(I don't intend to actually spoiler anything - this would be easier if this forum had spoiler tags like IMDB does - but here goes. Possible GoT spoilers ahead; ) With all the media stuff over the last few days about a certain television show (which I'm sure precisely nobody has managed to avoid), it's had me thinking about killing off characters like this. One of the reasons that character death has been so shocking (and why so many suspect a resurrection) seems to be that there's still so much "story" left for that character, and it seems like there's something lacking narratively by their sudden removal from the cast, and so much left unanswered. While yes, this kind of death is realistic (here I'm reminded of Eddie Izzard commenting on Princess Diana's death in a sudden car crash in the early hours of the morning being like if you were watching The X Files and the main characters all suddenly died for no reason), it feels like it's going for shock value but leaving a big hole in the narrative, setting up events and mysteries that are unlikely ever to be answered, and will be inconsequential now if they are. My question is, how do you use a major character death as a plot twist, avoiding these kinds of "broken promises" (to borrow a term from the Writing Excuses podcast), but still imply that there's more of a character's story to come in order to have their sudden death be truly surprising and tragic?