The BEST Episodes of The Originals

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: The CW

Though once pledged to remain together through the test of time, the Mikaelson's — the first and original family of vampires — have been torn apart over the thousands of years of their existence. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus, along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah, must take back the city that once belonged to them, while avoiding a war between the vampires, werewolves and witches that populate the French Quarter.

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When The Saints Go Marching In

#1 - When The Saints Go Marching In

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 1, 2018

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

star 8.46
931 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Jeffrey Lieber, Julie Plec
From a Cradle to a Grave

#2 - From a Cradle to a Grave

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 13, 2014

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 8.40
1,725 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Diane Ademu-John
The Feast of All Sinners

#3 - The Feast of All Sinners

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 23, 2017

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 8.40
1,841 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Michael Narducci
The Bloody Crown

#4 - The Bloody Crown

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 20, 2016

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 8.29
1,969 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Beau DeMayo, Diane Ademu-John
The Tale of Two Wolves

#5 - The Tale of Two Wolves

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 25, 2018

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
842 votes
Directors: Rudy Persico
Writers: Carina Adly Mackenzie, Julie Plec
Ashes to Ashes

#6 - Ashes to Ashes

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 11, 2015

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 8.23
1,139 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Christopher Hollier, Diane Ademu-John
The Battle of New Orleans

#7 - The Battle of New Orleans

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 6, 2014

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 8.21
1,666 votes
Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Writers: Charlie Charbonneau, Michael Narducci
Le Grand Guignol

#8 - Le Grand Guignol

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 4, 2014

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 8.20
1,722 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Declan de Barra, Diane Ademu-John
The Devil Is Damned

#9 - The Devil Is Damned

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 9, 2015

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 8.16
1,193 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Christopher Hollier, Julie Plec
No More Heartbreaks

#10 - No More Heartbreaks

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 29, 2016

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 8.14
1,756 votes
Writers: Celeste Vasquez, Michael Narducci
Red Door

#11 - Red Door

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 2014

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 8.14
1,427 votes
Directors: Michael Robison
Writers: Declan de Barra, Diane Ademu-John
Live and Let Die

#12 - Live and Let Die

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 2014

Knowing that it’s only a matter of time before Klaus comes after them, Davina takes Mikael to her family cabin in the woods. When Hayley gets a tip that Vincent is recruiting young, unsuspecting teenagers in order to build a werewolf army, she enlists the help of Elijah and Marcel to rescue the group. After Cami inadvertently lets Klaus in on Davina’s whereabouts, she tags along in an attempt to truly understand the deeply rooted hatred he has for his parents. At his mother’s urging, Kaleb seeks out Davina in order to locate the missing white oak stake and is caught off guard when he has a dangerous encounter at the cabin. Lastly, Josh, who continues to struggle with his vampire identity, opens up to an unexpected ally.

star 8.13
1,553 votes
Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Writers: Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson

#13 - Rebirth

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 6, 2014

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 8.12
1,710 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Julie Plec, Marguerite MacIntyre
What, Will, I, Have, Left

#14 - What, Will, I, Have, Left

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired May 30, 2018

After learning how she can get Hayley back, Hope sets off on a dangerous mission to end the mess she started. Klaus turns to Caroline for help when he discovers Hope’s plan. Vincent and Freya clash over whether to let Declan in on New Orleans’s supernatural secrets.

star 8.12
984 votes
Writers: Marguerite MacIntyre
Give 'Em Hell Kid

#15 - Give 'Em Hell Kid

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 13, 2016

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 8.10
1,780 votes
Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Writers: Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson
Gather Up the Killers

#16 - Gather Up the Killers

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 17, 2017

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 8.10
2,500 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Michael Narducci, Michael Russo
Crescent City

#17 - Crescent City

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 4, 2014

At the re-opening of St. Anne's Church, Father Kieran finds himself in a great deal of trouble after a run-in with a witch from his past. Marcel and Rebekah grow concerned when the reemergence of someone they once knew threatens to expose secrets they've kept buried for nearly a century. Elsewhere, Sophie is shocked when a discovery is made at the cemetery, but she soon realizes things may not be as they seem. With the full moon looming, Hayley lets Rebekah in on her plan to throw a party for her werewolf clan, but things take a dangerous turn when uninvited guests arrive. Meanwhile, Cami is conflicted when she makes a difficult decision involving the safety of Father Kieran, and Elijah finds himself facing his own dilemma when he has to choose between Hayley and his siblings. Finally, when one of his plans fails, Klaus takes drastic measures in the Cauldron, resulting in dangerous repercussions that affect everyone involved.

star 8.10
1,848 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Julie Plec, Michael Narducci
There in the Disappearing Light

#18 - There in the Disappearing Light

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 11, 2018

Klaus helps Hope cope with her pain in an unconventional way. A figure from Elijah's past comes back seeking help. Elsewhere, Marcel takes on the nightwalkers, while Vincent deals with the fallout of a fateful decision.

star 8.10
902 votes
Directors: Daniel Gillies
Writers: Eva McKenna, Jeffrey Lieber
The Kindness of Strangers

#19 - The Kindness of Strangers

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 13, 2018

As pressing matters rage on in New Orleans, the Mikaelson siblings find themselves forced to set aside their differences and work together to escape a "chambre de chasse."

star 8.09
934 votes
Directors: Kellie Cyrus
Writers: Beau DeMayo, Carina Adly Mackenzie
The Map of Moments

#20 - The Map of Moments

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 2014

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 8.08
1,434 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Julie Plec, Marguerite MacIntyre
Long Way Back from Hell

#21 - Long Way Back from Hell

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 25, 2014

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 8.07
1,788 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson
Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

#22 - Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 2013

When Klaus discovers Hayley's life is being threatened, he goes to extreme lengths to protect her and their unborn baby. Having a difficult time dealing with the tragic events of her past, Cami turns to Father Kieran for guidance. Feeling as though he can trust no one, Marcel visits an old friend to seek out some advice, while Davina takes steps to learn how to control her magic. Finally, Klaus delivers some surprising news to Father Kieran.

star 8.07
2,250 votes
Writers: Charlie Charbonneau, Diane Ademu-John
Fire with Fire

#23 - Fire with Fire

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 4, 2015

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 8.07
1,214 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Michael Narducci
Where You Left Your Heart

#24 - Where You Left Your Heart

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 18, 2018

Desperate to see her father Klaus after seven years, Hope resorts to drastic measures to bring her father back to New Orleans. Hayley attempts to minimize the fallout from Hope’s actions, but not before news of what she’s done ripples through the city. Meanwhile, Freya’s guilt over not being able to reunite her family gets in the way of her happiness with Keelin, while Rebekah struggles with her inability to fully commit to Marcel. Finally, struggling without Elijah by his side, Klaus’ murderous rampage throughout Europe leads to an unexpected encounter with Caroline Forbes.

star 8.06
1,163 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Marguerite MacIntyre
Farewell to Storyville

#25 - Farewell to Storyville

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 11, 2014

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 8.06
1,759 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
Writers: Michael Narducci