It’s that time of year again, folks. The time when you need to start worrying about which TV characters will escape the season unscathed, and which characters’ days are numbered.

It’s actually a bit of a joke among those familiar with “The Vampire Diaries” that despite the seemingly life or death stakes of the show, it never really kills anyone off. Minor characters might be canon fodder, but if your name appears in the opening credits, you’re probably safe.

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Even Nina Dobrev, the former star of the show, somehow managed to exit the series alive and mostly in tact. In fact, the last time Mystic Falls truly lost an important member of the team was when Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) bit the dust, and he came back to life safe and sound a few seasons later.

However, Ian Somerhalder’s latest interview with TV Guide hints that we might be saying farewell to someone important in an upcoming episode, “Days of Future Past.”

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“This one was really about telling the story of this whole group of individuals and how they’re all intersecting. And we lost some very wonderful, very beautiful characters in this episode,” Somerhalder says.

Then, in EW’s Spoiler Room, Somerhalder teased a tragic turn involving an exploding car. “This car blew up and I was 200 feet away and I could still feel the heat and the percussion from this thing…The audience isn’t going to get the blast that I felt. What they’re going to feel is real heartbreak for why that explosion happened.”

It may be hard to kill a vampire, but explosions manage to kill pretty much anything, whether you’re a human, vamp, witch, werewolf, or hybrid. So who’s safe and who’s in danger?

Totally safe: Stefan & Damon


Nothing short of a meteor hitting one of these two on the head could kill Stefan (Paul Wesley) or Damon (Ian Somerhalder) at this point. Considering the focus of the show has shifted to the brotherly love element the Salvatore’s have got going, you can rest your worries. Not to mention, the show just got picked up for Season 8, and they can’t really swing that properly without their main characters.

Probably fine: Caroline & Bonnie


The Season 8 pickup — and the departure of the former female lead — means that Caroline (Candice King) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) have more job security than just about anyone else on the show. Despite King being a new mom and Graham making statements about the show’s potential end, the popularity of Steroline and Bamon mean these girls aren’t going anywhere.

In danger: Enzo, Matt & Tyler


They might be loved, but Enzo (Michael Malarkey), Matt (Zach Roerig) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) have been walking set pieces for years, never quite generating enough interest or drama to consider themselves out of the woods. If the show ever wanted to make a major statement by killing a character without actually losing anyone too important, they’d go for one of these three.

Dead (wo)men walking: Nora, Mary Louise & Valerie


“The Vampire Diaries” has had trouble holding on to its girls over the years, to the point where the gender ratio of the main cast has been incredibly off balance lately (it’s 5:2 in case you were wondering). New characters are pretty much created to die anyways, so if someone’s got to go, we’d put our money on the heretic chicks.

You’re kidding, right?: Rayna


As the season’s villain, Rayna (Leslie-Anne Huff) has had a target on her back since the moment she was introduced. Only one big bad on “The Vampire Diaries” has ever escaped the axe, and we’re not sure that  Rayna is quite on Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) level. She’s certainly not popular enough to constitute a spinoff. She might make it to the finale, but let’s be clear… this girl is toast.

“The Vampire Diaries” returns Friday (April 1) at 8 p.m ET/PT on The CW.

Posted by:Lindsay MacDonald

Lindsay MacDonald is a Los Angeles based entertainment reporter with an affinity for CW superheroes. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a major in Media Studies and a borderline unhealthy obsession with TV in 2012. She would much rather spend the day binge-watching ‘The Flash’ or sorting ‘Game of Thrones’ characters into Hogwarts houses than venturing outdoors. TV words to live by: “Never ignore coincidence. Unless, of course, you’re busy. In which case, always ignore coincidence.”