Mikael is a complete badass.
One of my favorite tropes is the “whispered threat,” the guy talked about in frightened, hushed tones, the guy who puts the fear of God into people just by showing up. Mikael fits that to a T.
He’s also batshit insane. I can understand being angry that your wife got knocked up by another guy, particularly if that guy turned into a slavering monster once a month. But hunting the child down for centuries, just to undo the stain on your reputation? That might be going a bit overboard.
Speaking of batshit, insane, there’s Klaus. I don’t know what the “wanting to bang your sister” version of an Oedipus complex is, but Klaus has it in spades. Fuck it, we’ll just call it the Klaus complex. The way he goes after his sister’s lovers, and the way he kissed her on the cheek when he “permitted” her to see Marcel … he definitely wants to sink his stake in her, if you know what I mean.
I love how Elijah is developing in this series. He’s never been a good guy, not really. Principled, sure, honorable, that’s debateable, but he’s spent decades, even centuries, doing terrible things because of his promise to his brother: always and forever.
I think The Originals is becoming the story of Elijah’s redemption, or at least his freedom. His willingness to make Hayley happy, even if it meant losing her, was genuinely noble, and his realization that his brother is a raving psychotic who needs to be put in his place is fantastic. Elijah is pretty close to the only being on the planet that can really go toe-to-toe with Klaus, and putting them at odds is a logical choice, full of story potential.
And Elijah is, I think, done being fucked with. The cold, fatalistic way he took out Celeste was brilliantly acted. There was no rage, no fury, just a clam, inexorable, inescapable death. Elijah is a terrifying opponent, and New Orleans is I think, finally about to realize that.
It was also nice to see a callback to the Magic Stake of Killing the Shit out of Everything. Once that weapon becomes more well known, I can see a struggle breaking out over who gets to control it.