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"Firefly" Fans Will Not Be Able To Watch This GIF Without Crying

Animator Stephen Byrne reopens old Hoban Washburne wounds.

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Seattle-based Irish animator Stephen Byrne is a big fan of Joss Whedon (and vice versa), especially the cult favourite TV show Firefly.

Right now, Stephen is working on a web project called The Animated Adventures Of Firefly, and he has uploaded a short GIF from the first scene to his official Facebook page.

It's a heartbreaker.

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Yep, that's the lovebird characters Hoban "Wash" Washburne and Zoë Washburne.

20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection
20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection

They were played by actors Alan Tudyk and Gina Torres.


And yes, that GIF is referencing a particularly devastating storyline from the series.

It's a plot twist that basically did this to every Firefly viewer. And it still hurts.

Jeez, thanks Stephen.

There's also a video showing how much time and effort went in to making just this one GIF.

View this video on YouTube

The Buffy piece took many months and hundreds of hours. I would not recommend that anyone hold their breath.