The Originals said goodbye to series regular Claire Holt on Season 1, Episode 16 (“Farewell to Storyville”), and we’re still trying to wrap our heads around Rebekah’s goodbye. And as gut-wrenching as her goodbye was, we couldn’t think of a more brilliant episode to be Rebekah’s send-off.
“Farewell to Storyville” was all about the Original family — and Claire, Joseph Morgan, and Daniel Gillies owned the hour masterfully. Unlike it’s YA counterpart The Vampire Diaries, The Originals has always been a character-driven story, and Episode 16 was like a masterclass in acting from the three Mikaelson siblings.
The episode begins right where it left off, with Klaus out for Rebekah’s blood after he learns of his sister’s betrayal back in 1919. Older brother Elijah is acting as the mediator between the two, trying to get his brother to think rationally. Their family strife is also depicted in a series of flashbacks to their childhood — long before Klaus’ humanity had been destroyed. Back then, Klaus would do anything to make sure his baby sister was safe. It’s a stark contrast to today, as he looms over her with a white oak stake.
But would Klaus really kill his baby sister? That’s the question for the first half of the episode. Elijah tries his best to protect Rebekah, telling her to run and hide, and he even divulges a Mikaelson family secret in the process: Tired of how their father treated Klaus, Rebekah once tried to kill Mikael in his sleep, but she was stopped by Elijah. (We’re sure Elijah regrets that decision now.) But Klaus is not amused. Instead, he stabs Elijah in the chest with Papa Tunde’s mystical dagger and goes after Rebekah.
In a harrowing scene, Klaus stabs Rebekah in the chest with the white oak stake — but he misses her heart. Klaus later tells his sister that he never wanted to kill her; he only wanted her to feel the fear he felt when Mikael came after him all those years ago. Klaus, once again, tries to justify his actions by telling Rebekah it was Mikael who ruined him, but Rebekah makes a good point: Mikael ruined all of them. Rebekah is constantly looking for affection, while Elijah is so busy taking care of everyone else that he forgets to take care of himself. They are all broken.
Kudos to JoMo and Claire for bringing this scene to life. It’s a powerful moment between brother and sister. And in the end, Klaus lets her go. Rebekah wants a home, a family, someone to love her, and she can’t find those things in New Orleans — at least, not right now. Klaus may be in the forgiving mood, but he definitely doesn’t want her in the same town. So he lets her go, and she happily obliges. (Here's hoping this is the end of Klaus' self-pity. It was really starting to get annoying.)
But she can’t leave without saying goodbye to a few people first. Some of our favorite moments on The Originals thus far have been scenes between Elijah and Rebekah, and their goodbye did not disappoint. She offers him a chance to leave with her, but she knows Elijah will stay by their brother’s side — he still believes Klaus can be redeemed, and for a brief moment, it looks like Rebekah believes it too. Plus, someone has to look after Hayley and the baby.
Speaking of Hayley, Rebekah leaves the wolf with a few words of wisdom. Like, for instance, don’t cross Klaus. She also tells Hayley to tell her niece all about her Auntie Bex and to tell her she loves her, even though she can’t be there to show it. We’re really going to miss the friendship between Rebekah and Hayley. Their scenes together, although few and far between, held a lot of promise. Who else is Hayley going to snark with? We would have loved to have scene Rebekah grow into a protective Aunt.
And then there was Marcel. Sadly, their relationship was doomed from the start. Marcel, who has been exiled from the French Quarter by Elijah, doesn’t want to leave New Orleans. He wants to fight for his home — which means fighting Klaus and Elijah — and Rebekah understands that. Before she leaves, she advises him to “try and stay alive.” As sad as we are to see their love story end, it seems fitting. Marcel would never love Rebekah as much as he loved his city, and we wouldn’t have wanted her to settle for second place.
The final scene — Rebekah driving off into the night in a red convertible — felt like the perfect goodbye for our favorite Vampire Barbie. She’s finally off to start her life, the life her brother had denied her for centuries, and who knows where her adventures will lead her. But she will be missed. Claire Holt was a phenomenal actress, and her wittiness added so much to the series, and they’ll struggle to find a female lead as charismatic as her. Simply put, Hayley and Cami just aren’t compelling enough. However, we wouldn’t be upset if elder witch Genevieve joined the cast as a series regular. Davina is going to have to learn to control her powers from someone, and it certainly seems like the new witch leader isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
But still, even Genevieve can’t replace the Rebekah-sized hole in our hearts. Goodbye for now, Bex. We hope you find what you’re looking for.
$#*! The Originals Say
Rebekah: “I wanted love and happiness, and you denied me the freedom to have either.”
Elijah: “Niklaus, sometimes our sister acts without thinking… but she loves you.”
Klaus: “Perhaps I just wanted you to feel a fraction of the fear I felt when father came to get me.”
Klaus: “I love my family — you, Elijah — I loved all of you. I know I can be difficult, but I did not make myself this way. It was Mikael who ruined me.”
Rebekah: “We are the strongest creatures in the world, and yet, we are damaged beyond repair.”
Klaus: “New Orleans will be mine. I will raise my child here, in the city you took from me.”
Klaus: “Sister, you are free.”
Rebekah: “Goodbye, Marcel Gerard. Do try to stay alive.”
Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.