Word on the street is that there will be multiple deaths in the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries and we’re not just talking about Stefan’s perpetual drownings at the bottom of a quarry. According to TV Fanatic, there will be two deaths in the premiere and at least one of those will be of a recurring character. Who will it be? Here is our list of likely suspects.

Katherine Pierce

We don’t want to see Katherine die now that she’s all human and interesting, but you have to admit, it’s a lot easier to kill her now that she’s back on the mortal side of the spectrum. So far, Silas has been a largely inactive bad guy. Sure, he’s done bad stuff, but nothing too affecting (we blame Katherine for Jeremy’s death). If we’re going to take him seriously as a Big Bad, he should probably kill someone major off in the first ep. Katherine would do the trick. Plus, we know they will hang out (in a bubble bath) in the Season 5 premiere. Opportunity (aforementioned bathtub), means (his super vampire strength), and motive (he’s a bitter jerk).

April Young

Let’s face it: April’s main role on this show is sacrificial lamb, which means she was born to get killed by a TVD Big Bad. Unless she spent the summer getting really, really interesting, there isn’t really much left for her character to do. Except die. It may sound harsh, but we’ve given April many a chance to prove her merit, and all we’ve gotten is puppy dog looks and a lot of compulsion. We think Silas might finally put this character out of her boring misery in the Season 5 premiere.

Elizabeth Forbes

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Sheriff Forbes, aka Caroline’s mom, has been given increasingly less to do as TVD has progressed. She used to be a vaguely antagonistic authority, Damon’s quasi-BFF, and a single parent. She still plays some of those roles, but not as prominently. We don’t want Sheriff Forbes to die, but as long as we’re offering up recurring characters, we couldn’t help but put her on the list.

Bonnie's dad

Our real money is on Bonnie’s dad, aka Rudy Hopkins, aka the mayor of Mystic Falls. Normally, we don’t spend much time considering this character, but we see him mentioned in a sneak peek Season 5 premiere conversation between Bonnie and Jeremy. Furthermore, we have been trying to figure out why Ghost Bonnie freaks out quite so much in the Season 5 Comic Con sizzle reel. (Wherein Silas gives a speech to the town’s square about testing his limits, and then we watch Bonnie release a bloodcurdling scream.) We think Bonnie’s dad, the mayor, is at this particular town gathering, and we think Silas does something dastardly to him.

Who do you think dies in the Season 5 premiere? Share your theories in the comments below!

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

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