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We’ll admit, we thought Katherine (Nina Dobrev) might be a little broken after Elijah (Daniel Gillies) left her in The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 20, “The Originals.” Even before he kissed her forehead and returned to New Orleans, she was showing her vulnerable side to Rebekah (Claire Holt).

When we asked fans on our Facebook page what questions they had about TVD so far, one asked why Katherine compared herself to Klaus (Joseph Morgan). The doppelganger told Rebekah, “Klaus won't be able to walk away from this [baby]. He and I are the same. We manipulate, we thirst for power, we control, we punish, but our actions are driven by one, singular place deep inside. … We're alone, and we hate it.”

We’ve never really thought of Katherine as lonely. As the question-asker pointed out, it’s always been Katherine’s choice to be alone. She refused to seek out Stefan (Paul Wesley) or Damon (Ian Somerhalder) all those years they thought she was dead. And then there’s Elena (Nina Dobrev).

Whether Katherine likes it or not, Elena is her direct descendent. Sure, Kat had a bit of a friendship with Isobel — Elena’s birth mother — but she’s alway hated her doppelganger.

If Katherine weren’t the Katherine we know and love — you know, if she was just a tad less bitchy — she might be able to have a relationship with Elena and abate some of her self-described loneliness. But we think Bonnie (Kat Graham) might know the centuries-old vampire better than she knows herself. While making Katherine a deal for the tombstone, the witch promises, “You’ll get the one thing you want most in the world. Freedom. Survival. Never having to run from anyone again.”

We’re not doubting Katherine’s feelings for Elijah — she did hand over the cure, after all — we’ve just thought she’s always been mostly driven by her self-preservation.