After watching the episode “Broken Home” in season 3 of “Nikita,” I really believe that Sean Pierce’s death was too early and was a mistake. It would have been more effective if it happened in the finale or next season.
Here are the reasons why I think it was wrong:
1. The writers have disappointed the Sean fans by not having him appear in a lot of episodes this season. I was really looking forward to seeing him more often. The actor Dillon Casey became a series regular for the season, so why wasn’t he treated like one?
2. Even when Sean did appear, it was for a little bit or not enough. His absence was truly disappointing. Even Owen got more screen time than him.
3. Sean’s potential from season 2 had disappeared. Remember, he used to work with Amanda in Division to take down Nikita? And then he joined Team Nikita in the fight against Percy? Well, in season 3 he got downgraded to mostly being “Alex’s boyfriend” in order to further Alex’s storyline.
4. They already had Sean somewhat “die” in the episode “Black Badge” and then he got saved and officially turned into a member of Division. However, a couple of episodes later, we find out that he got shot, has internal bleeding, and he really does die? That was a HUGE mistake. All that build up in “Black Badge” was meant to solidify Sean’s position in the Division/Team Nikita family. It was supposed to show that he was there to stay, that this was his destiny and he could never go back to the Navy Seals or get out of the world that he was now a part of.
5. A major character death is more meaningful if the character had great character development and story leading up to the death. That wasn’t the case here since the writers have treated Sean horribly throughout all of season 3 EXCEPT for the one time he actually got to shine in the “Black Badge” episode. I am jealous at how much more story they give to the Owen character.
As a fan of Sean Pierce and all of the main characters of “Nikita,” I have to say that the Sean character and his actor, Dillon Casey, deserved better than that. I do understand why writers kill off characters…it’s for the shock factor and is also used to further the plot. That’s why I’m NOT saying that Sean should never die.
Even though I don’t want any members of Team Nikita to die, the writers have chosen to kill him off. I will support their decision, but I will NOT support how they wrote it. The whole point of this article is to argue that the death was too soon and how the character was mistreated. If he was given the right treatment all this time, then we wouldn’t be arguing right now!
If the writers ever do decide to bring back Sean due to a lot of complaints from fans… we don’t need a crazy sci-fi reason to explain his return. I know that in the episode of his death, he was laying on the ground lifeless. But as long as he is not shown in a coffin or in a body bag near the rest of the other Division agents’ bodies, the writers can still come up with an explanation that he was unconscious. They can even make a Division doctor or some special medical character explain that he was able to treat Sean’s wound in some other secret place outside of Division. Meanwhile, Team Nikita still thinks Sean is dead and then he surprises everyone by helping them when they are in trouble!
For those of you who refuse to believe that Sean can never return, just remember…if there is not enough visual evidence onscreen, then the topic is still debatable. He may or may not be dead after all. Who knows? Even if he doesn’t come back in the remaining episodes of the show, anything can be assumed. Maybe we can argue that he probably comes back in the story some time in the future, but offscreen. Just because something doesn’t happen on TV, doesn’t mean that it’s not possible.