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Avengers: Infinity War, Game of Thrones, and the on-screen deaths that make us cry [Fandom Files #29]

Dec 18, 2018, 11:00 AM EST (Updated)

As fragile humans introduced to this hostile earth against our wills, the best we can hope for during our brief time here is some close friends, fun adventures, a few hard-earned moral lessons, and a relatively painless death — the news of which moves at least a few people to tears. So why should fictional characters be denied the same?

Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, and its melange of superhero murder, has brought tears to the eyes of Marvel fans across the world. The operatic blockbuster is remorseless in its bloodshed, forcing audiences to watch their favorite fictional champions have their necks snapped, bodies thrown off gorges, and turned into windblown ash. And yet, the movie is breaking records left and right at the box office, evidence that we are gluttons for punishment and absolutely love to mourn our fictional favorites.

And so on this special episode of The Fandom Files, we look back on the mass slaughter in Infinity War and talk with some friends and listeners about the on-screen deaths that have most moved them. We discuss some of the deaths in the Marvel blockbuster — this is your spoiler alert — and also some other big deaths from movies, TV shows, and comic books. Sometimes, we just love the characters; other times, the deaths hit close to home, reminding us of something in our real lives.

Our guests this week (and what they're talking about):

  • Caitlin Busch (Avengers: Infinity War)
  • Eric Vilas-Boas (Full Metal Alchemist)
  • John Maher (Cowboy Bebop)
  • Julia Guidera (Game of Thrones)
  • John Kirk (The Amazing Spider-Man comic book)

Take a listen to the episode and let us know in the comments the fictional deaths that moved you the most.

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