Topic: Alan Ball

Fan Service: What ‘Bones’ Teaches Us About Killing Off Beloved TV Characters

Fan Service: What 'Bones' Teaches Us About Killing Off Beloved TV Characters

Since I didn’t get to write a Fan Service for last week, this week will have two entries. Friday’s will hopefully be lighter, since today’s is about death — losing TV characters forever.

For the past few weeks, Bones showrunner Hart Hanson had hinted that in last Thursday’s episode (one before the season finale), a major player would die by sniper bullet. Cue the panicked reactions: Which actors had gigs lined up for next year? Which character could conceivably finish their time on the procedural after May 12? But Hanson and every Bones actor (even the non-regulars) were able to keep mum until Thursday’s episode. More »