ANGEL: Not Fade Away S5,E22 (spoiler)

Last chance, this DOES contain spoilers!

So it’s 2:30am and I’m tired and about to go to bed when the Whedonesque Facebook page decides to tear my heart in two.

For 11 years (I am truly gobsmacked it has been that long!) I have tried and failed to get over the character death that pained me the most:

Wesley Wyndham-Pryce in Angel.

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I was never one to cry watching movies, that was my sister, Katie. I didn’t even know how much I loved Wesley, until that knife went in. All night we had been watching Katie, waiting for her to cry over a death; and suddenly I burst into tears. Of course I love the character of Wesley and I was saying goodbye to him and a brilliant TV show, but it was also the way Alexis Denisof made you believe you were truly watching someone die. Not only that, but you couldn’t help but feel such sorrow for his character, who had always tried to do what was right, no matter how many times he was knocked down.

Even now, watching fan videos of the event makes me teary. So obviously seeing this come up on my Facebook feed evoked a strong reaction.

Thankfully, Alexis has continued to bring other characters to life, playing Benedick in Joss Whedon‘s 2012 modernisation of Much Ado About Nothing, and currently starring in Finding Carter.

What character death has affected you the most?

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