Originally Posted by rebkell
Did you read the article linked to above.
I did... and I understand the main driving force was the actor himself wanting to move on from the show... but I think this is a GREAT chance of perfect timing. The actor wants to move on before his character gets stuck in a rut.
We, the audience, remember Stark as the guy you initially loved to hate... then came to respect... and then felt sad when he died to save the world... instead of potentially remembering him as the guy we got tired of next year.
This is why the "surprise death" works so well in TV... IF someone dies that we don't care about, we might initially say "yay" but then what? Like all the folks that hated Wesley Crusher on Star Trek TNG... once he left the show, nothing to talk about... but killing Tasha Yar at the beginning of an episode? Great surprise drama killing a main character, and making her all the more lovable.
Now if Eureka runs for a couple more years, they could do another alternate timeline story and have Stark guest-star and it will be welcomed and great to see an old friend.