Just caught on an article with the writer of the infamous Torchwood scene that killed off Ianto. He tries to give his take on why it happened. The first thing he said was, "Russel wanted it to happen." *rolls eyes* Thanks ever so. Anyway, here's the snippet from that section
“The strength of Torchwood and Russell’s vision is that you don’t know the heroes are going to survive. That’s been well established now!
“That adds a sense of jeopardy to the show which leaves everyone wondering what will happen next.”
He added Ianto’s death also allowed him to illustrate one of the costs of immortality for Captain Jack.
“In my mind, I was always aware that Jack had gone through this situation many times before, and that was really interesting to me. How do you have a relationship and fall in love with someone when you know – absolutely know – you will be around to see them die?
“That’s a real tragedy that Jack has to carry around with him, as well as a fascinating weight to hang around a character’s shoulders.”
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