great thing about science fiction and fantasy is that they're full of
surprises — you just never know what the universe will have in store.
Like, sometimes, a totally random, surprising, shocking death.
Russell Franklin from Deep Blue Sea
Ilana from Lost
Doc Arzt from Lost
Clemens in Alien 3
Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter series
Nan on True Blood
Carolyn Fry in Pitch Black
Donald Gennaro, That Lawyer on the Toilet in Jurassic Park
The guy jumping off a building in Kick-Ass
Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Wash in Serenity
of Joss and random deaths... At least Wash gets to go out at his moment
of maximum greatness, when he's just proved how amazing he really is.
With the flying, and the nerves of steel, and the cool catchphrase. And
then — zoink. There's also poor Shepherd Book, but we all sorta saw that
Ballard on Dollhouse
rounding out the Whedon trifecta, there's poor Paul Ballard, who
finally got to be with the woman he loved, even though his love for her
had been scooped out of his brain, but he still was going to make it
work, we felt reasonably sure. And then — boom. There's also Summer Glau's random headshot in the previous episode. Basically, a surprising death is never really a surprise in a Joss Whedon show or movie.
The Guy Getting Eaten by the Underground Monster in Big Trouble in Little China
Derek Reese on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
managed to outsmart those metal bastards on many different occasions,
but all of a sudden one of them catches up to him when we least expect
it. The Terminator blows Uncle Derek away and barely misses a step.