Claire Holt is about to find herself on the hunt for a killer.
The actress, who famously pulled out of her series regular gig on The Originals during its first season, has snagged a series regular role on NBC’s upcoming Charles Manson-themed event series Aquarius. Holt will play tough-skinned police officer Charmain Tully.
Of course, this doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Holt’s Originals character Rebekah Mikaelson. Not only does she appear in the trailer for the CW drama’s upcoming second season, but executive producer Julie Plec has repeatedly stated that Holt is always welcome to visit “New Orleans.”
Claire Holt may have exited The Originals halfway through Season 1, but that doesn’t mean the character of Rebekah Mikaelson is gone for good.
Holt’s return during the series’ season finale confirmed that the actress is open to returning in a guest star capacity. Now that she is raising her brother’s Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) baby daughter Hope, it’s possible that Holt could appear in more episodes, or even return frequently.
Season 2 is set to surround Klaus and Hayley’s attempt to make New Orleans safe for their daughter’s return, and so Holt’s presence might more likely be suited to the second half of the season. Nonetheless, fans of the original sibling dynamic that has made The Originals what it is would be thankful for her return.
Her exit, after all, had been amicable, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Back in March, the star admitted that she enjoyed working on the show. “As far as I’m concerned,” explained the actress, “this is a temporary hiatus. I’m taking a little vacation in the sun, but I’m going to return to my New Orleans family.”
Prouder Julie Plec spoke similarly of Holt’s split, assuring audiences that she would always have a place on the network. “When she signed up for the show, we knew what her contract was… the likelihood [that she'll return] is very, very, very, very, very good. It’s equal parts Clare’s decision and our request.”
Well, wasn’t that just a fun surprise? In a finale full of blood and death it was nice that the creator of the hit CW drama, Julie Plec, gave “The Originals” fans something warm and fuzzy to hold on to before the dark episode 22 ended.
In “From a Cradle to a Grave,” Claire Holt shocked fans when she reprised her role as Rebekah – or should we say Auntie Bex – for the Season 1 finale.
“I couldn’t possibly stay away for too long,” Holt wrote to her Twitter followers. “Hope everyone enjoyed the finale! #theoriginals.”
Along with the tweet, Holt posted a photo of her parking spot on set that read “Parking Only For: Auntie Bex.” How sweet! But is this a sign – literally – that Holt is back for good? In March, the blond-haired beauty announced at PaleyFest that she was leaving the series … temporarily.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is a temporary hiatus,” Holt revealed to TV Line about her absence from the series. We can hear the sigh of relief from fans now! “I’m taking a little vacation in the sun, but I’m going to return to my New Orleans family.”
The actress assured her fans that the “Originals” producers didn’t “run out of ideas,” nor was she “pushed out” for the show, she just wanted free time to spend with her loved ones. “I am so not ready to let go of the Mikaelsons,” she concluded. “I hope that there’s many more stories to tell.”
And there certainly will be – now that Rebekah’s niece is in the picture! During the season finale, we saw Klaus hand his daughter over to his sister to keep her safe while they fake the child’s death. That’s when Klaus revealed his daughter’s name. “Hope. Her name is Hope,” he told his sister.
Because Rebekah currently has Hope in her possession that means she has to appear in Season 2, right? Do you think Rebekah is back for good? Chime in with you predictions in the comments section below and don’t forget to check out our article on the new character cast for the sophomore series.
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Fans were shocked earlier this month when The Originals star Claire Holt suddenly exited the show before the end of Season 1. Though some speculated that Rebekah Mikaelson’s story line had run dry, Holt set the record straight at Saturday’s PaleyFest event.
“I wasn’t pushed out,” she said. “I didn’t quit midseason. This was something we discussed form the start. I made a life choice, not a career choice. I made a choice to come home for a while. I realized I hadn’t seen people that I loved and cared about for a while. It was so tough for me.”
The last we saw of Rebekah, her brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) had vowed to kill her after discovering that she had brought their dastardly father to New Orleans in the past. But the two came to a détente, with Klaus setting Rebekah free. Fortunately, that’s not the last time we’ll see Rebekah.
“I sure hope not,” Holt said. “As far as I’m concerned, this is a temporary hiatus. I do realize that I’m so not ready to let go of the Mikaelsons, so I hope there are many more stories to tell.”