The Originals: The End of an Epic Spin Off

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SPOILER ALERT: This article includes spoilers from The Originals Finale, so don’t read on until you’ve watched the episode!

Last Wednesday, The Originals finale aired; breaking our hearts and leaving us in tears. The show came to an end after airing for five seasons on the CW Network, now opening the door to another spin off called Legacies.

The Originals started as a subplot of the successful series The Vampire Diaries, when fans started making YouTube videos about a separate show, even choosing ‘The Originals’ as its name. Eventually, the CW responded by bringing the show to life and making it the first spin off on the network.

The show tells the story of the Mikaelsons, the first original vampire family. It includes the invincible Niklaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Rebekah (Claire Holt), Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic), and Freya (Riley Voelkel). Niklaus, who is the main character, is a hybrid; meaning he is half werewolf and half vampire. At the beginning of the show, he is about to become a father to another supernatural creature, and the family’s only job is to protect the expected child against all the enemies they formed throughout their lives.

Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) gives birth to Niklaus’ daughter, Hope, but then falls in love with his brother. They decide to live in New Orleans, which won’t be easy as the city is now ruled by Niklaus’ adopted son Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis). Matters get more complicated when other supernatural beings find out that The Originals have come to town and war starts between the vampires, werewolves, and witches.

Niklaus decides to stay in New Orleans with the help of his siblings, however he is a paranoid monster who has formed enemies everywhere in the world. His life changes when he meets a psychiatrist called Cami (Leah Pipes), who instantly falls for him and begins a journey to redeem his soul using modern therapy.

Over the course of the show, Niklaus and Elijah struggle to take back control of what was once their city, but Marcel and the fractions resist. We also observe how slowly Niklaus turns into a better man; owing to his daughter and Cami’s unconditional love for him.

Sadly, Niklaus has so many enemies who manage to find him and kill Cami. Later on, Hayley is killed as well. Naturally, these tragedies significantly affect Niklaus as well as Elijah, who considered Hayley the love of his life.

Arriving to the finale, Hope is possessed by dark magic, and Niklaus needs to sacrifice his own life to save hers. Eventually, Niklaus and Elijah kill themselves in order to save Hope and the rest of the family, and they die in honor in the last episode titled ‘When the Saints go Marching In.’

We must admit that this show has been a blast to watch. It has so many appealing aspects; the heroes are vampires, and the plot is so dramatic yet full of romance. It didn’t have one of those overused plots about flying creatures or regular vampires; it was more of an epic story about a wounded man who redeemed his soul through love. And what better plot twist could there be than the villain becoming the hero of the story in the most unexpected ways?

Created and written by Julie Plec, the show had a total of 92 episodes and became one of the most successful shows in the CW Network.

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