Essentially, it all comes down to the actual moments of death and the reactions to it.
How the character/s react, how the audience will react to the death, and then how they react to the character/s reaction.
Is it all believable? Do they buy that Character A reacts this way? Do they believe that the character could have been killed that way anyway? And does the character’s death actually have any influence at all? Does it drive the plot forward at all? Sometimes the fact that the death can be seen as senseless/pointless can sometimes be used to create a point.
It’s tough to reason out. I mean, what do I even want to get out of it anyway? In the case of my screenplay, which this is all in reference too, the death is essential. Integral, even.
The character in question has gone from being a throwaway un-named prostitute with a drug problem to an actual character with a name. Granted, she is known simply as The Blue Haired Girl, but thats a name, I guess.
Clint Eastwood’s character in The Dollars trilogy was known as The Man With No Name.
Although I’m not comparing myself to Sergio Leone or Clint Eastwood at all…
All this writing malarky is tough.