In a series that’s known for surprises and has no problem killing off main characters, last night’s episode of “24,” which ended with the death of agent Renee Walker, was a shock for die-hard fans of the show. For many who have followed the plight of Jack Bauer, it was cheerily thought that Jack might be able to go out on top with his leading lady by his side.
In the end we were wrong, as a sniper’s bullet to Walker’s abdomen led to her death soon after she was rushed to the hospital. Broken hearted, Jack cried on Renee’s lifeless body as the silent clock ticks over to 9:00 am.
While some fans may have cried from their living rooms, others became irate. Annie Wersching, who played Renee Walker on “24” for two seasons, has a Facebook page with over 5,000 fans. The comments range from those who choose to leave condolences to the character and actress to some who feel Renee’s death was an injustice.
“Totally Unfair!! Most people survive from worse then that. It should have been a flesh wound!” wrote one fan.
“UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!….they broke Jack’s and my heart last nite!!!!” wrote another viewer.
Two fans in particular pointed their frustration towards the writers of the show.
“I went from not looking forward of the 24 series finale to me [being unable to wait for the] finale. [Then] they pull this crap. I am glad it’s ending and it can’t even end happy for Jack.”
“The moron’s who botch I mean write 24 didn’t deserve to work with you in the 1st place.”
While fans remain shocked and angry over Walker’s death, it’s important to remember that, based on the plot that brought Renee back onto the show this season, her character has been fairly unimportant since last season concluded.
Season eight of “24” seemed to invalidate the Renee Walker we knew last season–the by the book, innocent FBI agent. Renee returned this season with a back story that involved going undercover with Russian extremists. It’s hard to imagine how Renee did that for multiple years and yet appeared so green and innocent when Jack Bauer came into her life last season.
In the end, the writers clearly struggled with Renee’s character all season, and her death–similar to David Palmer’s a few years ago–was a necessary catalyst to move the story, and Jack Bauer’s character, forward.
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