On The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, Claire Holt reprises her role as Rebekah Mikaelson, but during season 1, Holt’s Rebekah surprised fans when she ended her run as a series regular — why did Holt leave the show? Brothers Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson make their debuts during season 2 of The Vampire Diaries, and the Rebekah The Originals character is introduced during TVD season 3, followed by Kol and Finn. The first family of vampires proved to be so popular that The Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec moved the Mikaelsons to New Orleans where the city’s rich cultural and supernatural history provided the perfect backdrop for the squabbling siblings. Season 1 of The Originals focused on Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah, but season 2 reunited the entire family and introduced new members, Freya and Dahlia.

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Author: Jennifer Lind-Westbrook