* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kotNxb2YApk Brooks' fate]] is painfully hard-hitting. He is an old man devastated by the news of his parole and breaks down in tears after attacking Heywood to prevent his imminent release. Once he's a free man, he's overwhelmed by modern life, especially cars, and barely able to keep up at his convenience store job due to his ailing hands and unsympathetic customers. He has nightmares every night, because he is so institutionalized that he is completely [[FishOutOfWater out of place]] in this brave new world. [[DrivenToSuicide He decides not to stay.]]
** Red's words also hurt.
---> ''He should've died in here.''
* Andy's "Get busy living" speech and his conversation with Red that ensues as Andy desperately clings to his last happy memory and his only dream for the future while Red reflects on just how worthless his life will be once he does get out and how hope is just a "shitty pipe dream". The music does not help. Like at all. Of course this all gets ''completely'' turned on its head later but still....
* Tommy's death is incredibly tragic. After trying his hardest to get his High School diploma so he wouldn't be a complete waste in life, having a young wife and kid, and then succeeding at getting it and willing to help out Andy, his death being ordered by the Warden came as an immense and tragic shock.