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If you've been keeping up with the Mikaelsons, you know just how dysfunctional they've gotten over these past few weeks. Emotions are high and the two brothers are fighting over their sister, Rebekah. Tonight, one of them says farewell.
Throughout the episode, we are taken back to the past when Elijah, Rebekah and Klaus loved and defended each other to no end. The first flashback took us to an extremely young set of Mikaelson siblings. Rebekah was scared of the storm and thunder and as a young boy, Niklaus vowed to keep her safe. “I'll always stay with you Rebekah, no matter what,” a young Klaus says to his younger sister and it's one of the sweetest things I've seen. Clearly, things have changed. In the present, we see our favorite family still stuck in the cemetery. This time, Elijah makes the vow to defend Rebekah and keep her safe.
Rebekah can't run forever, especially since she's still trapped in the cemetery. Klaus decides that maybe he should turn his rage towards Elijah, since his older brother stabbed him and put him in an eternal anguish. “You look like father,” Elijah becomes the 2nd
person to tell Klaus that. “I'm not him,” Klaus says even more pissed off. Elijah remembers how Mikael abused Klaus as a young boy and pushes Klaus to demonstrate mercy. Rebekah comes forth sick of hearing her brothers bicker about her.
Marcel gets Cami to see Davina to calm her down. The young witch finally opens up and reveals that while she was on the other side, she heard voices of angry ancestors. Threats were made if she misuses her magic against her own again.
The trial of Rebekah Mikaelson vs. Klaus Mikaelson has begun. Rebekah explains her actions were because Klaus denied her freedom to love. Klaus' rebuttal: “I was trying to protect you.” Rebekah is reminiscent of the past Klaus, wondering where he went. Elijah butts in and mentions how Rebekah has stayed by Klaus' side the longest. He goes on to remind Klaus of an incident in the past. Mikael is seen beating Klaus. Elijah tries to stop Mikael, but fails and Rebekah comes in wielding a sword on her father. That doesn't sway Klaus at all. He lunges toward Rebekah but Elijah stops him, grabbing the white oak stake in the process. Now Elijah holds two weapons against his brother.
Elijah remembers Rebekah the way that she was, “an innocent girl quick to laugh and full of life,” but Klaus still thinks that Rebekah always hated him. Elijah continues to defend his younger sister bringing up an event Klaus knew nothing about. One day, Rebekah tried to kill Mikael to end their misery and protect Klaus. She would've done it, but Elijah got to her on time. “She acts without thinking, but she loves you.” Sounds about right.
Klaus dares Elijah to stab him with the white oak stake, but Elijah is the honorable brother. And with Elijah's guard down, Klaus doesn't hesitate to stab his older brother with Papa Tunde's blade. Rebekah isn't having any of this nonsense and returns to face her bastard brother with the white oak stake in her possession. Klaus in his defensive manner asks where Marcel is and why he isn't there fighting by her side.
Since Davina does not want to risk helping Marcel, he goes to seek help from another witch. Marcel goes to the new leader of the coven, a friend from the past, Genevieve. Marcel tries to make a deal. If Genevieve helps him bring down the barrier spell, his vamps will stay out of cauldron and no more executions will take place. Marcel seems to forget that he is no longer the King of the Quarter. Genevieve obliges only if Davina is returned to her. I don't think Marcel will like that nor do I believe that he will give up someone he cares for so deeply.
Back to the sibling rivalry, Klaus wants Rebekah to admit she wanted him dead. “Maybe I did,” she mutters after denying it. Klaus' heart broke, but that's what he wanted to hear right?! You can tell Rebekah immediately regrets what she says. Klaus does not hesitate to stab Rebekah with the white oak stake. But don't fret, he missed her heart. After Rebekah awakes, they have a heart-to-heart. Their father ruined them all. “We are the definition of cursed, always and forever,” Rebekah says. Their family is even more broken and I'm left heart broken.
Klaus can't help but wonder what Mikael's father did to him that made him the monster he was. He asks Rebekah what she wants and she replies what we all know: “I want a home, a family, someone to love me and to live.” Klaus lets her go and Klaus watches his baby sister walk away. She's free.
Elijah and Rebekah say their goodbyes at the house on the plantation. “Help him find his way,” she says to her older brother.
Marcel, along with his minions, face Klaus and won't back down. Klaus walks away not interested in Marcel's threats but Elijah pops in and attacks Marcel and his gang. Marcel is exiled, according to Elijah.
Later when Rebekah says her goodbyes to Marcel, he reveals that he doesn't plan to run away with Rebekah. Marcel is bitter about the Mikaelson brothers taking over his home. After Marcel, the young Mikaelson sister goes to visit Hayley in the Bayou. She gives Hayley a warning and reminds her to not cross Klaus and be careful. They share a moment and we're reminded that the girls need to stick together. Hayley offers an invitation to Rebekah reminding her she can come and visit anytime.
The final scene shows Klaus looking through his old things and remembering Rebekah as a child. He's heartbroken that their family is so damaged. But it's best for both of them if they have the space. Rebekah is driving away, top down with a smile and her hair blowing in the wind. I can't help but wonder what kind of adventures she'll get herself into!
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