Drop your pitchforks, Mikaelson fans -- we swear we have a good reason for wanting Rebekah (Claire Holt) to die on this season of "The Originals."
Since the show's inception -- and long before, on "The Vampire Diaries" -- Rebekah has been an absolutely integral part of the Original family. She provides a fun, flirty and sometimes sadistic element to the group, and her emotional connection with her brothers, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) in particular, has a way of humanizing all members of the family. If we were given the choice, we'd want to watch an entire spinoff based on Rebekah Mikaelson.
Unfortunately, we weren't given that choice.
Claire Holt's exit in Season 1 felt abrupt and confusing, and every time she steps back into New Orleans, we're reminded of how weird it feels without her. We love Freya like the sister we never had, but the Original family unit will always be Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) Mikaelson -- sorry, Kol and Finn (Nate Buzolic & Casper Zafer).
Holt is no longer a series regular on the show, meaning we've got about 80 percent less Rebekah than we want. She only pops in and out around the premiere and finale of each new season. We're optimistic that we might see more of Rebekah in Season 4, seeing as it's a shorter season to begin with, but ultimately, we're kind of hoping "The Originals" decides to kill her off.
In her most recent episode, Rebekah reunited with her family after 5 years spent sleeping or imprisoned, only to say sayonara a few hours later. We have a serious case of whiplash, from finally seeing the Mikaelson back together again to watching two of them run off into the night to have off-screen adventures. As it stands now, Rebekah's visits tend to be sporadic and disorienting, giving the fans a favorite character back only to rip her away soon after. Klaus has remarked before that she always seems to be leaving, and that's a pretty astute observation -- she is always leaving, buddy. Good call.
It's also getting harder to explain away all the reasons she's unreachable or absent when her siblings are in grave danger, when the truth is that Rebekah's presence on the show is entirely dependent on production logistics like scheduling and availability.
If we're going to suffer all the consequences of Rebekah no longer being on the show, we have to wonder if she could serve a better purpose within than narrative by dying.
As we roll through Season 4, "The Originals" is beginning to experience the same issue "The Vampire Diaries" faced in the later years of its eight-season run: Killing off characters doesn't mean much when they're brought back to life a few episodes later. The stakes (pun totally intended) could not be lower, given how many deaths -- or near death experiences -- the Mikaelsons have evaded thus far, especially when you consider they've found a work around to make Marcel's bite less threatening.
Killing off Rebekah would pack a serious emotional punch to the family unit, while also mixing things up on the show when it comes to life or death stakes and character dynamics.
Klaus would no doubt be heartbroken to lose his favorite sibling, and Rebekah's death might be a good prod to push Kol back into the family in a way he hasn't been yet. Nothing brings brothers together life a good dose of grief, right? We'd also be curious to see how Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) would deal with that death, and how that particular talk would go with Hope (Summer Fontana). Lord knows someone's got to explain the concept of death to this kid, given she's been surrounded by it since she was a fetus.
So long as Rebekah keeps rotating in and out of "The Originals" like she's stuck in a non-stop revolving door, we're going to feel cheated when she's not around and fearful of the other shoe dropping when she is.
As terrible as it would be to see her go, it might be time to consider it's for the best.
"The Originals" airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.