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The Originals Review: Cursed

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Now that I have three chat windows going about tonight's episode of The Originals because of the shocking news that broke just after the credits began to roll (and also two glasses of wine to deal with the sadness), let's try to review The Originals Season 1 Episode 16 without bursting into tears, okay?

What news, you ask, because you are living under a rock? Tonight was Claire Holt's final episode as a series regular.

In light of this shocking new information about everyone's favorite Original sister, I shall try my best to stick to the actual episode and not just wax philosophic about all the reasons this change might have occurred and/or crying into my wine glass.

Deep breaths...

Bring It On, Rebekah!
Klaus taunts his sister in this scene from The Originals. It's courtesy of the episode "Farewell to Storyville."

Let's cover Davina before we get to the heart of "Farewell to Storyville."

Davina is alive, but while she was dead, she was shunned by the ancestors who were supposed to teach her how to use her magic effectively. They didn't take lightly to her alliance with Marcel and as such have warned her against misusing her magic again. 

That, of course, means Davina is scared to use her magic at all, and she's weary of those who ask her to use it wondering if they're on her side or if they just want her for her power. 

Marcel makes a deal with Genevieve to lower the boundary spell at the cemetery and his part of that deal is handing over Davina to the witches. I cannot see a planet on which this ends well.

Marcel made the deal, though, because Elijah, Rebekah, and Klaus are trapped in the cemetery, Klaus on one side and Rebekah and Elijah on the other. 

Elijah doesn't agree with Rebekah calling Mikael to New Orleans. He doesn't excuse his sister's questionable decision-making. But he is aware that she's family and that the trio vowed "always and forever" and because of that he cannot let Klaus kill her.

Much of the episode was spent with Elijah shooing Rebekah away, telling her to run or hide in a crypt while he and Klaus verbally duked it out while reminiscing about their childhood. 

Mikael, in case you didn't know, is not winning any father of the year awards. The mother in me - no, the HUMAN BEING in me - wanted to reach through the TV screen and drop kick Mikael during the scene where he beat a young, maybe 10 year old, Klaus for failing to hit a deer with a bow and arrow. 

Seriously, there's absolutely zero doubt left in my mind as to why Klaus is the way he is. After discussing their past with both of his siblings, there's little doubt left in Klaus' mind either.

Whether Klaus intended to kill Rebekah or teach her a lesson and whether Rebekah wanted Klaus dead in 1919 or just to go on the run is pretty much irrelevant. Their standoff in the cemetery served as a window into the inner-workings of their relationship for the last 1,000 years.

Rebekah always loved Klaus best and was most distraught by his constant intervening in her happiness. Klaus, who always loved Rebekah the best, saw himself as her protector, a role to which he pledged himself when they were children. He didn't let anyone close to her because he wanted to keep her safe, from heartache and death.

Elijah? Well, Elijah has always loved them both more than he's loved himself. He probably always will, even now that he's taking the reins of the city.

As the siblings discussed their father and his role in their lives, one thing became clear: Klaus will not let Mikael's influence dictate the kind of father he becomes.

He may be a monster, but he can see his daughter as a chance to do things differently as clearly as Elijah and Rebekah can see her as Klaus' redemption. He will not repeat the past when it comes to her, nor will he let any harm come to her. I won't lie, the idea of Klaus as overprotective father is kind of hot.

He grew one step closer to his future redemption tonight by letting Rebekah go. Klaus granted her freedom, from him, from their family, from her guilt, and she took it and drove into the night.

I secretly hoped she was driving toward Matt and Mystic Falls (hey, Nadia's dead now, he's lonely!) but after playing her goodbyes over in my head once I learned of Claire Holt's departure from the series, I have to give one final round of applause to Holt for her masterful portrayal of the original sister.

Her goodbye with Marcel was so amicable and hopeful for his happiness. She passed the torch to Hayley to look out for Klaus' humanity and warned her against enemies of the Original family. And then she got into her car and headed into her future, a long future because hey, she's immortal.

Rebekah's departure was so thoroughly written and well-done that 1) no one at all saw it coming and 2) well yeah, no one at all saw it coming. 

The goodbye itself didn't even seem final but as the season continues and the series progresses we'll all slowly realize that it was, in fact, the end for her. 

WE MISS YOU ALREADY, REBEKAH! 

Sigh. Now I'm sad again. 

What did you think of The Originals Season 1 Episode 16? Are you sad about Claire Holt's exit from The Originals?

 

Get a sneak peek at next week's The Originals Season 1 Episode 17 now:

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@MirandaWicker, Her exit was a great and logical plot progression and it provided a nice plot shakeup. Her exit also creates buzz for the show. I think she'll return when the baby is born!

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I'm hoping that Reb. will return next season. As much as I like her character and was happy to see her cross over with the actress that plays Hayley. (After the two play mermaids in H2O), I'm started to see a pattern with Claire, being she left H20 after two season to do crossover work. I know she is young, but she needs to figure out what she wants to do. She can't keep quitting a show, after the network has invested a lot of money, and time into her character. I mean this isn't Arrow, were they can just recast her. I hope who ever is advising is telling her that if she keeps leaving a show, especially one were she is a lead, that her stock will start to fell. Especially in a country that really doesn't know you.

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@ Latrise

I know, this is my last rant. I'm just sick and tired of watching talented people throw away great opportunity, that someone else would kill for. I really hope that this decision does not truly effect the show.

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The esp. was a great esp. The one thing the originals has over TVD, is that they have their own time to shine; outside the love triangle that is Stefan and Elaine.

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My stomach is still in knots. I'm still weepy. That was some serious acting. I didn't even need the Davina/marcel scenes. Screw them. This ep was so well written. I cried. I weeped. Ok, I'm being dramatic, but it was still great. Mikeal is horrid. My mind can't wrap around his evil. I totally get why klaus is screwed up. But Beks made a point, they're all screwed up. I really need Beks back.
JMo was on point tonight. He was in his Klaus element. Psychotic, sad, hurt, pained, arrogant. There has never been a better written character in TV history. I love klaus. And Elijah. Elijah. God, Elijah. He was so totally Elijah tonight. Klaus made a valid point about him, though. Elijah is still a monster, just a suit wearing one. It hurt me to hear those truths spoken tonight. I felt like this show was real, for a moment. I felt their pain . Beks killed it when she said that they will be cursed, always and forever.

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@ Sam_mikealson

you just described exactly how I felt !!!!!!

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I know some are angry about Claire leaving but honestly... it's her career choice. She's first and foremost talented. I'm sure she's already got projects lined up and after that she'll work her butt off pushing herself to achieve what she wants to achieve. If all else fails - she's Australian and we have talented writers and the rest of it here in Australia too. She'll always have the support of her home country. I personally think we'll see her talent in the future and she'll get to amaze us with many more characters.

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First Daniella, now Claire. Why are the hot girls leaving the show?

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"A source close to Holt told BuzzFeed that the actress never intended to play Rebekah for as long as she did." ^^I hope that's a bunch of bullshit.If it's true than what a stupid reason to leave a hit show before the first season even ends.Its a good gig for her,now im sure she will pretty much disappear into obscurity. Hell i thought Tom Welling would be a major player when Smallville ended.Guess she's gonna go and Join him in obscurity.

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@ Ilk_vomit

As if you know what she has planned. You have no clue to her reasons for leaving and you don't really have any right to judge.

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Great acting from the Original trio tonight,they hit it out of the effing park.Super bummed that Claire is "leaving",now the show needs a new hot blonde to fill the void......i'd still love for Caroline to show up,if not as a cast member than at least a guest star. I also wanted Claire and Phoebe to have more scenes together :/ ...... Btw Haley needs to have this baby already,im almost losing interest with this storyline.

The Originals Season 1 Episode 16 Quotes

Rebekah: I know you hate me, but what's done is done.
Klaus: What's done is never done. It remains within us, the story we tell ourselves so we know who we are. A vicious father, a bastard son, and the sister who betrayed him. Perhaps it's time for a new story.

Elijah: Niklaus, I understand your anger, but I implore you, be better than him. Do what he could not. Demonstrate the grace of mercy rather than this petty cruelty.
Klaus: You ask me to show mercy to one who has wronged me? You really don't know me at all, do you, brother?

The Originals Season 1 Episode 16 Music

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Song Down Under Nonono
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