Though espionage series “24” and “Spooks” both famously killed of major characters at regular intervals in the early 2000s, it’s both the more heavily serialised and bloodthirsty HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” that have really impacted the way character death is handled in the age of Golden TV.
Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg, the showrunners of CBS All Access’ upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery” series are well aware of this and have hinted that their show will follow suit with some major character deaths in store for viewers. They tell EW:
“Game of Thrones changed television, They almost made it difficult to fall in love with people because you didn’t know if they were going to be taken away from you. That show had an influence on all TV dramas that have come after it …. Death isn’t treated gratuitously on this show. It’s not for shock value. But when it happens we want to make sure that people really feel it.”
“Star Trek” in the past has only seen a few notable regulars getting killed off from Spock to Tasha Yar to Jadzia Dax, with several of them coming back at different points albeit in different ways. “Star Trek: Discovery” debuts September 24th.