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Pop Culture Detectives 10: Character Deaths

Deaths of characters on television

The 2015-2016 television season has been a rough one for many characters. Why do showrunners and writers end up killing off so many beloved main characters? Does it hamper our enjoyment of tv shows? Does the way death is handled on television ultimately desensitize audiences, or can it further a story? We tackle all of these questions, plus explore one of the most striking and disturbing trends in character deaths: that of women of color and LGBTQA women.

Major spoiler warning that this episode contains discussions about the latest seasons of Orange is the New Black, Outlander, The 100, The Walking Dead, and Blindspot, so proceed with caution if you’re not all the way caught up with those shows.

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