For an episode with so many explosions, The Originals managed to present a nuanced hour about family, guilt, and desperation.
“This city is full of monsters.” When a hexed-out Father Kieran mutters these words in the cold open, Josh’s response – “Trust me, I know” – is meant to be an amusing moment for the audience, an acknowledgment that this is The Originals and the crazy is pretty thick with vampires, werewolves, and witches. But as the episode’s horrifying events unfold, we’re reminded of Cami’s previously expressed belief that being a monster is a choice, regardless of power, and that evil does not exist for evil’s sake. When your city is full of monsters, what do you do? Do you make a deal with the monsters outside your door to protect your family, your home? And what if you feel your only recourse is to become a monster yourself? By turns brutal and tender, An Unblinking Death presented these quandaries with an unflinching eye and goes down as one the show’s most mature episodes to date.