10 TV Character Deaths That Changed the Direction of Their Shows for the Better

Using a character’s death as a way to push the show’s plot in a certain direction is a common strategy, but it rarely benefits the series. No matter the genre, shows have been killing off characters for years and there have been a variety of reasons for it. A death could introduce a new story arc, shocks viewers who get too comfortable, adds drama to the pivotal moment, or simply serves as a way to write off the character if the actor playing him leaves the series entirely. The important thing is to finish the character with respect to his story.

There are so many examples of characters dying in vain that it seems to have become the norm in the industry. Those deaths are often accompanied by an angry audience who can’t forgive the producers for killing off their favorite character for nothing. For example, how I Met Your Mother Killing the Mother is universally considered the move that ruined the show’s legacy because it was completely unnecessary for Tracy to die like that. However, there are also quite a few positive examples of The death of a character pushes the series in a better, more innovative and daring direction..

10 John Winchester

Supernatural (2005)

Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Jared Padalecki, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Mark A. Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Alexander Calvert


In Supernatural In the Season 2 premiere, “In My Time of Dying,” John and his children were taken to the hospital following their demonic car accident. Dean was not going to survive due to his previous injuries, so John made a deal with Azazel to exchange his life for Dean’s. He died and was sent to hell where he was tortured. While John’s passing was especially tragic because the children had just been reunited with him, it was also allowed Sam and Dean to be alone for the first time in their livessaved Dean’s life and hinted at a horrible truth about Sam’s fate.

9 Simone Garnett

The Good Place (2016)

The good place
Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, Ted Danson


In The good place In season 3, Simone and Chidi, who was back on Earth, began dating, but Chidi later broke up with her, and that was it until the season 3 finale, “Pandemonium.” Simone died and arrived in the afterlife as the new resident recruited for the experiment, but Michael had to erase his memories of Chidi. Unfortunately, Simone’s appearance on Medium Place pushed Chidi to ask for a memory wipe. as well as to keep the experiment clean. Not only did he forget Simone, but he also couldn’t retain Eleanor’s memories of her. Their relationship ended tragically for the time being, but the experiment was carried out.

8 Jill Tracy

Scrubs (2001)

Jill Tracy in hospital bed wearing gown

John C. McGinley, Robert Maschio, Donald Faison, Christa Miller, Neil Flynn, Judy Reyes, Aloma Wright, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Sam Lloyd, Ken Jenkins


Jill Tracy was part of Exfoliants since season 1, and her heartbreaking death by suicide in season 5, episode 20, “My Lunch”, made a huge impression on JD and Dr. Cox, who had seen her at the supermarket a few days earlier and didn’t notice any sign. of depression. Jill’s death launched Dr. Cox’s dark arc —Jill’s organs went to three patients, but they all died because Jill had undiagnosed rabies, so Perry went crazy. It was Jill’s passing that essentially allowed the dynamic between JD and Dr. Cox to change drastically, as this time, Perry was the vulnerable bug and JD was the wise mentor type.

7 Ned Stark

Game of Thrones (2011)

game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Richard Madden, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Peter Dinklage


game of Thrones He was no stranger to killing off his main characters, and in season 1 episode 9, “Baelor,” it was Ned Stark’s turn. Ned was faced with an impossible choice, leading him to make a false confession of his supposed betrayal to save his daughters. However, things didn’t go as planned and instead of being sent to the Night’s Watch, Ned was executed by the tyrant Joffrey right in front of Sansa. Ned Stark’s death was brutal, but it served a great purpose in terms of advance the political conflict between House Lannister and House Stark. Additionally, Sean Bean’s departure left room for the other characters to come into the spotlight.

6 Jack Pearson

This is us (2016)

Jack Pearson looks serious on This Is Us

We are
Susan Kelechi Watson, Lonnie Chavis, Justin Hartley, Melanie Liburd, Hannah Zeile, Mandy Moore, Eris Baker, Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Logan Shroyer, Faithe Herman, Niles Fitch, Parker Bates, Chris Sullivan, Chrissy Metz, Alexandra Breckenridge , Jon Huertas, Lyrics Ross Asante Blackk Griffin Dunne Caitlin Thompson Chris Geere, Ron Cephas Jones, Mackenzie Hancsicsak


We are Perfectly balanced between past and present, as it told the story of a family. Although there were hints of Jack Pearson’s death since the pilot, his death was not confirmed until Season 1, Episode 5, “The Game Plan.” We are He finally revealed how Jack died in Season 2, Episode 14, “Super Bowl Sunday”: He went into cardiac arrest from inhaling smoke during the house fire. He not only did it Jack’s death provides the show’s unique hook.but he also did We are much harder to watch because Jack continued to appear in flashbacks throughout the series.

5 Marvin Eriksen Sr.

How I Met Your Mother (2005)

Young Marvin Eriksen, senior, cooks burgers in How I Met Your Mother

how I Met Your Mother
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Bob Saget


how I Met Your Mother It had its dramatic moments, but at its core it remained a fairly light-hearted comedy until season 6, episode 13, “Bad News,” where Marshall’s father, Marvin, passed away unexpectedly. Just when Marshall finally heard from the doctor and wanted to call his father to share the results of his fertility test, Lily came to tell him that Marvin had a heart attack and didn’t survive it. Marvin’s death gave how I Met Your Mother a dark and realistic angle and impacted Marshall’s story arcas he was forced to grow up and prepare for fatherhood while still considering his late father as his role model.

4 Prue Halliwell

Enchanted (1998)

Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan


In 2001, Delighted The season 3 finale, “All Hell Breaks Loose,” shocked audiences by killing off Halliwell’s older sister, Prue. Although her death was caused by Shannen Doherty’s departure from Delighted, It turned out to be the best decision the series has ever made. Prue’s passing allowed Piper and Phoebe to grow even closer, and introduced the fourth Charmed One, Paige Matthews, who shook up the dynamic. The series lasted five more successful seasons and Paige was a vital element in many characters’ stories; That’s not to say Prue was quickly forgotten. In fact, it served as a reminder to her sisters of how important it was to take extra precautions.

3 the doctor

Doctor Who (1963)

First Doctor in the TARDIS Thinking about Doctor Who

doctor who
Jenna Coleman, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Kingston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi


doctor who It wouldn’t still be on the air if it hadn’t been for the “death” of the First Doctor. When William Hartnell decided to leave the show due to his health problems in 1966, the creators came up with the concept of regeneration. In season 4, series 2, “The Tenth Planet”, the Doctor, Ben and Polly encountered the Cybermen for the first time, and their encounter left the Time Lord in critical condition, prompting him to renew his body. he. The First Doctor regenerated into the Second Doctor.thus introducing the key success factor of doctor whoThe survival of the last 60 years.

2 tara maclay

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

Tara Maclay looks sad in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Dan Rubin, David Boreanaz, Seth Green, James Marsters


Tara Maclay’s heartbreaking death was one of the most controversial storylines in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and yet it led to the best arc in the show’s history. In season 6, episode 19, “Seeing Red”, the trio approached Buffy and her gang, and Warren attempted to shoot Buffy, but caught Tara. Heartbroken, Willow watched her beloved die and then transformed into her evil alter ego, who embarked on revenge. Tara’s death fueled Willow’s dark arcwhich, in turn, spiced up the group dynamic and showed Willow in a new light, adding depth and layers to the sincere character.

1 sherlock holmes

Sherlock (2010)

Sherlock Holmes standing dramatically on the roof in Sherlock

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rupert Graves

The death scene of Sherlock Holmes in sherlock Season 2, Episode 3, “The Reichenbach Fall,” was one of the highlights of the series and the moment when Sherlock finally showed that he did care about his friends and family. However, in the season 3 premiere, “The Empty Hearse”, it was revealed that Sherlock had survived the fall. Still, this plot twist gave way to the fascinating Ups and downs of Sherlock and John’s friendship. and, most importantly, allowed for the long-awaited debut of Mary Morstan in season 3. How Sherlock faked his death was never explained on screen, and it’s infuriating to this day.

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