Talk about an action packed mid season finale. I didn't expect it to be all eggnog and mistletoe but this episode left me reeling. Even though Savior
was filled with all kinds of Mikaelson family drama, I think that this was the best episode of the season to date, even if Klaus was slightly bombarded with blondes.
It begins with Rebekah's coffin being pulled out of the ocean. We learn that unlike the dagger Klaus uses to punish her, this dagger allows her to be aware of the passage of time, feel cold and her own gnawing hunger. The men that Elijah hired to retrieve Rebekah decide to open the container in the false belief that if Elijah would pay them so much to get it from the deep, he would be willing to renegotiate for more money. And thus we being our Christmas episode with Elijah slaughtering those who sought to double cross him, just as any Mikaelson worth their salt would do.
Back at the family compound things are cozy with Klaus and Cami. It seems that Cami is so appreciative of being saved from Aurora, that she has no problem watching as Klaus compels a young woman to slit her hand to feed him blood. I guess Cami has put her Jiminy Cricket mode on pause. Who is this Cami? Their little moment of bonding comes to and end when Cami gets a text from Vincent and rushes off to meet him.
Now that Marcel is officially a member of the Stryx, it's time for Tristan to start throwing his weight around and to that end, Tristan declares that whatever belongs to Marcel also belongs to him. Just like so many other rich, straight, cisgender white men, Tristan wants his tax and privilege. After his entitled announcement, Tristan decides to share that the Stryx have arranged for Van Nguyen to become the new Regent. Van Nguyen will be a Regent that the Stryx will control and will certainly help them achieve their goals. Marcel plays along but clearly he isn't pleased by this news.
Cami meets up with Vincent, and she learns that things aren't going well for Kinney. It seems that Lucian's compulsion has served to ruin Kinney's life. Kinney lost his job for being absolutely incompetent and has locked himself away from everyone. Vincent tasks Cami to check in on the detective.
Christmas is the time for family. Hayley has finally swallowed her pride and headed out to the Bayou to track down Jackson. Jackson is still not at all pleased that Hayley is at the beck and call of the Mikaelsons and is bitter that Hayley is still in love with Elijah. Well, it's not like he went into the marriage with this as a secret. Why Jackson thought that their year long marriage would somehow eradicate Hayley's love of Elijah is beyond me. The two come to terms and Hayley confesses that she just wants to have a happy little Christmas with Jackson and her daughter. Y'all know that there's a fat chance of this happening right? Apparently, being chosen regardless of the fact that it was under extenuating circumstances is enough for Jackson. That's one well trained wolf.
An angry Marcel meets with Vincent. Marcel thinks that Vincent isn't doing his duty to the Quarter by allowing Van Nguyen to ascend to the Regency. Umm, they wouldn't have been in this problem if they had just left Davina in that role. Marcel decides to poke the bear and get aggressive with Vincent. Vincent gives a show of force and warns Marcel that he has been holding back his power for a long time and that now perhaps he will take the Regency and use his power in a way Marcel will not like. It looks like they are finally going to give Vincent something to do other than follow Cami around like a puppy dog. It's about damn time! Since the prophesy says that one of the Originals will fall by foe, I wonder if Vincent will be responsible?
Having reconciled with Hayley, Jackson makes his way back into town and pauses when he sees that Freya is being followed by a group of vampires. In a parking lot, Freya is attacked and doesn't manage to hold her own for long. It's Jackson to the rescue and he just happens to be carrying an axe. Quick question, why is it that despite supposedly being such a powerful witch, Freya always seems to get her ass handed to her? The vampires weren't able to kill Freya but they manage to steal the medallion back that the Stryx plan on using as a weapon against the Originals.
Back at the compound, Rebekah learns that the family Christmas she was hoping for is going to be a little tougher to get than simply waking up from a long nap. It seems that the dagger placed some kind of magical curse on Rebekah which will slowly turn her into a Ripper. Freya tries to help and learns that despite having some of Hayley's blood, she has a wound that won't close and it has left her weak. Oh those Stryx are crafty crafty vampires.
Cami has arrived at Kinney's only to discover that she has been
stalked by Klaus. Lucian's compulsion is in over drive and so Kinney has decided to kill himself. It's that time again - time for Klaus to play dashing hero. After being invited in, Klaus compels Kinney to believe that his life is worth something and that he will get his job back after he visits his sister for Christmas. This act of compassion, earns Klaus some serious doe eyes from Cami. Anyone else feel like we are being set up? Once again a phone call stops the romance. Elijah calls Klaus to give him the heads up about the danger their sisters are in. Klaus decides to head to Lucian's for the cure but asks Cami to come with him so that he doesn't have to worry about her being in danger while he is trying to save Freya and Rebekah.