oak stake into two pieces, telling his brother, “I intend to lớn die by your side.” At first, Klaus doesn’t understand his brother’s decision. Once Klaus dies, Elijah is free to bởi vì whatever his heart desires — but, Elijah assures him, this is what he desires. “We didn’t choose khổng lồ become what we are,” Elijah tells Klaus. “To be or not to be was taken from us; Esther and Mikael stole it from us, NiKlaus. I’m stealing it back.” He’s choosing not to be.

Elijah explains that during the wish-burning ceremony, he envisioned a future for everyone he loved. But when he looked at his own, he realized that the purpose of his life was always Klaus’ redemption. And now, he truly believes his brother has been redeemed. Furthermore, Elijah told the family of his plan after the ceremony, and they each gave him their blessing. As for Hope, she’ll have Marcel, Rebekah, Freya, & Kol.

Speaking of Hope, we cut to her painting a family portrait as Hayley watches with a smile. Downstairs, Vincent returns lớn tell Freya và Keelin that he’s willing lớn be their baby daddy in what I hope is a sitcom called Two Witches và a Wervidabo.netolf.

As for Marcel, he’s getting all the vampires out of Orleans for good. And that includes Rebekah, who tells him of her plan to live a human life, a life she’d like to mô tả with him. So if he’ll have her, she’d lượt thích to be his wife for the rest of her human life. As she hands him the envelope that reads “If you say yes,” he says, “I do” và they kiss.

Klaus: “What if there’s nothing after this, no peace, just darkness?Elijah: “We face it together. As always.”

Together, they stand, and Klaus tells Elijah, “I don’t deserve the love you’ve given me, brother. But I am so grateful.” Elijah responds, “It’s been a glorious ride, NiKlaus. Và my greatest honor.”

The series then ends as the brother’s stake each other & turn lớn bask in the Orleans night.

I can’t say that I ever imagined this ending for the series, but for a show about family & immortality, it seems only fitting that it would end with our central brothers leaving this earth together. There were some smaller things that I could hotline out for feeling a bit chunky or rushed, but in the end, I can walk away from this ending feeling satisfied.

Also, be sure to kiểm tra out what showrunner Julie Plec had lớn say about those deaths & how the Vampire Diaries finale affected Klaroline’s ending.

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