Spoiler: Michael Narducci on Rebekah’s shocking twist on The Originals and Claire Holt!
Now that Esther’s spell has been completed, Rebekah is in the body of a witch, played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers, imprisoned in the asylum with a bunch of crazy witches. However, since Rebekah‘s body is still intact, there’s always the hope that she’ll return to her 1000-year old vampire body.
According to The Originals Executive Producer Michael Narducci, this plot twist has been in the works for some time. As an essential member of the Mikaelson family she’s stood up to Klaus and Elijah. Always wanting her freedom from the 1000 year drama, Klaus sent her away in the 1×16 “Farewell to Storyville” episode. This further shocked the fandom when it was revealed that she was leaving the series. She returned at the end of the season 1 finale, 1×22 “From a Cradle to a Grave,” to become baby Hope’s guardian, reuniting and reconciling with Klaus.
With Esther’s plan to make a clean slate for her children by putting them into new bodies, Rebekah saw the opportunity to remove the threat to her family once and for all by offering herself up, hoping that Klaus and Kol could stop the spell before the body switcheroo completed. Oops! Now who will take care of baby Hope?
Michael Narducci on Rebekah
Rebekah … is such a spitfire; she’s so strong-willed. Esther’s threat is that she wants to wipe the slate clean by putting her children in other bodies.
We knew that for that threat to have any kind of true teeth, it would mean that she would have to be in some way successful. We thought very early on that it would be most interesting for Rebekah to be put into a new body, because Rebekah, we know from Vampire Diaries Season 4, had wanted to be human, and mortal, and to experience life as a human, free of the curse of vampirism. And this is kind of a cautionary tale of “be careful what you wish for.”
With the twists, turns, and betrayals, including Esther’s betrayal of Klaus when she reveals she’s sold him out to Mikael to kill, the spell is completed and Rebekah ends up in another body. While she may have been able to escape the asylum with her vampire speed and strength, she’ll have to use other aspects of her new life to try and get out.
Michael Narducci on Rebekah as a witch
[S]he is going to have to rely on all of those character traits that I believe sum up her character so well. So, it’s a very interesting way to explore the character of Rebekah, who she is, what she will fight for, what she believes in, not only with regard to her family, but with what she wants out of life.”
Now that Rebekah is human, will she want to stay that way? Perhaps have a family and a somewhat normal life? With her vampire body intact, she could probably go back to it sometime in the future. But what about Claire Holt, our original Rebekah Mikaelson?
According to Michael Narducci, her character will be lying, unconscious, in her coffin until things are resolved. Until then, they’ll be using Claire the way they’re using Nathaniel Buzolic, in flashbacks, while in the present Daniel Sharman is Kol and Maisie Richardson-Sellers will be Rebekah. There’s still 1000 years of history to play with!
Michael Narducci on Clair’s future
[W]e’re hoping to use her as much as possible, but we have a really great storyline for the character of Rebekah that I’m extremely excited about.
Klaus offers himself to save Rebekah from Esther’s spell
Keep watching The Originals when it returns Monday, January 19th, 2015, and every Monday, at 8/7c, on The CW to see what happens to the new Rebekah!
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