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The Originals Shocker: Who's Left the Series?

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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.

Rebekah Stands Alone

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...

[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
Rebekah confronts Klaus in this scene, going on about how much she is supposedly a failure.

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Wayto kill a great thing. Im verrrry disappointed.

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Absolutely ridiculous. I have no words for how bad this is.

The Originals Quotes

They say the passage of time will heal all wounds, but the greater the loss, the deeper the cut and the more difficult the process to become whole again. The pain may fade, but scars serve as a reminder of our suffering and make the bearer all the more resolved never to be wounded again. So as time moves along we get lost in distractions, act out in frustration, react with aggression, give in to anger, and all the while we plot and plan as we wait to grow stronger, and before we know it, the time passes. We are healed. Ready to begin anew.

Klaus

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.

The Originals Music

  Song Artist
Song Too Late M83 iTunes
The-hawk-in-paris-freaks Freaks The Hawk In Paris iTunes
Ms-mr-bones Bones MS MR iTunes
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