Second-Rate Tropes: Lead Characters Who Die Immediately In The Sequel/Next Season

This seems like the perfect place to write **SPOILER WARNING** really big.

Cory Dudakby Cory Dudak
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I might be in the minority, but shows like American Horror Story bother me. It has nothing to do with the writing or dreary tone (although that doesn’t help), but more concerns the very nature of anthology series. Namely, you only get a brief time with characters you grow to care about and invest in, only to have the slate wiped clean in the next installment. Otherwise known as Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome in the film and TV trope world, this has been an irksome trend in movies and shows for a long time. Don’t believe us? Here as several examples why it’s time to put this cliché on ice for awhile.

Lead Characters Who Die Immediately In The Sequel/Next Season

A little hypocritical, but tune in again soon for a brand new trope we’ll be asking to tender its resignation. A little hypocritical, but tune in again soon for a brand new trope we’ll be asking to tender its resignation. A little hypocritical, but tune in again soon for a brand new trope we’ll be asking to tender its resignation. (Don’t worry, this repetition will all make sense very soon.)

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