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:

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The Originals Quotes

Over the course of my long life, I have come to believe that we are bound forever to those with whom we share blood. And while we may not choose our family, that bond can be our greatest strength, or our deepest regret. This unfortunate truth has haunted me for as long as I can recall.

Elijah

Elijah: [to Sabine] You ever experienced something so profoundly wonderful that when it was taken from you your life felt unbearable?
Sabine: Yes, I have felt that. And I have the scars to prove it.
Elijah: I believe that when you love someone and that person loves you in return you're uniquely vulnerable. They have a power to hurt you that's like nothing else.

The Originals Music

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