These days any character can get the ax. The shocking deaths of series regulars on Lost and Desperate Housewives prove that no one on television is safe anymore.
Ian Somerhalder, who played the ill-fated Boone on Lost, was shocked to learn that he was being killed off. "[I got the call] two days before going back to Hawaii to buy a house," he told TV Guide.
The Sopranos' Vincent Pastore thought he was in the clear because his original contract was for six years. That was until his character, Big Pussy, got whacked in Season 2. "The raises came in the third year, when I wasn't around," Pastore says with a laugh.
And over on Wisteria Lane, Rex Van De Kamp's early death has some of the rest of the cast feeling a bit... desperate. "The guys joke now about [their fate]," says James Denton. "Who knows what [executive producer] Marc Cherry's plan is? I'm lobbying to live."
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Finally, one of Lost's biggest mysteries has been revealed. After months of warnings from cocreators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof that a major character on their hit ABC drama would be killed off — and rampant speculation from fans about who it would be — Boone (Ian Somerhalder), the rich boy with the creepy attachment to stepsister Shannon (Maggie Grace), died in the April 6 episode. Somerhalder's exit was necessary because "it kicks off the character conflicts that build all the way into the season finale," Lindelof says. "It had to be him." Here, in an emotional TV Guide interview, Somerhalder speaks out about his departure and — spoiler alert! — reveals that he might not be the only one biting the dust.TV Guide: Did the producers ask you to keep Boone's demise a secret from the rest of the cast?Ian Somerhalder: No. They knew I wouldn't do that. These are my people, you know? There's no way in hell I wasn't