Unless she does something fast, Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev) is dead. The Vampire Diariesmidseason finale (Season 5, Episode 10: “Fifty Shades of Grayson”) ended with the 500-year-old clutching her chest and falling down the Salvatore mansion stairs. (What? If Katherine’s going to die, she’s going to do it dramatically.) But there’s hope in the form of a Traveler trick that would put Katherine’s soul, personality, etc. into someone else’s body. Will Katherine possess her own doppelganger, Elena?

Yes, this would seemingly solve all of her problems

To be honest, we’d be a little bit surprised if Katherine didn’t do this. Let’s recap what we know about the born-again-human:

  • She will do anything to stay alive.

  • She loves Stefan (who loves Elena).

  • She hates Elena.

  • She doesn’t want to lose her hot bod.

Possessing Elena would literally solve all of these problems.  She’d be alive in an identical body to the one she has had for 500 years the one Stefan is so fond of. As faux-Elena, she’d gain Stefan’s love and finally get the revenge on Elena she’s always wanted to. And she doesn’t have the moral qualms others might have about taking over someone else’s life. All of her problems solved! In the short term, at least before anyone else found out and before she realized that being loved because everyone thinks you’re someone else isn’t the same as being loved.

No, because character development

As much as we think possessing Elena is a total Katherine move, we’re really hoping that it is a total Katherine move from before her recent character development. The best part about Season 5 has been watching Katherine struggle with her humanity, and being changed because of that struggle. If she chooses to screw Elena over to save herself, we won’t be surprised, but we’ll be pretty bummed. We want Katherine to be better than that. We want her story arc to be better than that. If possessing Elena is one of her final acts on this show, then she isn’t as interesting a character as we thought (and hoped) she had become... because she won’t have changed and, for characters to be interesting, they need to change. This would also put a damper on the Steferine romance storyline that is happening, aka the romance we are currently most excited about on this show. The Season 5 versions of these two characters are kind of perfect for one another. We don’t want their romance to end!

Do you think Katherine will possess Elena? Do you want her to? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW, followed by an all-new episode of Reign.