Raise your hand if you’re still weeping over the bittersweet-yet-epic television event better known as The Originals Season 1 finale. We’re guilty as charged and have the empty tissue boxes to prove it. From beginning to end, episode 22 was bursting with gruesome twists, ample bloodshed, and poignant bittersweet moments. Overall, the finale was a feat — a tremendous end that paved the way to new beginnings. And what better way to move viewers to tears — and to honor all the painful parental decisions and sacrifices that had to be made in order to protect an innocent child from further violence and harm — than by featuring a small-yet-meaningful selection of songs that pluck at our nostalgic heartstrings? That said, check out the playlist below to listen to songs from The Originals Episode 22: “From a Cradle to a Grave“!
“Open Hands” by Ingrid Mikaelson: Plays when Elijah, Hayley, and Klaus agree to send Baby Hope to a safer place, and decide fake her death. They make their mourning public as they place flowers in front of the child’s name plate on the New Orleans victims’ board. The local supernatural factions watch on. The track also plays when Elijah pricks Hope’s tiny thumb with a small needle and Hayley tastes her baby’s blood in order to complete her transformation into a hybrid. They cuddle with the child in the nursery before bidding her farewell. Additionally, we hear it when Klaus admits to a teary-eyed Cami that she had him pegged from the start: a man damaged by his demons. He immediately asks her to leave him alone because he tends to destroy everything beautiful around him, and she is indeed beautiful. (Swoon!)