It's tempting to think that show creators and filmmakers had everything set in stone when they arrived on the set, but that's not always the case. For TV shows, the audience response and ratings tell the show heads a lot about their characters, and sometimes this feedback leads them to make changes to the original design of their show. There are times, with movies especially, that directors have a change of heart after seeing how an actor plays a certain character. Perhaps they play a character differently than at first imagined, or better than what was initially planned. In some cases, this has even led to the director changing that character's outcome, keeping them alive when they were meant to die.
Whatever the reasons, the point is that nothing is guaranteed in show business. Characters that were supposed to be major players sometimes get killed off and characters that were supposed to die sometimes live. We're dealing with the latter in this list. We'll go through both film and TV, because we're not prejudiced, and look at some of the most popular on-screen characters who were never meant to last. With some of them, it's hard to imagine a show or a film without them. Here are 15 popular main characters who were actually supposed to die.
15 Dr. Ian Malcolm – Jurassic Park
14 Hooper – Jaws
13 Lafayette – True Blood
12 Joker - Full Metal Jacket
11 John Rambo – Rambo
10 Dante Hicks – Clerks
9 Jack Shephard – Lost
8 Katie – Paranormal Activity
7 Dewey – Scream
6 Poe Dameron – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5 Clarence – True Romance
4 Spike – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
3 Martin Riggs – Lethal Weapon 2
2 Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad
1 Ellen Ripley – Alien
Ridley Scott's Alien is a dark and dreary movie. The atmosphere is so thick that it can feel stifling while watching it. Apparently, it could have been a lot worse if the script never changed. The word is that Scott's original ending had the Space Jockey kill Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), scratch that, bite Ripley's head right off. Instead of having Ripley rise victorious, the Xenomorph would kill her than mimic her voice in a distressed call. The producers saw this plan and thought better of it, asking it to be changed so that Ripley can live. This also allowed for sequels to be made with Ripley still alive, a great thing for the sequel Aliens and a not-so-great thing for Alien 3.
Sources: MentalFloss; DenOfGeek; ScreenRant
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