TombsWith memorable TV characters were dropping like flies this year, Robert Abele talked to showrunners about how they handled the difficult decisions to kill them off in the lead piece for the Variety Road to the Emmys: Drama section.

"The easy thing would have been to figure out a way to keep Jimmy alive because he's a fun character," "Boardwalk Empire" showrunner Terence Winter said. "But I always say to the writers, 'Let's make it harder on ourselves, not easier.'"

Read the rest of the story here, as well as Abele's interesting piece on how the top drama showrunners don't put theme ahead of character in their storytelling. And then, check out highlights from this year's six nominated dramas, which also include "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Mad Men."

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