Should Amanda have died in the fire at La Mirage?

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  1. Richard Channing

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    I just watched the first episode of season 7 and in Karen Cellini's first scene, under a table during the fire, I couldn't help thinking that maybe it would have been better if she had just played Amanda's corpse instead. From behind, similar to what they did with Terri's death in the earthquake on Falcon Crest. Bearing in mind what went on to happen with Cellini being fired, and Amanda never being mentioned again, maybe it would have been better for the character of Amanda to go out in a blaze of glory. And it would have been quite impressive and unexpected of Dynasty to kill off two major characters in a season finale.

    Cellini's performance in this episode is really dire, with very strange intonation choices and just pretty bad acting in general. I think if Oxenberg had to go then perhaps just putting the character of Amanda out of her misery might have been the most humane thing to do.
     
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  2. TJames03

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    The show was, by that point, beyond telling serious stories, so it would have been pointless.
     
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    It's weird - in her first two or so scenes it seems like there was some sort of half-assed attempt at doing a British accent, which they quickly mercifully dropped.

    Yeah, in hindsight it would've been better to just kill her off. Though the last time we saw her and Sammy Jo they were struggling in the pool, so why did they even run back inside? It's such a blatant plothole; there was no reason for them to go back in.
     
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    They went back in to change their wet clothes. Evidentally, Dominique or Jackie caught them fighting offscreen and stopped them.
     
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    I want Oxenberg to stay for one more season and then die or disappear during the avalanche cliffhanger. Only neither of those things happened.

    She could drown during the fire, thus allowing Sammy Jo to stand trial for her murder.
     
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    The irony!
     
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    I think killing her off would have been the best thing to do. She really became pointless and with the recast she was a totally different person. Can you imagine Cellini doing scenes with Michael Praed? No? Neither can I... The real Amanda was dead and they should have went with that. A better soap of course would have spun that story on through the season. Seeing characters adjust and deal with the death. Dynasty, shit storm that it was, couldn't even attempt that so they erased Amanda from history after her recast bombed.
     
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    You'd think that, after the destruction of La Mirage, things could only improve for Dynasty. But it turned out to be a hollow victory.
     
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    I genuinely don't recall this at all. Like with most things Dynasty, I assume it was a throw-away line?
     
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    I don't care what anyone says, when Season 6.2 aired, there was a def change in the writing for Amanda. A shrillness and unlikability was added.
     
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    lol... I think my only take away from the season premiere was the ridiculous Adam line about how Claudia wouldn't have wanted a funeral.

    I mean, really? Bitch was overdramatic as f***; I refuse to believe that she wouldn't have wanted a big show to go out on.
     
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    Now I think Claudia would be totally metaphoric in not wanting a funeral. But the question remains - what did they do with her?
     
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    “Hoggamus, higgamus,/Men are polygamous,/Higgamus, hoggamus,/Women monogamous.”

    Claudia was always being metaphoric! If it makes any of you feel any better, notice how Northrop accidentally kicks Cellini in the side really hard as Michael saves Amanda? Lol!
     
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    Yes! If Catherine Oxenberg was leaving the show Amanda should’ve died in the fire. She was only ever mildly interesting during the first half (or less) of season 5.
     
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    I never noticed that! ^^ Gotta credit Miss Cellini for keeping in character. :lol:
     
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    Yes! What a great, underrated actress after all!
     
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    No, Amanda should have died (along with Michael and Galen) as a result of the wedding massacre.
     
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    Actually, in all seriousness, in that clip, she actually does give a pretty good performance. ^^ I can buy her as a scared, half-conscious woman just rescued from a fire. Too bad the following scenes...
     
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    Almost. Just too bad she then opened her mouth and started talking.. :eck: :(
     
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