The O.C. squeezes out a death

They say TV show deaths come in threes.

On 24, many of the major recurring characters have bought the farm this time around.

On Lost, three characters have been killed this season.

On last night's third season finale of the Fox drama The O.C., Marissa Cooper, played by the eternally wooden Mischa Barton, was killed off in a car crash.

The death took place at the end of the episode, as Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) drove Marissa to the airport in his new Land Cruiser. A drunk driver pushed them off the road, and the inherently unsafe SUV rolled over. In the dramatic, poignant conclusion to the episode, Marissa died in Ryan's arms as the Cutting Crew's "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" played on the soundtrack.

Barton has been with the show since it premiered August 5, 2003. Prior to her role on The O.C., she appeared in the Bruce Willis shocker The Sixth Sense and did modeling work. Her departure from the show was rumored all season, and this week the actress told Access Hollywood, "My character has been through so, so much and there's really nothing more left for her to do."

Barton was notorious for an unintentionally hilarious O.C. scene wherein her character became angry and threw a chaise lounge into a swimming pool. After that, Web users dubbed the actress "Mischa BARFton."

The O.C. season finale wound up number three in its time slot, going up against the season finale of CBS's CSI and the series finale of NBC's Will & Grace.

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this wasn't just mischa barton's kill off, it became the complete series kill off
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i am pretty certain that mischa will not ever be back. this makes me sad, but she is gone. I think that we should give willa holland a chance on the show. she is way cute, and knows how to stir up trouble in the show. there are many episodes that i missed last season. i almost forgot that it was on one certain night and turned it on. it happened to be the last episode, and i caught the ending of it. it was where ryan was holding marissa in his arms. i was so sad and shocked. i bought the season 3 dvd set, and have watched the first disc, when i get to see the last episode i will still be sad and shocked even though i already know what happens. they say that this show is for teenagers, but i really like the show, and i am now 40. i am actually a little older now than a few of the characters on the show. in February-2004, i bought a german shepherd puppy. she will be 2 years old next week. when i first got her, i was watching t.v. one night and my mother called me and asked me what i was going to name the puppy. i was channel surfing while talking on the phone. i stopped on the channel that was showing THE OC. i knew about the show, but did not watch it much at that time. on the screen was mischa barton. i knew who she was and knew about the show a little bit. so my mother wanted to know what i was going to name my dog. my answer, immediately was-MISCHA. I heard that mischa is russian for michael, but i will not tell my dog that, she might not like it. but mischa is her name.. i now have seasons, 1-2-3 on dvd. i will miss mischa barton very much. the show will not be the same without her. that is why i think that we should give willa holland a chance.
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It sucks that Marissa 's dead... I'm curious to see how the show will develop without her... hope it will be worth watching, but I doubt it
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Actually,about the song Halleluja is played whne Marissa dies and Ryan carries here away from the burning car!!!!!!I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight was never played!!!!!!
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de-nile is more than just a rive rin eygpt i always wanted to say tht and figured this is the right situation coop was the best and i heard some1 say shes more annoying than oliver..oliver was class 2
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OMG, i cnt beileve she dies .... that sucks ass !

They coulda atleast not let here die ffs, or just let her move on and go somewhere else .. OC U MADE A VERY BAD MISTAKE LETTING SOME 1 LEAVE .. THE SHOW WILL LOSE ALOT OF VIEWERS ! :(
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i can't belive marrisa died the foursome is now gonna be a threesome and i thought there was a chance of marrisa and ryan getting back toghether
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i cant believe that they killed this character off, she was the last one i expected to die.the show will not be the same without her.
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i'm sorry i didn't watch the last paige(i did only watch the first)
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i think it was a greate episode and are i'm the only wan to think it was sad i want her in the show more???(im from sweden som i not so good at english)
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DONT LEAVE MISCHA!!!! I DONT WANT MISCHA BARTON TO GO...I MEAN I KNOW SHE WANTS TO LEAVE AND GO ON ABOUT HER MOVIES BUT AT LEAST MAKE IT SO THAT SHE GOES TO LIKE COLLEGE AND SHE COMES BACK DONT CUT HER OUT BECAUSE I GOT ANOTHER THEORY....U KNOW HOW WHEN JOHNNY'S FUNERAL THERE WAS NO BODY WHAT IF HIS STILL ALIVE SO MAYBE THERE CAN BE ANOTHER THING ABOUT JOHNNY AND MARISSA WHICH I DONT KNOW BUT JUST DONT LEAVE IF YOU READ THIS

TO MISCHA,
DONT LEAVE BECAUSE IF YOU LEAVE AND I MEAN THIS...IF YOU LEAVE THERE WILL BE NO HOPE FOR ANYMORE GOOD TV SHOWS THERE WILL BE NO OC WITHOUT YOU AND ALSO IF IT WASNT FOR YOU THIS SHOW WOULD BE NOTHING EXCEPT FOR RACHEL SHES GREAT TOO SO PLEASE!!!!
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i hate the o.c. now that marissa died. i'm boycotting. i absolutely hate it. marissa should've just gone with her dad if mischa wanted to leave the show...not died. and yes there is more for mischa's character to do. she can get pregnant or something. but now that that marissa is dead...i hate the o.c. and have no intentions on watching the upcoming season.
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i think that fox should with draw "the graduates" and do something about this ...this is so much crap...I want back all the hours i spent watching this show...4 real fox give me back every second i spent watching this SHOW...i just want to punch the writers of the show 4 real....
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I agree with maxpower85. It was a great way to send marrissa off into sea with her dad. That way the show can think of other ways/roles for marrissa later in next or two seasons after the 3rd. but than again she wants to move on to movies and so forth.....i wasn't really shocked when marrissa died..i'm sure most of us knew she would. you see her on vh1 and other talk shows that you had to know she was getting big. sooooo lets see how marrissa's sister takes on the o.c.

p.s. one show i really hated was when nobody believed ryan about oliver and when it turned out ryan was right no one did anything!! DID ANYONE NOTICED HOW FAST THEY MOVED ON THAT? YES, THEY DID TALK ABOUT IT AND MARRISSA TRIED TO WIN HIM BACK BUT NOTHING SO MAJOR!! THINK ABOUT IT..HOW WOULD YOU BE LIKE IF YOU WERE IN RYAN'S SPOT. IF YOU HAVE SEAON ONE....WATCH THE EPISODE AFTER THEY FOUND OUT OLIVER WAS BAD NEWS! AND GET BACK TO ME AT kam_20_2004@hotmail.com and type the o.c. so i know it's not junk. Thanks
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i really think killing off marissa had to be the worst thing for the show. i think people will lose interest in it because it no longer has the Fab Four. it would've been a good series finale though. i know mischa was ready to leave the show but she could've at least stayed for one more season. The show will never be the same. i don't want the show to become all about caitlin. i hate her character. Marissa was one of my favorite characters. she may have had a alot of problems but come on.
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I thought it was GREAT that Josh finally got rid of that no-talent hack and killed her! This makes sure that there will be no Marissa-bot returning to the show after her "movie starring roles" flop flatter then her pathetic chest!

Thank you for fixing the show and getting rid of that skank!
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In the episode I saw I swear they DID play "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight". I remember thinking it was a little cheesy that they were playing it. It's possible there are 2 versions...or it wasn't played at the exact death scene. I know they played it though.
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kill the fool
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Um, they didnt play "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" when she died! It was "Hallelujah" by Imogen Heap. It would, however, have been awesome if it did play. Maybe you saw an earlier cut?
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The death seemed like a last minute script change to me. Marrissa was on the outs anyway, it seemed tacked on, and Barton clearly wanted no chance she would get dragged back onto the show.

Death on TV is a little boring. There are a lot more exciting things you can do. If life were like TV, everyone I didn't talk to anymore would be dead.
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Grow up.
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MARISSA IS DEAD! SHE'S NOT COMING BACK!!!
She left the show it was her own descicion. It was not part of the show!!!!!!! She didn't want to be typecasted as the bitchy girl next door and she also wanted to start a movie career. SO ONCE AGAIN SHE IS DEAD FOR SURE. SHE'S NOT COMING BACK!!!
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I'm hoping, though I know it's not likely, that Marissa didn't die. I'm in major denial.
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thts toooooooooooooo bad
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i was really shocked that they killed her off but i hope their real careful about killing off the main charicters or they won't have much of a show but i was deffinitly not expecting that it was one way to go out i guess very sad
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It was not some random guy who knocked them off the road. It was Volchek, the guy Marissa had been dating.
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A Heartbreaker! Who'd of thought?
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aw onli afta readin up at marissa dies im adicted to the oc but does this me marissa is gone so oc is gointo go to cos the whole programme was mainly based around her n ryan then seth n summer
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i hated the ending, why would they kill marissa
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she probally isn't dead. she will be in the hospital with a coma or something maybe in the next season. then "come back" like in the middle of the season. coz they just can't kill her off!!!!!
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Who will be Ryan's new love interest now?
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What are they talking about they didn't play "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight." They most definately played "Hallelujah" I think that "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight" would have been more appropriate for the occasion.
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I was very angary to see her die. The show is not going to be the same without her. She wouldn't have a real career without the show. Now it kind of ruins the show because everybody is going to be so sad about it forever. No one can replace her on the show. She was Ryan's true interest and he won't love someone as much again and Marissa was also Summer's best friend what is Summer to do now? The show just pretty much just gave up and said "cancel us now."
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I was very angary to see her die. The show is not going to be the same without her. She wouldn't have a real career without the show. Now it kind of ruins the show because everybody is going to be so sad about it forever. No one can replace her on the show. She was Ryan's true interest and he won't love someone as much again and Marissa was also Summer's best friend what is Summer to do now? The show just pretty much just gave up and said "cancel us now."
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OMG!! They can't kill Marrissa off! Now who will Ryan constantly love!? *COUGH-me*
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i seriously was sad when she died....i was in tears...i dont know why they had to kill her off why couldnt she just go on the boat with her dad like they planned she still would have left the show, and left it open to possibly return now she wont ever be able to return..and all these new faces and what is up with katlin taking marissas place...ryan will probally kill volcheck on revenge and end up in jail...
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i seriously was sad when she died....i was in tears...i dont know why they had to kill her off why couldnt she just go on the boat with her dad like they planned she still would have left the show, and left it open to possibly return now she wont ever be able to return..and all these new faces and what is up with katlin taking marissas place...ryan will probally kill volcheck on revenge and end up in jail...
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i seriously was sad when she died....i was in tears...i dont know why they had to kill her off why couldnt she just go on the boat with her dad like they planned she still would have left the show, and left it open to possibly return now she wont ever be able to return..and all these new faces and what is up with katlin taking marissas place...ryan will probally kill volcheck on revenge and end up in jail...
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marissa character was driving the oc down hope now things will turn up and the oc will RE-birth itself
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well i guess the best thing to do would be to end the whole show now i mean who wants to watch summer and seth snogging and ryan crying and having sex with waitresses
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No loss... bad show , bad actress
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I think the writer of this article saw another season finale than what we watched.
The amount of mistakes in such a short article is unbelievable.

TV.com needs to fire someone.
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how will this character's role be delt with not on the show.
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I realy love this show. I have watch every show. I broke into tears when I saw last weeks episode when she died. I hope the show will still be as good as it is even though she is not going to be on it anymore.
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I can not believe they killed Marissa off, it is not going to be the same next season with out her.
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OMG i cant believe ur killing her off!!
The ratings will decrease because i will not watch it without her in it!
Did ryan and her end up being together?? They are soo meant to be :]] I hate lindsay and sadie because they got between them..
Please somehow bring her back!! I love Mischa Barton!
cheers
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Killing marrissa is just stupid, she was going on a boat trip anyway. Its just ruined the show, you can't watch previous seasons knowing that she dies at the end!
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if marissa does not play any more in the series it would not have any more smell because they is the four fantastic
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I've just have to say something. I love thing show it's one of the best ever! I loved marissa in it but at first I was really sad and angry, but then I thought about.

Isn't Mischa Barton telling the truth? Yeah, she is. She has done it all, right? being addicted to drugs and alcohol, been loved, done the opposite that her mother was telling her not, being rich, being poor, going to the the shrink, shoting someone and offcourse being everybodies favorite even tough she has done all those things!

I really hope that it will be a great next season, marissa or not, I think off it as a test. If you're still watching the show after the fall break then you can say it's "the baet show ever"!!! (I hope I'll)

AND I'VE JUST GOT TO SAY SOMETHING TO YOU! JUST GROW UP! I THINK YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!
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