It looks like Game of Thrones isn't the only TV show to axe beloved characters.
Orange is the New Black has killed off one of its main characters, leaving many fans "upset" and claiming it was unnecessary.
In the last episode of the Netflix show's fourth season, streaming on Netflix, prison inmate Poussey Washington, played by Samira Wiley, is killed after being pinned down by an untrained officer during a riot/protest in the prison's cafeteria. Unable to breathe under the pressure of the officer, Poussey suffocates and dies in front of everyone.
This isn't the first death on the popular show, but it's one that hit home for fans.
OITNB's 77-minute long finale deals with the fallout of her death, but fans still felt their favourite character "deserved better".
Many slammed her death as an inappropriate ploy to "raise awareness" for the Black Lives Matter movement, or as a "lazy" plot point to add "shock value" to the show.
The hashtag #PousseyDeservedBetter soon appeared on Twitter with viewers posting their thoughts:
#PousseyDeservedBetter she was a revolutionary character and you destroyed that to stay relevant and edgy and I'm so DISGUSTED.— OITNB SPOILERS (@ginny_pie) June 19, 2016
The fact that she died for the purpose of getting some whites to understand blm gets me upset #PousseyDeservedBetter— ??? starr ??? (@celesitial) June 19, 2016
She deserved better than being killed "to raise awareness". Black lesbians aren't here to be your plot devices #PousseyDeservedBetter— Zildp (@Zildp) June 19, 2016
#PousseyDeservedBetter black lesbians are already underrepresented on tv & instead of a happy ending she received a tropey death. do better.— krys (@clarkesdick) June 19, 2016
Several fans felt the episode was in bad taste, especially after the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, where a gunman killed 49 people and injured another 53 in a gay nightclub.
i refuse to watch the new season of oitnb knowing what happens to poussey, especially considering recent events. #PousseyDeservedBetter— lotta (@jameskirks) June 19, 2016
#PousseyDeservedBetter her death was damn triggering especially, after this past week with Orlando, where the victims were LGBT+ POC— OITNB SPOILERS (@youngavengersaf) June 19, 2016