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Go far away and never come back. We are far too damaged to remain together, less a family now than a volatile mix of ingredients. New Orleans will be mine. I will raise my child here in the city you took from me. No doubt, Elijah will choose to stay, but you? Sister, you are free.
Klaus to Rebekah

Farewell to Storyville is the sixteenth episode of the first season of The Originals and the sixteenth episode of the series overall.


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TRAPPED IN THE CITY OF THE DEAD — Despite Klaus’ rage, Elijah is determined to protect Rebekah while the three of them are trapped in the City of the Dead cemetery by a witch’s boundary spell. Klaus and Rebekah trade bitter accusations until Elijah steps in to reveal a long-held secret from the family’s past. Meanwhile, Marcel races to free Rebekah, ultimately finding himself forced to make a deal with Genevieve. Finally, Rebekah and Hayley connect over their shared concern for Hayley’s unborn baby.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


  • Antagonist: Mikael (flashbacks).
  • Narrator: Rebekah Mikaelson.
  • Title meaning: A reference to Rebekah's departure from New Orleans.
  • This is the first episode in which Camille appears that she and Klaus do not share a scene.
  • Davina is visibly shaken by her death and admits to Cami and Marcel that she was emotionally tortured by the Ancestors while she was on the Ancestral Plane.
  • In this episode, Mikael was shown to be physically abusive as well as emotionally and verbally abusive toward Klaus.
    • This episode confirmed that Klaus was the main victim of Mikael's abuse, with the others only suffering it when they attempted to help their brother.
    • This is also the first episode where Klaus wonders if Mikael became who he was due to also suffering under his father during childhood, as Klaus did.
  • In this episode, Elijah snatches the indestructible White Oak Stake and wielded both the stake and Papa Tunde's Blade.
  • During this episode, Elijah reveals that Rebekah tried to kill Mikael when they were still human in order to end his abuse of Klaus.
  • Klaus grants Rebekah a reprieve and allows her to leave New Orleans, though this is as much a punishment as it is a gift.
  • Elijah is shown to be an even match for Klaus while fighting, suggesting that hybrids are only stronger than vampires when they actively access their wolf side. It could also be the fact that Elijah is chronologically older than Klaus.
  • Klaus mentions that he loved all of his siblings, even Kol, who he was at odds with sometimes, and Finn, whom he kept daggered in a coffin for 900 years.
  • Elijah admitted that he regrets having not killed Mikael himself a thousand years ago after he stopped Rebekah from killing him in retribution for hurting Klaus.
  • The bonds between the members of the Original Family is tested in this episode.
  • After the confrontation in the cemetery, Elijah exiles Marcel from New Orleans and revokes the privileges of his vampires at the compound, declaring the city to be ruled by the Mikaelsons again and threatening any who returned without permission with death.
  • This is the final episode of the third chapter of Season One, The Revenge Chapter.
    • This chapter ended with the departure of one Original from New Orleans, Rebekah. Rebekah will also be featured at the end of The Witch Chapter, marking thus her presence/influence throughout the season.



Behind the Scenes

  • This was the final appearance of Claire Holt as a series regular.
    • With her exit, the only members of the Mikaelson Family left are Klaus and Elijah, who will remain to be the only Original vampires as main characters on the show.
    • However, Rebekah continues to play a role in the story throughout the rest of the series despite her absence, allowing Claire Holt to return to the series when she has the time.
  • This episode had about 1.73 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.07 million less than the previous episode.

Cultural References

  • "Farewell to Storyville" is a song by Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong.  The song is about New Orleans and is from the 1947 movie 'New Orleans'.
  • In 1897, the city fathers of New Orleans legalized prostitution in a small quadrant of the city bordering the northwest edge of the French Quarter. As the relevant legislation was written by alderman Sidney Story, the area became known as Storyville. Establishments ranged from squalid "cribs" to regal Victorian-style bordellos. A Louisiana politician named Tom Anderson, known as the "Mayor of Storyville," presided over the district from a cafe named after himself. The photographer E. J. Bellocq immortalized Storyville with his moving and humane portraits of the prostitutes who lived and worked there.
  • Prostitution stayed legal in Storyville until 1917, when the federal government insisted that it be outlawed to protect the morals and delicate sensibilities of the thousands of servicemen flocking to the Crescent City after the United States entered World War I. Today, the bordellos are long gone, replaced by a collection of housing projects and part of Louis Armstrong Park. But during that twenty years, Storyville not only became a part of New Orleans lore, it functioned as a hothouse for the development of jazz.
  • City of the Dead is the name often used to refer to the above-ground tombs in the cemeteries of New Orleans.
  • "Farewell To Storyville" is a song by New Orleans born Folk/Jazz singer Paul Sanchez from the 2009 Album of the same name. He writes about the life of the city over its long history.



Mikael (to Rebekah): ”You stand against me? For him?"
Young Rebekah: "Will you stay with me until the storm ends?"
Young Klaus: "I will always stay with you, Rebekah. No matter what."

Elijah: "We've been at this for hours-- to what end? Niklaus, I know you. and I grew up fighting you. I can't be beaten, nor can I be persuaded. You cannot get past me."
Klaus: "I could get past you, although it might have to be over your dead body. You did stab me with that blade, forcing me to endure hours of unspeakable pain. Perhaps I should direct my rage at you?"
Elijah: "You should see yourself! The murderous expression, the self-righteous posturing-- you look like Father."

Marcel: "Do whatever it takes. Just stay alive. I promise I'll get you out of there."
Rebekah: "I've never seen him like this before. He's out of his mind with rage, up all night howling one obscenity laced tirade after the next. He's gonna kill me."
Marcel: "Alright, stay as far away from him as possible."
Rebekah: "That's a brilliant strategy but given that dead bitch Celeste has trapped us in here 'til moonrise, my options are somewhat limited."
Marcel: "I'm not leaving you in there. Davina will find a loophole, get you out early, and then we can all go together. If Klaus comes after us, we will take him on one hell of a ride."
Rebekah: "I lived for centuries looking over my shoulder, ready to run at a moment's notice. Am I to go back to that?"
Marcel: "Worry about that later. Right now, just buy me some time. I promise you I'll get you out of there."

Klaus: "Let it begin! The trial of Rebekah Mikaelson!"
Rebekah: (to Elijah) "What a relief. His ego is in check."

Rebekah (to Klaus): "I called Mikael. I was the one who brought him to New Orleans, because of your wickedness. I wanted love and happiness, and you denied me the freedom to have either. My bastard brother who loomed over me, threatening me as you are now.

Klaus: "I know I can be difficult, but I did not make myself this way. It was Mikael who ruined me."
Rebekah: "He ruined me too. That's what you forget. Centuries later, each of us is broken. You with your anger and paranoia. Me with my fear of abandonment. And poor Elijah-- he dedicates himself to everyone but himself. We are the strongest creatures in the world, and yet we are damaged beyond repair. We live without hope, but we will never die. We are the definition of "cursed." Always and forever."



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