WHO was supposed to die (but didn't) in Vampire Diaries S3 finale?

The twisty drama The Vampire Diaries has taken some creative risks in recent seasons, and the creators say they had an even bigger one planned for the season-three finale—but the major death didn't make the cut. So who was supposed to bite the dust?

In an interview with TV Line, producer Julie Plec said the writers had originally planned to kill Klaus (Joseph Morgan) in the finale, but decided not to pull the trigger at the last second.

"I will tell you this—and I haven't said this before: Our intention was to kill Klaus at the end of Season 3. We created the character last year ... and our intention was, that after a long, arduous year of trying to vanquish and defeat the villain, our heroes would prevail and he would be no more. But when you have actors [like Joseph Morgan] who are that good, making such a distinct mark in the roles that they are playing, you have to let your storytelling evolve and wrap around that a little bit. We collectively decided around the middle of Season 3 that we weren't done with Klaus—or Joseph. We also weren't done with the Original family, because with the addition of Rebekah and Kol, there's still a lot of story to tell.

"Sometimes [as a writer] you kill a character because you don't know what else you can do with them, and sometimes you kill them because their death will so powerfully impact your other characters. But if you're killing a character who is doing a great job with tons and tons of story left in him, you're making a mistake. We had to do a bit of an about-face in our storytelling, which is how we came up with the Tyler body swap [in the finale]. So, we got to kill Klaus, and then not!"

Looking toward season four, Plec said the new year will actually be a throwback to the first season, as they re-examine what it means to be a vampire in high school.

"How do you go to high school as a new vampire? How do you fall in or out of love? How does it change who you are and what you feel? ... We get really excited when we talk about this [arc] because it feels so deliciously Season 1 all over again. It takes us right back to Stefan arriving in Mystic Falls, trying to hold himself together and not let anybody know who he was. Now, we get to watch our heroine go through all of that."

Sound off: Do you think the writers made the right call?

(Via TV Line)