11:45am PT by Philiana Ng
'Vampire Diaries': Claire Holt on Rebekah's Return and Causing Trouble for 'Stelena'
The Vampire Diaries returns, and Rebekah's finally back in action, in an episode that sees the Original in "complete power and in control," actress Claire Holt says.
When she makes her presence in Mystic Falls felt, her priorities will have shifted. Yes, Rebekah is still angry at Klaus (Joseph Morgan), but the cure will be at the top of her priority list. One of the ways she gets her way is by holding a few of the town residents captive at the local high school -- and it won't be pretty for the unwilling participants.
"She's coming back to get her revenge for being betrayed yet again," Holt told The Hollywood Reporter, "so she brings Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) to the high school, and she plays a little manipulative game of truth or dare."
She adds: "She questions them about the tattoo, the cure and Stefan and Elena's relationship, and it's definitely tough on Stefan, Elena and Caroline."
The episode culminates in some unforgettable moments near the end of the hour, as Rebekah exacts her "psychological revenge on Stefan and Elena," Holt says. "Some uncomfortable things come to light. It depends on who you want to be together."
"The discomfort of the season has been based on the Elena-Stefan-Damon dynamic, and I definitely think Rebekah plays into that when she's messing with them and playing her mind tricks. It'll have something to do with that," she explained, adding that Rebekah forces "Stelena" to answer answer "uncomfortable" questions.
For Rebekah, the cure represents a life she could have had, had she not become a vampire. As Holt reveals, she will go out of her way in search of it, so much so that she ends up "going to an island off Nova Scotia."
"Rebekah has always wanted to be human. That's been hinted throughout: that she wants to feel human, she wants to feel normal," Holt elaborated. "She's going to face that conflict of does she want to give up the vampire life, does she really want to be human badly enough? You're going to see that conflict within her."
But the continued betrayals by her brother Klaus will rear up again. "It's going to be very difficult for them to mend their relationship after this," Holt shared. "[It's] too many times for Rebekah. They're definitely torn apart at the moment."
Don't expect the two Originals to have an intense battle just yet, at least as Holt tells it. Rebekah's search for the cure is her way of putting herself first, instead of others. "Rebekah cares less about revenge on Klaus or thinking about reconciling their relationship and more about getting this cure and finding it. It's less about her relationships and more about her thinking about herself," she said.
Will this mean that a romance between Rebekah and Matt (Zach Roerig) is out of the question? It seems that way, at least right now.
"She will always have feelings for Matt, she wanted there to be something between them, but I think now that this cure has come to light, it's going to be more about that. I don't think there's much hope for Rebekah and Matt at the moment, but you never know," said Holt, noting that she can't just buy him off with a new truck.
The Vampire Diaries airs 8 p.m. Thursdays on The CW.