‘Two and a Half Men’ Season Premiere: Goodbye Charlie, Hello Ashton

Charlie Harper exploded “like balloon full of meat”

The much-expected season premiere of “Two and a Half Men” finally aired. After months of speculation on how writers will explain Charlie Sheen’s departure from the show – and Ashton Kutcher’s arrival – fans finally have an answer to that.

To very little surprise, the events in the season premiere took place just as reported in the media some time ago.

*Fans who have not seen the season premiere yet are encouraged not to read any further than this – plenty of major spoilers ahead.*

As we also informed you a while back, producers and showrunner Chuck Lorre came up with the perfect solution for the Charlie Sheen situation: they killed off Charlie Harper, the character he played for 8 whole seasons before the scandal of earlier this year.

The first episode from the new season begins with Jon Cryer’s Alan Harper talking about his brother at his funeral. Obviously, he has nothing but nice things to say.

However, the juiciest part comes when stalker turned wife Rose explains to the congregation just what happened when Charlie died, the very next day after he confessed to her he’d been unfaithful.

“I forgave him because I loved him unconditionally, so you can imagine my horror when the very next day he slipped on the metro platform and fell in front of an oncoming train,” she said.

“I just want you to know that Charlie didn’t suffer. His body just exploded like a balloon full of meat,” Rose explained.

The obvious indication is that Charlie’s death wasn’t as accidental as Rose makes it seem and that she pushed him, thus punishing him for his transgressions.

Later on, after the funeral, Ashton’s character in introduced. He is Walden Schmidt, a heartbroken Internet millionaire and he spends most of the premiere episode sans clothes because he’s removed them after a failed suicide attempt in the ocean.

He and Alan bond and, after spending a night with two ladies in Charlie’s bedroom, Walden decides he wants to buy the house. And, with that, Charlie Harper is history.

While most reviewers online say the premiere certainly had its strong moments and was promising enough, many fans are not happy with the direction the show has taken since Sheen’s departure.

If you too happen to be one of them, make yourself heard in the comments section below.

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