The Originals s04e01 Episode Script

Gather Up the Killers

1 It's a beautiful day outside.
Streets are packed with tourists.
They're drinking beers, they're chasing beads, headed out on the vampire walking tour of New Orleans.
They think it's just a myth.
Just part of our city's charm.
Well, we know better.
Just like we know that there's a storm coming.
This week marks five years since the fall of the Mikaelsons.
Five years of peace.
And we paid a high price for that peace.
We witches we earned that peace.
We snatched back our freedom, we severed our link with our ancestors.
[chanting in foreign language] To take back our city, we backed Marcel Gerard.
[groaning] Now, since then, we fought hard to build this community.
And in the next week, as we celebrate our independence, that community will be challenged because every year we get visitors.
[jazz band plays "When the Saints Go Marching In"] Vampires.
Vampires from all over the world They come here, and they want to see firsthand the suffering of Klaus Mikaelson.
Now some of those vampires They're gonna be well-behaved.
Others not so much.
You see, out-of-town vampires They don't care about our city.
They don't follow our rules.
They will instigate trouble.
They will attempt to upset our peace.
And the only way that we're gonna get through that is if we get through that together.
Now, this ain't the first time that we faced conflict.
Each and every single one of us here has faced their fair share of monsters.
I swear, I feel sometimes the city just has evil lurking in the shadows.
For a long time, we've managed to keep our monsters buried.
And now we've got to make sure that they stay buried.
[water dripping] Otherwise, we will lose everything that we've built.
We will lose it forever.
["When the Saints Go Marching In" continues] To five years of independence.
And old enemies who became new friends.
I thought you said this was strictly a business meeting.
Oh, you didn't mind last time we mixed business with pleasure.
You pay me for information, and I have quite a bit to share.
As predicted, Klaus' enemies are flocking to New Orleans to celebrate.
However, some are seeking allies among your witches.
No doubt they want to befriend the very covens that still resent you, start conflict, undermine your power, and perhaps steal your prize trophy.
Klaus himself.
Oh.
How diabolical.
It's a good thing I called a truce with the witches.
Vincent wants peace as much as I do.
So you've said, but I'm hearing that the covens are up to something.
Sigil markings on the walls, secret midnight meetings.
Maybe Vincent doesn't know, or maybe he's planning a power grab.
I will ask him myself.
Better make it fast, because you have bigger problems.
Oh, if you're talking about Hayley Marshall, I said she's off-limits.
Fine, but there are others who will stop at nothing to find her.
Alistair Duquesne for one.
He and his allies believe Hayley is the key to finding the rest of the Mikaelsons.
So Alistair's going after Hayley? Alistair is here.
Ostensibly for the independence celebration, but I believe he will demand you give him Klaus' blood, which he will then use to track Klaus' siblings.
Or his child.
No one has seen or heard from the Mikaelsons in half a decade.
Alistair's hunted down members of the Strix.
He offers them as proof: if Elijah's sire line is alive, so is Elijah.
Which leads people to wonder if Hayley is somehow trying to bring the Mikaelsons back.
[birds singing] [lid creaks open] [vehicle approaching] Is that her? Let me check.
Stay inside.
Well, now, aren't you a sight? You're sure no one followed you? I've been avoiding trouble since well before you were born.
Now, where's that little girl? Did you find it? Mary, please.
After all this time, I am this close to getting them back.
I found a cure for Freya's poison, I got a witch to syphon Rebekah's hex.
So you're really gonna do it? Cure 'em and then wake 'em up? Did you ever stop to think, Hope might be better off without 'em? I made a promise.
To who? To Elijah? To my daughter.
I promised her a home where she would feel safe and protected by the people that love her.
[sighs] Mary she's a Mikaelson, too.
She's inherited all of their enemies and a power that I don't understand.
She needs someone to teach her to control it.
I can't do this on my own.
You told me to wake the Mikaelsons you needed to find all seven werewolf packs.
You found six.
The last one the Malraux I thought they'd been killed off.
According to this, there might be one left.
Hayley.
You looked for five years.
You found nothing.
Suddenly, I get word of a lead.
What if someone else found it, too? What if it's a trap? ["Siberian Nights" by the Kills playing] [crowd chatter] I could whip you up like cream I could drink your seven seals Your royal highness.
And to what do I owe this great honor? All right, all right, take it down a notch.
- Is he here? - In the back.
He was just raving about your awesome punctuality.
Good crowd.
Witches, vampires.
Everyone getting along? We're like Switzerland, right smack in the heart of the city.
Everything Cami wanted.
For tyrants in a rut, I got a love Okay, I got to run.
Spinning records all week.
You know [imitates rhythmic, percussive sounds] - [laughs] - For the doomed youth I got a love Vincent.
Appreciate you coming.
You're a little late, but I guess you got a city to run.
Yeah, it'd be a lot easier if I knew the witches were in check.
The cauldron will stay in line, provided you keep the vampires out.
So why am I hearing about secret conclaves, sigils scribbled on the walls? Sounds like someone's stirring up trouble.
Marcel, these out-of-town vampires got you a little bit paranoid, man.
All right, look, I'm asking you, especially this week, handle your community.
Keep them in the cauldron.
Find out who's stirring up trouble, and when you do, get 'em to stop.
As far as our out-of-town friends go, if they act up, I'll handle 'em.
[streetcar bell clangs] [water dripping] Have you come to taunt me, Marcellus? No.
I came to have a nice, civilized conversation.
I think we're overdue.
Not much to say? And here I thought you'd enjoy the company.
What I would most enjoy is for you to rot in hell.
Look, there's two ways this can go.
The nice, easy way or the other way.
- [chuckles] - You know, once I figured you suffered enough, I pulled this out.
And on that day you said a word that I've never heard you say.
"Mercy.
" Why not just kill me? Because I'm not like you.
I'm stronger than you.
My life is no longer linked to you, and the city that you like to say you built it's mine.
Did you come here seeking my approval? I came for a little information.
See, an old friend of yours just arrived into town.
Alistair Duquesne.
Word is might even cause me some trouble.
Now, I could kill him.
But who knows what kind of war that might start.
I would rather convince him to get into line.
You're gonna tell me how.
So, how do you want this to go? [grunts] Pride was always Alistair's weakness.
Even before I turned him he was a vain aristocrat, throwing feasts in his own honor.
Just show him more of the same.
You'll find him quite malleable.
Do you have to go? I do.
But I'll be back very, very soon.
And I won't be alone.
I'll call you every night before bed, okay? In the meantime, you listen to Mary.
Deal? Deal.
[sighs] Keep your guard up.
Stay moving.
You smell trouble, you run.
Those folks back there, they had plenty of life.
What you need to do is stay alive for your little girl.
Everything I do is for her.
[indistinct conversations, kids laughing] WOMAN: Adam, get back here.
What's up, little witch dude? Whoa.
You're a vampire.
I know.
And I got the teeth and everything.
Whoa.
Adam.
Say you're sorry.
Now.
Sorry.
It's okay.
Maxine, let me help you with that.
He doesn't listen.
Maybe I should stick him in a boundary spell.
He'll grow out of it.
Just give him a couple decades.
That's optimistic.
[chuckles] Anyway, uh, thank you.
For all of this.
Oh.
Well, just trying to make sure everybody's stocked up so they'll stay in their home and out of the Quarter, at least for the next week, you know.
Yeah, just until the, uh, Eurotrash vampires are done Eurotrashing the city.
[chuckles] Well, it means a lot, you looking out for the covens.
Um Hey, Casanova, uh, I may be going out on a limb here, but - she's into you.
- [short chuckle] Maxine? JOSH: Fun, cool, ridiculously gorgeous single mom? Yeah.
Mm-hmm.
But, hey, if you'd rather be a monk the rest of your life Um, Maxine.
Look here, um, over the next week, if you need anything, I-I could I don't know, that is to say that [short chuckle] Well, I'm definitely gonna make a mess out of all these groceries, so if you want to help with that come by for dinner tonight.
All right.
["The Heart of Me" by Miike Snow playing] [indistinct conversations, laughing] You took the yellow Diamond spears Very nice.
I took that from a sultan.
It is a blade meant for a king.
Given in gratitude for your generosity.
Alistair, I like your style.
Now, allow me to return the favor.
70-year-old Scotch, in honor of your native Scottish Highlands.
To be enjoyed along with our feast.
Feeds and pages, feeds and pages Look away And take the back door To the heart of me.
[music stops] Now, that that is a kind gesture.
Though I don't believe one can be free if one's oppressor still lives.
Niklaus turned me and then he compelled me to slaughter my entire estate, including my wife and my child.
All so that I could serve as a distraction to lure away his vile father.
I spent a century hiding in the shadows.
Where is my justice? Hmm? Now, five years ago, you made him suffer.
And you tell us that he suffers still, and yet we have no proof.
And now the only thing that prevents him from returning to wreak untold havoc is your word.
I have him right where I want him.
He's not going anywhere.
Then I want to see his suffering with my own eyes.
And perhaps procure just a drop of his blood.
If only to test a theory.
See, we've known for some time that Elijah Mikaelson somehow still lives.
My witch advisors suggest that his life is linked to some powerful, immortal force.
Now, I believe that to be Klaus himself.
Well, that's an interesting theory.
Klaus' blood will allow us to confirm that link.
And, if true well, surely that would be cause to kill him and eradicate his abominable family as well.
You kill Klaus, it will ease the minds of all of your brethren.
Refuse, it will prove you to be a sympathizer.
Well, I don't know about a sympathizer.
But I do know that I don't take ultimatums.
You know, it's bad form to deny your guests.
It could sour their mood.
And it would be an awful, awful shame if I or any of my followers were to go into your city with a soured mood.
A bloody awful shame, indeed.
Well, now, Alistair I never meant to be rude.
How about we settle this tonight? The Mikaelson compound.
Midnight.
["Blue Sky" by Cazzette playing] - Lifetime waiting - [indistinct conversations] Getting busy with the numbers Suddenly the blue sky's gone All right, ladies, do not slow down on me.
Cheers.
Where's the blue sky, blue sky, blue sky? Ooh! I'm getting the next round.
Just take a sec, pull yourselves together.
Suddenly the sun's gone, baby Another round, please.
Thanks.
Where's the blue sky? Beer, please.
You look like you're having fun.
What's the occasion? I just finished my residency, which makes me an official ER doctor.
- Congratulations.
- Thanks.
Does it help with the guilt, given what you are? What did you say? Keelin, you need to listen to me.
- How do you know my name? - Got it from a friend.
She said your grandma's maiden name was Malraux.
[scoffs] You better back off.
Right now.
I wish I could.
I need a favor.
Five minutes.
Outside.
I can explain.
Keep in close, run it down [phone dings] - Grounded deep - In your love.
[phone chimes] Suddenly the blue sky's gone Where's the blue sky, baby? Where's the blue sky, blue sky, blue sky? [grunts] Do not do that again.
- I'm not going without a fight.
- Would you relax? I'm not here to fight you.
I need you.
You're the last of your pack.
That makes you special for reasons that are too complicated to explain.
- I don't care about your problems.
- You should.
Because there are others who know how important you are.
And they will come for you.
Look, I have a life, a career, relationships.
Someone tries to take that, they're gonna have to kill me.
[glass shatters in distance] MAN [in distance]: Where is she? I'm sorry.
We don't have time for this.
[grunts] [door unlocks, opens] Marcellus.
Can I assume your soiree for Alistair was a raging success? Alistair doesn't give a damn about having his ego stroked.
He used the party for the audience, so he could throw down a challenge.
Or is that what you intended? How difficult to be king.
An outsider has the gall to question your rule and you have no one to offer counsel.
You think I don't know.
The day after I bit Elijah he should have died.
But his sire line is still out there.
So I had Vincent cast a spell to figure out how that could be.
It turns out the lines of your siblings are anchored to you.
Now, I don't give a damn about the others, but I'm not gonna let anything happen to Rebekah.
Lucky for me, my sister still holds your fancy.
You may have no choice but to kill poor Alistair.
Ah, well, heavy head, heavy crown, et cetera, et cetera.
If I kill Alistair, his theory gains traction.
The vampires turn against me.
They storm the city.
And if they find you, all they need is a drop of your blood, and then their witches can track your family.
Even Hope.
But, hey, I guess that's my problem, right? Marcel.
You don't know Alistair.
To defeat him, you need me.
[scoffs] You're offering me a deal? One you cannot dismiss.
Alistair and his ilk loathed me because of my strength.
Now they loathe you.
Creatures such as they respect only one language, and I speak it fluently.
Release me, and I will lay waste to the lot of them.
[train clacking in distance] [train horn blowing in distance] [panting] Relax.
I'm not your enemy.
If I left you where you were, you'd be dead already.
Let me guess, we're on the run from vampires? You have the same stink they do.
I'm special.
I'm a hybrid.
Half-vampire, half-werewolf.
And considering that I saved your ass, you should show me some respect.
How do I know you weren't the one - that led them to me? - Does it matter? They know who you are and they want you dead.
The only way to survive is to do exactly what I tell you.
It's not like I have a choice.
Hey, look, I don't know what kind of pervy stuff you're into, but I am not that kind of girl.
This is a device to extract your venom.
And before you ask, yes, it will hurt.
Why are you doing this to me? I'm trying to save my family.
Keelin, the people in there are dying.
The only thing keeping them alive is a sleep spell, and the only one that can cure them is her.
She's a witch, and she left me instructions on how to wake her up early.
The only thing I'm missing is your venom.
Once she gets on her feet, I can give her the ingredients I got.
And, with any luck, no one has to die.
So if I give you what you want will you let me go? You have my word.
Appreciate you coming on short notice.
Marcel, just tell me what you need, man, because, um, I-I kind of got someplace I got to be.
Whatever your plans are, I got to ask you to put 'em aside.
- Tonight I need you here.
- What is that? Is that a decree from the royal throne? All right, look, it would be best for everyone in this city if you're here for what's going down.
If you need me to say "please," Vincent, I will.
What have you gotten yourself into, Marcel? - You about to start a war? - No.
If this goes the way I expect, I won't have to lift a finger.
All I need from you is a boundary spell.
Anyone can enter, no one can leave.
And it's got to be strong.
Well, how strong? Original strength.
You got my venom.
When do I get to go? As soon as I know it works.
And when will that be? Believe me, you'll know when you see it.
You have to wake up Sleeping Beauty, right? How do you do that? You know, you ask a lot of questions.
[grunts] [gasping] Freya.
Are you okay? Did you get the ingredients? Good, I need to begin.
If I can't turn all that into a cure [panting] Elijah and Kol are going to die.
[grunting] How much longer do we have? Maybe an hour.
Assuming they live that long.
Do you have everything we need? Venom from the seven packs, along with Klaus' blood.
Infused by my magic and magnified by the Dark Objects.
It's going to take all of my strength and more than a little luck, but it should be enough to fashion a cure to save my brothers.
"Should"? What do you mean "should"? [vehicles approaching] We got company.
Hayley, let me go, please.
If it's vampires, they're gonna kill me.
They must have been tracking her.
Hayley, I need more time.
[gate creaks open] [indistinct chatter] These guys are sketchy.
- Stay close.
- What are you gonna do? You gonna protect me? No, I'm gonna use you as a shield.
Just so you know, Alistair is in a mood.
He has his men positioned all over town awaiting his signal.
Greetings, Marcel.
I had hoped your decision to meet in this ruin had meant you'd come to your senses.
And yet I don't see Klaus' head upon a spike.
Apologies.
I have been a discourteous host.
[murmuring] You wanted him, you got him.
[groans] - [panting] - [chuckles] Oh, Niklaus.
How the mighty have fallen.
MARCEL: Pretty pathetic.
Chained.
Beaten.
Half-starved.
I should just kill him.
After all, a wise man said, "One cannot be free if one's oppressors continue to live.
" And what I've learned is, the best way to end your fear is to face it yourself.
So, for you, a gift, the sword that you gave me, now laced with my venom.
One slice will draw Klaus' blood and deliver the slow, agonizing death that he deserves.
It would be my highest honor.
[grunts] [groaning] [footsteps approaching] Took a long time, but we finally caught you.
Or maybe I just stopped running.
[grunting] [pants] [groaning] Do you suffer, Niklaus, as my wife suffered? As my child suffered? Yeah, you do.
But I do believe, at long last, your suffering is at an end.
CROWD: Kill him! Do you hear that? The people have spoken.
Now, honor would dictate a request for your last words, but you deserve no such privilege.
Instead, I want the last words you ever hear to be my solemn vow.
I will find your daughter.
And when I do, I will eradicate your malignant bloodline from this earth.
- [grunting] - [shouting] [grunting] [shouting] [snarls] - [snarls, panting] - [grunts] [grunting, growling] [shouting] Well, who's next?! Oh, come on.
Meet your maker.
[crack] MARCEL: Mmm.
That is a nasty bite.
The good news is, we have the cure.
You see, keeping Klaus alive does come in handy.
I keep him for his blood, in case the wolves get out of line.
I keep him as collateral, in case his family comes back.
I keep him, because I can.
I put him down, I kept him down, and I am the only one that can stop him from coming after all of you.
New Orleans is mine.
But you are all welcome to visit.
Enjoy yourselves.
But you follow my rules.
You behave.
And you never, ever question me.
Does anybody have a problem with that? All right then.
Well, let's go celebrate.
[grunting] Laekna det som er - toxicatus.
Laeknadet som - [grunting] er toxicatus.
Laekna det som er toxicatus.
KEELIN: Close your eyes, you blood-sucking punk-ass.
[groaning] You just You waved your hand and his brain melted? Well, that's what happens when people annoy me.
[crunching] [groaning] Ooh.
Your bite is nasty.
But you're outnumbered.
Give up now and we'll end this quick.
I have a better idea.
[tearing and ripping] [screaming] [growling and snarling] Laekna det som er toxicatus.
Laekna det som er toxicatus.
Laekna det som er toxicatus.
Laekna det som er toxicatus.
[gasps] Did it work? [panting] [snarling] [screaming] [crunching] [heavy breathing] You want more? Come on! [clattering] [screaming] [sighs] Let's get this party goin' Congratulations.
You handled that rather well.
Alistair's a corpse.
Klaus is a prisoner.
And every vampire in this town either loves you or fears you.
Now all you need to worry about are the covens.
What you got to offer? If I'm gonna break you off Occult graffiti popping up all over town.
Not just the Cauldron.
The Ninth Ward, Algiers, the Quarter.
VINCENT: Beware the sleeping giant, for when he wakes, the earth will shake.
Here's to holding off earthquakes.
Vincent.
I never figured you for Marcel's lackey.
I'm nobody's lackey, Klaus.
As far as I'm concerned, this is justice.
And will it be justice when I escape and come for you both? Oh, Klaus, we could have handed you over.
Instead, Marcel fed you blood.
I took the spell off them chains.
We gave you a fighting chance.
And what chance will you have? While I remain here, my enemies will flock to New Orleans, causing all manner of mischief.
One day, most likely as a result of some fool's effort to reach me, I will escape, and I will seek my own justice.
Yeah.
I had a friend once, Cami.
["Bare" by Wildes playing] She, uh she believed with all her heart that you had some good left in you.
And I don't understand why it is you are so hell-bent on proving her wrong.
I'll steal the moon I'll tear the night Keep it from you Ooh, ooh You let me go.
I gave you people what you wanted.
I barely had enough to make the anti-venom.
If any of my family are ever bitten again, we'll need more.
Which means we'll need you alive.
Count yourself fortunate.
We had a deal.
You had a deal with Hayley.
Not me.
You see, when it comes to my family's safety, I don't negotiate.
I spent too long blind And now I'm trying to hurt you But you've seen me bare ELIJAH: And they say romance is dead.
I'll take it.
Maybe I'm not scared What you're thinking of Your infection's gone.
You saved us.
All of us.
I guess Kol and Rebekah couldn't contain their hunger.
Elijah, after all this time, I Time is wasted and Me, too.
I'm losing sleep Now, please tell me how is my niece? [laughs] She's amazing.
She's healthy.
Happy.
She's the perfect little girl.
[laughs] And she made me promise that one day she'd get her family back.
All of them.
A child after my own heart.
And held me miles away Then there's just one person left.
Is all you'll see today.
Let's go get him.
MARCEL: Don't know when to stop, do you? Perhaps when I've buried you in a dungeon like this.
Oh, you should just say thank you.
After all, I could have thrown you to Alistair with this in your heart.
You're welcome.
Do you lie to yourself and say you helped me to protect Rebekah? Truth is, you could never allow me to die.
After all, I am the source of the approval you seek.
All the time down here is rotting your brain.
You'd be adrift without me.
Utterly lost.
Why else keep me in such close proximity? You need me.
If only to keep from becoming the monster you fear yourself to be.
For all your power, you remain in my thrall.
You still cannot escape the shadow I cast.
That is how I know you'll be back.
You need me, Marcellus.
Because deep down inside you are weak.
[grunts] [gasps] [door opening] Maxine.
What you doing here? I saw the lights on, Vincent.
It's Adam.
- What? - He never came home.
I've looked everywhere.
[creaking] [thump] [door creaks] [screams] Hope.
Sweetie, are you okay? I had a bad dream.
Oh.
Darling, it's all right.
You're safe.
I'm not going anywhere.