‘Vampire Diaries’: The Original Dysfunctional Family

Joseph Morgan as Klaus and Claire Holt as Rebekah in The Vampire Diaries (Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW)

Joseph Morgan as Klaus and Claire Holt as Rebekah in The Vampire Diaries (Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW)

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Originals but were afraid to ask  is explained in expository dialogue and flashbacks in this week’s episode of “Vampire Diaries,” “Ordinary People.” As with any flashback episode, the most important question is, is there funny hair? Rest assured, you will not be disappointed. Nor will you feel let down by the numerous revelations about Klaus and the Gang.

The mysterious drawings that Ric (Matt Davis) found in the Lockwood cave last week turn out to be Viking pictograms. Yes, Vikings in Virginia. The state is not just for lovers anymore! Ric deduces that the images refer to the Originals, and that Mikael (Sebastian Roche), the vampire who feeds on vampires, is Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) father. A huge reveal in act one, well played writers!

Elena (Nina Dobrev) interrogates Rebekah about why she and her brother have spent the past millennium running from their Dad. The answer turns out to be a vampire Greek tragedy. But before you learn more, you must watch the first flashback of the Originals in Viking Times. It’s the first glimpse of Mikael in action. He is almost as scary as Elijah’s (Daniel Gilles) wig and the Xena costumes. Mikael’s method of punishing Klaus for having fun seems a little extreme.

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Rebekah reveals they were humans when they left their European homeland to escape the plague. A witch told them about America hundreds of years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. They lived peacefully in pre-Mystic Falls with a group of werewolves that were presumably the Lockwoods’ ancestors. They would hide in the caves during the full moon. Tragedy struck when Klaus and his little brother sneaked out to watch the men become wolves. His brother was bitten and died. A griefstricken Mikael asked the neighborhood witch, Ayanna, an African-American woman with dreds, for a way to make his children strong enough to fight the werewolves. Is she the Original Witch we’ve been hearing so much about?  No. Ayanna is the sensible witch, who refuses to mess with nature. So Michael tells Esther (Alice Evans), his wife,  that it  is in her hands – she’s the Original Witch! So much for everyone’s theories about all the witches on this show being African-American.

Let’s consider the ramifications. A witch created vampires. Rebekah wants the necklace because it belonged to her mother. It has been established that the Original Witch is actively working against Klaus, so Klaus’s own mother hates him. No wonder the dude has issues.

Esther called upon the sun for life and the ancient white oak tree. Mikael fed his kids wine laced with blood, then drove his sword through their hearts. Then Mikael brings them a girl to kill and drink from to complete the ritual. But Ayanna was right.  Nature fought back, and cursed them with all of the familiar vampire weaknesses: they could not go outside during daylight, they could not enter human homes without being invited, vervane weakened them, and the white oak tree that gave them life could take it away. So Mikael burned the tree to the ground,though he made himself a white oak stake first. When Klaus made his first kill, it triggered his werewolf side, and Mikael learned that Klaus was not his biological son. Esther put the hybrid curse on Klaus in an attempt to supress his wolf side. In his rage, Mikael killed half the village, and Esther, as payback for breaking his heart. He tore it from her chest as Klaus watched. The rest of the family left, but Rebekah and Elijah stayed with Klaus. Elena does not understand why Rebekah remains loyal to Klaus even though he locked her in a coffin for 70 years. Rebekah explains that vampire personality traits are heightened: she’s stubborn, Elijah’s moral, and Klaus has no tolerance for those who disappoint him. That’s why she forgives Klaus. Remember Rebekah’s wisdom when you visit your family on Thanksgiving.

Elena returns to the Lockwood cave. She realizes that the witch symbol is next to the hybrid symbol. Elena breaks the news to Rebekah that Klaus was the one who killed Esther, not Mikael. Klaus was furious that his mother inflicted the hybrid curse on him then rejected him. He lied to save his relationship with Rebekah and Elijah. Rebekah is devastated, and ready to join Team Kill Klaus. Sophocles could not have scripted it better: a mother turns her son into a monster, only to have him turn on her. Mikael wants to kill Klaus because he killed the woman that he loves.

Meanwhile, Damon (Paul Wesley) breaks Stefan (Ian Somerhalder) out of jail, where he has been chained up as part of Lexi’s rehab program. He takes Stefan to a bar and compels the bartender to let Stefan drink from her arm. Weeks from now, she will be inspired to create blood flavored vodka. A dapper Mikael soon appears.

The Salvatores don’t ask him what became of Katherine which seems inconsiderate, given that they know she woke Mikael up. Then again, they don’t get a chance. Mikael may be even scarier than Klaus. He sticks his hand into Damon’s chest and threatens to rip his heart out if he does not reveal Klaus’s location. That seems to be the family’s signature killing move. Stefan finally says he can lure Klaus back to Mystic Falls, unaware of Mikael and Klaus’s history.

Mikael points out that he’s just found the loophole in Stefan’s compulsion to protect Klaus. Stefan and Damon get into a brawl over who has more humanity. For the record, both think humanity is a bad thing.

Elena returns home to find Damon lying on her bed. Instead of jumping each other’s bones, they compare notes about their day. It’s like they’re an old married couple. She thinks that when Stefan regains his humanity, it won’t be because he loves Elena. It will be because he loves Damon. Since Stefan reverts to Nice Vampire every time someone he cares about is threatened, it’s not much of a stretch.

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