2020 has been a weird year – to say the least. We have a hard time remembering what happened last week, much less last month, so trust us, we were as surprised as you are likely to be at the fact that some of these TV deaths happened …this year.
What is time anymore?
But despite the long break and the amount of time we spent with basically no new TV to entertain us (time we mostly filled with older shows), there are still some TV deaths we really wish we could take back. And well …would it really be TV without us being able to make a list like this one?
So, without further ado, here are 10 TV deaths from the year 2020 we really wish we could take back:
Dean Winchester, Supernatural
After everything he’s been through, after the giants he’s taken down, this is how Supernatural decides to end Dean Winchester’s journey? We call bullshit and would like for The CW to take it back. Dean deserved better. Hell, if you were going to take him out you might as well have done it in the fight against God. Would we still be mad because Dean deserves all the nice things? Yes. But would it have made more sense? Absolutely. So, for now we’ll live in the world of fanfic where Dean doesn’t die by the silliest means.
We know, we know. Murtagh lived longer than he was meant to, and he got to spend time with *his* entire family, not to mention fall in love. Plus, he got to die the way he would have probably chosen to, and he got to tell Jamie what he meant to him before dying. This is the kind of death that hurts, but that should be easier to accept. We should feel like every extra second we got with him is a gift, after all. And yet, all we feel is cheated out of the moments we could have gotten, that’s how much Duncan Lacroix made us love this character. Can we get him like, for endless flashbacks? Is that too much to ask?
This honorary Winchester deserved better than the epic fridging that he got moments after telling Dean Winchester that he loved him. Seriously, Supernatural? This is how you’re going to treat your loyal fans, who have been waiting for a confession just like this one for it to just be taken away with no satisfying conclusion or discussion at what Dean felt? But maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised. Because while we love this show it’s got always treated it’s LGBT characters wrong and that’s the tea.
Bellamy Blake, The 100
The issue isn’t as much that Bellamy died – we really should have seen the show trying to outdo Game of Thrones in EVERY respect pulling something like this – it’s that his death was so pointless and ended up mattering not one bit. And yes, you can say that sometimes death is like that, senseless, but this is the final season of your show, if that’s all you got, then …you failed. If you’re going to kill the male lead in the lead up to the final episode, at least make it mean something. At least let him go out a hero. Or, like, at least do it in a way where we’re crying tears of sadness, not anger. That shouldn’t be too much to ask.
This death hurt the most because we couldn’t see it going any other way. From the very start Dani wanted to make a difference in this world. And she did in The Haunting of Bly Manor. Sure, they might not remember, but Dani does. And the sacrifice she made was one that we can’t take away from her or judge her for. Keeping that all in mind, we still wanted Dani to survive, thrive, and punch that beast that was waiting for her in the jungle of her mind. We especially want that if it means that we’ll be getting montages of Dani and Jaime being happy and living their domestic life. We could watch that on repeat forever.
Luke, Alex and Reggie, Julie and the Phantoms
These are truly the quintessential deaths on TV year that we want to take back, except not? I mean, do we want them alive again? Hell yes. But we don’t want to take everything that happened back, we still needs these guys to become ghosts and for them to meet Julie, and become a family of sorts. That part we loved. We would just love if, somehow, we ended up with them …alive again at some point? And not just because shipping a living person with a ghost is weird, but also because …we just love these three guys so much, and we want them to be happy. While living. Yes.
Oliver Queen, Arrow
This is another one of those that we just want to take back because it was so …pointless? Yay, an 8 year journey ends on a death! Just what we wanted – NOT. Can TV shows just stop doing that? Plus, why did Oliver have to die again? Oh yes, to set up a spin-off we didn’t even get! Wonderful.
Stephen Amell might have always thought this was the perfect ending for Oliver Queen, but let us be the ones to tell you he knows even less than Jon Snow. This is not what the fans were around for – not even after they did whatever it is they did to “reunite” him with Felicity. That’s not a happy ending, that’s placing a Band-Aid on a broken bone and hoping like hell no one notices.
Neil Melendez, The Good Doctor
The Good Doctor pulled off one of the worst tropes on TV as it killed off Doctor Neil Melendez just moments after he’d confessed his love to fellow doctor Claire Browne. Like, seriously? We know that’s exactly what you’d say when you’re dying, we just don’t need to see it on every show known to mankind! And what reason was there to kill Dr. Melendez if not for shock value? Like, I know other shows like Grey’s Anatomy have set the bar high at basically being a serial killer of series regular, but you didn’t need to follow in those footsteps, The Good Doctor. You really didn’t.
This one’s tricky, in that the show was always leading here, it was absolutely heartbreaking and yet perfectly done, so much so that I the episode was more cathartic than truly heartbreaking, as sad as it all ultimately was. And yet, I cannot write about a parent dying in the way he did without wishing I could take the pain that I have felt from Zoey and David, Emily and Maggie. So yes, I respect everything Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist did in season 1, it was brilliant writing wise and I tip my cap to them. But as a viewer, I still kind of want to take it back – even if I will absolutely be watching season 2 to see how the show goes forward.
Brainwave Jr., Stargirl
This shouldn’t have hurt as much as it did, it really shouldn’t have. I didn’t even CARE about Henry King Jr. till like, an episode before he died. And yet his final episode was written so well, his death had so much meaning, and so much redemption to it …that I found myself genuinely upset Henry Jr. was gone. In fact, I was happy when it seemed, for a moment, like he was back in the finale. And I still wouldn’t mind if he came back. There’s so much story there that could be told, with him actually fighting with the good guys, for change.
Agree? Disagree? Who would you add to our lists of deaths we wish we could take back? Share with us in the comments below!