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12th Jun '16 2:11:31 PM pointycatears
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** Another interesting thing to note is that when they started filming season 4, they hadn't actually yet decided who would be in the grave. This is just one of the reasons why fans were unhappy with the result.

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** Another interesting thing to note is that when they started filming season 4, [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants they hadn't actually yet decided who would be in the grave.grave]]. This is just one of the reasons why fans were unhappy with the result.
9th Jun '16 12:26:51 PM Sapphirea2
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** In Series 9, "Face the Raven"'s official summary noted that one of the characters who went into the trap street would not leave it alive. The options were Rigsy, a character who had made one appearance the previous season, Clara Oswald, the current companion, and the Doctor himself. The official trailer and a ''Graham Norton Show'' interview with Peter Capaldi went on to strongly suggest the death would be Clara's, which would mark the first companion getting KilledOffForReal since Adric in 1982's "Earthshock". She did indeed die, but unlike Adric and contrary to Moffat's LyingCreator claims she ''still'' appeared in the final two episodes of the season that followed -- because the Doctor had a '''massive''' SanitySlippage and attempted to defy a fixed point in time to bring her back. In the end, Clara's death still stood, but she became able to have a near-infinite number of new adventures within the very last moment of her life (and a TARDIS of her own) thanks to the Doctor's TragicDream.
31st May '16 4:47:06 PM FreeJaffa
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': The trailers and marketing for the Season Three finale keep reminding views that someone in the main cast will die. [[http://www.newsarama.com/29075-marvel-evokes-night-gwen-stacy-died-for-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-season-finale.html One promo image]] even copies the cover for ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied''.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': The trailers and marketing for the Season Three finale keep reminding views that someone in the main cast will die. [[http://www.newsarama.com/29075-marvel-evokes-night-gwen-stacy-died-for-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-season-finale.html One promo image]] even copies the cover for ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied''. [[spoiler:It turned out to be Lincoln.]]



-->'''Old woman''': Oh, Gob! You could charm the black off a telegram boy!"\\

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-->'''Old woman''': Oh, Gob! You could charm the the black off a telegram boy!"\\
17th May '16 6:18:52 PM JamesAustin
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** The finale for Series 2 was set up with a trailer showing Rose saying "This is the story of the day I died", and making much of the fact that actress Billie Piper would not be returning. Of course, she only died ''metaphorically'', being sent to a parallel universe and thus separated from the Doctor.
*** It's explicitly mentioned in the episode that she was declared legally dead after disappearing during the Battle of Canary Wharf, so as far as the government's considered the claim was true.

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** The finale for Series 2 was set up with a trailer showing Rose saying "This is the story of the day I died", and making much of the fact that actress Billie Piper would not be returning. Of course, she only died ''metaphorically'', being sent to a parallel universe and thus separated from the Doctor.
*** It's explicitly mentioned in the episode that she was
declared legally dead after disappearing during the Battle of Canary Wharf, disappearing, so as far as the government's considered the claim was true.



** In the specials following Series 4, one major arc was the upcoming death of the Tenth Doctor. Of course, being a Time Lord, he regenerated into Creator/MattSmith. Despite the Tenth Doctor's angst about regenerating, some might consider a phoenix-like resurrection with a new face and slightly different quirks better than completely ceasing to exist.
*** In the Doctor's own words: "Even if I change, it feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away... and I'm dead."

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** In the specials following Series 4, one major arc was the upcoming death of the Tenth Doctor. Of course, being a Time Lord, he regenerated into Creator/MattSmith. Despite the Tenth Doctor's angst about regenerating, some might consider a phoenix-like resurrection with a new face and slightly different quirks better than completely ceasing to exist.
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regenerating (in the Doctor's own words: "Even if I change, it feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away... and I'm dead.""), some might consider a phoenix-like resurrection with a new face and slightly different quirks better than completely ceasing to exist.
17th May '16 10:33:27 AM pointycatears
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' Did this in it's fourth season by having the first episode show a flash-forward with Oliver standing at a grave. Another flash-forward in a later episode showed that it was not Felicity, [[WildMassGuessing although fans still speculated that she was just a hallucination.]] In episode 18, it turned out to be [[spoiler: Laurel Lance]], although leaked pictures from filming the funeral scene for the following episode and [[spoiler: Sara and her father]] visiting the grave for ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' did spoil this, including a very clear shot of the grave and whose name was on it.
** Another interesting thing to note is that when they started filming Arrow's fourth season, they hadn't actually yet decided who would be in the grave. This is just one of the reasons why fans were unhappy with the result.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' Did this in it's its fourth season by having the first episode show a flash-forward with Oliver standing at a grave. Another flash-forward in a later episode showed that it was not Felicity, [[WildMassGuessing although fans still speculated that she was just a hallucination.]] In episode 18, it turned out to be [[spoiler: Laurel Lance]], although leaked pictures from filming the funeral scene for the following episode and [[spoiler: Sara and her father]] visiting the grave for ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' did spoil this, including a very clear shot of the grave and whose name was on it.
** Another interesting thing to note is that when they started filming Arrow's fourth season, season 4, they hadn't actually yet decided who would be in the grave. This is just one of the reasons why fans were unhappy with the result.
17th May '16 10:31:58 AM pointycatears
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' Did this in it's fourth season by having the first episode show a flash-forward with Oliver standing at a grave. Another flash-forward in a later episode showed that it was not Felicity, [[WildMassGuessing although fans still speculated that she was just a hallucination.]] In episode 18, it turned out to be [[spoiler: Laurel Lance]], although leaked pictures from filming the funeral scene for the following episode and [[spoiler: Sara and her father]] visiting the grave for ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' did spoil this, including a very clear shot of the grave and whose name was on it.
**Another interesting thing to note is that when they started filming Arrow's fourth season, they hadn't actually yet decided who would be in the grave. This is just one of the reasons why fans were unhappy with the result.
10th May '16 2:15:11 PM Gravityman
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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** Subverted. The show was promising for the entire second half of Season 6 that somebody important would be killed off in the season finale, the moment of truth is filmed from the victim's point of view. The viewer doesn't find out which character was killed until Season 7.
8th May '16 12:42:57 PM MrChips2301
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': The trailers and marketing for the Season Three finale keep reminding views that someone in the main cast will die. [[http://www.newsarama.com/29075-marvel-evokes-night-gwen-stacy-died-for-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-season-finale.html One promo image]] even copies the cover for ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied''.
7th May '16 5:13:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''GreysAnatomy'' used this trope when, following the second part of a three part arc, the audience was told that someone would die. Considering the title character was lying on a hospital bed not breathing at this point, this was a fairly serious claim. Naturally, however, the minor recurring character died.

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* ''GreysAnatomy'' ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' used this trope when, following the second part of a three part arc, the audience was told that someone would die. Considering the title character was lying on a hospital bed not breathing at this point, this was a fairly serious claim. Naturally, however, the minor recurring character died.
28th Nov '15 8:07:50 AM Midna
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': The show generally made this an AvertedTrope, as character death would never really be announced it all to make things as shocking as possible, but it was used halfway through the fifth season, as the previews for "Day 5: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M." stated one character would sacrifice himself to save everyone. That turned out to be [[spoiler: Lynn [=McGill=]]], but if anything, the use of this trope was played in order to surprise audiences for the '''real''' intended major death in the same episode: [[spoiler: Tony Almeida.]]

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': The show ''Series/TwentyFour'' generally made this an AvertedTrope, as character death would never really be announced it all to make things as shocking as possible, but it was used halfway through the fifth season, as the previews for "Day 5: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M." stated one character would sacrifice himself to save everyone. That turned out to be [[spoiler: Lynn [=McGill=]]], but if anything, the use of this trope was played in order to surprise audiences for the '''real''' intended major death in the same episode: [[spoiler: Tony Almeida.]]



* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': Parodied. Before the opening credits, [[Creator/RonHoward the Narrator]] announces that "one of these characters will die," while every main character flashes on screen, as well as an old lady who is unique to the episode. However, about halfway through the episode, the Narrator [[OhAndXDies simply tells the audience]] that she is the one who's going to die:

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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': Parodied.''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' parodied this. Before the opening credits, [[Creator/RonHoward the Narrator]] announces that "one of these characters will die," while every main character flashes on screen, as well as an old lady who is unique to the episode. However, about halfway through the episode, the Narrator [[OhAndXDies simply tells the audience]] that she is the one who's going to die:



** Episode 7 of season one of had this. The Clown announces towards the beginning of the episode that "Something dreadful is going to happen. I'm going to take someone." This comes into play when [[spoiler: Shaz is stabbed and is technically dead, before Alex revives her.]]

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** Episode 7 of season one of had this. The Clown announces towards the beginning of the episode that "Something dreadful is going to happen. I'm going to take someone." This comes into play when [[spoiler: Shaz is stabbed and is technically dead, before Alex revives her.]]



* ''BeverlyHills90210'': A memorable example was in the second season when we were told an original character would be killed off, and of course it turned out to be David Silver's friend Scott Scanlon.
* ''Blue Heelers'': Had a run with Gary Sweet playing a gangster. One promo hyped how there would be three shots fired in the next episode (actually five, four of them being used to execute two crooks), with the final shot being the most shocking. The final shot? A hit on Sweet's character.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Featured the murder of a minor regular ([[spoiler:at the hands of the sniper the team is currently hunting]]). The build-up made a point of intercutting the killer with all regulars to make them look threatened. However, the actual victim is foreshadowed by the episode title. which is an allusion to the episode in which [[spoiler: Zach left the show]].
* ''BreakoutKings'': SubvertedTrope so many times that it became annoying. When the commercials for Season 2 began to air, this was the ''only'' thing they talked about. But the creators threw a curve ball and actually ''did'' kill off one of the main characters, proving to everyone that they do have the balls to have someone KilledOffForReal.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Used in a promo during the second season. The clips made it abundantly clear it would be [[spoiler: Jenny Calendar]].
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Pulls this for its third-season finale. The promo specifically has Castle saying "Someone is gonna die." The producers promised that it wouldn't be a background character. [[spoiler:True to the formula, the line is actually only tangential, but the promise was kept: Captain Montgomery died while getting the bad guy. [[WhamEpisode And then...]]]]

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* ''BeverlyHills90210'': A ''BeverlyHills90210'' had a memorable example was in the second season when we were told an original character would be killed off, and of course it turned out to be David Silver's friend Scott Scanlon.
* ''Blue Heelers'': Had Heelers'' had a run with Gary Sweet playing a gangster. One promo hyped how there would be three shots fired in the next episode (actually five, four of them being used to execute two crooks), with the final shot being the most shocking. The final shot? A hit on Sweet's character.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Featured ''Series/{{Bones}}'' featured the murder of a minor regular ([[spoiler:at the hands of the sniper the team is currently hunting]]). The build-up made a point of intercutting the killer with all regulars to make them look threatened. However, the actual victim is foreshadowed by the episode title. which is an allusion to the episode in which [[spoiler: Zach left the show]].
* ''BreakoutKings'': SubvertedTrope ''BreakoutKings'' [[SubvertedTrope subverted this]] so many times that it became annoying. When the commercials for Season 2 began to air, this was the ''only'' thing they talked about. But the creators threw a curve ball and actually ''did'' kill off one of the main characters, proving to everyone that they do have the balls to have someone KilledOffForReal.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Used ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' used this in a promo during the second season. The clips made it abundantly clear it would be [[spoiler: Jenny Calendar]].
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Pulls ''Series/{{Castle}}'' pulls this for its third-season finale. The promo specifically has Castle saying "Someone is gonna die." The producers promised that it wouldn't be a background character. [[spoiler:True to the formula, the line is actually only tangential, but the promise was kept: Captain Montgomery died while getting the bad guy. [[WhamEpisode And then...]]]]



* ''DawsonsCreek'': Used to promote one episode in which minor character Abby died.

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* ''DawsonsCreek'': Used ''DawsonsCreek'' used this to promote one episode in which minor character Abby died.



** Set up the finale for series 2 with a trailer showing Rose saying "This is the story of the day I died", and making much of the fact that actress Billie Piper would not be returning. Of course, she only died ''metaphorically'', being sent to a parallel universe and thus separated from the Doctor.

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** Set up the The finale for series Series 2 was set up with a trailer showing Rose saying "This is the story of the day I died", and making much of the fact that actress Billie Piper would not be returning. Of course, she only died ''metaphorically'', being sent to a parallel universe and thus separated from the Doctor.



* ''Emmerdale'': While not exactly outright said, it might a well have been advertised with how blatant it was: this British soap killed off the character Tom King after just about everyone mentioned wanting him dead ("You do realise that at this precise moment, Dad's worth more to us dead than he is alive." "If you had died instead of Mum, we'd be a lot happier."). He even mentions it himself ("If I were to go now, I'd die a happy man.").

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* ''Emmerdale'': While not exactly outright said, it might a as well have been advertised with how blatant it was: this British soap killed off the was. The character Tom King was killed off after just about everyone mentioned wanting him dead ("You do realise that at this precise moment, Dad's worth more to us dead than he is alive." "If you had died instead of Mum, we'd be a lot happier."). He even mentions it himself ("If I were to go now, I'd die a happy man.").



** Pulled this with Robert Romano. However, since he was the DrJerk, nobody inside the hospital noticed until the cops told them.

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** Pulled this This trope was pulled with Robert Romano. However, since he was the DrJerk, nobody inside the hospital noticed until the cops told them.



* ''GreysAnatomy'': This trope was used when following the second part of a three part arc, the audience was told that someone would die. Considering the title character was lying on a hospital bed not breathing at this point, this was a fairly serious claim. Naturally, however, the minor recurring character died.

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* ''GreysAnatomy'': This ''GreysAnatomy'' used this trope was used when when, following the second part of a three part arc, the audience was told that someone would die. Considering the title character was lying on a hospital bed not breathing at this point, this was a fairly serious claim. Naturally, however, the minor recurring character died.



** Did this very cleverly. After being told that someone would die, [[spoiler: we saw Claire's mom collapse to the ground. After the commercial, we're now in the hospital with the possibility of brain cancer. Had this character died, it would have been quite dramatically valid. Then she got discharged, just in time for Isaac to accidentally shoot Simone dead.]]

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** Did this very cleverly. A clever example: After being told that someone would die, [[spoiler: we saw Claire's mom collapse to the ground. After the commercial, we're now in the hospital with the possibility of brain cancer. Had this character died, it would have been quite dramatically valid. Then she got discharged, just in time for Isaac to accidentally shoot Simone dead.]]



* Series/{{Hollyoaks}}: A clever subversion from the British soap: The viewers were promised that a character would die during trailers for a special hour-long episode, only for that character to still be alive and well at the end of the special. [[spoiler: He was then killed off in the next regular episode]].

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* Series/{{Hollyoaks}}: A ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' had a clever subversion from the British soap: subversion: The viewers were promised that a character would die during trailers for a special hour-long episode, only for that character to still be alive and well at the end of the special. [[spoiler: He was then killed off in the next regular episode]].



** In an advertising variant of BeamMeUpScotty, this show has become timelessly associated with this trope despite only using it twice--in season 1 when [[spoiler:Boone]] died, and in season 2 when [[spoiler:Shannon]] died. In fact, ''Lost'' has a better reputation for suddenly killing off beloved main characters with no advertising fanfare whatsoever.

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** In an advertising variant of BeamMeUpScotty, this show ''Lost'' has become timelessly associated with this trope despite only using it twice--in season 1 when [[spoiler:Boone]] died, and in season 2 when [[spoiler:Shannon]] died. In fact, ''Lost'' the show has a better reputation for suddenly killing off beloved main characters with no advertising fanfare whatsoever.



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Set this up with Arthur in one episode. Being [[StatusQuoIsGod the kind of show it is]], nobody really fell for it. [[spoiler: It's Lancelot.]] Welcome to [[AnyoneCanDie Series 4]], folks.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Set ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' set this up with Arthur in one episode. Being [[StatusQuoIsGod the kind of show it is]], nobody really fell for it. [[spoiler: It's Lancelot.]] Welcome to [[AnyoneCanDie Series 4]], folks.



** The Australian Network 10 announced on every add in the 3 weeks before the finale of this show's season 3, "[[spoiler:Marissa]] is going to DIE." Yes, everyone knew [[spoiler: Mischa Barton]] was leaving the show, but this advertising strategy completely undid the finale's setting up of [[spoiler: Marissa going to live with her dad]], a plausible explanation for the departing actor which would have made the death something of a shock.

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** The Australian Network 10 announced on every add ad in the 3 weeks before the finale of this show's season 3, "[[spoiler:Marissa]] is going to DIE." Yes, everyone knew [[spoiler: Mischa Barton]] was leaving the show, but this advertising strategy completely undid the finale's setting up of [[spoiler: Marissa going to live with her dad]], a plausible explanation for the departing actor which would have made the death something of a shock.



* Reality Shows:
** Frequently subverted, where the trailers and "Next Time On..." clips will show emergency vehicles rushing to the set. Usually it turns out that the emergency service will feature as part of the task (such as in the episode of Hell's Kitchen USA where the task was to cook breakfast for the fire service, yet the trailers showed fire engines rushing to the restaurant interspersed with regular shots of flames from the kitchen's stoves).
** ''Hell's Kitchen'' itself did play it relatively straight in one episode though, where a contestant was legitimately taken ill during filming. Didn't stop them playing up the emergency vehicles in the trailer though.
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}'': The season one finale of this CW series was heavily promoted as, "Someone Will Die". However, [[spoiler:it seems that this death is the main character's (Sam's) dad, buried alive and presumed dead by the characters. In the last few minutes Sam's mom seems to have dug the still-alive man out of the ground. In a later episode, it was relieved that the commercials were technically correct. Sam's dad is no longer alive. Apparently ExactWords matter when making a DealWithTheDevil.]]

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* Reality Shows:
** Frequently subverted,
shows frequently subvert this, where the trailers and "Next Time On..." clips will show emergency vehicles rushing to the set. Usually it turns out that the emergency service will feature as part of the task (such as in the episode of Hell's ''Hell's Kitchen USA USA'' where the task was to cook breakfast for the fire service, yet the trailers showed fire engines rushing to the restaurant interspersed with regular shots of flames from the kitchen's stoves).
** * ''Hell's Kitchen'' itself did play it relatively straight in one episode though, where a contestant was legitimately taken ill during filming. Didn't stop them playing up the emergency vehicles in the trailer though.
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}'': The ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' heavily promoted the season one finale of this CW series was heavily promoted as, as "Someone Will Die". However, [[spoiler:it seems that this death is the main character's (Sam's) dad, buried alive and presumed dead by the characters. In the last few minutes Sam's mom seems to have dug the still-alive man out of the ground. In a later episode, it was relieved that the commercials were technically correct. Sam's dad is no longer alive. Apparently ExactWords matter when making a DealWithTheDevil.]]



* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': {{Played straight}} for the first two episodes, the third being the first to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] this.

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* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': {{Played straight}} ''{{Series/Salem}}'' [[PlayedStraight played this straight]] for the first two episodes, the third being the first to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] this.



* ''ShortlandStreet'': After playing it straight through many previous deaths of major and minor characters, the New Zealand soap opera made this a SubvertedTrope in 2008 when one episode ended with several of the characters seemingly falling victim to a shootout in the {{Cliffhanger}}. The OnTheNext promo immediately following the episode announced that there would be three casualties. Naturally many fans assumed that there would be three deaths, until the actual definition of casualties was pointed out. Sure enough nobody died.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': Though not explicitly promised, this show had established a tradition of suddenly killing off a major character at the end of each season. Then along comes the series finale, and... [[spoiler: SmashToBlack in mid-scene]].

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* ''ShortlandStreet'': After ''ShortlandStreet'', after playing it straight through many previous deaths of major and minor characters, the New Zealand soap opera made this a SubvertedTrope [[SubvertedTrope subverted this]] in 2008 when one episode ended with several of the characters seemingly falling victim to a shootout in the {{Cliffhanger}}. The OnTheNext promo immediately following the episode announced that there would be three casualties. Naturally many fans assumed that there would be three deaths, until the actual definition of casualties was pointed out. Sure enough nobody died.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': Though ''Series/TheSopranos'', though not explicitly promised, this show had established a tradition of suddenly killing off a major character at the end of each season. Then along comes the series finale, and... [[spoiler: SmashToBlack in mid-scene]].



** Had a major WhamEpisode in which a popular main character dies unexpectedly at the end of a comedic filler episode. This would have been a huge shock, except the promos for the episode played up the Tonight Someone Dies angle (which spoiled the fact that someone was going to die), gave away ''which'' character was going to die, and even ''showed the first few moments'' of their death. To top it off, while the character ''did'' manage to stay dead for a couple seasons, he eventually came back as a clone.

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** Had There was a major WhamEpisode in which a popular main character dies unexpectedly at the end of a comedic filler episode. This would have been a huge shock, except the promos for the episode played up the Tonight Someone Dies angle (which spoiled the fact that someone was going to die), gave away ''which'' character was going to die, and even ''showed the first few moments'' of their death. To top it off, while the character ''did'' manage to stay dead for a couple seasons, he eventually came back as a clone.



** Hyped it in a commercial for the episode featuring [[spoiler: Harry Kim]]'s DisneyDeath, though in a somewhat broken manner, seeing as [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil they showed the death scene itself in the commercial]].

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** Hyped it This was hyped in a commercial for the episode featuring [[spoiler: Harry Kim]]'s DisneyDeath, though in a somewhat broken manner, seeing as [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil they showed the death scene itself in the commercial]].



** Used at the end of Season 1, It was [[spoiler: Artie]]. [[spoiler: He]] got better thanks to an artifact.)

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** Used at At the end of Season 1, It it was [[spoiler: Artie]]. [[spoiler: He]] got better thanks to an artifact.)
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