Posted: 01 June 2015 at 6:33am | IP Logged
Excellent points, Nita. :)
And Klaus calling Hayley 'queen' seemed to be more about playing her up.
She should have taken that *not* as an expression of her power, and more an expression of her being *not* powerful enough.
I like the Elijah-Hayley chemistry visually, but the Hayley
characterization is a child lacking in maturity, quickly and with
somewhat unjustified entitlement considering herself in the role of
protectress of her wolves and her daughter - without even realizing that
non-wolves treated her with soft gloves to avoid offending Elijah and
Klaus (and Rebekah).
In terms of power, she was weaker than any
of the Mikaelsons, but was in a stronger position than any werewolf
because she was considered under the protection of three stronger
Klaus seemed to consider Hayley as 3 reasons for why he wouldn't handle her like he did other hybrids:
(1) She was the mother of his child. She would have been the only non-sibling non-love to be safe and protected by Klaus for the rest of existence if
- if she had reciprocated his keeping her as absolute and integral mother in their child's life by never trying to keep him away as father from their child, and
- if she had kept Hope as her absolute priority and not allowed Jackson (or Elijah) to be more - or even equally - important in her decisions.
(2) She was the girl his brother loved *and* who loved his brother. If Elijah ever stopped loving her, it would give Klaus much less reason to treat her as extra-special.
(3) Klaus's stalking-horse. Someone that the werewolves would not see as totally Klaus-controlled, because he would keep playing up the 'queen' thing without himself claiming as 'king' (He did in the story to Hope, but only after removing them from hybrid advantage and binding them to wolf status).
With those to whom her being a werewolf leader made no difference, Klaus felt the need to emphasize that she was the mother of his child and therefore under *his* protection.
Basically, Hayley was not Klaus's equal. She's not even Hope's equal.
But not only did she think she and the wolves would get the hybrid advantage with no strings attached, she repeatedly faced off against Klaus as if she could defeat him.
The only reason for Klaus not to kill her was Hope and Elijah.
So she was not repeatedly facing him and surviving as some powerful wolf 'queen', she was benefitting as much as if she had been a normal human girl who was the mother of his child *and* was adored by his brother.
Instead, not only was Hayley uncomprehending of her actual situation, both Jackson and Elijah played up her ignorance with their own adoration.
Jackson chose to delude himself that the advantage of being hybrid was entirely due to Hayley, and compounded his folly by thinking he could go anywhere with Hayley (and therefore Hayley's - and Klaus's - child as well) and not be hunted down by Klaus in life and afterlife.
And Elijah wanted Hayley's happiness without considering the need to stop her in any foolishness, and even gave in and acceded to her pleas sooner or later.
He could chose to sacrifice his own happiness. He miscalculated in assuming he could sacrifice his brother's paternal rights without Klaus retaliating.
Hayley tried to give Hope a life in which Klaus would *never* be a part - effectively trying to make a happy family for herself at Klaus's expense, with the extremely dubious claim that she and Jackson and the hybrids would be able to protect Hope better by being distanced from Klaus (though Klaus was infinitely more competent at strategizing than all of them put together).
Klaus has been less permanently harsh with Hayley than she was with him, and has formulated a life in which Hayley might have at least one night every month to be in Hope's life as her daughter's mother - though presumably not in the near-future.