Yeah, I know they aren’t saying anything I haven’t thought in the last 18 hours or so, and at this point, I think we may still get screwed by contract negotiations or something, but hey, at least they are trying to be positive. (And the authors’ theory that they wouldn’t treat their loyal fans that way? I’m not so sure, although I like to think it is all just a big misunderstanding rather than the F U it seems to be.)
The essential points:
- We didn’t see the “body.” Or, more accurately, the pile of goo. It’s a well-known TV truism that if a main character is supposedly dead but you don’t actually see the body, chances are they’ll be returning from the grave faster than you can say “that’s a stupid cliffhanger.” We saw Eric burst into flames, but we didn’t see him dissolve into a gooey mess, which means there’s still time for the writers to save him.
- Pam’s looking for him. And lo and behold, Pam is out looking for him. Why make such a big deal of Pam going off to find her maker if the writers aren’t going to use her to save him? It seems so obvious.
- He’s too big a fan fave to kill. The writers already killed Terry to prove they’re willing to bring down a beloved character; we don’t buy that they’d also end Eric in the same season. And, honestly, he’s much higher than Terry on the list of characters that it would be self defeating to do away with. We love Terry, but we’ll keep watching without him. Many fans don’t feel the same about Eric. If he’s gone, so is a chunk of the viewing audience.
- It was too mundane a death. While it would be gutsy for the writers to kill off such a big character in this random, borderline silly way, it’s also pretty dismissive of Eric’s many fans, and we don’t think they’d mistreat their loyal viewers that way. If Eric was going to die, he’d go out in epic fashion, not because of a mistake on a mountain.