This week's episode of The Originals, titled"Farewell to Storyville," should have been titled "Farewell to Claire Holt," because the actress, who's portrayed Original vampire Rebekah Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries and its subsequent spin-off since 2011, has left the show. According to BuzzFeed, it was entirely Holt's decision to exit, and not a creative decision. Neither Holt nor series creator Julie Plec has commented on the situation.
In Holt's final episode as a series regular—and there are slight spoilers ahead if you haven't watched it yet!—Rebekah was last seen driving away from New Orleans after being released by her maniacal brother Klaus. Holt's abrupt departure comes as a shock to fans of the series, not only because Rebekah was The Originals' de facto female lead, but because there was absolutely no sign that something like this was coming.
We'll update if/when more information becomes available.
Will you miss Rebekah?
AIRED ON 2/5/2016
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AIRS ON 2/12/2016
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