These 12 Actors Were Desperate To Kill Off Their Iconic Characters

No matter how much film and television audiences are enamored with certain characters, the actors who play these iconic roles can often become exhausted by them. Whether it’s a result of behind-the-scenes drama or seeking out other interests, sometimes actors have to say goodbye to beloved characters. These 12 actors were desperate to kill off their iconic characters.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko on Lost
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Mr. Eko was a really powerful character on ABC's Lost. Unfortunately, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who portrayed him was miserable living in Hawaii where the show was being filmed. After both of his parents passed away, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was desperate to return home to the U.K. Though, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were not happy to see him leave, they respected his wishes, and Mr. Eko was killed during the beginning of the third season.
Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey
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Sometimes there isn't anything sinister going on when an actor decides they want to leave a series or franchise. Often, they just want to move on to different projects and opportunities. This was the case for Downton Abbey alum, Dan Stevens. For three seasons, we watched Stevens as Matthew Crawley. However, when his contract was up after the third year, Stevens decided not to renew. As a result, Crawely perished in a car wreck. Stevens told The Telegraph about his decision to leave saying, "We were always optioned for three years and when that came up, it was a very difficult decision. But it felt like a good time to take stock, to take a moment. From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do other things. It is a very monopolizing job. So there is a strange sense of liberation at the same time as great sadness because I am very, very fond of the show and always will be."
Dean Norris as Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad
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As Breaking Bad was coming to a close, actor Dean Norris knew that he needed to begin plotting his next move. When Norris got a call about starring in an upcoming sitcom, he was desperate to have his character Hank killed off so he could bow out of Breaking Bad just a tad earlier. Unfortunately for him, the final season of Breaking Bad was split into two parts, and Norris had to stay on until the end. He later told CBS This Morning, "I said, ‘Would it be interesting if Hank died in the first eight?' {AMC} said, ‘No, we kind of need you for the last eight. We’ve been building that up for the last five years’ ... Obviously, I’m glad that they did."
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Harrison Ford as Hans Solo in Star Wars
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While filming the original Star Wars trilogy, Harrison Ford was really excited about the possibility of killing off Hans Solo in the Return of the Jedi. Luckily for him, George Lucas was not trying to hear such nonsense because he wanted the coins from the Hans Solo action figure sales. However, Ford would eventually get his wish. If you haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then you probably should.
Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men
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Sometimes actors don't have to verbally express their desire to break free from a series or franchise. After all, actions speak much louder than words. Despite its massive success, CBS' Two and a Half Men was constantly plagued with rumors of behind-the-scenes drama. All of this came to a head in 2011 when CBS had enough of Charlie Sheen's public antics which included various illicit relationships and drug use. He also publicly bashed his co-star Jon Cryer and Men's executive producer Chuck Lorre. Needless to say, Sheen's character was swiftly replaced by Ashton Kutcher for the duration of the series.
John Francis Daley as Dr. Lance Sweets in Bones
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Who didn't adore the lovable and baby-faced Sweets on Fox's long-running show Bones? John Francis Daley was a series regular until he was offered the directing job for the film Vacation. Daley snagged the job, and as a result our precious Sweets was killed off the show during the tenth season. Dayley told TV Line, "The directing job was not something that I could walk away from, It was such a huge opportunity. It feels like a good next step in my career and my life; I always dreamed of being a director. So to be able to do something like this on such a huge scale—it’s a huge studio movie—it’s definitely not something I could turn my back on. It was a sacrifice for sure."
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Josh Charles as Will Gardner on The Good Wife
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Though fans of The Good Wife were shocked and horrified when Josh Charles' character Will Gardner was fatally shot in the courtroom by his client, that decision was actually a year in the making. In reality, Charles chose not to renew his contract because he wanted to pursue other projects. He told Deadline, "I had a very short-term deal, it was renewed a couple of times over, and at the end of the fourth year my contract was up, and I chose not to renew. It was just a creative decision for me wanting to go and explore new stuff—in my life, in my career." (But seriously Good Wife fans were pissed!!!)
Kal Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner on House
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Sometimes actors decide they want to shift gears entirely and focus on their other interests outside of acting. This was the case with Kal Penn back in 2009. While he was playing Dr. Lawrence Kutner on House, Penn got a job at at the White House in the Obama Administration. He knew in order to devote himself to his new position, Dr. Kutner had to be eliminated. The writers and producers over at House complied with Penn's wishes, and his character committed suicide at the end of the fifth season.
Leonard Nimoy as Spock in Star Trek
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You're probably shocked but, Leonard Nimoy was over playing the role of Spock by the '70s. By the time the script for the second Star Trek film was being written, Spock wasn't even a character in the story-line. However, when the writers of Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan promised to give Spock an epic death if Nimoy were to return to the series one last time, he jumped at the chance. However, something unexpected happen. While Spock got the death that Nimoy wanted, he didn't stay dead. Instead, returning to the franchise rekindled Nimoy's enthusiasm for the character.
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Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark on Game Of Thrones
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If you're an actor on Game of Thrones, we're just going to assume that you live under the assumption that your character's death is imminent. However, Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark in the series, wants to sure that Sansa gets the epic death that she deserves.  Turner told The Wall Street Journal. “If you’re on Game of Thrones and you don’t have a cool death scene, then what’s the point?" Well, things are looking pretty bleak for Sansa at the moment, we wouldn't be surprised if this really is the end of the road for her.
T.R. Knight as Dr. George O'Malley on Grey's Anatomy
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Grey's Anatomy fans adored T.R. Knight's character, Dr. George O'Malley. However, the relationship between Knight and Grey's creator and Shonda Rhimes was increasingly strained. Knight stated that there was a gradual "breakdown in communication" over the years. His frustrations came to a head in the fifth season of the show when his screen time was getting more and more sparse. As a result, Knight asked to be written off the show, and Dr. O’Malley was hit by a bus.
Isaac Hayes as Chef on South Park
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Apparently, not everyone is amused with South Park, not even the voice actors who have worked on the show. Back in 2006, the late Isaac Hayes decided to leave the show after an episode of the series poked fun at Hayes' religion, Scientology. He released a statement saying, "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends, and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices." Needless to say, Hayes was released from his contract, and Chef was promptly killed off.

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