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There are a dozen reasons why a character gets killed off -- an actor gets a different job, the ratings drop, there's a weird lack of chemistry between the leads, or whatever. It's a fact of life, in Hollywood. The problem is, sometimes a character's death is so messy and poorly-written that it leaves fans annoyed and confused. It makes no narrative sense. It comes out of nowhere. The character gets robbed of the moment they were clearly building up to. There's just no excuse for that crap, in fiction.

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