All good things must come to an end – even on TV. Whether it’s a death or an actor’s decision to leave a show, it’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved character. Scroll through Us Weekly’s gallery to relive the most shocking TV exits.
A potential story line? Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry‘s sudden announcement that they are stepping back as senior members of the royal family had fans of The Crown excited to see how the bombshell move would play out on the Netflix series.
However, Suzanne Mackie, an executive producer of The Crown, told PA (via the BBC) that viewers will have to get their drama fix from real life.
“To be honest, whatever the life of The Crown is after where we are now, I doubt we’ll ever go as far into the present day,” Mackie said in an interview on Thursday, January 9. “I think we’ll probably — we won’t travel into the present day.”
The Crown chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s until the modern day. Season 3, which premiered in November, covered the events between 1964 and 1977 — including Princess Margaret’s affair and suicide attempt. The royal family’s tumultuous history continued on Wednesday, January 8, when Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, announced their big change.
“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” their joint statement read. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”
The statement continued, “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
“There’s still a rift between the two brothers,” the insider revealed. “It’s sad because when they were younger, William would be the first person Harry would go to with big news like this.”
The source added: “William is incredibly hurt, but at the same time he has his own family to focus on and is trying to move forward with his life.”
Harry and Meghan have been slowly separating themselves from the royal family over the past few months. The couple moved from Nottingham Cottage in London to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, England in April. They made another big decision when they parted ways from their joint charity, The Royal Foundation, with William, 37, and Kate, 38, in June.
Buckingham Palace reacted to the news of Harry and Meghan’s departure hours after the royal couple made the announcement. “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the statement read. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
Prepare yourself for You — and all the twists and turns to come. At the end of season 1, Joe’s (Penn Badgley) ex-girlfriend Candace (Ambyr Childers) arrived in town leaving him shocked. That twist, however, doesn’t even compare to what’s coming. Warning: spoilers ahead!
Season 2 takes place in Los Angeles, where Joe has moved in order to hide from Candace. Audiences quickly learned that he tried to kill her and then buried her — but she was alive and got out. So, he’s now created a new identity, — well, stolen someone else’s — got a new job at an organic food store called Anavrin (Nirvana spelled backward) and has found new love in Love (Victoria Pedretti).
However, her brother Forty (James Scully) is concerned … and slowly starts finding out more about Joe. To help that along, Candace shows up in L.A. and starts a relationship with Forty, in order to remind Joe she’s never going to stop and she’s going to protect Love.
Little did she know, Love didn’t need protecting. In the final episodes of the season, everything goes awry. Delilah (Carmela Zumbado), Joe’s landlord and brief fling, finds out about his past and present — that he also killed Henderson (Chris D’Elia).
In order to buy himself some time, Joe does what he does best — locks her inside the glass cage that is now located inside a storage unit. (Side note: That size storage unit must cost a fortune.) Joe promises her that he’ll let her out and, after seeing what he did with the real Will Bettleheim (Robin Lord Taylor), it seems like that was his real plan.
After being drugged by Forty, though, Joe finds Delilah dead in the cage. He attempts to piece together the details of the night, eventually confessing that he did it — even though he has no memory of doing so. Candace tells Love all about Joe’s past and in turn, he confesses that he killed Delilah.
However, it wasn’t Joe after all. After Candace was able to tell Love everything, Love killed her. And that wasn’t her first kill. She then opened up to Joe — who was locked inside the cage himself — that she killed her au pair when she and Forty were kids and the family never recovered.
She also started stalking Joe when they first met, read Beck’s (Elizabeth Lail) book — and was not impressed with Beck — and stealing the key to his storage unit. When she found the cage, she fell even more in love with him because he was so passionate. In fact, she thought it made them soulmates. She also revealed she was pregnant.
However, Forty is still a problem as he’s also discovered what Joe has done and wants to convince his sister how dangerous he is. During a face-off between Forty, Love and Joe, however, Forty points a gun at Joe … just as the police walk in. With that, the police kill Forty.
While Love is crushed, she’s ready to start a peaceful life with Joe. In the final moments of the season, Joe and a very pregnant Love move into a new home and are seemingly living a slow life. He’s not happy; Delilah’s dead, Ellie, Delilah’s sister (Jenna Ortega) is left with nothing and he’s living with Love — who caused all of it.
His unhappiness changes when he sees another woman who lives next door reading a book in the backyard. He, of course, can’t help but peek through the fence.
“I’m ready to meet my daughter. I’m ready to be the good father I never had, to make the family I always dreamed of. The one she deserves. It’s funny how fate works. I had no idea that the cage I was building all this time was a trap for me. And when I found myself here, locked in, I thought this was the end,” he says in a voiceover at the end of the episode, seemingly living a calm, suburban life, sitting outside reading. “But that’s not how destiny works, is it? This is just the beginning because this is where I had to be, exactly where I had to be to meet you. There you were, with your books and your sunshine, so close but so far away. I will figure out a way, a way to get to you. See you soon, neighbor.”
You season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.
Sixteen years after the premiere of holiday rom-com “Love Actually,” fans are shocked that two of the youthful co-stars were so close in age.
In the 2003 film, Keira Knightley, then just 18 years old, played Juliet, a newlywed who was startled by amorous impulses from Mark (Andrew Lincoln), the best friend of her husband Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Another storyline in the movie involves a child named Sam — played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who was 13 when it was released — trying to get the attention of his own infatuation, Joanna (portrayed by then-11-year-old actress Olivia Olson).
A Twitter thread posted Saturday shows ever-childlike Brodie-Sangster side-by-side with much older-appearing Knightley noting that there was just a five-year gap between the two thespians, now 29 and 34, respectively.
The post gathered more than 19,100 retweets and topped 108,00 likes — and led to many astonished replies.
“HAD TO GOOGLE AND STILL DON’T BELIEVE EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IT’S TRUE,” posted @unicornkx, while Twitter user @taintedavenue also emphatically declared, “RIGHTTTTT i was so shook by this i thought it had to be fake.”
Another commenter tried to zero in on the actual reason for the visual disparity between Brodie-Sangster and Knightley, asking, “Did he look extremely young for his age or did she look much older?” To that end, some reactions zeroed in on the former’s baby face, saying they were most surprised that Brodie-Sangster “was 13 and not 8” and noting “that Thomas is now 30 but looks 15.” (Brodie-Sangster will turn 30 on May 16, 2020.)
You can be the judge of that, actually.
Warning: This contains spoilers from the Sunday, December 8, episode of Supergirl.
It’s the end of an era. The Arrowverse knew the death of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was imminent — but no one expected it would happen during part 1 of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
While fighting on Earth-38, Oliver proved — again — that his stubborn ways had not faded with time. Although ordered to, Oliver refused to leave until the planet was destroyed. He fought until he was out of arrows and ultimately was critically wounded by the shadow army.
He returned to Earth-1’s bunker barely being able to speak, but before taking his last breath, he told his daughter, Mia (Katherine McNamara), to tell his family how much he loves them.
Needless to say, the death was a shock to the fans of the franchise; while it was previously revealed the death was coming, it still came as a shock to happen in the crossover — especially in part 1. However, the surprise was the point.
“The dilemma that we presented to our own selves was that we spoiled our own story. So if Oliver dying isn’t the surprise, what is the surprise? The timing of him dying, because we figured the audience is expecting that Oliver would die in the climax in the fifth hour,” showrunner Marc Guggenheim told reporters at a recent screening. “So if we went in the exact opposite direction and killed him off at the end of Hour 1, we accomplish two things: Hopefully, we do surprise the audience — that’s absolutely the intention — but we also really establish the stakes, that going into the next four hours, ‘Wow, if Oliver Queen can die, then no one is safe.’”
Meanwhile, McNamara, 24, who will lead the Arrow spinoff next year, had mixed emotions on set. “That was a historic moment in many ways for me personally. It was my first day on set with everyone in the suits. It was my first day wearing my suit on set, so I was so excited,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Then I get to set and I realize, ‘Oh I have to cry over my dying father. Let me reframe my entire headspace.’ … It was so wonderful, and Stephen killed it. Everybody really came together because Stephen, in a sense, was the beginning of this entire universe.”
Amell, 38, was excited when he read the script because he was actually surprised.
“I thought of all the different scenarios that we would sort of end Oliver’s journey,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “We had, frankly, promised people that we were going to end it. I feel like people were looking for a twist because we’ve been so straightforward about the fact that Oliver does not survive Crisis, but we were just telling the truth. So, from that standpoint, I was excited.”
The crossover continues on The CW during Batwoman Monday, December 9, at 8 p.m. ET.
“You just really can’t predict what’s going to happen. I think it definitely is shocking,” the “Higher” singer, 26, told Us Weekly exclusively on Thursday, October 31. “It has been shocking and all you can do is just literally — just if I know that I did the best dance that I could and worked as hard as I could, and that’s all that I can take away from it and then hope that America loves it. I think the more and more I show [them] who I am, I hope that it helps.”
Brooke and her partner, Sasha Farber, found themselves in the bottom two during the October 21 episode despite earning high scores, while Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy were eliminated. The following installment ended in another shocker, with Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson sent home in lieu of Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov.
Brooke hopes her near elimination encouraged her fans to show their support. “Now I am [scared]. Especially because I was in the bottom two a few weeks ago. So I feel like even if I do really well in my dancing, I still feel nervous because it’s not just about the dancing,” she admitted to Us. “I feel like the good thing is, I was in the bottom two a few weeks ago, but this week I was not. So I really feel like that was a jolt for everyone to continue to vote. And I’m so happy that I’m on the show another week.”
The former Fifth Harmony member added that she intends to “leave it in God’s hands.”
In addition to Brooke, Flannery, Spicer, Hannah Brown, James Van Der Beek, Lauren Alaina and Kel Mitchell are still in the running for the mirrorball trophy. Lamar Odom, Ray Lewis and Mary Wilson were previously eliminated.
Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.
With reporting by Kayley Stumpe
The pressure was on during the Monday, October 21, episode of Dancing With the Stars! Len Goodman seemed to be in a bit of a better mood, while he judged alongside Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. While the dancers were tougher during week six, the emotions were running high.
Hannah Brown broke down after Disney night, since her parents were in the audience. “I just miss being on my couch with my mom and my daddy, watching a movie, playing with my dogs. I kinda miss the simplicity of home,” she cried to Alan Bersten during rehearsal.
The former Bachelorette also admitted she’s having a tough time adjusting to the west coast. “A piece of my heart will always be in Alabama. I really miss that sense of community and family that I had,” she said. “I don’t know if L.A. truly feels like home just yet.”
Her parents came to rehearsal to visit and Alan told them that his partner “was the most hardworking person” he had ever gotten met. After their routine — a samba to Carrie Underwood‘s “Southbound” — she felt closer to her family than ever. “This year has been so crazy for me,” she told Erin Andrews. “It’s good to have some reminders of home.”
Karamo also had an emotional night, revealing his broken relationship with his father. “When I was 17 going on 18, I told him I was gay. Our relationship ended,” the Queer Eye star revealed. However, his dad reached out years later and apologized — and Karamo invited him to watch this week’s dance. “I feel like this is an opportunity where I could really shine. I’m not gonna lie, I’m nervous.”
He met up with his dad ahead of his routine and his dad agreed to meet his fiancé, director Ian Jordan. “Ever since birth, Ive always wanted for you to be successful,” his dad told him.
After he danced, the Real World alum told Erin that the show has really influenced him. “Usually I’m helping other people find their emotions,” he said. “This whole process has been therapeutic for me.”
Later, Lauren Alaina broke down over the anniversary of her step-father, Sam’s death. “We found out he had cancer in April and he died in October. It was really fast. Sam was 47. It destroyed me,” she shared. Her mom flew out for the performance, and the pair walked on the beach beforehand. While there, Lauren broke down in tears. “That song has brought so much healing to me,” her mom told her.
The American Idol alum revealed that Sam opened his eyes hours before he died and explained heaven to her family. She wrote “The Other Side” about that experience. Gleb Savchenko choreographed the routine to be as if she was talking to her step-father.
When it came time for the results, the bottom two couples were revealed: Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy and Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber. Carrie Ann and Bruno both chose to save Ally and Sasha and everyone — especially Brinkley-Cook was left in tears.
Scroll through the gallery below for a break down of all the dances of the night.