Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In Game of Thrones Season 5 we find out that Cersei Lannister is a big fan of second amendment rights and is keen on giving the people of the Seven Kingdoms the right to bear arms.

Apparently she has failed to understand the reason such rights exist in the first place: to curb kings or tyrants from infringing on the rights of the people. Cersei didn't get the memo that she is that tyrant.

"I am the king! The queen is in prison and there is nothing I can do." -- King Tommen Tommen's words bring back Tywin Lannister's observations from Season 4, when King Joffrey reminded the small council that he is the king: "A man who must say 'I am the king' is no true king."

With the High Sparrow as a champion of the people, it seems the church's weapons now make the people a faction in the notorious game of thrones. The Queen of Thorns is clever and astute, but she has no leverage over the High Sparrow. She makes some hollow threats about not sending anymore crops to King's Landing, but, unimpressed, he answers with a Fight Club's Tyler Durden-like question about who does she think actually sows her fields."

"The Father judges us all, sons of high lords, sons of fishermen." -- High Sparrow Want to know more about Westerosi political systems? Check out Game of Thrones Academy's video on the subject. When we take all this into account, it begs the question: who now rules Westeros? And King's Landing? Is it the Lannisters? The Tyrells? Or maybe the Church of the Seven, thanks to its own military wing that enables it to enforce its religious doctrines, on nobles and smallfolk alike?"

The political system in place in the middle ages was basically a caste system that had the lords holding all the lands, the knights enforcing their law and the common people working hard and paying taxes in exchange for protection and the right to live on the lord's lands. That's feudalism, in a nutshell."

In order to rule, the royal house needs the support of other houses, as well as their armies. Because when these houses clash and their armies fight, all hell breaks loose, as we witnessed when the Starks called up their banners to fight the Lannisters and Stannis Baratheon attacked King's Landing."

It's not easy to balance all the other interests of all these competing houses, and if that wasn't complicated enough, Cercei now promoted a new faction into this rare and powerful company. "Gods ' laws must be applied to all, equally." -- High Sparrow And if a there was a feudalism 101 course for young rulers, the first thing the teacher would tell the students would be: do not, in any case whatsoever, give the people weapons. Cersei's rationale, up until the moment she was thrown in a cell, was that it would be a surefire way to take the Tyrells down a notch without incriminating herself. But since the Church of the Seven has its own thing going, its own ideology and goals and a different constituency to answer to, this policy decision is basically tantamount to political suicide. "

Arming religious fanatics -- what could go wrong, right? Surrendering the monopoly on the use of force in a strict class society that is based on the nobles disenfranchising the poor? What a great plan! "You are the few, we are the many. And when the many stop fearing the few..." -- High Sparrow"

So now Cersei's weapons have turned the High Septon from a mostly ceremonial position into the most powerful person in King's Landing. If the queen confesses, he tells her, she can ask for mercy. In the meantime Queen Margaery is in prison with very unqueen-like looks and words. This scene demonstrates beautifully the new balance of power in the Westerosi capital."

Surprisingly, Tommen is the only one who understands the ramifications of having the Faith Militant around. He knows there is only one way out: an all-out war. Because -- and you can ask the NRA about that -- once you give the people weapons, they tend to want to keep them. In order to take them back you basically have to pry them from their cold dead hands.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

While most of us Vampire Diaries fans are still mourning the loss of Elena Gilbert, Ian Somerhalder has came to the rescue to promise us a season seven that we can really sink our teeth into.

Anyone who likes an eye full of Salvatore six pack should be in for a treat because the 37-year-old actor has promised that we have a "volatile, sexy" season to look forward to.

Somerhalder, who will be going back to playing the dark and impulsive Damon of season one, told People that we will be getting more of the pitch black storylines that made the show such a success, he promised:

"Stuff that we all fell in love with. Season 1 and 2 of the show were so dark. It was awesome." The Vampire Diaries heartthrob also revealed how much he enjoyed spending quality time with his on screen brother, Paul Wesley, watching the episodes of the show back in season one, he explained that:

"I was watching the one where Damon turns Vicki and they're dancing around in their underwear and we turned to each other and said, 'Holy s---, man. This is happening. This is real.' That was an amazing piece of television. I want to get back to that!"

We want to get back to that too, Ian! I just hope that the writing team can pull it all off without the acting prowess of Nina Dobrev.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hot on the heels of a pulse-pounding penultimate episode, The Flash season 1 finale outdoes itself again with a near-perfect cap to what's been an impressively confident and consistent first season. 'Fast Enough' is more than just good enough - it's superb.

Barry's mission in life was to find who killed his mother - now he's put that man behind bars, paving the way for a tense tête-à-tête between our hero and his mentor/nemesis Dr Wells.

Now exposed as Eobard Thawne, 'Wells' is a surprisingly loose-lipped captive. He articulates at length his motives for killing Nora Allen - hoping that her death would prove devastating enough to destroy his foe. Instead, Wells ended up creating The Flash - first by installing in Barry a thirst for justice, and later by creating the particle accelerator which imbued this ordinary forensic scientist with his incredible gifts. Wells even goes so far as offering Barry a way to save his mother - but why is he being so forthcoming? It's not just because he's (apparently) developed genuine affection for Barry - he wants something out of the bargain. In return for being sent back to the future, Wells will help Barry to travel to the past - but surely he can't accept this Faustian bargain? Wells is not to be trusted - but more than that, changing history erases everyone and everything that Barry knows.

With the relationships in his life forfeit, it's fitting that Barry again finds himself torn between father figures - a recurring theme of this season.

Joe is an unlikely advocate for making the trip - insisting that Barry deserves to be happy - while Henry Allen doesn't want his son to risk everything (and it goes without saying at this point that Grant Gustin and John Wesley Shipp are spectacularly good together).

Barry's being bombarded by other people's opinions, and it's up to Iris to serve as a sympathetic and encouraging ear. The pair also speculate on the nature of their relationship given recent developments - and there's a real sense they might have a future together, if their relationship survives Barry's tinkering with the past.

It's a huge gamble for Barry to take - even, one could argue, irresponsible or selfish - to risk not just his life but those of everyone in Central City, but by now he's obsessed with the possibility of saving Nora.

When it comes to the crunch though, Barry opts not to change the past - encouraged not to do so by his own future self - and, in an uncharacteristically dark twist for The Flash, has to listen to the sounds of his mother's murder.

He does, at least, get a chance to say goodbye - a particularly tear-jerking moment in a season finale that's replete with them.

Much of 'Fast Enough' is about Barry and his journey - the show is called The Flash, after all - but that doesn't mean the rest of the cast don't get to make a significant contribution. Joe remains invaluable as Barry's most present 'father' - and Jesse L Martin's performance is every bit as stirring as we've come to expect - while Cisco is dealt the stunning revelation that he too may be a metahuman. He's got that vibe!

Then there's Caitlin - Ronnie is apparently back for good and he and Caitlin even marry in a rushed-but-romantic ceremony...

But something has to go wrong, right? Not just because it's dramatically inevitable, but because there has to be a reason that Dr Stein features in new spinoff Legends of Tomorrow while Ronnie doesn't - a reason beyond Robbie Amell's burgeoning movie career.

One character who fears he doesn't have a "contribution to make" is poor old Eddie Thawne. "As far as history's concerned, I don't save the day or get the girl," he laments.

But if there's one thing that 'Fast Enough' teaches us, it's that history can be changed - Eddie does save the day, taking his own life to put an end to his wicked descendant Eobard.

Yes, Eddie becomes the one-season-and-out sacrificial lamb - he's the Tommy Merlyn of The Flash.

It's a real shame to see the show lose Rick Cosnett - it would've been easy to fall into the trap of making a love rival to Barry an unloveable jerk, but smart writing and Cosnett's natural charm means we cared about Eddie.

That said, the character wasn't always well-utilised - though he thrived in recent weeks after learning Barry's secret and joining up with the STAR Labs team, which makes his demise all the more galling.

That said, there's a neat symmetry in having Eobard Thawne's scheme - to quash Barry by murdering his mother - end by way of his own ancestor's demise, and Cosnett signs off with what is easily a series best performance.

Moving forward, what does Eddie's death mean? Even if Barry prevents the destruction of… well… everything, surely the removal of Eobard/Wells means that Nora is alive after all? That Henry Allen is a free man?

Did any of the events of this season happen? Did Barry even meet Cisco and Caitlin? What are the ramifications for the wider DC universe - Arrow and the forthcoming Legends of Tomorrow?

As Dr Stein remarks earlier in the episode, "There's no real way of knowing". One thing I do know? My head hurts. So, in a maelstrom of madness, ends an excellent first season - The Flash took a few stumbles in the early-going but righted itself with (no pun intended) impressive speed.

Now striking a near-perfect balance between procedural elements, mythology and character development, it's become a bold, colourful and charming show - and wraps with a finale that's visually spectacular with real emotional heft.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

No one saw that coming. The episode 6 of Game of Thrones Season 5 was undoubtedly its most shocking yet. Tyrion saved his own life in this most unexpected way possible, two Houses came together for a wedding, a major player in King’s Landing was arrested and the show got seriously disturbing with the rape of a beloved character.

Arya was once again scrubbing a corpse in the House of Black and White. Unlike the high energy Arya we’re used to seeing, she was much calmer as she stripped off all the dirt and grime of this unknown person. At the end of every life, we all sort of become “no one,” don’t we?

However, Arya was still curious. What happened to these bodies? She was so ready for her next challenge the Game of Faces. When the mean chick asked who she was, Arya replied, “No one.” However, she didn’t seem so sure about it. Later, Jaqen asked Arya who she was. “Arya,” she replied. He whipped her every time she mentioned a part of herself she was proud of, which included leaving the Hound to die in the mountains. She was done playing this game. Fortunately for Arya, Jaqen later brought her to a house of faces. It was kind of gross but truly incredible. Hundreds of heads lined the walls of this underground lair. What does it all mean?!

Jaqen knew that Arya was not ready to give up being Arya, but she was ready to become someone else. Jorah and Tyrion had a nice chat by the sea, but it didn’t end well. Tyrion admitted he killed his father because Tywin was going to have him executed. He mentioned that he knew Jorah’s father from the Wall, but he accidentally revealed that his father had been murdered by his own men. Yikes.

Despite this little hiccup in their conversation, Tyrion was ready to ask the hard-hitting questions. Why was Jorah so Team Daenerys? Tyrion questioned Jorah on why Daenerys was so fit to rule. After all, the Targaryens were known for being 50 shades of crazy. These two were met by a group of pirates who were ready to kill Tyrion. Not only that, they wanted to chop off his dick. Yeah, they thought his cock had magic powers. Tyrion claimed that they couldn’t kill him before doing that because then the merchant that they wanted to sell his member to wouldn’t know that said penis came from a dwarf.

So, in a nutshell, Tyrion being well-endowed saved his life.

The pirates were planning on taking them to the fighting pits in Meereen. This was OK news for Jorah because that’s where Daenerys was. He pledged he’d prove his worth.

Littlefinger made it to King’s Landing, and everything was different. He met with Cersei and admitted he’d found Sansa. Despite his involvement in all of it, Littlefinger revealed that Roose planned to marry Sansa off to Ramsay. The time for Cersei to strike was now. Ruh roh.

Over in Dorne, Myrcella and Prince Tristan were in love. He was ready for them to marry. Their little rendezvous was interrupted by Jaime and Bronn. However, Jaime’s plan to take Myrcella back to King’s Landing went up in flames when the Sand Snakes showed up. They vowed to be “unbowed, unbent, unbroken” for Oberyn. They initiated one epic fight before members of Dorne’s army showed up. Everyone was arrested. What a bummer.

My sweet, sweet Loras was interrogated by the High Sparrow. Despite his true feelings for Renly, Loras denied any intimate relations with him. He denied ever having sex with men. Loras was so adamant about his answers, anyone would have believed him. Margaery was called and asked to swear by the gods that Loras was telling the truth. She stood by her brother.

Everything blew up in their faces when Olyvar was brought in. He went on and on about his sexual relations with Loras. Even Margaery knew about it, he said. Shockingly, Cersei even came to the Tyrell’s defense. When Olyvar mentioned Loras’ birthmark, Loras lost it. Because she flat-out lied, Margaery was arrested!

Over in Winterfell, Sansa was prepping for her wedding to Ramsay. Myranda showed up and made it pretty clear she had feelings for Ramsay. Sansa wasn’t going to have any of that. “This is my home and you can’t frighten me,” Sansa said. Girl, you spoke too soon.

Sansa wed Ramsay in possibly the most gorgeous dress I’ve seen anyone wear in Westeros. It was so Winterfell chic. Theon gave her away. Ramsay and Sansa’s first night wasn’t exactly joyful. He pressed Sansa about whether or not she was a virgin. He told her to take off her clothes and made Theon watch.

Holy nuts. “You’ve known Sansa since she was a girl,” Ramsay said. “Watch her become a woman.” I can’t even. Ramsay just raped Sansa. Thankfully, we didn’t have to watch, but the look on Theon’s face as it all happened destroyed me. Yes, she could have said “No.” But I believe she knew Ramsay would kill her if she put up a fight. Was it against her will? Absolutely. This is just so, so shocking. I can’t believe this happened to Sansa. I don’t exactly know where the show is going, and I can’t believe that this was deemed the right direction.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A new location, a new kind-of-undead menace, a rare Drogon sighting, a coming battle for Winterfell and a romance angle that feels completely tacked on. We’re now officially at the halfway point of the season. Here are the five biggest takeaways from Sunday’s Game of Thrones Season 5 episode.

Is the badass Khaleesi back? It seems like it’s been ages since Daenerys has been a strong and decisive leader, let alone the badass who dominated previous seasons. But ordering her dragons to burn someone to death on command is a good way to get some of her swagger back. This flammable moment comes about because Daenerys has got to do something to deal with the latest Sons of the Harpy attack that left Ser Barristan Selmy dead and Grey Worm wounded.

She rounds up the leaders of the wealthy Meereenese families which includes the ever-shifty Hizdahr zo Loraq and marches them down to where Rhaegal and Viserion are still in chains. But Daenerys has not given up on them. “A good mother never gives up on her children. She disciplines them if she must. But she does not give up on them.” And with that, it’s incinerating time. Hizdahr and the rest that were led into the dungeon are spared a dragon can only eat so much in one night, or something but Khaleesi’s point has been made. And doesn’t she just seem so much more powerful and in control when speaking Valyrian?

Things are looking bleak for Hizdahr, who escaped death by crisping but is still being imprisoned. When Daenerys goes to visit him in his cell, he immediately gets on his knees to beg for his life. But Daenerys isn’t there for vengeance, she’s there to apologize. He was right about tradition and right about the fighting pits. So those will be reopening soon, for everyone’s officially-sanctioned bloodlust pleasure. But that’s not her only order of business with Hizdahr. Daenerys feels like she must forge a lasting bond with the land she rules and the best way to do that is to marry the leader of an ancient family. And there happens to be one on his knees already.

With word spreading around the Seven Kingdoms that she’s losing control of her stronghold (thanks to a little Samwell/Aemon exposition for this bit of info) it makes sense that Daenerys would look to consolidate her power where she is currently ruling before taking on the greater Seven Kingdoms.

Don’t take shortcut advice from Jorah Mormont Jorah Mormont continues on his journey to Meereen with his captive/offering to Daenerys Tyrion Lannister. It’s not the most interesting boat trip: Long Sullen Silences and An Occasional Punch in the Face is how Tyrion accurately describes their journey. And worse yet, there’s no wine.

One way to add some action is to take the sea less traveled and sail through old Valyria. Pirates that may be lurking elsewhere won’t find them there, but there’s still the matter of The Doom, a sort of local extinction event that wrecked the ancient city and everyone and everything within it (including all the dragons). Tyrion and Jorah talk to each other/inform the viewers of the mighty history of Valyria. As they row into the ruins, they are greeted with an incredible sight Drogon, soaring above his ancestral home.

The awe is short-lived, though, because a few moments later it’s like somebody changed the channel to “The Walking Dead.” Last week, when Stannis told Shireen about how she overcame her greyscale, he noted that many told him he should send her off to Valyria to live out her days there with others who were afflicted with the disease that caused skin disorders and rabid, animalistic behavior. So we know it’s functioning as basically a leper colony, but we didn’t know that these so-called Stone Men acted basically like zombies in their single-minded plan of attack. Jorah and Tyrion’s boat is attacked by a handful of these beasts, whose skin-to-skin touch can result in infection. Jorah fights a few off and Tyrion would love to defend himself but his hands are tied. Literally. In order to escape one, he throws himself overboard but then gets dragged into the deep…

Except he doesn’t. Tyrion wakes up on the shore, with savior Jorah kneeling over him. Tyrion says none of them touched him (although how could he really know what happened under the water?) and seems generally relieved to be alive. The two still have quite a journey ahead of them, and it might have to be on foot, but Jorah as bigger problems. He didn’t make it away from the Stone Men unharmed there are signs of greyscale on his wrist. And he’s keeping it quiet for now.

Stannis is marching on Winterfell It’s crowded at The Wall, but things will soon thin out. You’ve got Stannis and his army; you’ve got the Wildlings being held captive; and you’ve got the Night’s Watch, the permanent residents. As Sam and Maester Aemon Targaryen read their mail and get caught up on Daenerys’s struggles half a world away, it leaves Aemon to lament that he’s “just a Targaryen alone in the world.” At that moment, in walks Jon Snow. If you’re one for reading into things, then have a ball with that one. Jon has come to Aemon for advice and Aemon’s advice is pretty simple. “Kill the boy.” For once in this heartless universe, that’s not a literal command but a metaphorical one. Jon Snow must become all man.

Jon’s next order of business is to check in with Tormund Giantsbane, the de factor leader of the Free Folk, post-Mance. He won’t claim to be their leader, especially as he stands there talking to Jon Snow while in chains. Jon wants to put the past behind them all 8,000 years of bloody battles and oaths to kill each other because that’s just what you have to do when faced with the prospect of being invaded by an army of the undead. It’s a pretty logical argument, give him that. “Make peace to save your people,” Jon pleads.

But it won’t just be that easy to convince Tormund to join forces. Tormund demands that Jon go with him on his mission to round up the Folks. This little adventure will take them to Hardhome, right on up by Storrold’s Point, because you didn’t have enough locations to keep track of already.

Jon’s decision is met with general disapproval by the rest of the Night’s Watch. Jon responds with the very reasonable, but remember that whole Army of the Devil thing. Somehow this doesn’t convince everyone. Poor little Olly thinks it’s a trick and that the real end-game is to slaughter the Free Folk like they slaughter Olly’s family. “I know this is hard for you, but winter is coming,” Jon tells Olly.

Stannis has been making the rounds this whole time, just observing. A good king observes. He makes his way to the library, where Sam is poring through the books trying to learn more about what can kill a White Walker. Stannis tells Sam a quick story about how Randall Tarly, Sam’s father, was the only person to ever beat Robert Baratheon in a battle. Stannis has heard about Sam’s feat of killing a Walker and wants to know just how it is that Dragonglass can prove fatal to the undead. Perhaps with some more time spent with the books, Sam will stumble upon the answer.

But for now, Stannis must take leave of The Wall. Davos is a bit puzzled by the decision, thinking it best for Jon Snow to return with the Wildling reinforcements. Stannis quickly waves off this advice; who knows if Jon is coming back and who knows when he’s coming back? They will march at sunrise, says Stannis. And his wife and daughter will be coming along for the ride, which somewhat concerns Davos, which somewhat concerns me. If anything happens to Shireen… Before riding off, Melisandre finds Jon and locks eyes with him one last time, giving him some of that “don’t you forget about me” look.

Ramsay Bolton: still quite deranged, thank you very much Ramsay is almost too cartoonish to really hate. Somehow his brand of smiling sadism is kind of bringing some levity to this show. His knack for making every single scene he’s in uncomfortable to watch is almost starting to reach Michael Scott levels. (Theon is Toby in this comparison, obviously.) Really, Iwan Rheon is just doing a version of Alex from “A Clockwork Orange,” but I digress…

In the Bolton’s Winterfell, Ramsay’s favorite plaything, Myranda, is very naked, very angry and very jealous. She can’t stand that Ramsay is going to marry Sansa, but Ramsay attempts to console her with the fact that he’ll still have plenty of time for Myranda on his wedding night. That works out great for her all of the crazy guy, none of the societal advancement. She threatens that maybe she’ll marry, too, tries to hit him and that makes him angry, which knowing this guy just turns him on. They kiss, she bites his lip, drawing blood and that’s what passes for romance between these two. Cut to Sansa, who is literally just sitting in a room doing nothing. Her handmaiden walks in with a message, sent by Brienne, who’s staying with Podrick at the Best Western up the road. The handmaiden says that if Sansa is ever in trouble, just go light a candle in the highest window. Honestly, that doesn’t seem all that convenient, but you pay a certain price for secrecy. When Sansa goes to look at what we can presume to be the highest window in Winterfell, we immediately recognize it that’s where Bran was pushed to his almost-death after capturing Jaime and Cersei in the middle of things.

As Sansa stands there, she’s greeted by Myranda, who plays nice, before she doesn’t. She introduces herself as the kennel master’s daughter, compliments her dress and then sends Sansa into the kennels for a surprise. For some reason, Sansa agrees to walk into the dark place that houses dozens of vicious barking dogs at the advice of this clearly-mental woman she just met. If Sansa is going to rule the North one day, she’s going to have to work on her decision making. There at the end of the kennel, curled up in a fetal position, is Theon. Sansa is disgusted at the sight, for many reasons and storms out.

“You smell particularly ripe this evening,” Ramsay later tells Theon/Reek, in what is probably the line of the night. It’s a precursor to finding out that Theon came into contact with Sansa, which is clearly against the rules. But instead of humiliation, Ramsay offers … forgiveness? At a later dinner, with Roose, his wife Walda, Sansa and Ramsay, humiliation is back on the menu. Theon is summoned and asks Sansa if he’s still angry for killing her brothers. Ramsay says that he punished him and that he’s not Theon Greyjoy anymore, he’s a new man “a new person, anyway.”

“Why are you doing this?” Sansa asks, which is truly the perfect question to ask of anything pertaining to Ramsay. After forcing Reek to apologize to Sansa, Ramsay notes that with her entire family dead, Reek is actually the closest thing to living kin that Sansa has. He will be the one to give away the bride at their upcoming wedding. Ramsay’s perverted joy is quickly erased with some news from his father Walda is pregnant and it looks like it will be a boy. For once, Ramsay’s demonic smile disappears as he knows his inheritance is now at risk.

“How can you tell she’s pregnant?” he later asks his father, referring to her already-considerable figure. Roose has no time for this silliness and tells Ramsay that he disgraced himself at diner. This leads to a discussion about Ramsay’s mother, which is about as charming as expected given these two sickos. Ramsay was conceived as his father raped a woman under the hanging corpse of her husband, which honestly explains a lot. When she returned nine months later, Roose’s instinct was to have her whipped and have the child drowned, but Roose must have been won over by Ramsay’s psychotic newborn eyes. This story somehow serves as an effective pep talk; Roose says that Stannis has an army, is after the Iron Throne and that will take him through Winterfell. Ramsay commits to helping his father defeat Stannis.

Can anyone really be invested in a Missandei/Grey Worm love storyline? What Nicholas Sparks movie were these two airdropped in from? “I was afraid not of death … I fear I never again see Missandei from the isle of Naath.” Oh, Grey Worm. Maybe those are the painkillers talking? They were able to get dude some painkillers, right? He got stabbed right in the chest.

Next week: A return to King’s Landing, our first season five glimpse of Olenna Tyrell and maybe something interesting will actually happen at the House of Black and White.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Originals season 2 finale will be dramatic and intense as the Mikaelson siblings will reunite and fight for their lives in an epic showdown against Dahlia.

From the beginning of Dahlia's arrival in New Orleans, the all-powerful witches have caused lots of drama and chaos. Now it will be up to Klaus, Elijah and Rebecca to stop her plot to take Baby Hope's power and defeat the evil once and for all. In the meantime, Davina will try to execute her own plan, which includes bringing Kol back.

In last week's episode, Klaus forced Rebekah to kill herself so that she would be freed from living in a witch's body and return to her original state as a vampire. According to actress Claire Holt, living as a temporary witch has definitely changed Rebekah's outlook on life.

"Rebekah's always wanted family, and she's always wanted children and a life, and so I think she sort of started to see that there was some of those things that were possible in her witch body," said Holt to Entertainment Weekly. But, "Klaus had other plans for her. He felt that she was more durable in the original body, in my body. It was a decision that was made for her, and she understood that there were reasons behind it. But I think she's feeling conflicted as to what she really wants to do and how she wants to lead her life, and [in] which body that would be."

Despite Klaus' sinister nature, Holt suggested that Rebekah will be able to forgive her brother.
"Rebekah and Klaus' relationship is so layered and so complex and deep, and I think she's sort of in a different boat to Elijah. Elijah has had so much taken from think she's definitely frustrated with the way that Klaus behaved, but I think Elijah has more reason to disconnect with Klaus after all of this."
The actress went on to tease what fans can expect in the finale.

"The plan in this episode is for the Originals to use Davina's magic to help take down Dahlia," she said. "And while it's difficult for Rebekah to know that she needs to use this young girl, she also needs to unite with her family for a more pressing issue, which is Dahlia. And so I think it's difficult for Davina in this episode to understand why they would work against her, and she's frustrated and she's angry, but it's a necessity and it's the plan that has been laid out to lead to the epic battle at the end of the episode."

She added, "There's a huge showdown at the end of this episode, and the outcome will be totally unexpected."

She also described the finale, saying, "There's a lot of action; there's a lot of drama. I think the audience will be on the edge of their seats the entire time, which is what you expect from a show like this."

"With time running out, Klaus’ ultimate plan to protect baby Hope at all costs continues to take shape. As tensions between the siblings come to a head, Cami reveals a vital piece of information that causes Elijah  and Rebekah to reconsider their plan of attack against Dahlia. Davina finds herself one step closer to fulfilling the promise she made to Kol, while Freya is forced to take drastic measures to protect herself against Dahlia. Elsewhere, Marcel has to put aside his fury at Klaus in order to protect himself and everyone in their sire line. Meanwhile, Vincent finds himself torn between the prospects of a magic-free life away from New Orleans and a personal obligation to protect Davina. Finally, with their risky plan in place, the Mikaelson siblings prepare for the fight of their lives."

Season 2, Episode 22 of  The Originals, "Ashes to Ashes," will premiere on Monday, May 11, on The CW.

Here is the promo of The Originals finale episode:

The Vampire Diaries season 6 is coming to an end, and fans will sure be grieving over the exit of their favorite star Elena Gilbert, who will say her final goodbye in the finale episode titled: I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime.
Until now, fans were of the opinion that Nina Dobrev's character will turn human with Bonnie's cure for vampirism and then may leave Mystic Falls forever.
But the recently released promo of the season 6 final episode of The CW supernatural series narrates a shockingly different story. It is hints at Elena's death!
In the penultimate episode, the fans saw the return of the evil Kai from the prison world, who crashes Alaric and Jo's wedding and in a shocking twist, stabs Elena who is now human.
In the promo, the Gilbert daughter is seen hospitalized in an unconscious state, while the love of her life, Damon appears distraught asking the malevolent witch, "What did you do to my damn girlfriend?"
Caroline, Bonnie and Stefan are also shocked with the entire incident. Later, they all are seen standing near a coffin and Caroline asks everyone to "join hands, close your eyes, and just let her into your thoughts".
This clearly proves that Elena will indeed be killed off on the show.
Meanwhile, the malevolent witch's return, is not good news for Damon and Bonnie, as they are responsible for the trauma he suffered at the hands of the blood hungry vampires in the prison world of 1903.
To know how things unfold in what could be a highly emotional episode, since fans would see the end of the Delena romance, watch The Vampire Diaries season 6 finale which airs on 14 May on The CW Network.
Here is the Promo of the Upcoming TVD Season 6 Finale: