We’ve cried ourselves to sleep every night since the departure of Rebekah Mikaelson (Claire Holt) from The Originals. (Not really, but it did make us quite sad.) But we know the sassy Original vampire won’t be gone from the French Quarter forever. Claire said she was definitely open for return appearances, and what better time to return than a season finale?! Will Bex make an appearance in the Season 1 finale? We speculate below.

Yes, her family needs her. Narratively, it makes perfect sense that Rebekah turn in the Season 1 finale. When she left, she reassured Hayley that she was still totally committed to keeping her future niece safe. Guess who’s skipping town in the Season 1 finale to have her baby? According to the synopsis for the May 13 episode: “As the baby’s due date draws near, Klaus and Elijah embark on a search for Hayley, while Hayley herself is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her unborn baby safe and away from the witches.”

What better way to do that than calling on Rebekah. Bex is not only completely trustworthy when it comes to Hayley and the baby, but she’s also a super indestructible Original vampire — aka the perfect baby bodyguard. Usually, this sort of logic would just be wishful thinking, but everyone knows that the season finale is the episode when you pull out all of the stops. Even though she has departed, Rebekah is still an integral part of this fictional universe. Having her in the Season 1 finale seems totally natural.

No, this is just wishful thinking. On the other hand, Rebekah didn’t drive out of town that long ago. If this show is going to succeed without Rebekah, it’s going to have to be able to pull off the big episodes without her. The Season 1 finale could be the first big test of that. Within the world of the show, it also might not make sense for Rebekah to return so quickly. Sure, everyone may be in crisis, but when are they not? When have Hayley and her baby not been in danger? And does anyone even have a way of contacting Rebekah? Nah, she’s probably on the beach somewhere sipping a mimosa and having a way better time than either of her siblings.

Do you think Rebekah will return for the Season 1 finale? Sound off in the comments below!

The Originals airs Tuesday nights 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+!