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Chances are, if you watched last night's Third Watch season finale, the image of Alex Taylor's severed body lying on the pavement remains etched in your psyche. Although NBC's promo department for weeks had been warning us that "someone won't be back," nothing could have prepared viewers for the grisly nature of Alex's death. For those who missed it, here's the sitch: While filling in as paramedic at the scene of a car crash, the trailblazing firefighter was sliced in two by a sudden explosion. (For added impact, Alex's legs hit the ground seconds after her torso. Yeesh.) Fortunately, the character's portrayer, actress Amy Carlson, remains wholly composed in the wake of the tragedy. In this exclusive interview, the former soap star gives TV Guide Online readers the lowdown on Alex's haunting death, including why she had to go and which Third Watcher could be next.TV Guide Online: First off, w
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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.
TVGO: Was it amicable?
TVGO: What was your reaction when you found out Alex was being killed off?
TVGO: How did you feel about the way they were killing her off?
TVGO: Were you upset?
TVGO: Speaking of which, were you disappointed that she died performing the job of paramedic and not firefighter?
TVGO: She never won the battle.
TVGO: What was it like shooting that scene?
TVGO: Who's legs were those lying next to you?
TVGO: What happened when you wrapped for the day?
TVGO: What about the cast?
TVGO: Were they sad?
TVGO: Yeah, where was he?
TVGO: Is he the next to go?
TVGO: Why is it turning into a cop show?
TVGO: Has it been tough to keep Alex's death a secret from everyone?
TVGO: Who did you tell?