The turning of a new year is a good time for reflection even for our favorite television shows. Here are five resolutions we think The Vampire Diaries should make for 2014.

Remember its supporting cast

There’s no doubt that Elena, Damon, and Stefan are major reasons we watch this show, but that doesn’t mean we don’t wish for a little more narrative time with TVD’s supporting characters – we’re thinking especially about Matt and Bonnie. We want them to have real storylines, not just periphery ones. Even if that just means playing a more substantial role in forcing the main narrative. (Right now, that means this business with the Augustine Society.)

Create a scary villain

We can’t remember the last time we were legitimately afraid of a TVD villain. Sure, Amara and Silas were crazy and dangerous, but they also seemed to have interests that, though affected our TVDers, didn’t necessarily work at cross-purposes. They didn’t want to sacrifice Elena like Klaus did back in the day, nor kill all of the Original vamps, therefore wiping out their entire vampire lines. We want to be afraid of a TVD villain again.

Raise the stakes

Part of the problem lies with the fact that death has little meaning on TVD anymore, which means it’s hard to create real stakes. This is a show on which the characters continually cheat death and, even when they do die, they often come back from it. TVD needs to create some real stakes for its characters – either death-related or not – or its going to continue to lose much of its dramatic power. Love triangle angst can only get us so far.

Send Caroline to The Originals

We love Caroline oh-so-much, but we’d love if she had more screen time, especially with a certain man necklace-wearing Original hybrid. If Caroline shifts onto The Originals, she’ll not only have more of a chance to carry a storyline, but the remaining TVD characters will have more time to (see aforementioned resolution #1). Plus, we’ll finally get some development on the Klaroline front. We understand the series’ choice not to immediately send Caroline to The Originals, but our Klaroline-shipping hearts can only be so patient.

Keep up the humor

Is it just us or has TVD been funnier than ever this season? Though it’s floundered in other areas, we haven’t stopped laughing at Katherine’s antics and Silas’s knock-knock jokes all season. With Silas dead and Katherine potentially on the way out, we really hope TVD can keep up the super high bar its set in the humor department moving forward. We need the laughs in-between all of the deaths and eyeball-cutting.

What resolutions do you think TVD should make for the new year? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. 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+!