While the departure of Rebekah Mikaelson (Claire Holt) as a main character on The Originals has definitely not broken this show the way we feared it might, that doesn’t mean her absence is not an ever-festering wound on what is otherwise a strong, healthy body (grisly metaphor, thematically in tune with the macabre nature of this show). What we’re trying to say is: We will always want Auntie Bex to return. Any chance we’ll see her in Season 2?

“Honestly, I definitely know we’ll see her again in certain contexts,” executive producer Julie Plec told TVLine, bringing joy to our Mikaelson-loving hearts. “She’s got the baby, so it’s not like she’ll be living in New Orleans and playing nanny in the middle of the French Quarter, but this is not the last we’ve seen of her. We’d definitely like to check in on her every now and again.”

Sounds good to us. Handing over the miracle baby to Rebekah was not only logical within the narrative of the show (not to mention heartbreaking/heartwarming), but keeps her character integral to the fabric of this fictional world even when she’s not on screen. If we can’t have Rebekah as a main character, this set-up — complete with the occasional guest appearance — is the next best thing.

And what of that final, riveting scene between Rebekah, Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), and Baby Hope. Was handing over the kid to the rogue Mikaelson the plan from the beginning? Julie said: “When we started the season, we knew she’d be leaving us, and if we couldn’t convince her to stick around, then that would be the way we’d end that journey. It’s funny because it weirdly didn’t have to be a secret so much as it just happened at the end of the year when everyone was so busy with other things that they didn’t even think about it.” Secret or not, we can’t think of a better way to end what has been an increasingly brilliant Season 1.

Are you as excited as we are to hear that Rebekah will most likely be back in Season 2? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: TVLine

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