This part broke me the most out of the whole episode. I believe this came from a place deep within Elijah, and it would have taken a lot of courage to speak up about his feelings to Klaus.
The reason why I believe this emotional response came deep within and not just about Hayley is because…
Remember when Hayley was the girl getting in between Forwood. . An orphan. A shady-wolf. A character we assumed would be killed off(eventually).
And now she’s: A hybrid, mother, queen, and whether you ship Haylijah or Klayley you love/respect her.
That is character progression.
Family getting on your last nerve? Just dagger them and leave them in a box for about 2 centuries. I promise it will work.