Fans fight for Michael Vartan

By Colin Mahan

Aug 25, 2005

Diehard fans of Alias star Michael Vartan have been tapping away at their keyboards in an effort to save his character's life. When it was leaked in the New York Post that Vartan had filmed his last day on the set of the hit spy show, fans took to their computers to raise the rally cry against killing his character. Vartan's character, Michael Vaughan, plays the lover and fellow CIA operative of Alias herself, Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner).

Although ABC has not confirmed that his character is being killed off in the upcoming season, in the season-ending cliff-hanger for the show, Vaughan and Sydney were involved in a deadly looking car accident just as Vaughan was about to reveal a huge secret to Sydney.

In real-life, Garner is pregnant with the baby of her new husband, actor Ben Affleck, and Alias writers say they will involve her pregnancy in the show's storyline. Previous to her relationship with Affleck, Garner was romantically involved with Vartan. On-set tensions have been rumored between Vartan and Garner, leading worried fans to fear that he's being written out of the show to alleviate these personal issues.

While a Web site has sprung up to let fans express their dismay at the possibility of Vartan's character being killed (, there has been some speculation that the leak was just a publicity stunt meant to generate buzz for the show.

Alias returns for it's fifth season this Fall.

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  • sectumsempra Apr 23, 2006

    The prescense of this character will sorely be missed by many.

  • sillycilla Feb 14, 2006

    no don't kill his charactor, he plays a big part in Alias and it wouldnt be the same without him, i mean sydney and vaughn are meant to be together one cant die come on! they gota live "happy ever after" dont do it, hes hot too. good to look at. :)

  • SassyMax Feb 11, 2006

    I can't belive that they've actually killed off Vaughn's character! The show's just not going to be the same!

  • tnares Oct 11, 2005

    Loosing Vartan AND Grunberg my two favorite characters on the show will be crushing! There goes all the sex apeal for the female audience!

  • Paine394 Oct 02, 2005

    No!!! They cant kill him off!!! Its going to kill the freaking show if they get rid of him!!

  • ioresult Sep 27, 2005

    Having a romantic relationship with a work colleague and then breaking up can be hell at work after the break up. Let Michael go he doesn't deserve the torture.

  • MemnochZERO Sep 23, 2005

    ****s Vartan may go, him AND Grunberg leaving is absolutely crushing. Still, it's not the same as loosing Garner. Without her, there is no show, regardless of her replacement and how amazing they could be. I wouldn't even rank her leaving ALIAS with David Duchovney leaving the X-files and being replaced with Robert Patrick.
    No, this would be VERY different. Anyway, I never cared much for Vaughn, but this past season he got a lot cooler, especially in those final moments... but loosing Greg Grunberg ****s so much more than Michael Vartan.

  • mchmllry Aug 29, 2005

    Killing off Michael Vaughan would be a mistake. His character is a main part of the story line. Making a change like that would not be in the best interest of the show.

  • rsloane Aug 27, 2005

    IllyriaRules, do you even understand what the word "spoiler" means? it's only a spoiler if something has ALREADY HAPPENED. speculation, on the other hand, is just that and doesn't spoil anything. unless you're a complete moron with no imagination or ability to filter through information from the outside world.

  • specialdork1122 Aug 27, 2005

    he can't leave, he's soo important for the's now fair!!

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