Daily Doux: 10 TV Characters Who Were Meant to Die

Jack Shephard - Lost 

It is well known fact that Jack was originally meant to be played by Michael Keaton and die at the end of the pilot. But when the shows creators got cold feet bout killing their main character in the first episode, Keaton walked, Matthew Fox came in, and Jack remained part of the series until the very end. 

Chiana - Farscape

The mischievous Nebari was original meant to perish in her very first episode, shot and killed by Durka. But after Gigi Edgley impressed the producers with her performance, it was decided that Chiana would live and join the crew.

Boyd Crowder - Justified 

In the original short story that inspired this series, Raylan Givens shot and killed Boyd, his old coal mining buddy. Boyd was meant to meet the same fate at the end of the series pilot, but the producers were so impressed with Walton Goggins performance they decided to keep Boyd around.  

Harry Kim - Star Trek: Voyager

Towards the end of Voyager’s third season the powers that be decided to shake up the cast. Seven of Nine was coming in an someone was going out. That someone was originally meant to be Ensign Harry Kim. Kim was mortally wounded in the season finale and was meant to die, but during the summer hiatus the producers decided to keep Kim and write out Kes instead. 

Karl “Helo” Agathon - Battlestar Galactica

When Helo was left behind on Caprica in the miniseries that launched the series, that was meant to be the last we saw of him. He was meant to perish with everyone else left on the planet. But the producers were so impressed with Tahmoh Penikett’s performance they decided to keep him around. 

Carol Hathaway - E.R.

When Carol was brought into the emergency room of County General in the series’ pilot, having overdosed on pills, she wasn’t supposed to walk out again. Her fate was changed after the character scored well with test audiences. 

Jesse Pinkman - Breaking Bad 

Crazy as it might seem now, Walter White’s partner in crime wasn’t meant to make it out of season 1 alive. It was planed for Jesse to die in the ninth episode, killed by a drug dealer. Vince Gilligan scrapped those plans when he realised letting Aaron Paul go would be a colossal mistake. 

Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

It was originally planed for Spike to die at the end of ‘What’s My Line’ with the rejuvenated Drusilla replacing him as the season’s main antagonist. Those plans were quickly scrapped, however, after Spike became the show’s most popular character.

Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead

Remember in season three when the prison was overrun by zombies and it looked as if Carol had been killed? That’s because she was meant to. The writers decided to kill off Carol early in the season, but after Melissa McBride talked with the writers about the character they eventually decided let Carol live. 

Perpugilliam ‘Peri’ Brown - Doctor Who

The Doctor’s companion was meant to die in ‘Mindwarp’ when the alien Kiv placed his brain in her body. Later it was decided that this was just too dark a twist and the Doctor was told that Peri had in fact survived and was now married to King Yrcanos of Thoros Alpha.

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“Writing that scene — the one where Jack waits on the outskirts of LAX as a car pulls up… the door opens… and out steps Kate — was awesome. My process is riddled with doubt and self-loathing, but this was one of the rare instances where I felt like I was doing something undeniably great. I felt like I had been crouched down in the darkness of someone’s apartment with all my best friends (the writers) waiting to shout out “SURPRISE” to our unexpected birthday boy/girl (the audience) — and I KNEW they’d be thrilled when we did.

And by time Jack was shouting, “WE HAVE TO GO BAAAAAAAACK!” (yes, I added all those extra A’s in the script) and I typed SMASH TO BLACK, my eyes were wet. I was inside the thing… feeling what these characters were feeling… knowing we were, at long last, working toward an actual ending now. And finally…for one fleeting moment…

I felt peace.” — Damon Lindelof.