As Nina’s centuries-old character prepares to take her final bow — allegedly — HollywoodLife.com is reflecting on all the reasons we’re going to miss her.
Tonight’s Vampire Diaries marks The CW series’ 100th episode, and in all likelihood, the final episode for Nina Dobrev‘s Katherine. In the spirit of remembering Ms. Pierce — more specifically, remembering all the hell she’s put our favorites through — HollywoodLife.com has rounded up our five favorite bad-ass Katherine moments.
Keep in mind, this is not a roundup of Katherine’s most heartbreaking and/or emotional moments, even though there were plenty of times she ripped out our hearts and crushed them into little pieces. This is a documentation of the reasons we love her — the selfish, reckless, bats**t-crazy moments that truly endeared her to us.
1. The First Cut Is The Deepest (Season 1, Episode 22: ‘Founder’s Day’)
Tonight’s episode may prove how good Katherine is at making at an exit, but let’s be real, she’s so much better at making an entrance! In one of the most jaw-dropping moments from any season finale of any show ever — and no, I’m not exaggerating — she turned the tables on John (David Anders), revealing her true identity and cutting off an entire hand’s worth of fatherly fingers.
2. Shot Caller, Blue Baller (Season 2, Episode 1: ‘The Return’)
Long before Damon (Ian Somerhalder) ever met Elena, Katherine was the only girl capable of truly rattling his cage, which she happily reminded him on the show’s second season premiere. A perfectly good sex romp — like, I’m pretty sure my shirt ripped open just watching it — was ruined by the most piercing (get it?) four words Katherine could possibly muster: “I never loved you.” Boo!
3. ‘Game On!’ (Season 2, Episode 1: ‘The Return’)
Caroline’s (Candice Accola) transformation into a vampire, and subsequent afterlife, has been a cornerstone of the show since the second season premiere — and we all have Katherine to thank for it! “I was hoping you could give the Salvatore brothers a message for me,” she told a still-woozy Caroline in her hospital bed on the second season premiere. “Game on!” And just like that, s**t got oh- real for the former Miss Mystic Falls. So real.
4. Dance ‘Til You’re Dead (Season 2, Episode 7: ‘Masquerade’)
Patience is a virtue; unfortunately, it’s not one of Katherine’s. This brings me to one of my all-time favorite Kat moments, when she literally broke some poor girl into pieces during her dance with Stefan (Paul Wesley) at the masquerade party in season two. (Snap! “Paralyzed from the waist down.” Snap! “And dead. The Moon Stone, Stefan… tick-tock!”) And with that, a new dance craze began: “The Katherine!” (Note: not acceptable behavior at most school dances. Do not repeat.)
5. First Degree Bro-icide (Season 4, Episode 14: ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’)
Now that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is back among the living, I don’t feel bad saying this: I kind of cheered when Katherine fed him to Silas in season four. It’s not that I don’t love Jeremy — let’s be real, I practically have a bronze replica of his arms on back order — but it was just such an unexpectedly bad-ass move from someone I was starting to worry I’d never see again.
HollywoodLifers, what’s YOUR favorite bad-ass Katherine moment? Something from our list, or did we leave off your top pick? Drop a comment with your thoughts on Katherine’s past, present and (very limited) future below!
— Andy Swift