Yes, it’s a funny joke that Joss Whedon and George RR Martin kill off our favorite characters and put us through emotional turmoil, and to some, it can feel like they do it just for fun.
Sometimes, it isn’t a joke—it genuinely pisses people off. I think about this a lot in terms of the recent Red Wedding on the Game of Thrones TV series. LOTS of fans (obviously unsullied book virgins) were super butthurt that he could kill off such important characters. Many vowed to stop watching the show, as they felt betrayed. “It was so pointless”, they said, as they continue to ignore the book series. “What could possibly come of that?”
These writers especially are known for their ruthless serial killing of our favorite characters, but sometimes it irritates me—they’re so much more. They are in the business of giving us, the audience, what we need, not what we want. And it produces amazing results.
The inside-joke is funny, don’t get me wrong. But (!!) please keep in mind:
• They actually kill characters for a *reason*
• You know, reasons that move the plot forward
• They aren’t the first to toy with tragedy???
• Their characters live more often than they die.
But it isn’t SPN either, where they can’t commit to killing a character off permanently (unless it’s a woman). If a character serves the plot better alive, guess what, they don’t die! Spike from Buffy comes to mind—he was supposed to die very early on.
• While they might get some sick enjoyment from killing off our favorites, it’s never just random and purely for the *feels*
like in Supernatural
You feel so attached and don’t see these deaths coming because they’re *great fucking writers*, not giddy fanfic authors just trying to push readers’ buttons for the sake of it
like Moffat’s Doctor Who
I guess I shouldn’t whine about this, and I won’t get too specific here with spoilers, but there was lots of insult added to injury in regards to their sigils at the end of the Red Wedding, and I’m a little let down they didn’t show it.
Though I guess it was painful enough as it was. :(
But that is the part of it all that made me want to throw the book across the room and shrivel up. And they didn’t include it!I’m sure they will in the next episode, but still. I’m impatient.