I'm not sure if this should be here or plot creation, it's a bit of both... I've finished planning my novel and just started writing it but something's occurred to me... Of all the characters in my book, four of them are police. Just a note, there are two antagonists, both equally important. One is the Madman, the other is the Countdown Killer. Lance Brown: The protagonist, main character. He's less experienced than the others but has a personal bone to pick the Madman. This drives him on throughout the story. James Barkers: James Barkers is an experienced lieutenant and has been investigating both the Madman and the Countdown Killer. At one point, it appears to Lance that Barkers has been executed by the Madman. He is known for doing anything to get the job done. Robert Ward: Ward is also a lieutenant and has worked with Barkers for years. They are great friends and have a bond as they've been through tough cases together before. Daniel York: York is an aggressive man. He is a lieutenant who mostly keeps to himself however he sometimes gets into fights with other men. He works with Lance and is introduced later in the story than the other characters. At the end of the novel, it is revealed that Barkers was not killed but rather faked his death so he could become the Countdown Killer (I won't bother explaining detail, but he was forced into buy the Madman). In a fight on a rooftop, York is killed. Lance and Barkers are badly wounded when they reach Barkers and Barkers stabs Lance in the stomach. Ward is already wounded and thus, is an easy target. Barkers kills Ward, his closest friend but this buys Lance and the other police arriving some time. Barkers is then revealed to have been killed (however he does survive). So, in that scene, i'm trying to make it emotional as three of the four main characters are killed, puppets of the Madman. As I said above, I have planned for Lance to survive. Now, I'm thinking since Ward has such a bond with Barkers, it would be more emotional for Ward to be the only survivor and therefore have time to swallow the fact that he was betrayed by his closest friend. The problem with this, is that Lance is the main character, so I'm not sure if it would work. Also, I don't want them both to survive, it wouldn't make sense at the very end. So what do you think? Would it be better to kill of Lance, the main character or Ward, the character who has a bond with the antagonist?