Oh, What the Hell; Let's Kill off Even More TV Characters
When I first brought up the subject of various television characters who could safely get bumped off with little impact on their respective shows, it was in response to Brian the dog's death on Family Guy. That was December of last year, and I really hadn't thought of revisiting the topic until HBO went and forced my hand with the "shocking" death in last Sunday's season premiere of True Blood. How did I know it was shocking? Because that's how it was described in every article that talked about it.
The cast of HBO's "True Blood" in a rare, fully-clothed moment.
What's more surprising is that anyone still watches True Blood in the first place, but I digress.
Now that summer's officially here and most of your favorite programs are in reruns or about to be (none of you are actually Rizzoli & Isles fans, right?), it's time to look at more characters that should be put out to pasture. The Death Pasture.
To recap, here's the previous list:
Alan Harper (Two and a Half Men)
Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)
Aaron Hotchner (Criminal Minds)
The Dowager Countess (Downton Abbey)
Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
Ted Mosby (How I Met Your Mother)
everybody (Grey's Anatomy)
8. Sam Healy - Orange is the New Black
It might seem counterintuitive to put one of the few male characters from the Netflix series on here, except most of the male characters are scumbags. A more obvious choice would probably be "Pornstache" Mendez, but he's out of the picture now and I'm not buying Healy's redemptive arc.
How He Should Kick the Bucket: I hear those Ukrainian mail-order brides can be a tad unstable.
7. Harry Crane - Mad Men
Initially sympathetic in a goofy way, Harry has become increasingly obnoxious and self-important since moving to California. He's never going to be a partner, and he lacks any compelling back story to make us care about him in the slightest. And this aggression against Joan will not stand.
How He Should Kick the Bucket: How about some slight historical revisionisim to make him the guy who got stabbed at Altamont?
6. Kurt and/or Rachel - Glee
Speaking of shows I can't believe are still on the air. Rachel Berry has now supplanted Jennifer Aniston's character from Friends as the most annoying TV character with that first name, while Kurt doesn't let the fact he has the most accepting father in the Midwest keep him from being an absolute pain in the ass.
How They Should Kick the Bucket: Rachel already shared a kiss with Kurt's boyfriend, so why not push that infidelity to the next level, leading to an inevitable murder-suicide? Ryan Murphy loves being topical, and all.
5. Daenerys Targaryen - Game of Thrones
Do we care about anything but the dragons at this point? I know it's unlikely HBO will eliminate the only person in Westeros or Essos who appears capable of controlling fire-breathing sky lizards, but her scenes -- "Dracarys" excepted -- are routinely the most boring of the show.
How She Should Kick the Bucket: In a lucrative Hobbit crossover, Dany and Drogon are shot down over Laketown by Bard the Bowman.