In my script, I wrote it so that there is a character, who is not main, but a side character who plays a role that effects the plot. There is a gang of terrorists going around committing their acts of terror, making demands from the city and the government. One of the new members, who is also a cop, is that character. Let's call him Cop A. However, when it comes time for him to prove his loyalty and do something aweful, he can't do it, and has a moral epiphany about his beliefs. He then flees and becomes a risk to the organization. Eventually they catch up to him as the plot moves along and they kill him. Other cops he worked with, did not know he joined the group for a short time, nor do they know anything of his beliefs in that area. So believing him to be a good cop, they decide to form a death squad, go after the terrorists and avenge him. After so many acts of terror, their cop friend was the last straw for them. However, after giving the script to some people to read, they pointed out a plot hole, I didn't see before. Apparently for the climax and ending to work the way I want to, I cannot have that character die. He has to live, for certain things to work. This is okay, cause there is another cop, let's call him Cop B, who plays a smaller role in the first act, that I can kill instead. He is not part of the terrorist group at all, but he gets to close to finding out about them so he can taken out too. And instead, I can have his death be the basis for the other cops' revenge. However, I do not know what to do with the Cop A now. His avenging was suppose to be meant as a dramatic irony to the audience. If I change it so that Cop B is killed instead of him, I can write it so that Cop A feels guilty because of the death of Cop B, after leaving the group. Because Cop A, choosing to fail his assignment and leave the group, did lead to the series of events that would kill Cop B. This is a plus, cause he feels guilty and it's part of his character development. The dramatic irony is suppose to be that Cop A, is the cause of a cop's death by the gang, then he is killed by the gang, and then all of his cop friends he worked, with want to avenge him and stop the gang. That was the irony, I intended for the story. However, since I have a plot hole, I now have to fix, I have to make Cop A live, and not sure if I can create the same irony by doing so. I can write so that maybe he is injured, and the other cops want to avenge his injury along with Cop B's death. But the revenge for Cop B, may overshadow the revenge for his injury by comparison, and therefore, the irony will not be felt by the audience with the same intention. What do you think? Can I create that same irony theme, and have Cop A live now? Thanks for the input .