The Vampire Diaries crossed over with its spin-off The Originals on Friday, and it was pretty much everything we could have hoped for. Who knew that Klaroline chemistry would still sizzle over the phone, after the two haven’t interacted in years? And who knew that Stefan Salvatore was the key ingredient to resolving dragged out storylines over in NOLA?
While this wasn’t the first time the two shows have crossed over, it’s the first instance that was billed as a crossover event. Each half of the two-part crossover event was arguably the best episode of each respective show’s season, likely because they managed to focus on the best parts of each series. Drama, tension, plot development, big game-changing twist–what more could we have possibly wanted from a crossover?
Of course, like most things, the crossover wasn’t perfect. So, without further adieu, here is everything we loved and hated about the double whammy “Moonlight in the Bayou”/”A Streetcar Named Desire.”
LOVED: Klaroline reunion! (Sort of…by phone)
Even if you aren’t a fan of the Klaus/Caroline reluctant romance, it’s hard to deny that Joseph Morgan and Candice King have killer chemistry. It was made exceedingly obvious throughout the episode that Klaus’ feelings for Mystic Falls’ spunkiest blonde hadn’t mysteriously vanished (“I have far too many complicated women in my life already” is certainly not a “No’ in response to Stefan wondering if he still loved Caroline.) Plus, he gave her baby tips, condolences about her mother’s passing and set Stefan straight about doing right by her by letting her go. Swoon!
HATED: The beginnings of Caroline/Alaric (Calaric…?)
Look, we’re all exceedingly aware that Caroline is the greatest. But does that mean she needs to be paired up with every major male character who has ever been a part of the cast? No. Of course, these two have babies in common (sort of), and Klaus was right on the money when he scoffed at Stefan’s thinking that Caroline could just peace out of the twins’ lives (we know that they are together in the future). Unfortunately, apparently, being a part of baby Jo’s and baby Lizzie’s lives means that Caroline and Alaric are starting to gaze at each other like this, and it’s freaking us out a little bit.
LOVED: Bonnie is a badass (“Need a hand?”)
OK, so, one, let’s take a minute to appreciate how awesome this screenshot is. BONNIE. WITH AN AX. STANDING MENACINGLY OVER ENZO. Two, she was a total rock star in this episode, chopping off Enzo’s hand in order to save Damon from Werewolf Tyler, with zero hesitation whatsoever, at the risk of her own life. Sure, doing so landed her in a coma, but it was still an epic, super cool move and gave us all the Bamon friendship feels.
HATED: The Armory
TVD has this bad habit of introducing big ideas late in the game and trying to pretend that they’re really menacing. The Armory, an organization that collects magical artifacts, is sort of like that. They inadvertently allowed Enzo to release Rayna out into the wild, and they’ve kidnapped Mary Louise and Nora. We’re not sure what their bigger game plan is, but they’re probably manipulating Enzo into helping them out, and that’s not cool.
LOVED: The complicated bromance of Stefan & Klaus
Over on TVD, Stefan has had a long season of only dealing with everyone else’s problems (Damon’s, Caroline’s, Damon’s again). While Klaus and Stefan have a complicated relationship, the rich history between them always makes any of their interactions worthwhile. It was fun to see him interact with the folks over in New Orleans (his scenes with Hayley and Freya were particularly great) and actively participate in something that he had a direct personal stake in (saving Klaus in case the sire line link had not been broken).
Speaking of New Orleans interactions…
LOVED: Freya getting her flirt on
Is anyone else totally rooting for Freya/Lucien at this point? The sexual tension between the two was kind of off the charts, as they bantered while Freya was explaining her plan to channel Lucien as part of her plan to rescue her brothers and Lucien was assuring her of his lengthy stamina. OK, show, we got you.
Beyond the fact that Freya is consistently one of the more badass and capable characters on the show (how many times has she saved the day now?), she has fantastic chemistry with just about everyone. There was that great Freya/Lucien scene, but did anyone else catch that moment between Stefan and the eldest Mikaelson sister when she successfully pasted up the wound Rayna was using to track him? Sparks, I tell ya.
HATED: R.I.P. Aya
We get it, Aya had to go. She betrayed Elijah, she was part of the group that killed Jackson. It makes sense, and we don’t blame Hayley for staking Aya straight through the heart. That said, Aya was a great character and we’re going to miss her. Her interactions with both Elijah and Marcel were always fantastic.
LOVED: Aurora got “Cask of Amontillado’d” by Klaus
In pace requiescat!
We’re referring, of course, to the fate that the main character of the Edgar Allen Poe short story bestows upon his enemy, Fortunato. We were fully expecting Klaus to simply kill his dangerous ex, but where would be the fun in that? Sociopathic Klaus wanted to insure maximum suffering for his unhinged former lover, and what better way to do that then bricking her up behind a wall? Of course, this also leaves the door open for her eventual escape to make mischief later on in the series, which was a smart move on the writers’ part.
LOVED: Kolvina reunion!
Davina resurrected Kol and those ecstatic smiles they exchanged should have been enough to soften even the stoniest viewers’ hearts. We love Kol, and while the jury’s still out on the pairing between Davina and this incarnation of Kol Mikaelson, we’re thrilled that she brought him back. Granted, her method was a tad bit sketchy and very likely to incur the wrath of Kol’s family (Klaus is a big target now that his sire line link has been severed, explaining why he’s MIA in the three years’ flashforward), but at least she brought her cute boyfriend back to life, right?
What did you think of the crossover event? Did we leave out your favorite or least favorite part? Let us know by commenting below!
The Vampire Diaries airs on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW and CTV Two. The Originals airs on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on the CW and CTV Two.
Caralynn is a freelance entertainment writer. She also writes about all things television for TV Fanatic, Tell-Tale TV, HelloGiggles, and New York Observer. In her spare time, when she's not writing about TV, she's tweeting about it over at @caralynn_marie.