Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Karl Shoottheglass, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. The Naughty List

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    Yeah, that one floored me. I was not expecting that at all, and wondered how they were even going to carry on the show in a satisfactory way without such a key character. But they did it, and used her death to fuel their mission.
     
  2. the G-man

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    I'm pretty sure I saw that one in syndication at least once.




    That episode "ruined" Futurama for me for years. Every time I tried to watch the series, all I could think of was that dying dog
     
  3. mimic

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    Wallace, season 1 of The Wire.

    Lots of characters die on that show, many of whom I liked more than Wallace, but that one was hard.
     
  4. Forbin

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    Jenny and Tara on Buffy. The first utterly horriffic, the second utterly tragic.
     
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    Henry Blake's death affected me deeply because I was so young when I first saw it on tv and had never even thought of death or what it means before that episode.

    The other one for me was Joyce Summers from Buffy. It was such a powerful episode. Very raw and real.
     
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    Just saw that ep on the DVD set a couple of months ago.

    I was bawling at the end of that! Come on, man, this is a comedy show, you're not supposed to make me cry!
     
  7. Warped9

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    Another television character who died in a film.

    I didn't care for the film as a whole, but the character's death really shook me. And a large part of it was in what it represented. It not only marked an end to an era, but it was also totally pointless.

    The death of Captain Kirk made me equally sad and angry.
     
  8. Forbin

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    Likewise Wash and Book in Serenity.
     
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    Didn't The Bill blow up the station like 3 or 4 times, coincidentally whenever they wanted to introduce a new set? :lol:
     
  11. Karl Shoottheglass

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    I should've thought of of Joyce Summers myself. On a single episode basis, that's a pinnacle. It's probably the least supernatural episode of BUFFY ever, leaving out the very end.

    Australians probably remember PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H more than most of us, but what made the death-by-cancer of prisoner Rita Connors doubly moving was that it never happened. It was a fake, a complete set-up plotted by guards and convicts alike to finally nail the ultimate villain of the show and send her to a well-deserved prison sentence. It was outrageous yet played totally straight, and it worked flawlessly.
    Maybe the best final episode of any series....almost certainly for a soap opera.

    My number two choice for an ACTUAL character death, written several weeks after the actual actor died, would be the sendoff for HILL STREET BLUES's Michael Conrad. For nearly three years the opening scene in the squadroom was permanently noisy, with six or more side-conversations overlapping every week. And then in 1984, the Captain came in and announced. ''Could I have your attention.......
    ...........Phil Esterhaus died this morning at 1:30 (estimate)....''

    Just seconds later, for the first time ever, the entire squadroom was absolutely, totally 110 percent quiet.

    It was another great hour of TV, though the Sergeant's sendoff actually was spread out two more weeks, with the eventual distribution of his ashes.
     
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    Mrs. Landingham from The West Wing. All our family was quite shocked. The series was quite popular at the time as was that character. I remember reading that it affected a lot of people in D.C. too.

    When she popped up again in a flashback later on, I gasped.
     
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    "Two Cathedrals" is one of the greatest television episodes ever.
     
  14. Ríu ríu chíu

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    In the second season premiere of L&O they killed off Max Greevey, but since the actor didn't want to return to do that one scene, they did it in an interesting way: all you could see was Max working on his car (from the POV of his wife who was inside the house) and barely see the guy come up and shoot him. The whole scene is basically told by Max's wife and Mike Logan who was talking to her on the phone. You hear his wife go "Oh #%#*!" and then it cuts to Mike, who yells into the phone "MARIE!!!!!!!"

    Also a very powerful scene.
     
  15. Warped9

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    I remember watching that when it first aired. It was seriously :wtf:
     
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    Dee's death in Battlestar Galactica. Seeing her happy and telling Felix she just wanted to savor the feeling, then, when he leaves, she takes out the gun and shoots herself.

    I'm just now getting around to watching The West Wing and though, I knew Mrs. Landingham died, I thought it was later on in the show. "Two Cathedrals" took me by surprise.

    "Sleeping in Light" always has me tear up.

    Dinobot's death in Beast Wars was really well done. He went out like a badass, got one last quip at Rattrap, and a Hamlet quote to boot!

    More recently, Hershel's death, though we all knew it was only a matter of time, just seeing it...
     
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    Just to be clear for those who don't know, Mrs. Landingham dies in the episode called "18th and Potomac". "Two Cathedrals" is the immediately following episode with the flashbacks and season two finale.
     
  18. shivkala

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    Damn, you're right. Though to be fair, her death, if I remember from watching it a few months ago, was revealed in the last few minutes of "18th and Potomac," with the impact of it being revealed over the course of "Two Cathedrals," as President Bartlett tries to come to terms with it.

    I'd submit, though, that, as sad as it was to hear she died in "18th and Potomac," it was just shocking. "Two Cathedrals" really made it moving.
     
  19. CorporalCaptain

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    Yeah. That's the way it went down.
     
  20. Icemizer

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    The Tenth Doctor, "I dont want to go." Just killed me.