Whether you love her, or love to hate her, Katherine Pierce is going to have a significant role in Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries. Hopefully, this means we’ll actually start getting to know Elena’s doppelganger as someone more than just a life ruiner (although, it sounds like she’s still out to foil Damon and Elena’s love lives).

For the last four seasons, Katherine only cared about one thing: herself. And after buying her freedom from Klaus with the cure, she thought she was finally home free — until Elena poured the cure down her throat in the final minutes of the Season 4 finale, effectively turning her into a human. Sorry ‘bout it, Katerina! Now, it looks like for the first time, she’ll have to rely on someone else for her safety.

Katherine coming to terms with her humanity is one of the more exciting storylines of Season 5, so here are three things we want for human Katherine in the series’s fifth season.

1. No more games. If there’s one thing Katherine excels at, it’s playing games. Usually, her games are a means to an end, and we have no doubt Katherine will continue to play her mind games well into Season 5. (Case in point: coming in between Delena!) However, without her vampire abilities, she’s going to have to learn that when you mess with the bull, you get the horns. For once, we’d like to see Katherine be vulnerable. We saw a tiny bit of her softer side when Katherine gives Elijah the cure, no strings attached. Unfortunately, she got her heart broken when Elijah left Katherine for New Orleans (Kalijah fans, we’re still upset, too), but for about five seconds, we saw the real Katherine — no games in sight — and we’d like to see her come back.

2. Friends. Katherine has spent the last 500 years running from Klaus, completely alone. Her inability to trust anyone other than herself means she’s left a trail of scorned men along the way. We love to see Katherine start to actually build friendships now that she’s a human. After all, she doesn’t have eternity anymore, and time is oh so short. We know Katherine will shack up with Damon in Chateau Salvatore once Elena leaves for college (Damon always had a soft spot for Katherine, didn’t he?), but we’d love to see her start to become friends with Mystic Falls’ resident All-American human, Matt Donovan. Sure, we know his loyalties lie with exes Elena and Caroline, but it would be nice to see Matt help Katherine cope with her humanity. Plus, sparks could totally fly between these two. Hey, stranger things have happened!

3. Reconcile with Elena. OK, so we don’t see this happening any time soon, but we’d like to see these two doppelgangers put aside their issues and become friends — we’ll even settle for acquaintances! Not only is Silas running rampant in Mystic Falls, but Julie Plec has teased that little ol’ Silas is the least of the gang’s worries. With even more big bads on the way, the Petrova doppelgangers are stronger together than apart. Katherine may be human now, but she’s still got her sharp wit. If there’s one person who can get inside a psycho’s head and figure out their game plan, it’s her. We’d like to see her work with the Scooby Gang this season, not against them.

Are you excited for the Season 5 premiere, TVD fans? What do you want for Katherine? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you’re most excited for.

Catch the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fan-girl for all things Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones and Once Upon a Time. She speaks fluent geek. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!