By Mandi Bierly
Updated April 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM EDT
Vampire Diaries
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We have three episodes of The Vampire Diaries left this season, including tonight’s Roaring ’20s Decade Dance, and by the end of them, we will know which Original is at the start of Damon, Stefan, Caroline, and Katherine’s bloodline. Whichever Original it is can’t be killed, because when an Original dies, all the vampires in his or her line follow — and we need the show to continue. So, which Original do you hope gets the pass? It doesn’t mean this character has to have actual screen time moving forward, mind you. Or that you’re condemning all the other Originals to certain death. It just means that the possibility for this one character to resurface will always exist. If you follow my recaps, you know as much as I love seeing Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tear up — and I do — I’m rooting for it to be Elijah (Daniel Gillies), who has interesting histories with both Katherine and Elena (Nina Dobrev) that I’d love to revisit, in addition to great taste in suits and the ability to make me trust him even though he likes to rip people’s hearts out. I recently took my plea to TVD exec producer Julie Plec. “Let me tell you, there’s a 25 percent chance it’s Elijah. In my heart, maybe it’s 97 percent,” she laughed, humoring me. “I don’t know.” Let’s take it to a vote below.

P.S. Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) also have things going for them. We know the least about Kol, so there’s still room for the writers to surprise us with his story. He’s got a flare for creative violence and bad puns, which makes him enjoyable. And, he’s fairly dreamy. Rebekah is the only one of the Originals who still wants a chance to be a normal teen, which usually results in her being manipulated, heartbroken, and pissed off — also enjoyable. Plus, she’s been known to have sex with Damon (Ian Somerhalder).

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