The first season of The Originals ends with a heartbreaker of a finale, living up to its title with a birth and more than one rebirth.
It seems unfair to declare a finale the best episode of a season, doesn’t it? Season finales are meant to be pull-out-all-the-stops affairs, constructed for maximum plot and emotional impact, therefore giving them a leg up in the grand scheme of a television season. It’s the pay off, the grand moment of resolution. We go into a season finale expecting our asses to be kicked and our hearts ripped out. Yet The Originals season finale, From a Cradle to a Grave, managed to surpass my already heightened expectations and I feel wholly confident, and not at all apologetic, in saying it was the best episode this show has done to date. From its exquisitely wrought cold open to its menacing final scene, this finale not only capped an admirable freshman season but promised a world of hurt in Season 2. Ready to relive every agonizing moment and cry all over again? Oh, you’re still crying? Me, too. Let’s go.