The Originals Recap

The Originals Recap: 'Not Afraid to Die'

The following story contains spoilers from Friday’s Originals. Proceed at your own peril.

At least we can’t say we didn’t see it coming. Everything about Friday’s The Originals reeked of death, from Klaus’ excruciating dictation of Cami’s will to the moment she finally succumbed to Lucien’s poison and drew her final breath. Frankly, she never stood a chance.

Despite the best efforts of the entire gang — even Marcel and Davina worked with Klaus on this one — Camille O’Connell, the bartender-turned-psychologist-turned-vampire, met her untimely end (again) this week, surrounded by the people who loved her.

To add insult to injury, Friday’s episode gave fans of the blossoming Klaus/Cami romance everything they’ve ever wanted: The couple swapped “I love you”s, went on a romantic date and even held hands walking in public. Unfortunately, that was all a figment of Klaus’ imagination, planted into the mind of a dying Cami.

And even in her dream-like state, Cami seemed characteristically self-aware: “You are loved,” she told Klaus. “Love will make you strong. It will make you the man I know you want to be. … But you have to remember that, because I won’t be here to remind you.”

“Don’t you think for a moment that you’ve failed me,” Klaus insisted. “You inspired goodness in me, and unlike all of the souls I’ve encountered and forgotten in the long march of time, I will carry you with me.”

Cami ended her time on this earth, fittingly, with these words for Klaus: “All of that anger, that cycle of abuse … you can end it. You have to, so you can be the light for your little girl. For Hope.” (For. Hope.)

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KOL(D) AS ICE | Friday’s episode officially ushered Kol and Davina into the Dysfunctional Relationship Hall of Fame, which is saying a lot in the TVD/Originals universe. The young witch was understandably irked to discover that her erratic lover had been hiding from her in the St. James, but after hearing his side of the story and helping him dagger himself, I really thought the couple might have a bright future. … Then came the episode’s final moments. As if losing Cami wasn’t enough for poor Davina to handle, Kol emerged from the shadows to snack on his girlfriend, completely draining the life out of her. Honestly, if we didn’t see Davina in the promo for next week’s episode, I would have assumed she was joining Cami in CW Heaven.

GOOD MOURNING | Leah Pipes gave a stunning performance as the show’s latest victim, but the entire cast deserves a tip of the hat for selling the hell out of Cami’s final episode. Klaus wins the award for Most Devastating Reaction — an admittedly twisted superlative to hand out mere minutes after someone’s death — but I also lost my s–t over Marcel and Davina’s hug, Hayley’s “It’s not fair” speech and Vincent’s “I still need you” admission. Cami left more of an impression on these characters than any of them realized, and it kills me to see her go.

OK, let’s talk about Cami’s (second) death: Are you devastated? Had you been bracing for this? Drop a comment with your thoughts, however raw and incoherent, below.