The Originals @ PaleyFest: Claire Holt Explains Her Exit, Plus Scoop on Elijah's 'Unraveling'

the-originals-group-blogThe entire cast of The Originals — including Claire Holt, who spoke publicly about her exit from the series for the first time — assembled at PaleyFest on Saturday night to give fans more insight into the series so far, as well as the drama to come.

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IS ELIJAH THE NEW KLAUS? | “The redemption of Klaus and the undoing of Elijah seems to be where we’re creeping towards,” Daniel Gillies explained. And don’t expect Klaus to object to his brother’s change of heart. “He likes to see Elijah embrace the darker side,” Joseph Morgan added. “There’s an excitement, definitely.”

CLAIRE HOLT’S EXIT EXPLAINED | “As far as I’m concerned, this is a temporary hiatus,” Holt said about her absence from the series. “I’m taking a little vacation in the sun, but I’m going to return to my New Orleans family.” Holt went on to assure the audience that Originals producers didn’t “run out of ideas,” nor was she “pushed out” of the show. After not seeing so many of her loved ones for so long, she decided she simply needed more free time. “I am so not ready to let go of the Mikaelsons,” she concluded. “I hope that there’s many more stories to tell.”

NO TIME FOR PEACE | Elijah may have seemingly united New Orleans’ supernatural factions last week, but make no mistake, no one is expecting it to last. “He’s starting to understand there’s a lot of method to Klaus’ madness and a degree of mayhem he can’t avoid,” Gillies explained. “I think he’s expecting poor results, but he’s giving the factions this one final opportunity to do the right thing — which is his thing.”

HAYLEY’S NEXT MOVE | What’s coming up for Klaus’ baby mama now that she’s getting a seat at the table? “Throughout Hayley’s life, she’s been looking for a family,” Phoebe Tonkin explained. “Now she’s just trying to work out where her loyalties lie and what she wants to fight for. She’s a woman on a mission to protect her baby and protect what she thinks is right.”

ANOTHER CROSSOVER | When an audience member asked about more crossover episodes with The Vampire Diaries, executive producer Julie Plec had only this to say: “Yes… Maybe… I don’t know.”

Originals fans, are you excited to see Elijah go dark? Did you like Claire Holt’s explanation of her exit from the show? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.