Spoilers for – Doctor Who, Angel, Buffy, and Game of Thrones (the first book/first season of HBO show)
I had a total geek epic fail. I realized I never saw David Tenant’s last Doctor Who episode (the two parter-The End of Time). How I missed it, I’ll never know, but I have been wondering around thinking “That was an abrupt changeover to Matt Smith.” I got caught up last night. It was the most touching time lord regeneration yet. I got a little teary eyed when he popped in on Sarah Jane Smith. And then visit after visit to old friends and companions, the tears just kept coming and there was no plugging the floodgates.
I’m a cryer. Tears will come at the drop of a hat. Pretty piano solo, an ASPCA commercial, a favorite characters death- pass the box of tissue please. Now because I feel like emotionally torturing myself, I present a few sci-fi/fantasy deaths that I still haven’t recovered from. These aren’t going back in time very far right now, but more will come and I’m sure Proffitt will have additions.
Please note I haven’t finished Lost or Battlestar Galactica yet and I’m sure there will be scenes to add from each. But that is why they are absent from this list. And if Proffitt wants to come in and add from those shows, I promise I won’t look at her post.
1. Angel: A Hole In the World. The death of Winifred Burkle. Beloved nerd Winifred Burkle dies in Wes’ arms and her last words are “ I’m not scared. I’m not scared. I’m not scared. Please, Wesley. Why can’t I stay?” Knife in our heart, right? It wasn’t just that she passed away either. It was not just that she was taken over by the god Ilyria. What really hurt was finding out Fred’s soul was utterly destroyed and gone. I can’t find a clip of the actual death scene, just fan video tributes with music that are just too cheesy and wouldn’t do the actual scene justice.
2. Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part 2. David Tenant’s regeneration reminded me of Fred’s last words. He said “I don’t want to go.” Simple and eloquent and we all felt the same way about him. I disagree with those who say his last episode was too sci-fi based and didn’t get to explore the human side this doctor loved delving into. I think it showed his love for mankind, his love for where he came from, and the struggle that is always inside the Doctor over what he had to do to save the world as a whole. He got a whiz bang story of a send off. I think Matt Smith’s Doctor is getting too far away from sci-fi and too ensconced into human drama. This seems to be happening more in the new Doctor Who, probably because the companions are some of the best ever and Americans are used to sexual tension in their male/female leads on tv. But I digress.
3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Body. I totally did not see the death of Joyce Summers, Buffy’s mom, coming. When Buffy came home and she was lying still, eyes open on the couch. Buffy’s “Mom…Mom…Mommy,” oh the incomprehension. We were right there with the character. When Buffy says to Giles “We’re not supposed to move the body” it’s real. Joyce Summers has left the building and the slayer is helpless and can offer no fight to bring her back. She’s just a body, not Buffy’s mom. I found the original preview of the episode here . The most heart breaking moment is Anya, the former demon now human, who asks questions a child might and you just think “That’s so rude and terrible but she’s so right.” Anyone who dares to say this wasn’t a good show or Joss Whedon is a hack, needs to watch this episode he wrote and directed. Anya’s little rant deserves to be printed in its full glory, here it is
But I don’t understand! I don’t understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she’s, there’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore! It’s stupid! It’s mortal and stupid! And, and Xander’s crying and not talking, and, and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well Joyce will never have any more fruit punch, ever, and she’ll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why.
4. I think this will have to be the last one for now because I’m about to waterlog my computer. I hadn’t read George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones yet nor watched the HBO show either. But the one time I turn it on, it’s THAT episode. Stark is being executed and his daughter is in the crowd and stumbles upon the scene. I wasn’t aware of the characters names, their story, but I was enthralled and I knew something awful and unexpected was happening. When I stared reading the book, even knowing it was coming, it didn’t lessen the blow. My sorrow is for his daughters and sons. His death was unfair and treacherous but his children are left to bear the burden and be tormented by the Lannisters.
Sure most lists are at least a top five, but I can’t go one more round and still look pretty for tomorrow.
What scenes have ripped you apart? Made you mad? Are you a cryer or do you keep it all in?
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