In the tv shows recently, the writers are getting more and more interested in killing off some main charcaters in some rather random way
in my memory, the very first example for this kind of death would be Tara from BtVS
back in those days that was awesome and it is extremly well written
those were pretty good back in the days (e.g. those in buffy and angel)
I also like Teri's death in S1, I mean without that death the whole show would be totally different
the later on these stuff are begin to get silly
e.g. Firefly, Derek in Terminator, the last 2 episodes in Dollhouse
the deaths are no longer used as a cleverly written plot and are only showed simply for the sake of "zOMG im DA MOST creative writer becoz I kill off the most important character and so that people can never have happy ending, SURPRISE!"
to be honest, although I totally see this one coming (well I saw this one coming back in S7 to be honest lol), I'm still pretty pissed, it's just feel repetitive. I mean come on, the whole "I'm gonna make theprotagonist'slife as misery as possible" won't work as many times as you like.
so what are we going to next huh? a nuke detonating in LA downtown and blasting his daughter's family into oblivion to make him really alone?