What is a season finale without at least one heartbreaking death? This rhetorical question is even more pointed when it comes to a show like The Originals, in which death is a state to be dabbled in more than a permanent destination. Who will die in the Season 1 finale of the Vampire Diaries spin-off? We speculate below:

Joseph Morgan (Klaus) teased that someone will die in Season 1, Episode 22 (“From a Cradle to a Grave”) — well, he actually gave the last two episodes as the potential killing ground, but unless he was referring to Diego and the many of his no-name vampire friends slain in the Correa werewolf massacre (which we doubt he is), the death is yet to come.

Hybrid Baby? So, which characters are on the chopping block? Um, all of them, forever and always. Actually, despite the ominous title of the season finale, we think the miracle baby — or, as we like to call her, Leverage Mikaelson — is probably safe. The CW may be getting edgier these days, but baby murder is still a probable no-no.

Klaus or Hayley? Far more likely is a sacrifice in the form of one of Baby Mikaelson’s parents. The synopsis for the episode tells us that Hayley “is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her unborn baby safe and away from the witches.” And: “In a desperate move to protect those most important to him, Klaus makes a heartbreaking decision.” Yikes! Will one of those desperate acts result in a self-sacrifice? With his blood is giving the Correa werewolves power, could Klaus dying be the next phase in his ever-ongoing path to redemption?

Josh? We’re also deeply worried about Josh, Davina’s bestie and the only character on this show who breaks the heteronormative mold. We doubt The Originals would kill such a popular character without good reason — and watching him die from Klaus’ werewolf venom bite because Klaus was distracted with trying to save his baby is tragic, but a sadly afterthought kind of death. (Unless, as speculative Tumblr rumblings wonder, Davina is somehow the miracle baby all grown up. Then, having Josh die at Klaus’ hand — er, teeth — just as Klaus discovered Davina was in fact his child would be a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.)

Marcel? And what about Marcel? Klaus seemed ready to kill him before Genevieve’s spell took effect. And, as we know from the synopsis, Marcel will be joining forces with Cami and Davina to take down Klaus. Will Klaus be forced to make that decision again? Will he make the same one? Somehow, we doubt it. He loves Marcel, perhaps even more than he loves himself. (Shocking, we know.)

Rebekah? A fringe possibility comes in the form of Rebekah. We’ve speculated that the Mikaelson sibling will be back in the Season 1 finale — and we think we might have spotted her car in the extended promo for the episode. Does she return simply to sacrifice herself for the life of the baby? We cannot even comprehend this possibility, though it would be a heartbreaking way for Rebekah to prove once-and-for-all to Klaus that she truly loves him.

Who do you think will die in the Season 1 finale? Share your theories 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+!