The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries 100th Episode Spoiler Photos: Saying Goodbye to Katherine Pierce

It's hard to say goodbye to a TV character, especially when that character is the delightfully wicked Katherine Pierce. But when The Vampire Diaries returns for its 100th episode (Season 5, Episode 11: "500 Years of Solitude"), we'll be stocking up on tissues and chocolate because the sassy doppelganger's days are officially numbered. ;

We've long suspected TVD's milestone 100th episode would revolve around Katherine's death ;— it's been looming for half of Season 5 ;— but "500 Years of Solitude" is also a reflection on Katherine's life. Whether you love her of love to hate her, Katherine played a significant part in everyone's lives, and that's something Damon and Co. will begin to realize when they begin toasting to her demise. ;

We know “death is knocking at the window in the 100th episode," but we're going to hold out a sliver of hope for Katherine's survival. After all, she is "The Survivor" of TVD. Will Nadia find a way to save her estranged mother, or will it be too late? Get ready for an emotional (and most likely gut-wrenching) hour of TV, Vampire Diaries fans. ;

Are you ready to say goodbye to Katherine? Click through the gallery and sound off in the comments! ;

Catch the next episode of ;The Vampire Diaries ;on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW, followed by an all-new episode of ;Reign.

Crystal Bell ;is an editor at ;Wetpaint Entertainment ;and our resident fangirl for all things ;The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on ;Twitter ;and ;Google+!