'Star Trek: Discovery' Promises to Kill Off Major Characters More Frequently

Saturday, 01 July 2017 - 4:40PM
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Saturday, 01 July 2017 - 4:40PM
'Star Trek: Discovery' Promises to Kill Off Major Characters More Frequently
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Star Trek has always been happy to kill off characters, but they're nearly always redshirts. Heck, Star Trek invented the cliché of minor "redshirts" who get killed off moments after they first appear (author John Scalzi wrote a whole novel based on the idea), but the main cast has always been safe. 
 
As with many other longstanding Star Trek "rules," the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery has declared that things will be different this time. Speaking to EW, showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg cited Game of Thrones specifically as something that changed how TV treats its heroes (read: more lethally), and promised they were taking a page from the Song of Ice and Fire with the main cast in their own show.
 
Berg explained how much respect every TV drama producer now has for HBO's hit fantasy murderfest, hinting that Discovery might have some Red Weddings of its own:

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"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's had an influence on all TV dramas that have come after it."
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Harberts followed up by assuring that they won't kill off characters left and right, and that they thankfully haven't made the mistake of assuming "shock value" is the only reason people like Game of Thrones:

Opening quote
"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."
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It's good to see their approach is a little more nuanced then "people like seeing important characters die," because part of Game of Thrones' appeal is that George R. R. Martin always has good reasons for why he kills off characters (i.e. nobody would have gone to war had Ned Stark survived). It's never random, and there's always a payoff for the show's major deaths in the episodes that follow, and that's just as important as the death scenes themselves.

Now, as for who on Discovery might kick the bucket, we can only speculate, and if the show is well written, the deaths will be surprising enough that all our predictions will be wrong. But from what we know about the story, it will follow Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) as she serves as first officer aboard the USS Shenzhou (led by Michelle Yeoh's Captain Georgiou) until she makes a big decision that gets her transferred to the USS Discovery under Captain Lorca (played by Jason Isaacs).

Which means that despite her big presence in the trailer, Captain Georgiou is going to become a prime target once Burnham leaves the Shenzhou, or her death could even be why Burnham chooses to leave. Which would be a shame because Yeoh is an awesome actress, but the groundwork is potentially there. Lorca could be on the chopping block as well, based on what a jerk he comes off as, and the jerks never last forever on shows like Game of Thrones (unless they're Littlefinger, and his moment is likely approaching).


Regardless, we'll find out when Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24, 2017 on CBS and CBS All Access.

Via: io9

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