37 Characters With the Best Last Words in TV History

Acquired via HBO PR.
Acquired via HBO PR. /
23 of 38

Poussey Washington – Orange is the New Black

Last Words: “I can’t breathe.”

How She Died: Crushed to death by a guard during a peaceful protest.

Why Her Last Words Are So Good: Echoing the words of Eric Garner, a man who was suffocated by police in Staten Island, Poussey’s (Samira Wiley) death stood for something powerful.

While the writers on the Orange is the New Black staff have gotten some flak for bringing Black Lives Matter into the fore of the show utilizing a mostly-white staff, the moment was undeniably heart wrenching for viewers. Poussey’s death marked a turning point for the show, one in which reality and fiction blurred and spurred a necessary conversation for all fans of the show.

Erin Qualey