TV Guide Online: First off, why did this happen? Was it your decision to leave?
Amy Carlson: Yes. I've been itching to do other stuff. I've loved the stuff they did with the firefighters, but really, it's become a cop show. So, I wanted to do other things, explore other characters and work more. It's a cop show now, and I was a firefighter.
Carlson: Completely. [Exec. producer] John Wells was like, "I get it. You want to work more." He was very supportive. TVGO: What was your reaction when you found out Alex was being killed off?
Carlson: I was like, "Oh, it must be sweeps." (Laughing) And my second reaction was, "Oh, the poor dear. She never even had a chance." This character has been through so much, I was sad for her. TVGO: How did you feel about the way they were killing her off?
Carlson: To be honest, I was like, "Ewww." (Laughing.) It was shocking. I'm curious what the reaction is going to be [from viewers]. I spoke to head writer [Ed Bernero], and he wanted to do something that no one would ever forget. TVGO: Were you upset?
Carlson: My boyfriend was more disturbed about it than I was. My biggest concern about it was that I wanted the character to die with dignity. TVGO: Speaking of which, were you disappointed that she died performing the job of paramedic and not firefighter?
Carlson: Actually, a little bit. TVGO: She never won the battle.
Carlson: She never did win that battle. That's another thing that makes it sad. TVGO: What was it like shooting that scene?
Carlson: It was very disturbing for everyone; it was gruesome. It was emotional. What made it more challenging was that as soon as we got to my close-ups, it started to freezing rain and hail. So, I was laying on the ground in Harlem soaking wet to the bone. It was tough, because as an actor, you really want to relax and let go. But I was frozen. TVGO: Who's legs were those lying next to you?
Carlson: My stunt girl, Jodi Pynn's legs. She's been my stunt girl throughout the whole show, so in my mind, those were my legs because I felt so close to her. TVGO: What happened when you wrapped for the day?
Carlson: The crew had gotten me two dozen white roses and a single red rose. Then I said a little speech thanking everyone. It's such a hard show to shoot, and the crew has just been amazing to me over the years. TVGO: What about the cast?
Carlson: They were there, too. TVGO: Were they sad?
Carlson: (Pausing) A little bit. I had blood dripping down my face and my hair was sticking straight up, so I don't know if they were crying because I looked so bad or because I was leaving. There were definitely tears. But this is the life of an actor. The saddest thing was that [co-star] Eddie Cibrian wasn't there. TVGO: Yeah, where was he?
Carlson: He was shooting a pilot. TVGO: Is he the next to go?
Carlson: I don't know. But as I said, it's becoming a cop show. [NBC declined to comment on Cibrian's Third Watch future.] TVGO: Why is it turning into a cop show?
Carlson: I don't know. After 9/11, I thought we did some terrific stuff with the firefighters, and I was hoping it would go more in that direction. Maybe it's cheaper to shoot a cop show. I don't think they ever figured out how to tell stories with the firefighters without blowing something up. TVGO: Has it been tough to keep Alex's death a secret from everyone?
Carlson: Yes! I'm going to be so glad when I'm out! TVGO: Who did you tell?
Carlson: My family and friends knew. I had to warn my parents. I was a little worried about them. TVGO: What's next for you?
Carlson: I don't want to jinx anything, but I have a couple of movies I'm waiting to hear about. This is a really exciting time for me.Was Alex's death too graphic? Click here to vote.