Death of Henry Blake

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Death of Henry Blake

Post by Hawkeye Pierce » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:09 pm

Why did the writers decided to have Henry Blake die; rather than having him going home? What a shocking sad ending. I bet his wife and children were devastated and heartbroken.

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Re: Death of Henry Blake

Post by BeccaLeo1972 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:07 pm

Impact. Henry's death represented that war is horrific and devastating. It takes away good people and that no one is safe when they are in the middle of it.

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Re: Death of Henry Blake

Post by Hawkeye Pierce » Mon May 01, 2017 9:07 am

I asked why the writers chose to have him die.

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Re: Death of Henry Blake

Post by Major Tuttle Jnr » Mon May 01, 2017 9:26 am

Larry Gelbart on killing off "Henry Blake" on "M.A.S.H" - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Rh2EkQWhw

Loretta Swit on killing off Henry Blake on "M.A.S.H" - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DXPtuPhKGc

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Re: Death of Henry Blake

Post by Hawkeye Pierce » Mon May 01, 2017 9:36 am

They chose to have him die because...?

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Post by Big Daddy O'Reilly » Mon May 01, 2017 10:08 am

Because McLean Stevenson was a pest and nusance on the set always complaining about the horrible working conditions and complaining about having to play second fiddle to Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers, so when he announced he was leaving the show, they chose to kill Henry so that way they could be rid of meddling McLean permanently and not have to deal with him anymore - if his character is dead, there's nothing for him to come back to if he changed his mind.

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Re: Death of Henry Blake

Post by Major Tuttle Jnr » Fri May 05, 2017 3:08 am

Major Tuttle Jnr wrote:
Mon May 01, 2017 9:26 am
Larry Gelbart on killing off "Henry Blake" on "M.A.S.H" - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Rh2EkQWhw
I C&P these two quotes from the link below;

"Norman Bethune was a skilled and innovative surgeon who was at the forefront of the fight for public health care in Canada. But he’s mainly known for participating in two wars in the late 1930s: The Spanish Civil War and the Second Sino-Japanese War. In the Second Sino-Japanese War Bethune joined Mao’s forces as a frontline surgeon in the resistance against Japanese efforts to colonize China."

"Bethune denounced as an enemy of the human race the very same class which rules in Washington. In his view, in its hunt for profits, this class starts the wars which create the wounds which he was, and all frontline surgeons are, called upon to heal."

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Re: Death of Henry Blake

Post by kkt » Sun May 28, 2017 2:50 pm

If you're asking why they had a main character die, because MASH was a drama, not just a comedy. In war, people die. It would be strange if none of the characters from MASH died.

If you're asking why Henry in paricular, on a practical level the actor wanted to leave the show. Trapper was also leaving the show, but the show established Henry's wife and kids more clearly, showing them in a home movie once etc. So if you want to show the effects of the war, Henry's death is a more forceful way to do it.

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Re: Death of Henry Blake

Post by Big Daddy O'Reilly » Mon May 29, 2017 11:42 am

kkt wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 2:50 pm
Trapper was also leaving the show, but the show established Henry's wife and kids more clearly, showing them in a home movie once etc. So if you want to show the effects of the war, Henry's death is a more forceful way to do it.
Actually, it's because McLean Stevenson had already informed the producers he was not going to renew his contract after the third season, so they knew ahead of time that this would be his final season, thus giving them the time to write a proper (albeit "forceful") farewell for Henry. Wayne Rogers, on the other hand, decided to leave the show abruptly inbetween seasons, which is why Trapper's departure was handled a lot more hap-hazardly beginning the following season.

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