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The Originals Mega Buzz: How Will Elijah Get His Memories Back?

Claire Holt previews a "traumatic" episode

Lindsay MacDonald

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What exactly is the protocol for retrieving memories that have been compelled away by an upgraded vampire? We're about to find out when The Originals returns for Season 5.

Somehow, someway, we have to believe Elijah (Daniel Gillies) will get his memories of his family back, but we're not expecting it to be an easy process. In fact, it sounds like Elijah's memory retrieval will end up putting all of the Mikaelsons through the emotional wringer.

"Rebekah has a hard time understanding how Elijah can't remember anything at all," Claire Holt told TV Guide. "There's a specific episode this season where we're imploring him to remember and it's hard. It's a really hard thing for her to face... This was a pretty traumatic thing for everyone."

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Sounds like magic won't be the secret key to unlocking Elijah's memories as much as his love for his family will. Get the Kleenex ready, we're all definitely going to need them.

The Originals premieres Wednesday, April 18 at 9/8c on The CW.

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Daniel Gillies, The Originals

Daniel Gillies, The Originals

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