Carrie died before The Rise of Skywalker began filming, so unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi was used to create Leia’s final scenes before her death.
On Family Guy, her character, Angela, was said to have drowned. And on Catastrophe, Carrie’s character, Mia, died during the Season 4 finale, and the entire episode focused on her funeral. In fact, Catastrophe was Carrie’s last TV role, since she finished filming Season 3 right before her death.
On Will & Grace, Grace mentions that Debbie’s character, Bobbi, died and she’s still devastated by the loss. Debbie died before Will & Grace returned for the reboot, but during Season 9, the writers penned a tribute episode centered on Grace going home to celebrate Bobbi’s birthday after her death. Also, during the final season, Grace and her niece Fiona, who was played by Debbie’s granddaughter and Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, have a moment where they remember Bobbi.
Production on Glee and the start of Season 5 was delayed following Cory’s death so they could write “The Quarterback” and figure out how to say goodbye as characters and as a cast and crew.
During the Season 4 premiere, Archie learns that his father died while trying to help a woman whose car was stuck on the side of the road. Luke’s 90210 costar and friend Shannen Doherty guest-starred in this episode as the woman Fred saves.
John had filmed the first three episode of Season 2 before he died. The series took a hiatus after his death and returned with the episode “Goodbye,” which was all about his character’s sudden death.
Some storylines for the upcoming season were already written, but since Naya’s death, the new season has undergone changes.
On Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, we learn that Richard recently died and Emily, Lorelai, and Rory are still mourning the loss. We even see a flashback to Richard’s funeral in “Winter.”
In the episode, which aired almost a year after Will’s death, Big Bird comes to terms with never being able to see Mr. Hooper again.
On The West Wing, Leo suffered a heart attack and died the night Santos won the presidential election, and the episode “Requiem” was a tribute to John and his character. John was also celebrated during The West Wing reunion in 2020.
Production on Rizzoli & Isles was suspended following Lee’s death, and at the end of Season 4, Barry was said to be on vacation. Later, Barry was killed in a car accident and his funeral was the focus of Season 5, Episode 2.
While nothing has officially been confirmed, the new movie is said to follow Egon’s family as they discover the Ghostbusters gear inside his house.
The Big Bang Theory showrunners said that they couldn’t bring themselves to replace the actor, so having Howard’s mom die on the show as well was the best solution and a way to honor Carol Ann’s work.
During Season 8, Miguel’s character, Owen Granger, was said to have left to take care of some business, and it’s implied that he eventually dies. However, in Season 9, it’s confirmed that Granger died and his daughter had found him.
Cheers simply said that Coach died and his character was replaced by Woody Harrelson’s character, Woody Boyd, who was a “pen pal” of Coach’s.
In the episode “Adam West High,” we learn that Mayor Adam West has died, and Brian petitions to change the name of James Woods High School to Adam West High. Now Sam Elliott voices the mayor on the show.
In the episode “Proshai, Livushka,” the FBI wants Livia to testify against Tony, but she dies before she gets the chance. The episode focuses on Livia’s death and funeral.
At the beginning of the Roseanne, it’s revealed that Mark died and Becky has had a hard time moving on from his death. Also, David and Darlene named their son Mark in his honor. Mark’s death continues to be mentioned on The Connors.
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and the rest of the creative team behind Future Man elected not to recast the role and instead killed off her character.
On the Dallas reboot, J.R. dies after being shot twice, which was a reference to the infamous “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger from the original series in 1980.
Kevin Feige has said that T’Challa won’t be recast for Black Panther 2, and the movie will dive into the other characters we met in Black Panther. So it’s going to be interesting to see how Marvel deals with Chadwick’s absence in the sequel.
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