Yes, she really is gone.
Fans waiting for some kind of twist at the conclusion of The Originals Season 1 Episode 16 were in for a surprise when Claire Holt's Rebekah said her goodbyes, hit the open road and appeared to truly be leaving the series for good.
That's because she has.
BuzzFeed has confirmed that Holt has chosen to exit the hit CW drama and will only return for the occasional guest appearance... if at all.
Neither Holt nor creator Julie Plec has commented on this shocker, which has been kept a secret and which comes mere weeks after The Originals was picked up for a second season.
Reportedly, Holt - who debuted way back on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 - simply wanted a change in career direction; though The Wrap reports that producers made the call.
It seems impossible to believe that the star would want out of such a golden opportunity... and also impossible to believe that producers could conceive of a better Originals without one of The Originals.
We'll have plenty more on this story when news breaks, and Miranda Wicker will soon post her detailed Originals review of "Farewell to Storyville," (NOTE: The review is live) but... wow. We did not see this coming.
Relive the best Rebekah Miakelson quotes now and react to this development below:
[to Klaus] Now that we've established that I'm a failure as a sister, and a friend, and an original, you should probably know he's on his way to Marcel right now to rat me out.Rebekah
Poetry about poisoned apples from dead trees? Looks like someone's worried about his impending Daddyhood.Rebekah
Marcel: Just keeping my city safe from thieves and vandals, but every time I turn around, I catch an Original with their hand in the cookie jar.
Rebekah: Well, lucky for you, your cookies are the last thing on my mind.
Marcel: You ran. I stayed. This empire, it thrives because of me and you want me to run. A man does not run from his home.
Rebekah: I have lived a lot longer than you, Marcellus. I have seen kings rise and fall. If there is one thing I know to be true it is no matter how big your empire becomes, it is nothing if you have no one to share it with. If you want New Orleans, have it. I won't be here to stop you.
Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I am a liar, a betrayer. I have conspired against my own blood and I doubt even your God could save me.
Elijah: I'm not trying to impress the girl.
Rebekah: Well I should bloody hope you are. Why else are we out here? Come on, Elijah. You've fallen for her. Admit it. It may do wonders for the stick that's lodged up your enduringly stoic ass if you did.
Rebekah: Perhaps I'm concerned that if I voice my opinion about what you did to Elijah, I will end up on the wrong side of your toxic hybrid teeth.
Klaus: Poppycock! I would never bite you...you know my preferred method of punishment for your indiscretions is the dagger.
Rebekah: There is something fundamentally wrong with you.