9-1-1: Lone Star's shock death for Charles Vega has been discussed by showrunner Tim Minear.
Viewers who've seen season 2 of the Fox drama will recall Derek Webster's character being discovered in an unresponsive state by his wife Tommy Vegas, played by Gina Torres.
In conversation with TVLine, Minear said of his decision to kill off Charles: "It was not a no-brainer. In fact, I got a lot of pushback from different quarters. It's not like Derek's people told me I couldn't have him next year."
Away from exterior influences, the series boss felt that this particular twist provided Tommy with "a lot of potential story".
"You know my philosophy: Why wait?" added Minear. "My staff goes insane because I always pull up story points and say, 'We're just going to go right to it.' If you look at the serial arsonist episode, you'd normally wait until the end to reveal who it was, but I was like, 'We're going to reveal it in the middle.'
"On one hand, killing off Derek seemed like a gamble, but was it really? I knew I'd be giving Gina Torres an acting showcase."
Looking forward to next season, Minear also recently announced that actress Brianna Baker would be bumped up to main cast, with her character Nancy Gilligan set to appear more prominently in season 3.
9-1-1: Lone Star airs on FOX in the US and Sky Witness in the UK.
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