'The Originals' Battle-cap: Can Vamps, Witches, and Werewolves Join Forces to Take Out Team Marcel?
In the universe of "The Originals," all the different supernatural factions tend to have their own agendas as they struggle for power. In the episode "House of the Rising Son," however, it looks as if Marcel and his vampires have become the team everyone wants to beat. In the spirit of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," some former foes are joining forces to take out the current king and win back control of New Orleans.
In a competition for dominance, Hayley seemed to have drawn the short straw. Werewolves are banned in the French Quarter, so she's essentially housebound. Elijah, her self-professed protector, has vanished. Rebekah shows up to tell her that Klaus will probably kill her the moment she gives birth to "whatever is cooking in your tum."
Hayley buys a little wolfsbane to get rid of the baby herself but can't go through with it. The herbalist rats her out to Marcel, and soon she's surrounded by three thirsty vampires. Can a girl's day get any worse?
Rebekah goes on a rampage, certain that her "narcissistic, backstabbing wanker" of a brother has done something to Elijah. She searches the house, which was the governor's mansion in 1820, back when Klaus — as usual — killed one of her lovers. And, oh yeah, she also had a thing for her brother's protégé Marcel, which resulted in Klaus's jealously staking her for around 50 years. Ah, brotherly love.
Rebekah discovers that Klaus turned the currently staked Elijah over to Marcel as a way to gain his trust. He's also compelled a few spies of his own, including human bartender Cami, whom Marcel has a serious crush on. But Klaus is annoyed that his master plan of taking back New Orleans now includes cleaning up a trail of vampire bodies that Rebekah has left in her wake.
His reckless sis pays a useful visit to her former flame, however, and meets Marcel's secret weapon. It's not often you can scare an Original, but when 'Bekah is prevented from unstaking Lij and is knocked unconscious and tossed out a window by Davina the teenage witch, she's thoroughly intimidated.
Rebekah asks the question we've all been thinking since the premiere of "The Originals": Why don't the witches just leave town? Sophie lets us know it's because their skill lies in "ancestral magic." If they stray from that cemetery of impressive witch lineage, they essentially become powerless. Sophie wants the witches to reclaim their home, but a chat with Rebekah makes her realize that Klaus's centurylong bond with Marcel might not have made him the best candidate to take her enemy down.