I don’t wish death or unfortunate situations on anyone…in the real world that is. Television characters, on the other hand, there are some occasions where I root for the earthquake, for the brain tumor or for the villain. Okay, that made me sound like a horrible person, but I think everyone has that one character they wish would just curl up and die. I have multiple, but here are my top three. And in all of these situations, I feel like I am in the minority of people who were thrilled when these three characters went into the light.
So here they are, three tv character deaths that made me a highly satisfied viewer. Click the images for videos of the moment they met their maker.
3. Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell), LOST
Elizabeth Mitchell is a wonderful actress, but I never liked Juliet. She was a wedge between my precious Jack and Kate, I could never get myself to trust her character and her soft, monotone voice always pissed me off. When the magnetic forces surrounding the swan worksite started to pull her down the tunnel of doom, I got giddy. When Sawyer couldn’t rescue her from the tunnel of doom, I was overly excited. And when she finally bit the dust in Sawyer’s arms, I was the happiest Lost fan on the planet. As Juliet got sucked down into the darkness, I distinctly remember saying, “I always hated her.” I was met with looks of horror and disgust from my viewing mates and thus received a chorus of “You’re such a bitch!” in return. A ‘bitch’ I may be, but that didn’t change the fact that Juliet was dead.
2. Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton), The O.C.
Marissa was one of those characters I hated from the start. I never saw the appeal of her character. But most of all, I hated her relationship with Ryan. She was no where near good enough for him (Taylor&Ryan FTW). So when Volchok ran the car off the road and the car went up in flames, (as much as I love Ryan) I would have been fine with both of them exploding if it meant Marissa was gone. But luckily, only the rich bitch bit snuffed it. Side note, other than her time in the slammer, what has Mischa Barton been doing lately? She seems to have dropped off the map, although, I admit that “The Beautiful Life” had potential to become a guilty pleasure of mine.
1. Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Grey’s Anatomy
In my opinion, Denny Duquette is the worst character they have ever introduced on Grey’s and that’s including Teddy & Owen. According to many featurettes and interviews I’ve seen, Denny was originally intended to only have a 3-4 episode arc, but Shonda Rhimes & Co. saw the potential of a relationship between Denny and Izzie and kept giving the little bastard material. Did it make for an interesting story line? Sure. Did it make for a drama-filled finale? Definitely. But did Denny need to keep reappearing for ghost!sex, “go in to the light” moments and other random times? Hell no. The moment Denny finally flatlined is still my most satisfying Grey’s moment to date.