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Character Death

A reader asks, "Is it possible for characters to die in the last Legacy book?"

Yes, it is possible.

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kaviiq
Sep. 19th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
... Would it be uncouth to speculate here on the characters most likely to die?
jo_graham
Sep. 19th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
You may speculate all you like, but you know I can't answer spoilery questions!
kaviiq
Sep. 19th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Huge Honking Spoilers Ahead
Ashes is a given. He's much too far gone to be saved. Death has a slim (very slim) chance at redemption, since she's still young, but I really wouldn't count on it.

Alabaster and Darling are practically immortal, even if they weren't Wraith. Killing them now, when she's been reunited with Guide, and he's only just met his grandfather, would be a really, really low blow.

Guide, on the other hand, just had his risk factor upped exponentially. There's been foreshadowing since his first appearance that he's not going to be around much longer. He should have every reason to cling to life now that he has his family back, but he's also not going to let them die. It's not going to be a repeat of Snow's murder. If they're ever in peril, he's more likely to get hurt than they are, because he's going to give everything to keep them safe.

On the Atlantis side, Mel has a moderately-high risk factor. Not because she's in the closet (you're pretty fair toward LGBT characters, given the times that they live in), but because she's considering retirement from the military. Announcing, or even considering, that you're going to retire in a story is usually a prelude to a heroic sacrifice. But even with that sort of trope in play, I'd say she has a good chance of surviving (though maybe with a few cuts and bruises, so to speak). Satedan pilots aren't going to train themselves, after all!
jo_graham
Sep. 20th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Huge Honking Spoilers Ahead
Hummm. These are all very interesting speculations! :) You know I can't tell you if you're right or not.

I'm glad you think I'm fair to LGBT characters. There would be more, had it not been cut.
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whatthefaith
Sep. 19th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh man...now I'm totally going to be reading The Inheritors like I watch scary movies - through my fingers!
jo_graham
Sep. 20th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
*g* That's the thing about no reset to zero! What happens -- well, it happens!
hiveshipmist
Sep. 19th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
If Ardent had to buy the farm, Queen Death and Ashes will likely follow. They hold more power, have wrought more havoc, and will not leave Guide's progressive alliance with Atlantis in peace. If anyone from Death's hive escapes, it will likely only be to cause trouble if a season 7 comes to pass.

I think Guide is safe, as he is too much of a valuable marketing asset to get rid of, but I worry for Waterlight's father who is in the same boat as Guide. Waterlight has suffered many losses and I don't want to see any more sorrow for her, but I could see Bronze stepping up to take the title of Commander, in name as well as in deeds.

I think younger Wraith like Waterlight, Alabaster, Darling, and Ember will survive and will represent the new ways of syncretism, which new generations of humans like Torren will grow to know.

jo_graham
Sep. 20th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
Very interesting thoughts! You know I can't confirm or deny anything, because it's spoilery, though. :)
hiveshipmist
Sep. 20th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
I know, but I enjoy the mystery, speculation, and discussions. :)
elffreaky
Sep. 19th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry to be such a dork but there could be an Atlantis team member who dies from lack of green or red chile....


In all seriousness though, I don't see Death living for very long, she has shown that she is easily influenced by Ashes. He, on the other hand, is too far gone, in my opinion to ever let his hatred go, and probably should be killed off, but who knows I am not the one writing the story.

Hopefully none of the main characters die off, but if they do it will make me cry.... But won't hurt my enjoyment of the story.
jo_graham
Sep. 20th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
You know I can't answer spoilery questions, right? :) Very interesting speculations, though!
elffreaky
Sep. 20th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but it is fun to speculate.

Do you think there is a terminal chile withdrawal?
jarodrussell
Sep. 19th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
This really doesn't encourage my faint hopes of a reconciliation between Jennifer and Rodney.
jo_graham
Sep. 20th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
That is up in the air, isn't it?

The thing about that scene is that you can see where both of them are coming from, but it's just a train wreck. I felt terribly sorry for both of them.
miso_no_tsuki
Sep. 21st, 2012 09:44 am (UTC)
The thing I love about the books so far is that the characters DO change. We all do because of our life experiences, and lets face it,the Atlantis posse have way more than their fair share of those!
I adore the way you have given us greater depth to all the characters in little bits and bobs along the way, and one of the best things IS the possibility that people can die. As in dead, defunct,gone and not ascended/cloned/whatever to *cheat* the viewers,(and push ratings.)
Apart from the Oh-so-deliberately arranged demise of Carson, I never felt that the main characters were really,really in jeopardy. Heightmeyer was a surprise but she wasn't a "main" character.
With your books the possibilities are much wider and you can go into those dark places and we (the readers) aren't so sure everyone will make it out.
Thank you.
jo_graham
Sep. 22nd, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That was our biggest hope for the series -- that characters would be allowed to grow and change, with no reset to zero, everything has to end exactly where it began. And it won't. Everything has real and lasting consequences.
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