Daggers & Doppelgangers – How Klaus Knew Elena Existed


For all of the things we’ve come to know about Klaus and his family, we never did find out (on neither The Vampire Diaries, nor The Originals) how Klaus even knew Elena existed. This article means to explain a proposed sequence of events that show all the behind-the-scenes scheming that reveal Klaus to be the magnificent bastard that he most certainly is. And also reveals a hidden little bit of writerly irony.

Doppelganger Didoes

Let’s start with the fact that we know that Katherine’s original plan was to eradicate the tomb vampires. She does not want to risk them spreading the information that she was not in the tomb and that in fact she’d faked her death. But, fearing that this won’t have worked, she hatches a back-up plan: She’s going to try and make a deal with Klaus for her freedom. By preparing the ritual for him, with Elena conveniently at hand, and offering him a vampire and a werewolf both ready to be sacrificed on an altar of blood she hopes to win murder man’s favour and thus be granted freedom. Presumably the death of the tombpires would still be a bonus here, since this way they cannot reveal her location or the location of the doppelganger (which would be valuable leverage). We also all know that Isobel was looking for Klaus on Katherine’s behalf in order to try and cut her a deal, though Isobel said she never found him (only one of Klaus’ witches).

Now here’s what I think really happened: Katherine sends Isobel, being the expert researcher that she is, out to gather information on Klaus in the hopes that she can get close enough to him to make a deal. Isobel in fact does find Klaus and tells him about the living doppelganger, but instead of cutting a deal with her Klaus just grabs her pretty face, looks deeply into her eyes and compels her to be his serf. In true Klaus fashion he then goes on to use her in “Know Thy Enemy” to get Katherine, the moonstone and Elena without any deal and without giving up a single thing.

If this is true then Katherine’s own machiavellian machinations are exactly what caused Klaus to find out that she was still alive and everything that followed after (including her own torture and later death). In this sequence of events, if Katherine simply hadn’t been so paranoid about her secret having gotten out and tried to sacrifice Elena and her friends as a peace offering, he would’ve never known she was alive or even that Elena existed. This means that after 500 years of survival, it was Katherine’s own paranoia and ruthlessness that got her killed. Quite a fitting nugget of irony hidden right under the surface.

Daggery Desires.

John giving Damon all the protection he needs to penetrate Elijah.

John gives Damon a white oak ash dagger.

This explanation also has the the additional perk of explaining ye old dagger of sibling stabbery.

We know that Klaus Mikaelson has always kept a very, very close watch on the white oak ash daggers. So while, before we knew Klaus and his methods, it wasn’t that crazy to see one of the daggers make an appearance in John’s hands (when he gives it to Damon in “Daddy Issues”) in retrospect it does seem rather odd. It’s hard to believe that Klaus, being the paranoid bastard that he is, would simply let one of his favourite toys slip through his fingers. That is… if it weren’t for the fact that John also says that he got the dagger from Isobel.

So what makes perfect sense under the above sequence of events? By the time John gets the dagger Isobel had already found Klaus and been compelled by him. She could have told Klaus about the fact that Elijah was in town and Klaus may have given her the dagger so the Salvatores could take care of Elijah before he ever set foot in town. After all, the daggers can’t hurt Klaus himself, so it would be a calculated risk. The dagger could fall into Elijah’s hands, but even then he wouldn’t be able to use it. However, if the Salvatores succeed then Klaus never has to dirty his hands. After all he doesn’t know by this point exactly what Elijah has been up to or where Mikael is (as by this time Mikael had seemingly disappeared). So he may have feared that Elijah had a way to harm him. And using the Salvatores as guinea pigs does seem so wonderfully sadistic and Klaus-like.

Another benefit to this interpretation is how devious it reveals Klaus to be from the very first. It would mean that he was directly manipulating events in Mystic Falls half a dozen episodes before he even set foot in the town. That he got his number one obstacle (Elijah) out of the way without the bother of a fight and got both Katherine and Elena rather than making a deal for one over the other. And those are the signs of a magnificent bastard if I’ve ever seen one.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my rampant speculation, and that maybe, just maybe, you’ll consider leaving a torrent of gushing compliments in the comment section.

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