Unfortunately, few things sell drama in movies quite like death and the threat of it. There is nothing quite like sitting through a film and drinking in the entire experience only to lead with huge pangs of sadness after one of your favourite characters meets a grim end. Sometimes, of course, their send-offs are warranted to help move the story along but, with others, there can be suspicions that the trigger was pulled for the sake of some easy impact.
But, like it or not, death is a certainty in the movie business. The one small mercy is usually the fact that the best and most important characters are protected by thick plot armour. They might appear to be in danger, but they'll usually come through fine in the end.
Usually, but not always.
Sadly, movies do still kill off characters who shouldn't have met their end. And in some cases, you literally could reel off a huge number of other who should have been written out of the script instead. Life just isn't that fair, though.
Sure, it's an easy way to get people talking about your film franchise, and indeed to sell the idea that EVERYONE can be under threat, but that doesn't mean it isn't heartbreaking...
Sport and Film. I love them both.
And I'm extremely lucky to write about two of my biggest passions in life.
Most of the time, I'm at the Daily Express newspaper writing about football, tennis and F1.
But, when I'm out of there, I let my imagination run wild and pen down my thoughts on the film series' I love.
WhatCulture gives me the chance to write about the movie industry - an industry I really care about.
And for that, I'm extremely grateful. And hope you, if you're reading this, enjoy what I think about stuff.