There’s nothing like killing off a beloved character to spice up a TV series. Hell, they don’t even have to be popular as long as they’re moderately important. You can use this tactic to add some drama to a show that’s flagging, get rid of actors that want to leave the show, or because you damn well feel like it. The Walking Dead does it all the time just to mark big moments in the show—every time there’s a premiere or a finale, get out the body bags—and Game of Thrones kills so many people they have to keep adding new characters or there’d barely be anyone left to murder. Not to be left out, CBS’ hit drama Under the Dome has promised key deaths when the show returns for its second season this summer.
Talking to TV Guide, Dome producers indicated that two prominent players in the series won’t make it out of the season two premiere alive. When asked, executive producer Neal Baer said, “The dome giveth, and the dome taketh away.” While that doesn’t really mean anything to anyone, when the interviewer pressed the matter further, Baer did provide a collection of six names that could be on the proverbial chopping block.
Here’s the list of potential corpses. According to Baer you could be saying goodbye to Sheriff Linda Esquivel (Natalie Martinez), which would be the biggest change to the landscape of Chester’s Mill; Andrea (Dale Raoul), the local hoarder; angsty teen Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz) or her adoptive mother, Carolyn (Aisha Hinds); local DJ, and the only signal in town, Phil Bushey (Nicholas Strong); or long-haired skater kid Ben (John Elvis). These names run the gamut from characters whose absence would indelibly shift the direction of the show, to those that would barely even register with fans, let alone the rest of the town.
And because we are talking about a television show that is based on the writings of Stephen King, death may not be as permanent and final as it usually is. When asked if the deceased may eventually reappear, Baer didn’t have a response, which may indicate that a return is possible. Or maybe he just didn’t have anything to say on the matter. If they do come back, unless there’s a real good explanation, the move will feel totally cheap. If I was still tuning in week to week, that’s the kind of move that would make me stop watching a show (then again, I continue to watch The Walking Dead, which has been a constant source of frustration for years, so maybe I’m wrong).
We already know that Under the Dome is planning to bring in some new blood for season two. How these fresh faces appear in a small down where no one can get in or out remains to be seen, but we’ll let it play out. Season two debuts on CBS this summer on Monday, June 30.