Claire Holt Joins ‘The Originals’: What Does This Mean For ‘Vampire Diaries’?

Claire Holt

It’s official: The entire surviving family of Original vampires will star in The Vampire Diaries spin-off series, The Originals. Claire Holt has just been cast as the fourth lead in the potential new series. She will reprise her TVD role Rebekah, the vampire sister of Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan), as well as werewolf Haley (Phoebe Tonkin). These three Originals siblings are the only Originals left alive in present day.

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Written by TVD co-creator/executive producer Julie PlecThe Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). The backdoor pilot will air as an episode of TVD on April 25.

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Now that Holt is set for the spin-off, does that mean she’s leaving TVD for good, along with the entire Original family? What does that mean for Stefan (Paul Wesley), who just recently resumed a relationship with her? And will Rebekah be a vampire on the spin-off series, or will the search for the cure for vampirism succeed on TVD, making her human? One thing is for sure: Things have suddenly become even more unsettled in Mystic Falls. 

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