In this episode of The Originals, titled “Voodoo in My Blood,” Marcel and Elijah are forced to work together to try and track down the remaining bones. Klaus and Hayley learn about the Hollow’s origins from Davina. And Hayley is informed that she may be the key to stopping the ancient evil once and for all.
Hope is showing interest in the mystery witch’s remains. She tells Hayley she hears voices telling her that she and her mother are connected to it. Hope has received a message from the Ancestors — a warning, actually. They want Hayley to go to St. Anne’s church to talk to them, and she has to do exactly what they say and it has to be done before the Hollow comes for them.
Them Bones, Them Bones
Alaric Saltzam — looking as yummy as ever — is on his way to New Orleans. He’s literally done some digging through the remains of the Lockwood Estate and finds one “creepy-ass, ancient finger bone.” Alaric agreed to come to Nola because he doesn’t want Klaus anywhere near Mystic Falls since things tend to get murder-y when he’s around.
The Lockwoods didn’t just safeguard the bones; they kept records — names, dates and locations. They had knowledge of other families charged with guarding the remains. Alaric asks if the name ‘Labonair’ means anything to Klaus, who will only admit that it’s “familiar.” Alaric promises to meet up at a BBQ joint just outside the city until 2pm. If nobody shows up, he’s chucking the bone and the records into a nearby dumpster. Klaus doesn’t take kindly to threats. He tells Alaric that Elijah will be there. And if he happens to be running late, Alaric should show some patience, or he’ll have more than a few more monsters to worry about.
Klaus wants Elijah to team up with Marcel. He knows the city, and they’re in a race to find those bones. Marcel is the enemy of their enemy after all. Klaus suggests it’s time to start mending bridges instead of throwing people off of them.
Marcel’s already got his loyal army of followers on the case. He orders them to scour the city for the remaining bones. The Mikaelsons have one, the Hollow has another (Papa Tunde’s blade), so two more are in play. (Marcel doesn’t know that Alaric is delivering the third.) He warns them that if the Hollow gets her hands on the bones first, she’ll be impossible to kill. The covens can’t stop it.
Sofya arrives, and Marcel doesn’t sense anything amiss, although she is markedly creepier. They discuss the search for the bones but are interrupted by Elijah. He tells Marcel about Alaric and asks for Marcel’s help. Marcel questions why they should trust each other, and Elijah says they shouldn’t, but that can’t hinder their common goal. He pulls out the dagger Freya made, and Elijah offers to surrender it if Marcel comes with him. Sofya overhears all of this.
The Origin of the Hollow
Klaus and Hayley arrive at St. Anne’s, and it’s quiet (too quiet). Since the New Orleans witches have hated his family for three centuries, he’s convinced it’s a trap. But Hayley points out that the coven protects their own, and Hope is one of them. She’s part of their legacy.
The Harvest girls arrive, and they’ve come to offer a deal. The witches are going to use Klaus and Hayley’s link to Hope to cast a spell that will get them an audience with the dead. The witches do their mojo, and Hayley and Klaus find themselves in Ancestor territory. They’re greeted by Davina. She tells them that the Ancestors want the Hollow gone as much as they do, but first they need to know what they’re up against.
A thousand years before New Orleans started, two rival tribes decided they wanted to combine their power. They thought that by uniting in peace, they’d enter into a new stage of harmony. A marriage was arranged, and two strong witches joined together to create a unified coven. That marriage bore a child. For nine months, the tribe elders visited the mother, using magic to grant the child great power, hoping the newborn would become a symbol of prosperity.
But they had no idea what they were bringing into the world. Her name was Inadu, and it soon became evident that not only was she stronger than anyone could imagine but also that she craved more still. And that’s how the Hollow was born.
Klaus wants to know how to kill her, but Davina tells him he can’t. Hayley wonders why, if the Hollow can’t be destroyed, would they even bring her and Klaus there. Klaus also doesn’t believe the Hollow is impervious to harm. He’s been alive 1,000 years and never met anything he couldn’t kill.
Hayely questions why her tribe didn’t stop her. Davina says they tried, but Inadu grew and channeled life in all forms. Her hunger was insatiable. She loved the fear she inspired in others. She was ruthless, unfeeling and empty. That’s how she got the name ‘the Hollow.’ She killed all her people, just for fun.
The Birth of the Werewolf Curse
But the Hollow does have one weakness: Hayley. Davina is done talking to Klaus, who has gone back and forth from being glib to insulting. Davina grabs Hayley’s hand, and they disappear, leaving Klaus alone in purgatory.
Davina tells Hayley that it all comes down to the bloodline. That’s the only thing that worked against Inadu. When her evil became too great to bear, the tribes united to defeat her. Tribe elders found a way to capture her using mystical bindings, and death seemed the only solution. Four of the strongest elders each imbued some of the powers into a mighty ax. When the weapons was ready, they gave it to Inadu’s mother, the one who gave her life, to take Inadu’s life. But before she could kill her child, Inadu cast one final spell — one that was powered by her own death — a curse upon all present that night. She bound them to the full moon so that once a month they would turn into the very beasts used to hunt her — wolves.
Hayley bears the mark of the Crescent, and so did Inadu. And her mother became the first of the werewolves. The others fled, becoming the six other bloodlines Hayley knows today. But it was the Crescents who began it all. And it’s hers alone that shows power over the Hollow. That’s why she hunted down Lebonairs The Hollow is hunting Hayley, and if she dies there’s only one Lebonair left: Hope.
The Ancestors can’t find the Hollow, which means she’s chosen a host. If Hayley can track her, she can fight her. Hayley’s blood is the Hollow’s weakness. Once her spirit is free, Davina can use Klaus to cast a spell to imprison the Hollow for good. This will only work if Hayley trusts her, so Hayley takes off, leaving an unconscious Klaus with Davina and the Harvest girls.
Klaus wants to be released. Davina explains that they have the same problems the tribes did. After they killed Inadu, her spirit became more powerful. She haunted them (the blue lights), so they burned her remains. Not all the pieces could be destroyed, and as long as the pieces were together, her power only grew. The indestructible bones were distributed among four families, each charged with keeping the bones apart. Now that the Hollow is free, she won’t stop until those pieces are together.
So Davina is going to channel Klaus to contain the Hollow. He questions how long he’s supposed to serve as the battery. Davina informs Klaus that he’s not a battery; he’s a sacrifice.
The Amazing Race
Elijah and Marcel arrive to meet up with Alaric. Things are tense between the two, and Marcel makes it known that he will never forgive Elijah for ripping his heart out of his chest. But Elijah doesn’t expect him to because he hasn’t even forgiven himself.
On his way, Alaric experiences car trouble. He also encounters Sofya standing menacingly in the center of the road. She wants the bone, but Alaric removes a crossbow from the backseat, shoots and misses. Sofya disarms him and uses magic to fling Alaric across the road. As she opens the door to the car, Alaric begins to chuckle. Sofya wants to know what’s so funny, and he reveals that he packed the SUV with explosives. Ric takes out a gun and shoots, and the car and Sofya blow up. (But you just know girlfriend isn’t dead.)
Marcel and Elijah arrive on the scene. He tells them about his encounter, and Elijah wants a description. It becomes obvious to Marcel that he’s talking about Sofya. (There’s no sign of her remains.) Marcel wants to save her, but Elijah thinks killing her is the better way to go.
Alaric isn’t interested in listening to E and M bicker. He’s more interested in finding the missing bone. He studied the Lockwood records and got a name: Del Robles. The bloodline ended 10 years ago, but somebody from the family is buried with the bone, in the Black Clay ceremony in the Treme. Marcel explains that due to flooding, the bodies were moved. So they are actually heading to another cemetery.
Marcel and Elijah make it to the Del Robles crypt. They find the bone, but Marcel doesn’t want to hand it over to Elijah. Since the Mikaelsons already have one of the bones, the smart play would be to keep them divided. Elijah gets angry and draws the dagger. Marcel points out that Elijah will always be a poster boy for violence first — always and forever.
Elijah backs off just in time for Sofya’s arrival. Sofya easily overpowers Elijah and Marcel, and it looks as if she’s going to secure the bone right up until Hayley arrives. Hayley cuts her hand with a blade and then slices Sofya. She tells Hayley that whoever told her how to destroy her left something out. Trapping the Hollow requires the release of power, the kind you get when you sacrifice the life of an immortal. Sofya wants to know which of the three will die to stop her.
Marcel insists that nobody is dying. Sofya grabs the bone and disappears. Hayley realizes that someone is going to die — Klaus.
Hope Springs Eternal
Klaus tells Davina that she doesn’t have a weapon to kill him, but she reveals that the Hollow forged one. The thorns from the rose bush grown from Marcel’s blood. That’s all Davina needs, and she’s sent the Harvest girls to fetch some. When they return, his time is up.
Hayley, Elijah and Marcel arrive at the church. Davina tells Marcel not to try and stop her. If she doesn’t kill Klaus and put down the Hollow, she’ll come for everyone and burn the entire city. There is no other way.
She was waiting for the thorns, but now that Marcel is gone, he can do it. Elijah offers himself up as a replacement, so Hope doesn’t lose her father. Marcel insists once again that nobody is dying, but Davina uses her powers to extract some of Marcel’s venom. Just as she’s about to inject it into Klaus, Hope shows up. (She picked up on what was going on with her own powers.)
Hope tells Davina that she promised to help, but she’s not. She’s hurting them, and Hope isn’t going to let that happen. She manages to vanquish Davina.
Alaric meets Hope and warns Klaus that he’s not going to be able to keep her locked away for much longer. Ric speaks about the school that he and Caroline started and how their girls are thriving there. They can embrace their identities without fear and learn to use their powers for good. Ric says Hope will always be welcome.
Hayley’s pissed at Elijah for offering himself up as a sacrifice. Elijah promises to make things right, and she says he should start by handing over the dagger to Marcel. When he arrives at Marcel’s apartment, he’s stabbed in the back by Sofya. She wants to know if he’s ready to die because she’s “quite ready to live.”
Is Hayley and Elijah’s romance doomed? Will Hope battle the Hollow? Were you surprised to learn the origin of the werewolves? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.