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The Originals creator explains Rebekah's confusing fate in series finale

Warning! This article contains spoilers for the last-ever episode of The Originals, ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’.

Among all the heartache, the series finale of The Originals concluded the Mikaelson family’s story in a fitting and bittersweet way – and a confusing one, too.

Although Rebekah Mikaelson (Claire Holt) was granted her happy ending with Marcel Gerard, the details of her being able to take ‘the cure’ and live a mortal life with Marcel were a little baffling.

Fortunately, the show’s creator Julie Plec has explained the timeline to TVLine. “It’s because [the cure is] in Damon,” she revealed.

“Damon Salvatore needs to grow old and have babies and grand babies and great grand babies with Elena Gilbert-Salvatore. At the end of their long Notebook life, when they die side by side, when they’re ready to go, he’ll hand the cure over to Rebekah,” Plec explained.

Adding that Rebekah is at the mercy of Damon (who hasn’t been?), the executive producer said: “When you take the cure out of a former vampire who’s taken the cure, they age and die.

“Basically, when Damon’s ready to go — which is when Elena is ready to go — that’s when Rebekah will get the cure.”

Fortunately for fans, the Mikaelson story doesn’t end with The Originals, as spin-off Legacies is set to follow Klaus’s daughter Hope at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted.

Well, they did tell us it was always and forever.

The Originals airs on The CW in the US and on Netflix in the UK, while Legacies premieres on Thursday, October 25 on The CW.

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