How the Unique Charmed Sequence Depicts Grief

The sudden exit of Shannen Doherty after Charmed Season three left the present with a a lot greater void to fill than only a third sister. Shedding the eldest sister needed to shake the remaining ladies, together with their long-lost youthful sister Paige, to make her dying uncooked and everlasting, contemplating the ladies had managed to flee dying’s door earlier than.

It might have simply been glossed over when the following season premiered, following the preliminary affect of Prue’s dying. In spite of everything, her remaining moments have been being thrown by a wall within the Halliwell manor by Shax with Piper (Holly Marie Combs) proper by her aspect.

Charmed might’ve taken the strategy that Two and a Half Males later did, the place Charlie Sheen’s exit was written in with a fast joke and Ashton Kutcher took over and not using a single look again at what had been misplaced. Would it not have been practical? No, however it will have saved the writers fairly a little bit of hassle. As an alternative, the Charmed writers took on the problem.

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Writing off Prue, arguably crucial character of the trio, might’ve simply destroyed the present. Piper and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) have been dropping their older sister, the individual that had been there to deal with them all through their whole lives after the untimely dying of their mom and the sudden go away of their father. Plus, there was a wholly new sister being labored into the present as the ladies found their long-lost sister Paige (Rose McGowan).

Piper, realistically, had the hardest time dealing with Prue’s loss. She needed to step up because the oldest sister, the brand new head of the Halliwell family. She needed to discover a approach to take care of her grief over dropping the only person who had been together with her at each step… all whereas looking for a approach to let Paige into her life. Both of these duties on their very own would’ve been tough to bear.

All through the primary half of Charmed Season 4, we actively watched Piper undergo the numerous phases of grief. From denial on “Charmed Once more: Half 1” as she desperately tried to convey Prue again (whilst a ghost) to anger on “Hell Hath No Fury” as Piper broke down at Prue’s headstone, screaming at Prue for leaving her on their own on the earth and pondering she might deal with what was to return with out her.

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Whereas Piper has the hardest time accepting her loss, we additionally watch Phoebe grieve for the sister that she typically fought with (as sisters do). Phoebe handles her grief in a very completely different method. There’s one second in Charmed Season Four the place Phoebe is breaking down about the truth that she was by no means in a position to inform Prue that it was really her boyfriend’s cat, not Piper’s, that peed on and ruined certainly one of Prue’s favourite jackets.

Phoebe additionally steps as much as be the sister to carry issues collectively as Piper’s tears hold falling and Paige reluctantly turns into a part of the household. She tables her grief, however we see her slowly chip away at it all through the remainder of Charmed because the very actual chance of dying younger or dropping one other sister units in.

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Even Paige mourns for the sister she by no means obtained the possibility to satisfy. For fairly some time, we see Paige evaluating herself to Prue, and attempting to reside as much as the tremendous witch legacy that Prue left. Although we by no means actually see Paige study a lot about Prue on-screen, it’s clear that she takes the time to take action, even attempting to finish spells that Prue began and by no means obtained the possibility to complete. Provided that Paige skilled the lack of her adoptive mother and father, she comes into the present very understanding of Piper and Phoebe’s emotions, and so they actually all assist one another take care of what they’re feeling. Paige’s grief over Prue, whereas slim, is rarely made out to look unreasonable or something simply because they by no means had the possibility to satisfy both. Would some other present put that a lot thought into it?

As Piper and Phoebe slowly accepted their grief, and Paige grew to become an everyday within the Halliwell family, the concentrate on their loss slowly dwindled. But it surely by no means died. The ladies reference Prue many instances all through future seasons, fondly recalling their departed sister. For example, in “Cat Home,” circumstances result in Paige and Phoebe touring by time and Paige is ready to see Prue’s again as she rides away on the motorbike after destroying Piper’s wedding ceremony, and so they touch upon how Paige has at all times wished to satisfy Prue.

One other occasion is within the Season 7 finale, “One thing Wicca This Approach Goes.” The ladies use an astral projection spell (certainly one of Prue’s established powers) to assist save their lives as they’re hunted by the demon Zankou, to which Piper says, “Thanks, Prue” after they narrowly escape dying. Or, within the collection’ 100th episode, “Centennial Charmed,” when Paige travels to a different actuality the place she died earlier than they may reconstitute the Charmed Ones after Prue’s dying, and we see how the lack of Prue completely wrecked the ladies and Paige is the one factor that helped them hold issues collectively.

Prue’s reminiscence was stored alive, even properly after her dying. Even with the playing cards they have been dealt, like not with the ability to use any of Shannen’s scenes for flashbacks, photographs, or something, they actually captured what it’s prefer to lose a sibling, particularly the oldest sibling, and to take care of the grief that comes with any loss.

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It’s much more stunning that a lot care was put into Prue’s dying and the way that impacted the ladies contemplating the circumstances behind Doherty’s exit. Rumors have flown about the true purpose Doherty exited, however there’s by no means been any official assertion. Some say it’s as a result of she was a nightmare behind-the-scenes, others say it was as a consequence of a feud with Alyssa Milano and the community selected to maintain certainly one of them. There are even rumors that Doherty and the creator, Constance M. Burge, left the present as a result of they wished the tales to get darker, whereas the community (The WB on the time) didn’t.

Regardless of the case, it’s clear that her exit was not on good phrases, which makes how the character’s exit was dealt with much more stunning. They may’ve burned Doherty, the character, and simply stored on operating with out even the slightest look again.

Nevertheless, all the pieces the writers did made it really really feel like we have been watching an actual household that had suffered an unrecoverable loss, and that’s extremely uncommon to see on TV. These answerable for these exhibits often strive by no means to remind you of those that are not round, regardless of remembering your misplaced family members being such a standard, human factor to do. Ultimately, it actually comes right down to the little moments, just like the cat pee with Prue’s jacket or the ladies sitting of their kitchen and acknowledging how Prue was at all times the primary one up and the final one down, that separate the present’s depiction of loss from how different exhibits have dealt with it. Having a funeral, coping with the loss for a pair episodes, that’s not tough to do. What’s tough is displaying the continued affect of the loss and the way life slowly however absolutely goes again to some form of normalcy. Shedding somebody adjustments all the pieces, and surprisingly that’s one thing we see on Charmed. It’s not enterprise as regular after the preliminary affect is over with.

All eight seasons of Charmed are streaming on Peacock TV.

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