In Act V, Scene III of King Lear, Shakespeare writes: “He Dies”; the simplest words with the humblest presentation ends the life of the central protagonist who spanned a great many events beforehand. Lear doesn’t continue on in a Pomp and Circumstance parade of words detailing a central wisdom of events during an elongated death, he doesn’t generate a huge commotion, nor is there dramatic closure exposing hidden meaning. The entire play culminates at the death of King Lear. The death of Lear has monumental impact to the entire play. It saddens both the late King’s fictional companions and audiences alike, but they live on to experience a different story altogether.
Let us turn now to the wonderment of not how, but why these franchises need to simply die off: