Ultimately, Levon ended up dying in the finale, which means in turn that we are losing Daniel Bonjour from the show after being a big part of the season. So, why eradicate him from the series now? Are there any concerns about doing this with another Liv boyfriend? As it turns out, yes, at least according to what executive producer Rob Thomas had to say on the subject to TVLine:
Well, yes. It’s sort of like being a drummer for Spinal Tap. You know the good time is limited in that position. Yeah, I do have some concern about that, but I liked the story we were telling with him. I certainly loved the Levon character, but we don’t have those actors in deals each year. They are not series regulars, and so unless we make them a series regular, the chance of them booking a pilot and not being available to us and the story just ending with the actor being gone is always present. I feel like it’s better to kill them than to have them just disappear from the show.
Ultimately, Thomas does have a pretty good point here — this is a show with only so much money for series regulars, and it’s therefore rather hard to hire someone else and get them to stick around for longer than a season. Killing off does add a sense of closure, even though it may not be a sort that people ultimately like.
If there is one thing we can still say about Liv’s love life moving forward, it’s this: With season 5 being the final one for the show, there is a benefit that comes with that. Since you only need an actor for a year, you can just bring on someone else as recurring — yet, there’s also a case to be made here that Liv doesn’t need a love interest to be happy.
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