'The Originals' episode 16 'Farewell to Storyville' recap: The trial of Rebekah Mikaelson

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the-originals-claire-holt-farewell-to-storyville-episode-16.jpg If you haven't watched "The Originals" Season 1, episode 16, "Farewell to Storyville," then you should probably do two things: First, check your priorities because this was the best episode of The CW's "Vampire Diaries" spinoff series to date, and second, come back to this story after you've watched it because there are some heartbreaking spoilers contained within.

First things first: Yes, that was Claire Holt's final episode as a series regular on "The Originals" -- and what a way to go.

Of the game-changing revelations -- and completely necessary family therapy between the three remaining Original siblings -- that occurred while the three of them were trapped in the cemetery together, it all boils down to this: The Mikaelsons might be eternal, all-powerful vampires but their problems are firmly rooted in their centuries-old daddy issues.

It was a beautifully written episode, a tribute to the extremely complicated family dynamics that occur when you're alive for thousands of years, and gave us some horrifying flashbacks to the Mikaelsons' childhood: adorable children, sure, but an inconceivably cruel a-hole of a father.

While the first half of the episode was spent wondering if Klaus was actually going to stab his sister with the white oak stake -- "I've never much thought about dying. One of the perks of being immortal, I guess. What an odd thing it is to be here one minute and gone the next. Rather terrifying," she lamented -- the second half saw the Original sister get some closure as she exited New Orleans.

It was a gorgeous send-off for Rebekah -- finally (sort-of) sorting out the familial issues with Klaus, giving Haley some words of wisdom for her soon-to-be niece, and getting some closure as she said goodbye to the love of her life, Marcel. "Do try to stay alive," she advised him as she departed.

Honestly, everyone should be able to drive out of town in a red convertible with the wind in their hair as a beautiful, epic pop song plays. Goodbye Rebekah, we'll miss you.
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