In an early draft of the script for Blumhouse's 2018 Halloween sequel, slasher Michael Myers successfully killed his nemesis Laurie Strode. One of the longest-tenured boogeymen in horror movie history, Michael has been dispatching unfortunate victims in gruesome ways since 1978, when legendary director John Carpenter unleashed The Shape on the world. It's safe to say though that of the big slasher franchises, Halloween has been the bumpiest ride, rebooting its continuity more than once and producing multiple sequels generally regarded as terrible.

1981's Halloween II tends to be considered the most worthy follow-up to the original, but even then, the absence of director Carpenter behind the camera is noticeable. 1982's Halloween III is somewhat of a cult classic now, but has nothing to do with the rest of the series. 1988's Halloween 4 has its share of fans, but 1989's fifth film and 1995's sixth are usually singled out as being among the worst entries. 1998's Halloween H20 earned praise for resurrecting Michael Myers for the Scream generation, while 2002's Halloween: Resurrection earned derision for having rapper Busta Rhymes hold his own in a fight with the iconic killer. While Rob Zombie's 2007 Halloween remake proved divisive, his 2009 sequel Halloween II was less so, in that almost everyone disliked it.

With Halloween (2018) now in the books, many are holding it up as the best film in the franchise since Carpenter's original, and financially, it's certainly performing far better than its predecessors. Another sequel seems inevitable, and Jamie Lee Curtis has said she'd consider returning as Laurie Strode. However, according to Bloody Disgusting, had an early draft of the script for director David Gordon Green's film stayed intact, Curtis wouldn't be able to come back, as Laurie would have died at Michael's hands. Talk about a bummer of an ending for longtime fans.

Of course, if Halloween (2018) had opted to kill Laurie off, it wouldn't be unprecedented. Halloween 4 wrote Laurie out of the franchise for the first time by explaining that she had died in a car accident off-screen, and centered the story on her daughter Jamie (Danielle Harris). When producers decided to reboot Halloween for the first time after Halloween 6 landed with a thud, they brought back Curtis to play Laurie once again, and pretended the fourth, fifth, and sixth movies hadn't happened. Laurie then met her maker at the hands of Michael at the beginning of Resurrection, only for Blumhouse's sequel to yet again pretend her death never occurred.

Despite her prior resurrections, one assumes that if 2018's Halloween film had offed Laurie, that would've been Curtis' final appearance as arguably her signature character. While acting isn't a profession that necessarily precludes people from continuing to participate as they age, Curtis is currently 59-years-old, and - assuming she considered her current pattern of returning to the franchise every 20 years - it's hard to imagine a 79-year-old Laurie going toe-to-toe with Michael. Then again, with a 76-year-old Harrison Ford set to reprise Indiana Jones in 2021, maybe senior citizen Laurie and Michael going at it isn't too far-fetched after all.