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Feb 14 '16 at 17:28 comment added RobertF This is certainly part of the answer. Even though the Hayes Code no longer applies to films(?), I suspect most audience members would be very upset and consider it poor storytelling or a dumb gimmick if the hero/protagonist was defeated and the bad guys won. I'd argue most people go to movies for uplifting stories as a form of escapism.
Feb 12 '16 at 11:22 comment added BrainSlugs83 @gbjbaanb it's a good point that minis can develop a character over time -- but honestly -- it just makes it hurt that much more when you kill them. -- Both genres though can let us have a "bad guy" as a protagonist -- you still don't want to kill the protagonist, or make them fail their quest -- regardless of their moral alignment. :-)
Feb 10 '16 at 16:39 comment added gbjbaanb I think there's a huge difference between movies and miniseries. Minis can develop characters over a longer time and so can take more liberties with morality. Consider Breaking Bad, The Wire or the Shield where the bad guys are the 'heroes'. Movies have to wrap things up in a satisfying way for the audience and that means pretty much making them feel warm and fuzzily happy about the ending.
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