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Why did so many good people have to die on TV finales?

May 27, 2011 |  2:19 pm

Margo Any faithful TV viewer is familiar with the end-of-season shocker, which usually comes in the form of a cliffhanger or a horrible violence. But the body count seems to be going up, and going deeper.

This season we lost lovable intern Mr. Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) on the penultimate episode of "Bones," "Justified" wonder Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale), "Castle's" Capt. Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson), not to mention  Sue Sylvester's sister Jean (Robin Trocki) on the penultimate episode of "Glee" and, seemingly, "Fringe's" Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson).

Read more here of Mary McNamara's Sunday Critic's Notebook on why writers resort to sacrificing so many of their own.

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Full Show Tracker coverage of 'Fringe'

Photo: Margo Martindale on "Justified." Credit: Prashant Gupta/FX.