Fans of the ABC drama series, "Station 19," were left devastated following last week's episode of the famed show, which ended with the loss of a significant character.
February 6 spelled a disheartening day for "Station 19" viewers after witnessing the death of Ryan, who sustained a gunshot in his quest to stand by his best friend/soulmate, Andy.
Since the tragic turn, fans of the ABC series have turned to social media to protest the killing off of their beloved character, while calling for the replacement of the showrunner, Krista Vernoff.
The third episode of the ongoing season titled "Eulogy" confirmed the worst fears of viewers who witnessed Ryan Tanner get shot in the previous episode, "Indoor fireworks."
The character, played by actor, Alberto Frezza, recently returned to Seattle and the adventurous life of the station 19 firefighters at Pruitt's request.
Amid his battle with cancer, Andy's dad figured the police officer's presence would be a much-needed consolation to the firefighter.
FANS STAGED AN INTERNET PROTEST
However, his goodwill intentions eventually resulted in the loss of his daughter's childhood friend. To further worsen her ordeal, Andy was passed over for captain by Sullivan, despite her being qualified for the promotion.
Plagued by her father's cancer, Ryan's death, and her supposed betrayal by Sullivan, the firefighter was an emotional wreck throughout the episode.
Following the playout, fans were outraged by Andy's fate and were quick to express their frustration on social media.
The icon remained hopeful that the killing off of his character was not his last call on the show.
Others vented their disappointment and anger on the new showrunner, blaming her for orchestrating the tragic episode.
RYAN'S ROLEPLAYER SHARES HIS VIEW
One fan thought the sad turn disrespectful for having Ryan abandon his life in San Francisco to come back for his childhood friend, only to be rewarded with a gunshot.
Despite fans' outpour of rage, Ryan's roleplayer, Alberto, seems okay with last week's events, which meant the end of his stint on the show. During an interview, the actor revealed:
"I was very okay with the way the storyline of the show was going to go. I know that Krista had a very different vision of what the show was going to be amd she needed to create a lot of conflict."
However, the icon remained hopeful that the killing off of his character was not his last call on the show, as there were possibilities of appearing on flashbacks in subsequent episodes.
It can be recalled that the previous episode of the show which stars actor, Boris Kodjoe, "Indoor Fireworks," saw Ryan get shot accidentally by a neighbor's child while caressing his mother's loaded gun.
The officer and Andy were together at the neighbor's apartment, babysitting her kids as she received treatment at the hospital following an injury sustained doing the dishes.
During their watch, the police officer confessed his love for his childhood friend, but she revealed that his feelings were not reciprocated as she was in love with Sullivan.
The decision to help out the neighbor became the end of Ryan, who lay in a pool of his blood shortly after his love declaration, making the turn of events even more epic.
Amid the chaos, however, something good might come out as there is a possibility that with Ryan dead, Pruitt could decide to begin his cancer treatment after all, as no one else was left to care for his daring daughter.