Sudden character deaths -- they've become a regular occurrence television occurrence.
Even the lightest, breeziest comedies aren't afraid to sacrifice some bodies these days. No one on a screen is safe because the ax can be dropped on anyone, including characters we thought were too important to ever be at risk.
Killing off a character is a powerful weapon in the tv writer's arsenal. It raises the stakes and forces the audience to take the surviving characters' dilemmas seriously. Death
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can be a springboard for a lot of great plotlines. It's also the easiest way to write a character off a show.
Sometimes it's a character's time to go. However, far too often, a show kills a character off just as they were becoming interesting.
The characters below could have played a larger, more relevant part in their respective shows, which made seeing them die all the more crueler.
Capt. Zoe Anderson - The Rookie
Captain Zoe Anderson was one of the few authority figures we liked seeing onscreen. She was compassionate, badass and died heroically in the line of duty. The officers of the Wilshire Division and the audience won't forget her anytime soon, but there was still so much more we could have learned about and from her.
Wells Jaha - The 100
Wells was a viewpoint character in the books The 100 was adapted from. He was Chancellor's Jaha's son, Clarke's former best friend, and one of the few voices of reason among The 100. Clearly, he was being set up to -- Nevermind, he was stabbed to death in the third episode.
Paige Larson - Days of Our Lives
Discovering Eduardo Hernandez was Paige's father after her death robbed us of a juicy plotline about Paige getting to know her family while her controlling mom tries to prevent it. All we got were some weak lamentations after the fact from Paige's relatives.
William Walker - Brothers & Sisters
William Walker conducted shady business deals and had affairs. Do we get to watch him face the consequences of his actions? No, he dies in the first episode, and his wife and kids are the ones who have to pick up the pieces and clean up the messes he left behind.
Dr. Heather Brooks - Grey's Anatomy
Even for Grey Sloan, Brooks was odd. Some thought her personality was offputting, but Derek saw past her quirks and recognized her surgical talent. Unfortunately, not long after, a fellow intern's jealousy got the better of him and caused a chain of events resulting in her getting electrocuted and then dying on the operating table.
Ben Button - Riverdale
Ben was at the Twilight Drive-In, Ms. Grundy's, and the Cooper house but wasn't important to any plot though until he began playing G & G. Surviving his encounter with the Gargoyle King while Dilton didn't seemed to hint at him gaining a larger role, but shortly thereafter he chose to ascend and reunite with Dilton in the kingdom.