The trope — in which gay characters are routinely killed off — came to a boil after a massive fan backlash following the death of leading lady Lexa on The CW’s The 100. Other shows this season followed suit, including The Walking Dead and The Magicians, among others, resulting in a seven-part pledge from numerous writers to “refuse to kill a queer character solely to further the plot of a straight one,” avoid “story choices that perpetuate the toxic [Bury Your Gays] trope” and make other improvements to counter the long history of killing off gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters, often as punishment for their sexuality.

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