Did John Goodman's 'Treme' character Creighton Bernette have to die?

In a word: "Yeah, " series co-creator David Simon said when asked if the elimination of John Goodman's character. a Tulane professor battling post-Katrina depression, was absolutely necessary.

"And that was planned from when we went to John Goodman to ask him about the part. We didn't kill him because he had (another acting) commitment. We didn't kill him because we don't love the hell out of John Goodman.

He represents something in the psyche of New Orleans post-Katrina that needed to be addressed, and it needed to be addressed in more than an offhand comment from a cop about someone who killed himself.

The suicide rate was quadruple the national average for a period after the storm.

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