“You will learn what I allow you to learn.”
(Rebekah to Elena, Ordinary People)
You guys, our heads are spinning. There was so much mythology in this episode that it’s almost impossible to keep it all straight without taking notes and making charts. Fortunately, that’s the kind of thing we do around here, so we’ve got a breakdown for you of important things we learned from last night’s episode, Ordinary People (EP308). And we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t toss out a bunch of speculation, too. So join us in the comments with your own theories and questions!
What We Learned:
- Mikael is the Original father. Well done, fandom! A lot of you called that.
- Ayana was a witch that the family knew. She was the one who told them to cross the sea to (then unknown) America after a child died of sickness in Europe.
- As humans, the Originals knew about werewolves. They lived in proximity to them without difficulties for many years, until…
- …Werewolves killed an Original child. Klaus took his young brother Henrik to watch the werewolves change on the full moon, and the wolves killed the boy.
- Vampires exist because Mikael wanted to be stronger than werewolves. The death of Henrik caused Mikael to demand a spell that would make the Originals powerful enough to defend themselves against the werewolves.
- The witch Ayana refused to create the spell. She felt it was against nature.
- Esther was also a witch, so she created the spell. Esther turned the children and Mikael into vampires, but could not be both vampire and witch, so she did not turn herself.
- Mikael turned his children into vampires. It was Mikael who executed the specific steps of the spell. After blood was slipped into their wine, he drove a sword through each of them. He did it brutally and without warning them first. Once they awakened, he forced them to drink human blood to complete their transition, per the spell.
- In addition to the Sun, the White Oak tree was part of the spell that created vampires. It gave them immortality. That is why its wood (or the ash of it bound with magic) can kill Originals.
- Vervain hurts vampires because it was growing at the base of the White Oak tree that was used in the spell. Part of the whole balance and consequences thing.
- Sunlight burns Originals. For anyone who needed incontrovertible proof, here it is. They were trapped inside for weeks before Esther figured out a workaround, and we see Rebekah wearing a ring.
- Originals must be invited into homes. Their neighbors were able to keep them out by refusing invitations.
- Klaus’s werewolf side became active after he was a vampire. It triggered when he made his first kill.
- Esther created the spell that cursed Klaus and made his werewolf side dormant. After doing this, she turned her back on him.
- There are two Original children that we haven’t yet seen. (“My mother bore 7 children” says Elijah, in Klaus.) We’ve got Elijah, Klaus, Rebekah, Henrik, one child killed by sickness in Europe. That leaves two Original siblings that are presumably in Klaus’s coffins.
- Rebekah and Klaus carved their names into the wall, but they did NOT write the whole story there. Rebekah had not seen the other images.
- Klaus told Rebekah that Mikael killed their mother by snatching out her heart. This solidified the bond between the two siblings.
- The wall suggests that Klaus killed their mother and then lied about it. We’re not sure which is less trustworthy, a cave wall, or Klaus. Hmm…
- Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah made a pact to protect each other “always and forever.” The other two siblings wandered off somewhere, and seem not to have been as close as those three.
What We DIDN’T Learn:
- Katherine’s fate. Is she alive or did Mikael kill her? (Pssst…our money says she’s still alive.)
- Anything about the doppelgangers. There was absolutely NO discussion about the doppelganger, the Petrova family, or any specifics about the spell.
- The relationship between Esther and Ayana. What’s the deal with these two?
- Anything new about werewolves or where they come from. There’s a whole realm of mythology there that hasn’t been touched.
- How was it discovered that werewolf bites were fatal to vampires? And when? They won’t kill an Original, so was this just something that happened as the bloodline diluted, or is there more to it?
- What’s going on with the coffin count? We know that Klaus has at least FOUR coffins with him in modern day Mystic Falls. Presumably, the 2 missing Original siblings are in coffins 1 & 2. Elijah is number 3. Rebekah destroyed hers in The End Of The Affair (EP303) so who or what is in box #4? (Our favorite answer so far? Klaus’s extra Henleys, per @DSylvan.)
The Mysterious Ayana: Does Ayana have any connection to the Bennetts? Also, was she more powerful than Esther? What would make Esther defer to her on supernatural matters? When she declined to have anything to do with the vampire spell, did that include telling Esther how to do it? And if Esther was a witch in her own right, why go to Ayana in the first place? Did Ayana leave the village out of disapproval? Or did she lurk behind the scenes, observing? What was her connection to the Original Family in the big picture? Did she take them to the New World out of love or did she have her own agenda?
The Missing Petrova: Who was the first Petrova? She had to have been someone in the village at the time Esther cast the spell on Klaus, because her blood was used to set the curse. But who was she as a person? What was she to Klaus, Elijah, or Rebekah? A friend? A love interest for Elijah or Klaus? Or possibly a servant of the family, or a daughter of another Eastern European family that accompanied the Originals to America? Obviously there’s a lot more to this story. Why their mother would choose that person to seal the curse is unknown, but the Originals’ reactions to Elena and Katherine have been too strong for it to have been some random girl in the village. On the other hand, Mikael didn’t react at all to Katherine’s appearance, so either he knows all about her or doesn’t recognize her as someone he once knew in his village. We’re betting on the former.
Enter Esther, The Original Witch: Considering Rebekah was lied to about a huge part of her own story, and that she quite deliberately neglected to tell Elena anything about the original Petrova, how much can we trust her memories of her mother? We know Klaus gets butt-hurt over perceived betrayal at the drop of a hat, and that Elena tried to explain this by saying it was Klaus’s werewolf traits showing through, but how much did Rebekah really know about her own mother? This is a woman who bore a child by a werewolf under all of their noses and was not discovered until many years later. In her grief, Rebekah tells Klaus that Esther did not really hate him, that she was just afraid. But afraid of what, exactly? Klaus himself? Or Mikael? Or possibly someone or something else? As a witch, Esther severely compromised Nature for selfish reasons. What were her consequences? Also when and why did Esther give her necklace to Rebekah?
We think it is highly significant that Esther was buried so close to the White Oak; it even seems that Klaus is filling her grave with the ashes from the burnt tree. Remember: In the spell that turned the family into vampires, the White Oak’s power helped grant immortality. Keep that in mind as we move further into the season, just in case.
Speaking of Mikael…: We know Mikael no longer feeds on living things – he told Katherine as much. But why exactly has he forsaken feeding on the blood of any living creature? We speculated before that this was a form of self-denial, based in self-loathing. That perhaps he’s ashamed of what he is. This could still be possible – after all, he is hell-bent on killing Klaus, and that could be for as simple a reason as revenge. Klaus is responsible for the death of Henrik, is not even his son, and it’s looking likely that Klaus killed Esther. But we’re going to toss out another possibility: Mikael’s dominant trait is pride. This is brought up a few times. Mikael is also responsible for the Original Family being turned into creatures that are stronger, faster, and more powerful than the werewolves. Remember: His reasoning was for protection for his family, but he obviously had an ax to grind with the werewolves and wanted the upper hand. He wanted warriors to fight back. And none of the family, including Mikael, knew of the consequences of being reborn into immortals, namely the need for blood. So has Mikael “turned” himself into a stronger creature once again in order to take on a hybrid? One who feeds on his own kind? Or is it a combination of guilt and pride that has turned him into the hunter he is today?
Also, where was Mikael when Esther was killed? Does Mikael even know Klaus (supposedly) killed Esther? Rebekah said Mikael left to kill the adulterous werewolf’s family, then came back and ripped out Esther’s heart for her betrayal. But in a scenario where Klaus killed Esther, when did Mikael find out that his wife was dead? And is it possible he tried to do something about it later, through witchcraft?
Mikael has made it clear that he isn’t pulling punches or making nice with anybody. He’s perfectly willing (and obviously able!) to kill the Salvatores and anyone else who gets in his way. On the other hand, he’s got both the will and the way to kill Klaus, something nobody else seems to have. The question is, will he stop at killing Klaus, or will he kill Klaus, Rebekah, and all the other vampires in town? Trying to use Mikael in any way definitely has the potential to backfire on Team Mystic Falls.
Cave Drawings = “Not Viking CSPAN.”
Elena makes the comment to Damon and Alaric that the cave drawings must be a Klaus trick – referring back to the “stories” Klaus and Elijah embedded in various cultures’ mythologies, as we learned in Klaus (EP219). Alaric and Damon thought so too but changed their minds when the name “Mikael” revealed itself. This exchange is significant because Elena, Alaric, and Damon come to the conclusion that if Klaus didn’t do the cave drawings, they must be legitimate. And while what’s on the wall verifies most of Rebekah’s version of events, our gang doesn’t seem too interested in who put the story there in the first place and what their agenda is. Even if the cave artist isn’t deliberately fabricating things, as Klaus was with other mythology, the drawings still only tell one side of the story, and they’re inherently biased. And remember: History is generally written by the winners.
“…At Least Once”: Rebekah tells Elena that every Original family member turned their back on Klaus at least once, and that she herself did it several times. Did the two unaccounted for Original siblings betray him by abandoning him in the village? (Rebekah says some of them scattered.) Or were there more personal betrayals later on down the road? What where the circumstances? Did Elijah and Rebekah evade the coffins for as long as they did because of the pact the three of them made in the village? Or did Klaus present each of them with that choice Rebekah mentioned back in The End of the Affair (EP303)?
Alright, Vampire Diaries fans: DISCUSS.
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