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Scream Writer Kevin Williamson Regrets Killing Off Randy So Soon

Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) delivered the meta-commentary in "Scream" and "Scream 2," offering his expert analysis on the "rules" or horror movies to help satirize the genre while still delivering a solid scary movie franchise. Despite this importance, Randy was unceremoniously killed off in "Scream 2," which ended any chance to have him lay out new rules for the franchised as it grew alongside the everchanging horror genre. 

In the r/Scream subreddit, several users even bemoaned Randy's early demise, such as u/OkRacoon4674, who complained about Randy going down with little to no fight. In "Scream 2" Randy was dragged into the van, thrown against the window, and quickly stabbed, an underwhelming death compared to other kills in the franchise. Shifting to another thread in the same subreddit, u/Spidetastic asked what would have happened if Randy had survived the second "Scream" film, and fans had some interesting ideas. 

"I bet he'd have been begrudgingly working on the set of 'Stab 3' cuz hey, you gotta take any break you can get in Hollywood," u/PooPooPiece wrote. "Would have made for a nice conflict between he and Sid." Meanwhile u/Daryldixon95 argued that "Scream 3" would have been a better movie had Randy survived long enough to appear in it. Turns out, one of the biggest creative minds behind the franchise shares a similar sentiment.

Kevin Williamson, the screenwriter who wrote the first two "Scream" films, was recently asked who he regretted killing off in the franchise, and he had the same answer as a lot of fans: Randy Meeks.

Randy we hardly knew you

In an interview with Collider, Kevin Williamson was asked who he regretted killing off, and his answer was pretty unsurprising for fans. "I think everyone I know would say Randy because he kind of met an untimely demise in the middle of the film," Williamson said. "Had I known that there was gonna be a 3, 4, 5 — that it was gonna go on — I would have loved to have had him be a legacy character. I think he could have evolved with the state of horror through the last 20-something years, and I think you could have done a lot with him in terms of who he was, and who his character is, and how it informed his life, and the trauma of what really happened versus his love for the horror films."

Randy did make a cameo in "Scream 3," where he appeared in a video that he recorded before his death to explain the rules of a third film, but he did not appear in anymore films in the franchise, and there are no known plans for him to return in "Scream VI." The fifth film, however, did have Randy's niece, Mindy Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown), who took over his role of breaking down the scary movie rules. According to IMDB, Mindy and her brother Chad (Mason Gooding) are both slated to appear in the upcoming "Scream VI," so hopefully one of them will take up Randy's role in the sixth film.