Is TV Going Overboard with Major Character Deaths?

Norman Weiss

Is TV going overboard with major character deaths?
The Walking Dead isn't the only show where beloved characters are frequently killed off. As Debra Birnbaum, "While crime rates are plummeting nationally, they're skyrocketing on our screens. Vampire Diaries. Revenge. Supernatural. Game of Thrones. Nowadays, showrunners use major character deaths as a narrative shorthand to prove that a series has so-called 'high stakes,' but it's a law of diminishing returns. Audiences have become desensitized — the unexpected has frankly become the expected."

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