The zombies on The Walking Dead have raised the ire of another subspecies that’s easy to rile: The denizens of the Twitterverse.
Consider this your Spoiler Alert.
The death of Denise on Sunday’s episode left many fans with a bad taste in their mouths, particularly since the lesbian character is apparently the latest victim of what Vanity Fair has dubbed a “troubling TV trend:” “Bury Your Gays” or “Dead Lesbian Syndrome,” depending on which you think sounds sexier.
TV Tropes breaks down the phenomenon here.
And here’s a taste of Twitter‘s traumatized reaction to the episode:
Whew. There was almost a loving lesbian relationship on basic cable. Good job killing that quickly, Walking Dead writers. #BuryYourGays
— Danielle (@Dani7388) March 21, 2016
@HinsonMike I KNOW
— Cates Holderness (@catesish) March 21, 2016
— Donna Dickens (@MildlyAmused) March 21, 2016
— Mads J (@Para_Maddie) March 21, 2016
dear Walking Dead, there were other minor characters that could've been killed off tonight. think on your actions. that's all. #BuryYourGays
— ズルッグ✿ (@brutemaw) March 21, 2016