TV series producers often need to “kill” certain characters for a variety of reasons. The actor or actress may be encountering certain difficulties, the show may need an emotional boost to keep the audience interested, or it may just be the direction of the story. Because of these issues, death is commonplace on television series.
Check out below eight famous characters who found death in the series in which they participated.
1) Charlie Harper – Two And a Half Man
Let’s start with one of the most infamous deaths in the history of television. Actor Charlie Sheen, famous for his bohemian and controversial lifestyle, had to return to rehab in January 2011, which made Two And a Half Men, one of the most popular television series of the time, go on hiatus, as the actor was one of its protagonists. To make matters worse, Sheen attacked the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre, during an interview on a radio show.
Lorre didn’t even want to know and fired Sheen from the series. The option chosen by the production was to kill his character before the opening of the ninth season, which showed the funeral of Charlie Harper.
2) Tuco Salamanca – Breaking Bad
Tuco Salamanca was the first major villain of Breaking Bad, but soon found death at the hands of Hank Schrader. And who thanked him for that was his interpreter, the actor Raymond Cruz, who had difficulties to interpret the character.
“I was not sad to see Tuco leave, because it was very difficult for me. What you watched was condensed. There were days and days recording scenes from 12 to 14 hours. It was physically, emotionally and mentally draining, so when they killed him, I was happy, ”said Cruz, in an interview in 2015.
3) Chef – South Park
South Park gained fame for making fun of all existing religions, such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Mormonism and even Atheism. But the voice actor for Chef, the singer Isaac Hayes, was angry when the show also satirized Scientology, of which he is a part, which made him leave the series.
Nine days after his departure, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone killed Chef horribly, but paid a touching tribute through the character Kyle.
4) Maude Flanders – The Simpsons
Like actors, voice actors also need to renew their contracts after a few years. In 1998, Fox, the Simpsons ‘producer, threatened to replace all of the series’ voice actors instead of paying the wages they asked for. In the end everything worked out, except for the voice actress Maggie Roswell. She lent her voice to some minor characters on the show, in particular Maude Flanders, wife of Ned Flanders.
In the 1999-2000 season, Maude started making few appearances, in addition to being with a new voice actress. Until in February 2000, she was killed in a ridiculous way: she fell from a grandstand after being hit by T-shirts fired from a cannon.
Fox says Roswell left The Simpsons because he no longer wanted to move from Denver (where he lived) to Los Angeles to record his lines. But according to the voice actress, she left because she asked for an increase in her salary, which was not accepted.
5) Lawrence Kutner – House
Here is a death for a curious reason. Actor Kal Penn, who played Lawrence Kutner in House, decided to invest in his political career while he was still on the series. He ended up getting a job during the term of former President Barack Obama.
Of course, he would no longer be able to maintain his acting career. And House’s writers didn’t waste the opportunity to add a little drama to the situation: they made Kutner commit suicide. Penn even reprized the role in the last episode of the series, in the form of a hallucination.
6) Ana Lucia Cortez and Libby Smith – Lost
In this item, we will include two characters at once. Many Lost fans believe that Ana Lucia Cortez and Libby Smith (played by Michelle Rodriguez and Cythia Watros, respectively) were eliminated from the series due to the arrests of the two actresses in December 2005, for failing sobriety tests.
But according to the creator, Damon Lindelof, the deaths of the two characters had already been written in the script. Basically, prisons were never a problem for the series.
7) Brian Griffin – Family Guy
Fans of Family Guy were angry after the death of Brian Griffin, the talking dog of the family and Stewie’s companion. But two episodes later, he ended up returning.
According to the creator, Seth McFarlane, Brian died to create a shock in the fans. “We did this to remind people that this is a show and anything can happen, despite the fact that it only lasted a while.”
8) Sasha – The Walking Dead
And we ended the list with a very recent death, which is Sasha’s, in The Walking Dead, which happened in the final episode of the seventh season, shown last Sunday (2).
At the end of last year, Sonequa Martin-Green, the character’s performer, got the lead role in the Star Trek: Discovery series, which is already highly anticipated by fans of the fictional series. Would your new job mean your end on The Walking Dead? As Sasha ended up dying, it goes without saying that the answer is a “yes.”