The Originals “Sanctuary” Review Season 2 Episode 12

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On the latest episode of “The Originals,” we got to meet in earnest the latest member of the Mikaelson clan, their long-lost, long-thought-dead sister Freya (Riley Voelkel, “The Newsroom”), in “Sanctuary.” Voelkel previously played the role in the episode “The Map of Moments” and here assumes it for what one would think would be the long haul. We know that Freya was traded away to Esther’s own sister Dahlia, in exchange for the ability to get pregnant. Esther lied and told her family that Freya had died, but we now know otherwise. What we don’t know is what happened to her in the meantime.

Whatever it was, she ended up in the house that Rebekah was trapped in, and was seemingly raised up by the spell that the latter did with Esther. After a brief interlude in which she learned about the joys of “Tom and Jerry” and television in general, Freya was invited to join Rebekah in her planned escape, with the help of Cassie- or so she thought. Instead, Cassie betrayed Rebekah to the Kindred, who attempted to punish her, but then Freya stepped in and laid them to waste, including Cassie. Good riddance. (To be fair, actress Natalie Dreyfuss was much better as the non-possessed Cassie than she was as Esther occupying Cassie, so there’s that.)

So, Rebekah is out, and Freya is, too. Not sure where she was off to, but in the few scenes she had, we firmly established that family is very important to her, and that she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. The question is, is she down with Team Mikaelson, or Team Dahlia? I suspect the former, as she had to come to occupy that coffin somehow, but there’s a lot we don’t know, so we’ll see. I suppose it’s only a matter of time before Rebekah hops back into her own body as well, especially since actress Claire Holt sadly didn’t get that “Supergirl” role she was up for. Too bad. I thought she would have been perfect for it. Instead, they chose some rando from “Glee.” Meh.

As this was going on, Klaus went after Hayley and Jackson, determined to keep her from spilling her secrets to him, come hell or high-water. In the end, showing how much more he’s grown over the course of the show’s run, he eventually backed down, albeit not until he’d gotten into a knock-down drag-out fight with the both of them. By Klaus’ standards, though, this is actually progress. I mean, he could have easily killed Jackson in particular, but he didn’t. In his own roundabout way, I think he was actually testing him to see if he was worthy of trust and Jackson managed to pass against all odds.

Unfortunately for him, Finn finally puzzled out, in an amusingly Sherlock Holmes-ian fashion, that Hope is still very much alive. Kol did his best to keep Finn distracted, and did manage to do it long enough for Davina and Aiden to rescue Josh, but not Marcel and the other vampires. Ultimately, though, Finn figured out what he was up to and put a curse on him to be trapped in his current body, and, if I understood correctly, have only a brief period of time to live, as Finn told him he better say his goodbyes while he can. Kol may be kind of douchey, and a fair-weather friend, to be sure, but Finn takes the cake. The sooner he’s gone, the better.

However, I would very much like to see the all-out war we were promised was going to happen earlier on in the season. I think we’re going to get it, once Hayley’s wedding goes through and the werewolves are empowered. Then it will be them vs. the witches, with an assist from the Mikaelsons and the vampires, plus Davina. That should be something to see, and I guarantee there will be some casualties. Place your bets now, folks. Finn is an obvious one, but I’d be shocked if there wasn’t at least one more death in there as well. Watch your backs, Aiden and Josh- are those red shirts you’re wearing? We shall see soon enough.

Then, of course, hot on the heels of that is the impending threat that is Dahlia. Will she come with an assist from Freya? Or will she come alone? That should also be pretty interesting, especially if you factor in the whole Hope thing. Who will be left standing in the end? My guess is that Dahlia won’t be going anywhere soon, as she has been posited as a formidable opponent, indeed. Once again, we’ll see how it plays out soon enough.

What did you think of the latest episode of “The Originals”? Are you happy with the way the season is playing out so far? Or are you disappointed that things went in a different direction than you thought they might? Will Mikael be back? Who will end up killing Finn? Or will he get lucky? Will Hope emerge unscathed, both literally and figuratively? Sound off in the comments below and see you next time!