Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries has had its ups and downs, but it still has the potential to be one of the best seasons yet of the consistently compelling show. However, there have been some missteps. Here are five ways to make this season so much better.

Make Bonnie interesting

We’ve been waiting for this to happen since Season 1, and still no dice, so we’re not going to hold our breaths. But, seriously! For a show pretty darn good at making us care about characters who also happen to be homicidal, why can’t they make us care about Bonnie? They had some serious potential in the Bonnie as ghost storyline, but it never really played out. It was just the same beat of Bonnie haunting Jeremy, waiting for something to happen. Why couldn’t they let Bonnie save herself? Or, at least be a badass ghost spy while she could lurk invisibly in any room. Missed opportunity, show. We’re not sure what Bonnie’s storyline will look like now that she’s half-back in the land of the living. We just hope it’s interesting.

Remember the supporting cast

TVD is at its best when it gives every one of its main characters something to do as in, not just Elena, Stefan, and Damon. So far, that list has extended to Katherine in Season 5, but Caroline and Matt in particular have had little to do. Now that the Silas/Tessa/Amara doppelganger drama is behind us, we’re hoping this will change, but as two of the best characters on this show, we need to see them doing more. Give these guys some agency! Especially Matt. Token human deserves better.

Don’t regress on us, show

We’re extremely wary of this “Damon is still homociding” move TVD pulled in last week’s episode. For those who need a refresher, Damon admitted to both Elena and Aaron that he has been killing Whitmores as recently as last month. Now, this could have just been something he said to keep Elena safe from Aaron’s wrath but it could have been the truth, and that makes us extremely, extremely worried. Damon’s character arc has been one of the most interesting on the show. We don’t care if he turns evil again just make it gradual and logical. Telling us that he has been secretly and consistently terrible this entire time isn’t interesting. You can’t have a character arc with no arc!

Turn one of our heroes into a weapon

We’ve had our share of awesome villains on this show, but the best are the ones we care about: the Mikaelsons and Katherine Pierces of the world. In a pinch, the best way to make a threat seem terrible is to make us care about both sides of a battle. If one of our main characters say, Elena is turned into a weapon say, a vampire-feeding vampire we are going to be terribly conflicted. On the one hand, we don’t want Elena to die (right?), but on the other hand, she will become a serious threat to her loved ones. Drama!

Consolidate the setting

One of the reasons it can be so hard for high school shows to make the transition into college territory is because of a division of focus. There are too many stories set in too many places with too many characters. So far, TVD has done a pretty good job keeping our gang involved in one another’s lives, and the setting feel relatively stable, but we think they could do better. Because our characters are based in different worlds with Jeremy, the Salvatores, and Matt in Mystic Falls and the others at Whitmore College their interaction can feel forced and strained. We need to find some way to tie these two worlds together in a logically narrative way. Perhaps, the Augustine Society has a Mystic Falls branch. Perhaps, Damon and Stefan become Associate Professors and Matt opens up his own bar on the Whitmore College campus. We don’t care, as long as it happens.

How do you like Season 5 so far? Do you have any suggestions on how to make the show better? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW, followed by an all-new episode of Reign.