Let’s start with the fact that we know that Katherine’s original plan was to eradicate the tomb vampires in order to keep her secret safe but, fearing that this won’t have worked, she hatches a back-up plan. Namely she’s going to try and make a deal with Klaus for her freedom by preparing the ritual for him with Elena and offering that to him in return for her 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 (her being an expert researcher).Now here’s what I think happened: Katherine sends Isobel out to gather information on Klaus and 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 compels her into his service and uses her in “Know Thy Enemy” to get Katherine, the moonstone and Elena. The reason I like this interpretation is because in this case Katherine’s own machiavellian machinations are exactly what caused Klaus to find out that she’s still alive and everything else that followed (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 to the guy (by sending Isobel to find him), he would’ve never even known she was alive or Elena existed.
Another thing I like about this interpretation is that it has an extra perk of explaining the dagger. We know that Klaus Mikaelson has always kept 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” it does become odd afterwards. It’s hard to believe that Klaus would simply let one of his daggers slip through his fingers. But John also says that he got the dagger from Isobel. So what does make sense under the above sequence of events is that Isobel had already found Klaus and been compelled by him at this time. 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 for him 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 succeeded then Klaus never has to dirty his hands and confront Elijah (after all he doesn’t know by this point exactly what Elijah has been up to or where Mikael is, so he may fear that Elijah has a way to harm him at this point).
What I like about that interpretation is how devious it makes Klaus seem to me. It would mean that he was directly manipulating events in Mystic Falls half a dozen episodes before he even set foot in the town. And that’s the sign of a magnificent bastard if I’ve ever seen one.
And that’s about it. I hope you’ve all enjoyed my rampant speculation.
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