‘Community’ Season 3 Will Kill Off a Familiar Character

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:33 am,

A Community Character Will Die Community Season 3 Will Kill Off a Familiar Character

Back in November, the Internet was in an uproar because NBC had released its midseason schedule and Community wasn’t on it. The show may not have had the highest ratings, but it does have a devoted fan-base, and that fan-base was incensed.

Eventually, it was announced that Community would return – “at some point” (probably in the spring) – but little else was divulged on the matter. Now we know that once it does return - one of the characters will meet his maker.

According to Joel McHale, by way of TV Guide:

“A character from the show will die.”

As for who will die, McHale wouldn’t specify. However, he did say it wouldn’t be a member of the main cast. Shocker?

McHale continued:

“[It's] someone you’ve seen a lot. And he dies in the mid-afternoon.”

That last part sounds less like a clue and more like an empirical statement. He dies in the mid-afternoon. Or maybe it is a clue?

Regardless, we know that the dead person in question is a he, right? And we know that the “he” isn’t Jeff, Abed, Troy, or Pierce. The question is – does Dean Pelton count as a main character? Does Senor Chang? If the answer is no, there’s probably a very good chance that Chang will bite the dust. His increasingly self-destructive behavior over the past two seasons (coupled with Ken Jeong’s increasingly frequent movie appearances) could very well lead to – well, self-destruction.

If the answer is yes, then that narrows our options down to:

  • Dr. Ian Duncan (John Oliver)
  • Vaughn Miller (Eric Christian Olsen)
  • Star-Burns (Dino Stamatopoulous)
  • Leonard Briggs, A.K.A. the old man (Richard Erdman)
  • Rich Stephenson, A.K.A. Jeff’s nemesis (Greg Cromer)
  • Magnitude, A.K.A. the Pop Pop guy (Luke Youngblood)
  • Fat Neil (Charley Koontz)

We haven’t seen Dr. Duncan for a while, so it’s unlikely to be him. Same goes for Vaughn. The running Star-Burns joke – namely, that the guy has sideburns shaped like stars – has run its course, so perhaps that makes him a prime candidate. Leonard is an elderly man, so it makes perfect sense that he could die – in the mid-afternoon or otherwise. Despite being a seemingly wholesome human being, Rich has so far existed as Jeff’s antagonist, thus a battle royale between the two that ended in Rich’s demise is not out of the question. A dead Magnitude would basically be a non-event, considering we’ve barely heard more than two words from him (literally — “Pop pop”). And there’s already been an entire episode that revolved around the main cast trying to stop Fat Neil from dying, so it’s doubtful they’d return to that well.

From the above list, I’d put my money on Star-Burns or Leonard, with Leonard being the more likely of the two. He’s elderly. It makes sense.

But what are your thoughts, Screen Ranters? Any guesses? Preferences? Let us know in the comments.

Hopefully, Community can eek out at least another season. While I’m of the opinion that the show has been less consistently excellent since season one — though still peppered with absolute gems — I would be incredibly disappointed to see the show go.

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Community will return to NBC this Spring, whatever that means.

Source: TV Guide [via Warming Glow]

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  1. six seasons and a movie!


  2. can’t wait for this show to come back, one of my favourite network show at the moment, most are crap but this is gold

  3. Leonard changed his name to Leonard Rodriguez to get the Latin vote? Any ways I don’t want anyone to die, but money’s on Leo, though it could be Duncan since he is an alcoholic.

  4. Because it makes sense to have Leonard pass, I don’t think it will be him. I’m leaning toward Chang or Starburns. Hopefully they’ll go along the path of having Rich as a murderer and have him kill off the dying Human Being.

  5. My bet is Star Burns.
    He’s a writer for the series. So even though he won’t be on-air he can still be with the show.

  6. If not Chang or Star Burns I say Duncan. Because he’s a alcoholic and they should bring back Betty White ha

    Can’t wait for the show to come back

  7. If they kill off the Pop Pop guy, it would be before his time…POP POP. I’m assuming it will be Star Burns, but Leonard makes more sense. Chang is mentioned in the credits, so I assume it isn’t him. What about Vice Dean Robert Laybourne (John Goodman)?

    • We’ve only seen Goodman twice, though, right? I felt that automatically disqualified him, as we haven’t really seen “a lot of him” yet.

  8. Judging from the picture of the cast above, Chang seems to be considered in the main cast. Though it wouldn’t be completely out of the question that he would leave the show as already said, his increasingly popularity in movies. But I’d bet on Leonard or Star-Burns.

  9. I just want more “Community” hilarious show. My favorite episode was the one where they played Dungeons & Dragons. “first of all gay, second of all stupid and thirdly, why wasn’t I invited”.

  10. Starburns will die at 4:20 in the afternoon from a drug overdose.

  11. It’s going to be Leonard.

  12. “His name is Alex”

  13. It’s gotta be Leonard. That way Pierce, and in turn Jeff, can contemplate their own mortality. That might be too obvious, but anyone else just seems like an empty punchline, and that’s not in the show’s character.

  14. It’s gotta be Ian Duncan. If the mid-afternoon thing is actually a clue, a running joke has been Duncan’s excessive drinking, especially in the morning and afternoon, when no other person would be drunk. Maybe he kills himself doing something stupid. There are a lot of funny ways to kill off a drunk British professor in the mid-afternoon.

  15. it’s gonna be the greendale human being

  16. I think it will be Garrett.

    • Chances are it’ll be Star-Burns. I say this after already having watched the episode in which he dies. I loved it, by the way.