Deaths of the Whedonverse: From Least to Most Devastating.
This has been the most difficult article I’ve ever written, for multiple reasons: worrying about what my fellow Whedonites would think, the potential backlash from those who are in total disagreement, shorting out my computer with tears. (Seriously, I’m crying right now, and probably still will be by the time you read this.) Also, I realized that my feelings about these deaths change every time I think about them. Each of these will seem like the most heartbreaking while you’re watching them happen, but then you move onto the next one. (In case you’re wondering, at perhaps slight cost to the quality of this list, to preserve my own tear ducts and emotional stability, I opted not to watch clips of each death one after the other.)
Also, know now that I’m not including characters who come back from the dead in any way, only those who went down and stayed down for good (so far). Note: this post containers as massive amount of spoilers, so if you're watching any of Joss Whendon's shows for the first time, bookmark this post, continue binge-watching, and return back later. You were warned.
Paul Ballard (Dollhouse)
For my part, Paul’s death didn’t hit me that hard. I don’t know if it’s because his mind wasn’t 100% his (having had to be partially restored after Alpha erased it), or because I had always been kind of lukewarm on him, but his was one of the few Whedon deaths that didn’t move me to tears. Sorry, bro.