3:30 pm EDT, March 21, 2016

Television is killing lesbians, and fans aren’t happy about it

Are we referring to Olivia and Kate? We guess you'll have to read the article to find out.

Two prominent lesbian characters have been killed on two beloved TV shows over the past month, and fans are upset.

We didn’t want to spoil the deaths in the headline, lede, or image, because otherwise people will come yell at us whether it’s justified or not. We’re talking about The Walking Dead’s Denise and The 100’s Lexa.

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Denise died on the March 20 episode of The Walking Dead — less than three weeks after Lexa died on The 100. Viewers who enjoy seeing LGBT characters on screen have grown concerned that the few and precious examples of queer representation on TV are getting the axe. Why can’t it be the straight people? If the straights were killed, there would still be plenty of straight representation left on TV.


In TWD season 6, episode 14, Denise died just as she finally mustered up the courage to take on a walker. Excuse me: “Roamer.”


And Lexa died of a gunshot wound on The 100 3×07 in early March. With both of these in mind, viewers have very valid reasons to be concerned:


Here are other examples of fans voicing their disproval. Some are humorous, some are serious:









The good news is that there are still several lesbian, bi, or fluid female characters on TV: Annalise on How to Get Away with Murder, Tara on The Walking Dead, Kalinda on The Good Wife, and Nora and Mary Louise on The Vampire Diaries, to name a few.

But Lexa and Denise were two favorites, and their presence will be missed.


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