This past Sunday was the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead.
Normally, I watch The Walking Dead on Netflix, but season 6 ended in such a way that I had to see what character Negan (the newest bad guy) would kill with his trusted baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire.
No, I won't spoil who died.
Was I shocked?
Nope. Another TV show I watch, Game of Thrones, also kills off several characters--even main characters. Yes, I've read all of the books so far, and I am eagerly anticipating the next novel to be released. So the death of a main character isn't shocking to me.
But it must serve a purpose.
And I truly believe the latest deaths in TWD will also serve a purpose.
I'm currently 28,000 words into my newest novel. It's a stand-alone Christmas-themed drama. It's been very fun to write. Then, as I started thinking about the path the book is going to take, I planned on having a character get hurt. Severely. Then, I imagined what the story would be like if this particular character died.
Believe it or not, I had tears in my eyes when I thought of it. I still do, knowing I may have to end this person's life--fictionally, of course, but that doesn't make it any less hurtful.
Will it serve a purpose?
At this point I hate to answer that. Because I know what my answer may be.