He dies, she dies...everybody dies.
—Unknown, but originally heard as a response to The Godfather
's death toll
Don't waste your time on the kiss of life
We're the walking dead now
Don't even try in your nine-to-five
We're the walking dead now
Look overhead, listen what I said,
you'll see our little halos
—Puessence, "Walking Dead"
For though Eru appointed to you to die not in Eä, and no sickness may assail you, yet slain ye may be, and slain ye shall be: by weapon and by torment and grief...
If anything in this life is certain; if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone.
Sometimes it's hard to understand the drift of things. This was a good boy. He'd have been a good man. He didn't get his chance. Death can come for ya any place, any time. It's never welcomed. But if you've done all you can do, and it's your best, in a way I guess you're ready for it.
We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on Earth are like a shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
EVEN MAIN CHARACTERS CAN'T LIVE FOREVER.
Everyone's dying and I don't know how to stop it!
The concept of death is inevitable. Everyone has to die sometime.
Most will end up here, covered in the poisoned earth, waiting for merciful oblivion....
Hoping this is acceptable. Sorry for killing anyone/everyone youre fond of.
, on writing a particularly traumatic chapter of Worm
Speaking of children: Why do you hate children so much? Richard Garriott
: I love
children! I don't know why you think I have this thing for children— Spoony
: You love DEAD and DISMEMBERED children. Richard Garriott
: I do love dead and dismembered children also.
These are the books where people begin to die. These are the books where we realise that all bets are off and no one is safe. And on that cheerful note, enjoy the trip.
From your training in seeing so many movies and reading books, you know your hero is going to be saved
Someone has something planned, because theyre not really going to chop off his head right up until the moment when they chopped off his head. I was shocked, and then admiring of Georges ruthlessness. Its a tough thing to build up a character and make somebody as memorable and impressive as Ned and then get rid of him. But at the same time it leads to a story that is so much more suspenseful because you truly have no idea what is going to happen and who is going to survive.
J. K. Rowling
: It's the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. I'm having a moment's silence over my keyboard. I hated killing some of those people. George R. R. Martin
(parody account): Oh my sweet summer child...
The Game of Thrones
theme is now a Pavlovian response for millions of viewers. Play it in a public place and everyone will start phoning their family to make sure they're still alive.
The death of Deep Throat is so brilliantly handled that the show would be trying to replicate its success for years to come
, but never quite get it as right as it does here. The idea of killing off such an established character is a shocking move because he has formed an integral part of the show's tapestry. Had this been the end of the series
Carter was bowing out with the message that nobody, not even Deep Throat, was safe from being tidied up by this government conspiracy. What a bleak, unforgettable message that would have been. With the show renewed, it has a secondary purpose of reminding us that not even Mulder and Scullys safety should be taken for granted. Thats something that would prove quite prescient very soon in the first third of season two. More importantly the execution is perfect. Theres simply no way this outcome could have been predicted on first viewing because Deep Throat has always appeared so well connected. The prisoner/embryo exchange seems to be going down perfectly and Deep Throat is suddenly shot with such speed I was left reeling on first viewing. I wanted to rewind it to confirm what I had just seen! If you are going to slap your audience around the face with the death of regular character this is how to do it. Quick, unexpected, unfair and unforgettable. I dont think I have ever seen it done better, personally.
The fact that the game focuses on constantly changing the party
means that it has to contrive to get rid of characters regularly. Accordingly, all but a handful of characters die at some point in the narrative. In turn all but one are eventually restored
, but the game has an aggressively unrelenting sense of doom and tragedy throughout it, to an extent thats slightly shocking even in 2015.