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    17 Character Deaths That TV And Movie Writers Actually Regret

    And TBH, they're right! Bring back all these characters!!!

    Character deaths are a natural part of any show or movie, but that doesn't mean they don't hurt.

    And not just for the viewers. Sometimes, even the show or movie's writers and creators feel bad about killing characters, or even regret doing so.

    Here are 17 characters showrunners, writers, producers, and directors have said they regret killing.


    1. Marissa Cooper on The O.C.

    Ryan pulls Marissa from the flaming car and tells her he's going to get help, but she begs him to stay

    In an Instagram Live, show creator, Josh Schwartz, replied "yes" to a fan who asked if he regretted killing the character. “You know, it upset a lot of people in a way that the show was designed to bring pleasure,” he said.

    Schwartz at a red carpet

    2. Berlin on Money Heist

    Berlin saying "I've spent my life being a bit of an asshole, but today...I think I feel like dying with dignity" then walking into fire

    Series creator, Alex Pina, regrets killing him off. Pina called him a "misogynist, narcissist, and psychopath" but said he made the show interesting.

    Alex Pina at an event

    3. Dylan Young on Grey's Anatomy

    Dylan behind Meredith as she holds the bomb in the patient's chest

    Show creator, Shonda Rhimes, said that actor Kyle Chandler would pitch her ideas where his character didn't explode, but she didn't take him up on any of them because exploding was what the character was written to do, even if she didn't want to do it. "I did not expect to have Kyle Chandler," she said. "I didn’t want to explode him."

    close up of Shonda at an event

    4. Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Tara is shot and says "your shirt" as willow's shirt is splattered with her blood - she collapses and Willow says "Tara? Baby? Baby, come on!"

    "I think that killing Tara was — in retrospect, of all the people, did she have to die?" then-showrunner, Marti Noxon, said to Vulture of the controversial decision.

    Noxon on the red carpet with her hand on her hips

    5. Lexa on The 100

    a character saying "i'm not gonna let you die" while the other replies, "There're nothing you can do now"

    Show creator, Jason Rothenberg, actually issued an apology letter for killing Lexa, saying he was stunned and heartbroken over the backlash over her death — which was largely centered around the fact that it, too, contributed to the "Bury Your Gays" trope.

    Rotheberg on a red carpet

    6. Lamplighter on The Boys

    lamplighter says he just wanted to make his dad proud then erupts into flame as hughie looks shocked

    Showrunner, Eric Kripke, said Lamplighter's death was written into the scripts early on and needed to happen, based on what the character had done. Still, Kripke regretted writing the death in after seeing actor Shawn Ashmore in the role — but it was too late to change. "Shawn made that character so world-weary and sympathetic for someone who had done such terrible things, and made that character so interesting that I, along with the other writers, were like, goddamn he's an awesome character."

    Eric at a conference

    7. Apollo Creed in Rocky IV

    Ivan punching Apollo and sending him to the floor seizing. He then dies in Rocky's arms

    Write, director, and star of Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone, has said he often regrets the decision to kill Apollo Creed in the film, saying he should've left him in a wheelchair instead and had him become Rocky's coach. "It was foolish. Rocky V would've never happened and Rocky VI maybe never would've happened...that way," he said.

    Sylvester Stallone at an event

    8. Tyreese on The Walking Dead

    Tyreese dying

    When asked which characters he regretted killing, show creator, Robert Kirkman, said, "I mean, all of them and none of them, you know? I wish I was still writing Tyreese, yeah, that's a character I really enjoyed. You know, I wish I was still writing Tyreese on the show."

    Kirkman at a screening

    9. Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero on The Sopranos

    Salvatore asks i he can sit, then Tony shoots him and he falls

    When asked which character he regretted killing, series creator, David Chase, mentioned Salvatore. “It was too soon because we all loved that guy, and we loved the actor also,” Chase said. “But, it made for a great story. What can I say?”

    chase on a red carpet

    10. Danny on Trust Me

    Danny in the show

    Show writer, Dan Sefton, discussed the death afterward, saying the actor, Elliot Cooper, was "brilliant" and that he was sad he was gone. "When he came in and did that role it feels to me he is exactly how he is, he does it so natural and so well, and that was a real regret for me. I thought, 'Oh my goodness.' I know for the drama he has to go, but he needs to be in something else.'"

    Sefton at an event

    11. Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Val's death in the film

    Co-writer, Jon Kasdan, expressed his regret over killing Val so early in a tweet. He said, "Thandiwe Newton may actually have been too good and too interesting as Val. It was always in the design of the story that Beckett would lose his trusted crew members during the Conveyex Job-gone-wrong and be forced to rely on the newbies, Han and Chewie, and this would also open the door for Lando, Qi'ra, and L3 to join the crew, but Thandie is so compelling to watch that the death of her character feels a little like a cheat."

    Kasdan at a press conference for Solo

    12. Kate on Last Tango in Halifax

    Kate in the show

    After originally defending killing the character,* writer, Sally Wainwright, later said it was sad to do — "I wrote another ending, but it didn’t work. At the time, I thought it was the right choice, but I do actually regret it now.”

    Sally at a screening

    13. Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solance

    M tells Bond "You might like to tell her your theory about there being no oil. Her lungs are full of it" after he sees Fields' body covered in oil

    Looking back, actress Gemma Arterton, who played the Bond Girl, sees many issues with her role. She even rewrote her character's arc to call out the sexism in the script. She also said that producer Barbara Broccoli later told her that she regretted killing the character.

    Gemma Arterton and Barbara Broccoli hugging

    14. And finally, let's end with some Peaky Blinders characters, including Aberama...

    aberama getting pulled back and stabbed to death

    15. ...Barney...

    Barney is about to shoot, then turns around and gets shot

    16. ...Malacki Byrne...

    Bryne's body

    17. ...and Major Campbell.

    polly shoots campbell

    Show creator, Steven Knight, said, “I should have kept [Aberama] alive, I could have just wounded him,” and also called Cosmo Jarvis, who played Barney, "just brilliant," saying, "I really wish I’d kept him alive now because he’s such a good actor." As for Byrne, he also called Vaughan-Lawlor, who played the character, "brilliant" but said he had to die for the story. For Campbell, it seems Knight mostly just felt bad about firing Sam Neill, who played him.

    knight at an event

    What characters do you wish hadn't died? Let us know in the comments!