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What would Vampire Diaries be if not for the show you can count on to surprise you by killing off seemingly innocent cast members?

Nothing taught us that more than Episode 9 of Season 4 when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) drowned poor Mayor Lockwood (RIP, lady). That being said, it’s time to try and sort out who’s on the vampy chopping block next.

Let’s start by recapping the survivors in Mystic Falls: We’d bet good money that folks like Elena (Nina Dobrev), Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan (Paul Wesley), Caroline (Candice Accola), Matt (Zach Roerig) and Klaus are safe. But there are some central characters that worry us.

Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) seems primed to become a liability now that he’s a hunter and under the tutelage of Professor Shane. Same goes for Bonnie (Kat Graham), who’s being manipulated by her witchy mentor and could get caught in the crossfire.

Some of the more obvious kills could come in the form of Tyler (Michael Trevino), who’s being hunted by Klaus. Hayley is also a possibility, and her death wouldn’t exactly be an unwelcome departure after last week’s betrayal. Plus there’s poor April, who was last seen looming over the undead body of Rebekah (Claire Holt).

If we had to place money on who the next character killed off will be, we’d have to go with drumroll, please Hayley!

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