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19 TV And Movie Characters That Were Originally Supposed To Die

Troian Bellisario tried to get Spencer killed off on Pretty Little Liars.

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1. While Spike became a fan favorite on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he was originally supposed to be killed by Angel.

James Marsters told TooFab, "The original plan was to break Buffy's heart, which is always the plan. Angel and Buffy sleep together, Angel turns evil and he was gonna kill me off and take up with Drusilla so Buffy could get shattered."
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James Marsters told TooFab, "The original plan was to break Buffy's heart, which is always the plan. Angel and Buffy sleep together, Angel turns evil and he was gonna kill me off and take up with Drusilla so Buffy could get shattered."

2. If Jurassic Park had stayed true to the novel, Dr. Ian Malcolm would've died at the end of the film as well.

Jeff Goldblum helped fight for his inclusion in the franchise.
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Jeff Goldblum helped fight for his inclusion in the franchise.

3. In the early stages of developing Breaking Bad, creator Vince Gilligan thought about killing off Jesse Pinkman in Season 1.

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Gilligan originally planned to have Jesse killed by a drug dealer in Season 1. Walt, filled with anger, would have then sought revenge and eventually captured and tortured the drug dealer.

4. During Season 6, Pretty Little Liars almost killed off Alison (again) instead of Charlotte.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, I. Marlene King said that the writers toyed with the idea of Alison being the one in the casket instead of her sister, Charlotte. King said they ended up scrapping the storyline because it would've been too dark, especially for fans.
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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, I. Marlene King said that the writers toyed with the idea of Alison being the one in the casket instead of her sister, Charlotte. King said they ended up scrapping the storyline because it would've been too dark, especially for fans.

5. Also on Pretty Little Liars, Troian Bellisario lobbied to get Spencer killed off the show in order to raise the stakes for the Liars.

Bellisario told W, "A) You want a death scene, and B) On our show, your character becomes infinitely more interesting when you die. I honestly felt that for this world to be truly dangerous, one of the Liars would have to die. Otherwise, 'A' is just always putting them in danger and still saving them."
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Bellisario told W, "A) You want a death scene, and B) On our show, your character becomes infinitely more interesting when you die. I honestly felt that for this world to be truly dangerous, one of the Liars would have to die. Otherwise, 'A' is just always putting them in danger and still saving them."

6. Phil Coulson's death in The Avengers was originally supposed to be permanent — meaning his resurrection in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would've never happened.

Coulson's death in Avengers was planned before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was even picked up by ABC.
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Coulson's death in Avengers was planned before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was even picked up by ABC.

7. In Iron Man 3, Happy Hogan was supposed to be killed by Eric Savin.

Apparently, Happy would've met his demise after following Savin to the Chinese theater in Los Angeles.
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Apparently, Happy would've met his demise after following Savin to the Chinese theater in Los Angeles.

8. Also, Nebula was originally supposed to die in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.

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The original script involved Nebula dying at the end, meaning we never would've seen her character arc with Gamora.

9. In The Walking Dead, Carol was originally supposed to die instead of T-Dog during Season 3.

Executive producer and special effects artist Greg Nicotero said that the writers toyed with the idea of killing off Carol in Season 3 because they didn't know what to do with her character.
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Executive producer and special effects artist Greg Nicotero said that the writers toyed with the idea of killing off Carol in Season 3 because they didn't know what to do with her character.

10. And, while he ended up dying later on, Hershel was originally supposed to die at the end of Season 2 of The Walking Dead.

They ended up killing Dale and Shane in Season 2 instead.
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They ended up killing Dale and Shane in Season 2 instead.

11. In Lost, Jack wasn't supposed to make it past the first episode.

Originally, the writers wanted to kill Jack off at the end of Episode 1 in an attempt to show that no one on the series would be safe. Kate would've become the central character.
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Originally, the writers wanted to kill Jack off at the end of Episode 1 in an attempt to show that no one on the series would be safe. Kate would've become the central character.

12. In early drafts for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Han Solo was originally supposed to die in order to raise the stakes for Luke and Leia.

Han's death was ultimately scrapped because his character became very popular with fans. Harrison Ford joked saying, "George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys."
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Han's death was ultimately scrapped because his character became very popular with fans. Harrison Ford joked saying, "George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys."

13. Speaking of Star Wars, Poe Dameron was supposed to die in the beginning of The Force Awakens.

J.J. Abrams' originally idea was to have Poe die a hero when he crashed in the desert. Oscar Isaac fought for his role in the Star Wars franchise to be expanded.
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J.J. Abrams' originally idea was to have Poe die a hero when he crashed in the desert. Oscar Isaac fought for his role in the Star Wars franchise to be expanded.

14. Before he went on to star in The Originals, Klaus was originally supposed to be killed off at the end of Season 3 of The Vampire Diaries.

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Creator Julie Plec told TVLine, "Our intention was, that after a long, arduous year of trying to vanquish and defeat the villain, our heroes would prevail and he would be no more."

15. Although they became an important part of Orphan Black's mystery, the Castor clones were supposed to die after just six episodes.

Co-creator John Fawcett told E!, "He [Ari Millen] just blew our minds over and over with all of these great scenes, and we just saw all this great potential in that character."
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Co-creator John Fawcett told E!, "He [Ari Millen] just blew our minds over and over with all of these great scenes, and we just saw all this great potential in that character."

16. Originally, Rocky V was going to end the franchise and would feature Rocky dying.

Sylvester Stallone originally ended the script with Rocky dying at the hands of Tommy Gunn during a street fight.
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Sylvester Stallone originally ended the script with Rocky dying at the hands of Tommy Gunn during a street fight.

17. Originally, Carol was supposed to die of a drug overdose in the pilot of ER.

In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Julianna Margulies revealed that her character was originally going to be killed off, but test audiences loved her chemistry with George Clooney.
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In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Julianna Margulies revealed that her character was originally going to be killed off, but test audiences loved her chemistry with George Clooney.

18. While Ripley's final battle in Alien is iconic, originally she was supposed to die in the end.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ripley Scott said, "I thought that the alien should come in, and Ripley harpoons it and it makes no difference, so it slams through her mask and rips her head off."
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ripley Scott said, "I thought that the alien should come in, and Ripley harpoons it and it makes no difference, so it slams through her mask and rips her head off."

19. Finally, the original concept for Pretty Woman involved Vivian dying of a drug overdose at the end.

Former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said, "As a script, Pretty Woman was an R-rated movie about a hooker on Hollywood Boulevard. By the way, in the original version — it's pretty dark — I think she died of an overdose."
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Former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said, "As a script, Pretty Woman was an R-rated movie about a hooker on Hollywood Boulevard. By the way, in the original version — it's pretty dark — I think she died of an overdose."