The Vampire Diaries Burning Question: Will Elijah Visit Katherine’s Death Bed?
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The Vampire Diaries Burning Question: Will Elijah Visit Katherine’s Death Bed?

The news that Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev) may die in The Vampire Diaries’ 100th episode has us taking stock on who might mourn the 500-year-old human-again’s passing or, more accurately, rush to her deathbed to say goodbye. Not many people make the list, but we can’t help but wonder if Original vamp Elijah (Daniel Gillies) will be one of them. Will Elijah visit Katherine’s deathbed? We speculate below.

Yes, a part of him will always love her

Though Elijah seems totally into Hayley right now on The Originals, that doesn’t mean he won’t want to say goodbye to the woman he once loved. Elijah and Katherine have a complicated past, and were romantically linked as recently as last season on TVD. It’s hard to imagine Elijah, a character who will do almost anything for the people he loves, wouldn’t make a quick visit to Mystic Falls for the occasion of Katherine’s dying. Especially given the spoiler that, when Klaus returns to Mystic Falls (potentially in the 100th episode), he will not be alone. Katherine once told Elijah, “Life is too cruel. If we cease to believe in love, why would we want to live?" We think Elijah will always believe in love, even when he doesn’t want to and will make an effort to say goodbye to this woman he once loved.

No, he has put Katherine firmly in his past

Though Elijah is a loyal sort, he tends to reserve his unconditional loyalty for his siblings. After that, he can only forgive so many times. Katherine betrayed Elijah (at least in his eyes) back in the day, turning herself vampire and fleeing Klaus rather than wait for Elijah to save her. More recently, Elijah saw Katherine’s killing of Jeremy and cruel treatment of Elena as a kind of emotional betrayal. He began to doubt if she really is capable of love, or if she just uses others to keep herself alive, disposing of them when they are done serving a purpose. It was Elijah who walked away from Katherine this last time, deciding not to give her a second chance to prove her love to him. When he walked away, it felt like forever, so perhaps he really will avoid rushing to her deathbed. After all, he has enough to worry about in merry old New Orleans without adding Katherine to the list.

Do you think Elijah will come to say goodbye to Katherine? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, January 23 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!