Torchwood: Russell T Davies Tells Why He Killed Ianto Jones

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Russell T Davies has been speaking about the recent mini-series ‘Torchwood – Children Of Earth’ and explaining why he decided to kill off Ianto Jones.

Fans have expressed their fury at the loss of one of the show’s most popular characters, but Davies insisted that it was necessary to kill Ianto off.

In a chat with EW.com Davies explained:

“The threat to the world was just so great it simply would have been unlikely if everyone had survived. Torchwood is an adult show. We have killed off leading members of the cast before. Those have always been the stakes. Poor Ianto was defeated by a greater evil, I’m afraid.”

When asked if it was a risk to kill off such a central character, Davies said:

“Absolutely. There’s a risk that some people won’t come back to watch now that Ianto’s gone. I thank them for watching the show and I recommend they go watch Supernatural, because those boys are beautiful. And don’t tell me they’re brothers. [Laughs] Not in my mind.”

In response to the reported backlash against Ianto’s departure Davies said:

“It’s not particularly a backlash. What’s actually happening is, well, nothing really to be honest. It’s a few people posting online and getting fans upset. Which is marvelous. It just goes to prove how much they love the character and the actor. People often say, ‘Fans have got their knives out!’ They haven’t got any knives. I haven’t been stabbed. Nothing’s happened. It’s simply a few people typing. I’m glad they’re typing because they’re that involved. But if you can’t handle drama you shouldn’t watch it. Find something else. Go look at poetry. Poetry’s wonderful.”

So are you with Russell on this, or like thousands of others are you furious that he killed off Ianto? Leave your comments below.

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