James made Cyrus be honest about his sexuality, talked him into having a baby, hustled his way into being press secretary and turned his back on his husband to snitch on him under the alias Publius. And now he's been killed. Shocking as it may be, are gladiators going to miss him the way they would with other characters?
Sometimes a character gets killed on a show and cast members have to walk around defending themselves for months. Need an example? Ask anybody from the cast of "The Wire" about how people reacted to Russell "Stringer" Bell being killed -- especially Michael K. Williams or Michael Potts. Or even mention it to the writer/producer David Simon.
Just like Stringer Bell, James refused to play the game. Anytime Cyrus was dishonest -- manipulating the presidential election, lying about Sally killing her husband -- James was the good samaritan who wanted to expose the truth. Too bad he didn't know enough about B13 to figure out, as Jake said, "Bad things happen to good people all the time."
Any chance of denial that Jake wasn't really dead went down the drain when Jake stood over him until he breathed his last breath. This makes Team Jake have to defend the man that much harder, by the way.
Cyrus almost busting a blood vessel on every episode is entertaining enough, and although Jake compliments his character, Cyrus is good on his own.
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