Quotes: Sacrificial Lion

''Oh, Cedric, whyíd you go into that maze?
Havenít you ever seen a Hollywood movie before?
In which a minor character gets slain
To benefit the survival of the big star?
Itís such a cliche...''

The Whomping Willows, "Cedric Had It Coming" - talking about the former trope namer.

You canít just kill somebody to kill somebody. It has to sting for the audience, and it has to sting for the other characters.
Bryan Fuller, discussing the death of Beverley Katz in Hannibal, on why a good Sacrificial Lion is important.