So, there’s been a few TV deaths from my favorite shows this past season.
Reign: King Henry of France and Francis, the Dauphin of France
King Henry of France died on Reign but that was expected because he died after a jousting tournament. There’s also another looming death in the future: Francis, the dauphin of France and now King Francis, will die at some point in the series since according to history, he died young.
Reign isn’t always historically accurate but at least, the writers try to stay true to certain historical events that actually happened.
And then there’s plot driven deaths like Once Upon a Time and my Revenge.
Neal on Once Upon a Time
Neal died on Once and it kinda made sense but probably could have been executed better. I say it’s plot driven because the next episode, Emma is driven to confront Zelena the next episode. His death moved the plot forward and wasn’t done for shock value (a common tactic for dramas). Neal’s death also allowed Emma to let go of her past and move on.
Also prior to Neal’s actual death, he had a fake “death” where he was shot by his fiance Tamara, fell down a portal and was presumed dead until we saw him wash up on a beach in the Enchanted Forest. Neal’s ‘fake’ death in season 2 finale moved the action through the next season, because his mission for at least two episodes, was to find a way back to Emma and Henry, whom he learned were in Neverland.
Revenge: Aiden Mathis and Conrad Grayson
And then, there’s my other fave Revenge which had two deaths in its finale: Aidan (not my favorite) and series regular Conrad.
Aiden’s death is totally plot driven because up to this point, Emily’s revenge has been centered around the memory of her father and getting justice for him.
Now, she will be shifting her focus somewhat because Aiden was her love interest and Victoria was solely responsible for it. A character death moving the plot forward.
And then we have Conrad Grayson. I wasn’t expecting the writers to kill him off but his death served to move the plot forward and introduce a new villain and an unexpected one too: David Clarke.
That’s brilliant: kill one villain to introduce an old hero turned villain. I have no idea where the Revenge writers intend to go with David Clarke next season, but hopefully, he fares better than Amanda’s psycho mom who lasted for about three episodes.
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time also seemed to go this route, when Rumple (redeemed villain) murdered his captor, Zelena. Now, the question going forward, is how Rumple’s action are going to affect his relationship with his wife and true love, Belle? I’ve seen a couple different arguments.
The one I side with, is that Belle and Rumple will separate (separate, not divorce) and Rumple will have to work extra hard to win her back. Another argument I’ve read is that Belle will forgive him quickly, understand and it’ll be done and over with within the span of an episode. Belle might give him a hard time and maybe Rumple might spend some time on the couch before Belle forgives him.
I don’t agree with this because for a couple different reasons, one that it would really seal the opinion that Belle is a doormat and doesn’t really have self-respect like she claimed to and that sleeping on the couch for lying about murdering someone doesn’t really fit the crime. Sleeping the couch makes sense if Rumple forgot Belle’s birthday or in this case, although it’s early, his wedding anniversary.
But the key thing about Zelena’s death and how it happened, is that fans are curiously what will happen next, how does this affect Rumple and Belle’s relationship?
What I also appreciate about death on Once Upon a Time, is that as Rumpelstiltskin said in season one, ‘Dead is dead.’ And for the most part, the exception being Neal in season two who had a fake death, most characters who died in previous seasons, have stayed dead.
And if we do see characters who passed again, it will only be in flashback (Graham and Neal). We saw Neal twice post his death episode (A Curious Thing and There’s No Place Like Home). And that pattern is likely to continue in the future, when it is appropriate to to bring him into the plot.
Then, way back when I loved the NBC drama, Heroes, the way the writers treated the concept of death, was that they didn’t.
Nathan Petrelli “died” like three times and the last death, was the one that finally stuck. There were also deaths that happened for shock value, but then fans found out an episode later, ‘Oh, they’re not really dead because of time travel, or Tracy can’t be killed because she’s made of water.” Heroes never took death seriously until they decided to kill Nathan Petrelli for real and there was no way to bring him back.
“When Snow used magic to forget Charming, he tried true love’s kiss on her. When it didn’t work she knocked him out and tied him to a tree. When Belle lost her memory, Rumple tried to kiss her as she slept, when she woke up she screamed at the sight of him. Now that Emma has forgotten about Storybrooke and everyone she met in those years, Hook tries to make her remember by kissing her, but she knees him in the groin. Seriously, is no one seeing a pattern here? TLK does not work with memory loss.”
The only time True Love’s kiss worked with memory loss is the second time with Snow and Charming, where Charming used action to prove his love for Snow. She fell in love with again and that’s when it worked.
Wonder Woman has been cast [she’s going to appear in The Man of Steel sequel].
And Rapunzel has also been cast [not in The Man of Steel, that would weird] but on Once Upon a Time.