The Best Episodes of The Originals

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2018

A spin-off from The Vampire Diaries, The Originals centers on the Mikaelson siblings, otherwise known as the world's original vampires: Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah. Following a tip-off informing him there's a plot brewing against him, Klaus goes back to New Orleans only to find his former protégé, Marcel, ruling the city. Having originally built it but been forced to flee from their vengeful father, Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and get back the city that once belonged to them. While doing that, they must also protect their city from a war brewing between vampires, werewolves and witches.

From a Cradle to a Grave

#1 - From a Cradle to a Grave

Season 1 - Episode 22

As the baby’s due date draws near, Klaus and Elijah embark on a search for Hayley, while Hayley herself is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her unborn baby safe and away from the witches. Francesca takes a meeting with Oliver and Jackson to determine the future of the werewolves in New Orleans. In the aftermath of a surprising attack on Marcel and his vampires at the compound, Davina and Cami join resources to take down Klaus. Finally, in a desperate move to protect those most important to him, Klaus makes a heartbreaking decision.

star 8.57
1,061 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Diane Ademu-John
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The Feast of All Sinners

#2 - The Feast of All Sinners

Season 4 - Episode 13

The Mikaelsons find themselves out of options as they face the all-powerful and un-killable entity known as The Hollow. With the life of Hope at stake, Vincent proposes a final, desperate plan – one that will force Klaus, Elijah, Hayley, Rebekah and Freya to make the greatest sacrifice their family has ever endured. Season Finale.

star 8.39
1,620 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Michael Narducci
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The Bloody Crown

#3 - The Bloody Crown

Season 3 - Episode 22

After months of thwarting off dangerous threats and deadly attacks, the Mikaelson siblings finally come face to face with the one person that could lead to their ultimate demise. With the stakes higher than ever and the compound overrun by an army of his oldest sworn enemies, Klaus is put on trial for centuries of atrocities he’s committed. Meanwhile, Marcel, who has been spiraling out of control following an act of betrayal by those closest to him, is stunned by the unexpected arrival of someone from his past. Finally, Elijah, Freya and Kol frantically search for a way to save their family before it’s too late.

star 8.35
1,716 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Beau DeMayo, Diane Ademu-John
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When The Saints Go Marching In

#4 - When The Saints Go Marching In

Season 5 - Episode 13

Intent on saving Hope's life, Klaus' plan will change the lives of the Mikaelson family forever. Series finale.

star 8.34
622 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Jeffrey Lieber, Julie Plec
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The Battle of New Orleans

#5 - The Battle of New Orleans

Season 1 - Episode 21

Klaus and Elijah enact a plan to collect the sacred stones needed by Genevieve in order to forever change the fates of Hayley and the werewolf community. Realizing that Klaus’ plan will lead to the extermination of all French Quarter vampires, Marcel rallies an army determined to take down the Mikaelsons and regain control of the city. Davina warns Josh to leave town as she is forced to make a fateful decision that will turn the tide of war. Meanwhile, Francesca threatens Cami, who attempts to decipher a code that results in a surprising revelation among the city’s factions.

star 8.29
1,032 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hunt
Writers: Charlie Charbonneau, Michael Narducci
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Ashes to Ashes

#6 - Ashes to Ashes

Season 2 - Episode 22

With time running out, Klaus' ultimate plan to protect baby Hope at all costs continues to take shape. As tensions between the siblings come to a head, Cami reveals a vital piece of information that causes Elijah and Rebekah to reconsider their plan of attack against Dahlia. Davina finds herself one step closer to fulfilling the promise she made to Kol, while Freya is forced to take drastic measures to protect herself against Dahlia. Elsewhere, Marcel has to put aside his fury at Klaus in order to protect himself and everyone in their sire line. Meanwhile, Vincent finds himself torn between the prospects of a magic-free life away from New Orleans and a personal obligation to protect Davina. Finally, with their risky plan in place, the Mikaelson siblings prepare for the fight of their lives.

star 8.26
858 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Christopher Hollier, Diane Ademu-John
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The Tale of Two Wolves

#7 - The Tale of Two Wolves

Season 5 - Episode 12

With Hope facing a life-threatening affliction and deteriorating quickly, Klaus travels to Mystic Falls to seek help from Caroline. Tasked with keeping Hope preoccupied in Mystic Falls, Elijah comes to a heartbreaking realization about his niece. Meanwhile, at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, a run-in with Alaric Saltzman throws a wrench into Klaus’ plan.

star 8.25
614 votes
Directors: Rudy Persico
Writers: Carina Adly MacKenzie, Julie Plec
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The Devil Is Damned

#8 - The Devil Is Damned

Season 2 - Episode 13

More dangerous than ever, Vincent remains one step ahead after joining forces with a powerful figure from his past. As the threat to Hope’s life grows stronger, Klaus realizes he has no choice but to place his trust in his siblings to ensure she remains protected. Meanwhile, after being presented with an enticing proposition, Kaleb is forced to make a difficult life or death decision, and Elijah finds himself in the fight of his life after an unexpected visitor arrives at the safe house. At the bayou, Hayley and Jackson continue to prepare for the unification ritual, but things quickly go awry when they become pawns in Vincent’s dangerous plan.

star 8.21
791 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Christopher Hollier, Julie Plec
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Farewell to Storyville

#9 - Farewell to Storyville

Season 1 - Episode 16

Despite Klaus’ rage, Elijah is determined to protect Rebekah while the three of them are trapped in the City of the Dead cemetery by a witch’s boundary spell. Klaus and Rebekah trade bitter accusations until Elijah steps in to reveal a long-held secret from the family’s past. Meanwhile, Marcel races to free Rebekah, ultimately finding himself forced to make a deal with Genevieve. Finally, Rebekah and Hayley connect over their shared concern for Hayley’s unborn baby.

star 8.16
1,060 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
Writers: Michael Narducci
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Rebirth

#10 - Rebirth

Season 2 - Episode 1

After months of being holed up inside his compound, Klaus enlists the help of Elijah and Marcel in plotting his revenge against the Guerrera werewolves, and vows to take down anyone who poses a threat to baby Hope’s existence. Elijah watches helplessly as Hayley spirals downward while mourning the loss of her daughter and struggling to adapt to her new hybrid status. Exiled by the Guerrera werewolves, who now control the French Quarter, Marcel is still reeling over the destruction of his vampire family, and attempts to rebuild his home with the help of Josh. Elsewhere, Cami, who is attempting to regain some normalcy in her life, seeks comfort in a surprising place. Last, Davina continues her plan to use Mikael against Klaus, but gets sidetracked when she meets the mysterious, yet charming Kaleb, who holds a few secrets of his own.

star 8.16
1,125 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Marguerite MacIntyre, Julie Plec
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No More Heartbreaks

#11 - No More Heartbreaks

Season 3 - Episode 19

Following a violent encounter that has left Cami’s life hanging in the balance, Klaus is forced to rely on his family and allies to find a cure as he keeps a watchful eye over Cami at the compound. With time running out, Freya turns to her arsenal of spells, while Vincent and Marcel head to Cami’s apartment to gather a crucial ingredient. Elsewhere, Hayley and Elijah travel to the bayou in hopes of bringing back a potential antidote that could save Cami’s life. Finally, Davina confronts Lucien and learns some heartbreaking information that will change her future with Kol forever.

star 8.16
1,504 votes
Writers: Celeste Vasquez, Michael Narducci
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Give 'Em Hell Kid

#12 - Give 'Em Hell Kid

Season 3 - Episode 21

After receiving new visions of the looming prophecy, Freya uncovers that her family is on a collision course with a dangerous new enemy. Meanwhile, with the help of Detective Kinney, Vincent and Kol travel to the ancestral world to put a stop to the witches and take back their city once and for all. Elsewhere, Klaus and Elijah confront Marcel after a heartbreaking plan gone wrong has sent him spiraling.

star 8.15
1,501 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hunt
Writers: Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson
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The Map of Moments

#13 - The Map of Moments

Season 2 - Episode 9

When Rebekah notices an unusual change in Elijah’s behavior, she asks Klaus and Hayley to meet her at their safe house, reuniting them with baby Hope. After reliving memories of being the odd man out, Kaleb opens up to Davina about his resentment towards his siblings and sheds some light on a spell he created in 1914. Meanwhile, when Cami discovers Esther’s plan will put her life in danger, she demands answers from Vincent, who remains steadfast in his convictions. Elsewhere, Esther makes an unlikely alliance that could prove dangerous for Klaus, and Hayley makes a decision that could change her relationship with Elijah forever. Lastly, while Elijah continues to struggle with the lingering effects of being captured, Rebekah and Klaus devise a plan to take their mother down once and for all.

star 8.14
946 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Marguerite MacIntyre, Julie Plec
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Après Moi, Le Déluge

#14 - Après Moi, Le Déluge

Season 1 - Episode 11

When Davina becomes violently ill and the repercussions soon begin to affect the entire French Quarter, Marcel, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah rush to find out what is going on. Sophie approaches the others with some startling information about the Harvest Festival and presents a drastic plan to save Davina. Elsewhere, Hayley is racked with guilt as she comes clean to Elijah about her role in Sophie’s plan. Last, a sequence of unforeseen events sends shockwaves through the French Quarter.

star 8.14
1,091 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Marguerite MacIntyre, Diane Ademu-John
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Fire with Fire

#15 - Fire with Fire

Season 2 - Episode 21

After discovering that he's been betrayed by his own siblings, Klaus teams up with an unlikely ally and sets off on a warpath, hell bent on revenge. Amidst the news that Klaus is on the loose, Elijah, Rebekah and Freya move forward with their plan to lure Dahlia to the compound and take her down once and for all. Meanwhile, Hayley and Jackson attempt to escape through the flooded bayou, even as Marcel finds himself hunted by a dangerous new threat. Finally, Davina is presented with an offer that could allow her the chance to bring back Kol, though it will require her to make a life-altering decision.

star 8.14
883 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Michael Narducci
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Le Grand Guignol

#16 - Le Grand Guignol

Season 1 - Episode 15

In a series of flashbacks to 1919, Klaus opens up to Cami and reveals details of the devastating secret Rebekah and Marcel were trying to keep from him. Elijah forms an unlikely alliance with Monique and asks for her help in locating Sabine. Elsewhere, Thierry is reluctant to get involved when Marcel and Rebekah approach him with a plan to take down the witches. Meanwhile, in the bayou, Hayley is at her wits’ end and holds Sabine hostage in an attempt to get information that will reverse the curse on Phoebe’s werewolf clan.

star 8.13
1,063 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Diane Ademu-John, Declan de Barra
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Gather Up The Killers

#17 - Gather Up The Killers

Season 4 - Episode 1

On the fifth anniversary of Klaus’ defeat, Marcel is king of the city and welcomes the un-sired vampires to New Orleans, only to find they pose an unexpected threat to his rule, leading him to seek counsel from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, as Hayley closes in on the cure that will allow her to revive Elijah and the slumbering Mikaelsons, she faces a final task that will force her to make a ruthless decision.

star 8.12
2,251 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Michael Russo, Michael Narducci
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Sinners and Saints

#18 - Sinners and Saints

Season 1 - Episode 5

Angered by recent events involving the safety of his unborn baby, Klaus demands answers from Sophie, believing she was involved. Sophie reveals to Klaus and Rebekah a troubling secret from her past. Meanwhile, Marcel asks Klaus to accompany him to the bayou after gruesome remains are discovered, while Rebekah, Sophie and Hayley set off on a mission of their own. Davina confides in an unexpected ally and reveals shocking information about the witches, ultimately leading to a disturbing revelation.

star 8.11
1,293 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Marguerite MacIntyre, Julie Plec
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Chasing the Devil's Tail

#19 - Chasing the Devil's Tail

Season 2 - Episode 7

When Klaus discovers that Elijah has been afflicted by Esther’s magic, he heads to the bayou in search of an antidote, but quickly realizes he’s not alone. Armed with intel gathered by Aiden, Hayley teams up with him, Marcel, Cami and Josh and launches a plan to take down Vincent by exploiting his one weakness. Meanwhile, with Esther determined to carry out her plan, Vincent and Kaleb are forced to reconsider their own strategies. Intrigued by Davina’s unwavering attempts to create an unlinking spell, Kaleb lets her in on some secrets from his past and brings her to a place he frequented in 1914.

star 8.11
956 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
Writers: Carina Adly Mackenzie, Christopher Hollier
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Wheel Inside the Wheel

#20 - Wheel Inside the Wheel

Season 2 - Episode 6

Fed up with her antics, Klaus becomes agitated and demands that Esther release Elijah, whom she has captured. However, Esther reveals a few dark secrets from Klaus’ past in an attempt to make him an offer he can’t refuse. Meanwhile, Oliver ends up in a dangerous situation, prompting Hayley to reconnect with Jackson, who has been living a new life out in the bayou. Elsewhere, Cami, who still believes baby Hope’s death was her fault, teams up with Marcel and Gia after she becomes suspicious of her faculty advisor Vincent. Lastly, in a surprising turn of events, Klaus comes face-to-face with a visitor from his past.

star 8.10
981 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Michael Russo, Michael Narducci
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Savior

#21 - Savior

Season 3 - Episode 9

When a dangerous affliction threatens to expose one of her siblings, Freya searches for a way to reverse the crippling curse even as she finds herself the target of The Strix's latest plan. Elsewhere, Klaus keeps a watchful eye over Cami while she attempts to help Detective Kinney, whose life has begun to spiral out of control as a result of Lucien's compulsion. Meanwhile, a confrontation with Marcel causes Vincent to reevaluate his decision to stay out of witch business, and Hayley's attempt at a quiet Christmas with Jackson and Hope results in an unexpected surprise.

star 8.10
1,167 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Carina Adly MacKenzie, Diane Ademu-John
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Where Nothing Stays Buried

#22 - Where Nothing Stays Buried

Season 3 - Episode 20

In the wake of a ruthless plan that has left their family shattered, Klaus, Elijah and Freya desperately search for a way to take down Lucien once and for all. However, their efforts are put on hold following an urgent plea for help from Kol and Marcel. At Klaus’ insistence, Freya and Elijah reluctantly stay behind to offer their help, while Klaus and Hayley head to the bayou after uncovering Lucien’s latest plan. Once there, an unexpected showdown between Klaus and Lucien forces Freya to take matters into her own hands, setting off a chain of events that will change all of their lives forever.

star 8.10
1,479 votes
Directors: John Hyams
Writers: Carina Adly MacKenzie, Christopher Hollier
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Red Door

#23 - Red Door

Season 2 - Episode 5

In order to show Elijah that her plan is what’s best for him, Esther forces him to relive a time long ago when he loved a young woman named Tatia. With the help of Marcel, Hayley is determined to find Elijah, who has gone missing, but is torn when she discovers that Klaus is also in trouble. Elsewhere, Cami finds herself in a dangerous situation when Mikael takes her hostage as a way to lure Klaus to him, and Davina makes an upsetting discovery about Kaleb’s true identity. Lastly, a violent confrontation ensues when Klaus comes face-to-face with Mikael.

star 8.09
994 votes
Writers: Declan de Barra, Diane Ademu-John
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Long Way Back from Hell

#24 - Long Way Back from Hell

Season 1 - Episode 14

When Rebekah finds herself locked up in the sanatorium where she worked in 1919, she realizes a witch named Genevieve is back to seek revenge and to reveal dark secrets that would destroy Rebekah if exposed. A distraught Elijah turns to Marcel and Hayley for help when one of his decisions puts Klaus and Rebekah’s lives in danger. With time working against them, Marcel realizes he may hold valuable information that could lead them to Rebekah and Klaus, but revealing it will almost certainly result in deadly consequences.

star 8.09
1,092 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson
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The Brothers That Care Forgot

#25 - The Brothers That Care Forgot

Season 2 - Episode 8

Rebekah, who has spent months away living a normal life with baby Hope, finds herself on the run when she realizes Esther has uncovered her whereabouts. Convinced that Vincent and Kaleb would be powerful allies in his fight to take down Esther, Klaus sets a plan in motion to turn his brothers against their mother. Meanwhile, Hayley is conflicted when she and Jackson stumble upon an ancient ritual that would get their werewolf packs out from under Esther’s control, but would require her to make a tremendous sacrifice. Elsewhere, Rebekah is concerned when she notices something is off with Elijah. Finally, Davina takes matters into her own hands by turning to dark magic, and Cami finds herself at the center of Esther’s dangerous plan.

star 8.09
961 votes
Writers: Charlie Charbonneau, Michelle Paradise
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