HOW DARE SHE!!!
If you watched Grey's Anatomy--you know what I mean.
Warning--this is full of Spoilers.
You've been warned.
A major, major, character was killed off.
Now the internet has exploded with people who are saying that they will never watch the show again.
Does this sound familiar?
Maybe right after the "Red Wedding" on Game of Thrones?
Perhaps after other books and tv shows were aired where characters died and the people were very upset.
We love our shows. I love my shows, and a main reason is because of the characters.
I believe it started with Colonel William Henry Blake on M*A*S*H. The actor wanted to leave the show. The show was set in wartime so they killed off the character. I was very young when I watched Radar go into the operating room with the devastating news. "There weren't no survivors." People got upset too. I believe it was the first time a character was killed off like that.
It happened with more frequency and now it seems it happens all the time. I don't like it, to be honest. I don't watch TV because I want to follow the character's deaths--I want to be part of the character's lives. I also don't like it when it feels like something patched together because the actor wanted to leave.
That being said, the amount of vitriol aimed at Shonda Rhimes is really astounding.
People watching a Shondaland production who are shocked and stunned that their favorite character has been killed off are the same people going to a Metallica concert and complaining that the music is loud.
This is what she does.
She creates these characters like no one else and she can kill them off. It is her right to do it.
But what about the FANS!!! I've been reading everywhere.
The fans are welcome to watch-- or not. If you don't like what you are seeing--we have no dearth of TV to watch instead. Or even shut off the TV and read a book. Might I suggest the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin?