The CW
Samantha Highfill
January 23, 2014 AT 11:07 PM EST

The Vampire Diaries‘ upcoming 100th episode centers on our favorite evil vixen in what could be her final moments. After Katherine Pierce had a heart attack and fell down the Salvatores’ stairs in the mid-season finale, we’re scared that it might finally be time to say goodbye to the woman who once loved both Salvatore brothers but never loved anyone more than herself. So to honor what could potentially be the most memorable death (or near-death) scene in season 5, we’re reliving similar moments from the past four seasons.

Now, in our final day, join me and my fellow TVD-lover Mandi Bierly as we complete our walk down a tear-filled memory lane and pick out our most memorable death scenes from season 4:

Samantha’s pick:

I’m a little surprised at myself for not picking Jeremy as my most memorable death of season 4. I certainly remember Elena’s breakdown — how amazing was Nina Dobrev in that scene?! — but I think part of the reason why his death doesn’t stand out to me is that, in the moment, I didn’t think there was any way in which it could be real. I didn’t even react when Silas snapped Jeremy’s neck, because I was so used to him dying and coming back. And because of that, my most memorable death was something completely different. It that was so obviously real that it was hard to watch: Kol being staked and burning to death in the Gilbert kitchen.

First of all, “A View to a Kill” was one of my favorite episodes of season 4, and Kol’s death was a big part of that (as was Stefan and Rebekah’s private school dance). I was sad to see Kol go, but the scene itself was too good for me to be upset for long. The tension had been building all episode with Elena trying to distract Kol so that they could find the White Oak Stake and have Jeremy kill Kol, thereby making his hunter’s mark complete. And when the confrontation finally came around and Jeremy staked Kol, Klaus was standing in the doorway with tears in his eyes as he watched his brother burn.

I will never forget seeing Klaus there. For one, it was a shock, but also, Joseph Morgan played that scene perfectly. The hurt on his face that so quickly turned to anger? Nobody does it better.

Mandi’s pick:

Like Samantha, I remember Jeremy’s death for the effect it had on Elena (RIP, Gilbert home), but if we’re talking most memorable death scene, it has to be Klaus’ massacre of the hybrids in the December 2012 episode “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” After Hayley told Klaus about the unsired hybrids’ betrayal as part of her deal with Professor Shane, Klaus killed 12 of them as the Cary Brothers’ “O Holy Night” played. It’s perhaps the series’ most subversive moment. He began by ripping out a heart from behind, then used a sword for multiple decapitations. It was glorious, and it once again proved that Joseph Morgan could play cruel, cool, and wounded all at the same time.

The chaser: With blood still covering him, Klaus found tipsy Carol Lockwood at the fountain in the town square. He wanted to hurt Tyler for unsiring his hybrids, and drowning his mother, while the soundtrack played “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” would do that. It was deliciously soapy.

What about you? What season 4 death will you always remember?

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