Army Wives Season 7 Shocker: Who Will Be Killed Off?

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We hope you're sitting down, Army Wives. The Lifetime hit has revealed a major, fatal Season 7 spoiler.

As previously rumored, Kim Delaney will not be returning to the series, as producer Jeff Melvoin tells TV Line the character of Claudia Joy Holden will be killed off on the season premiere.

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“The first two [episodes] will be very emotional, and it will confirm that Claudia Joy is no longer among the living,” Melvoin says. “It’s been very wrenching for us to write, and I think it will be very wrenching for the audience to go through.

“Kim and Claudia Joy have been the rock upon which we based the show. But we [have to] continue to move forward and keep the show fresh and unpredictable.”

Visit TV Line for plenty more Army Wives scoop, which includes:

  • Sally Pressman, who is pregnant in real life, will only appear in a few early season episodes.
  • Despite Claudia Joy's death, Brian McNamara will be sticking around as Michael.
  • A trio of new female characters will be introduced, all of whom have husbands serving in Afghanistan.

Whew. Talk about a number of changes. Sound off now on them, TV Fanatics.

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I like the show and the new characters... life changes ppl come and go and this is a show about military families. It stands to reason characters would come and go as in real life....


Where are Roland and Sara Elizabeth?


I really think the show will loose a lot of the original viewers. The show lost all but one of the original army wives. I know that the transfers a lot but to have so many of the cast gone. I don't know whether I will continue to watch the show.


I was so sorry to see Claudia Joy had died! But I also know that the story has to evolve just like real life. Everyone who is upset about this must try to see that in real life we lose people we love & admire all the time. The writers of this show are so fantastic that I am sure they will keep the storyline going successfully. I really would like to see what happens next.


I love this show, but to lose Kim Delaney AND Sally Pressman in one season is almost enough to make me quit watching altogether. Last season, we saw the influx of several new characters, but I couldn't get on board with them because they weren't integrated gradually, just dumped on us, so to speak. If Sally doesn't come back after her baby, I don't know how I'm going to feel about this show. I'll watch it and give it a's only 13 wks so far....but don't put Michael with Brooke Shields so soon (if that's what they have in mind) one will be happy with that. To Kim Delaney, I wish you all the best in your endeavors, and to Sally Pressman, God bless you, your hubby, and your new baby.


Army Wives is my all time favorite t.v. show ever. I absolutely think it is the best written series to ever air on television. Unfortunately, the loss of Claudia Joy is going to sting for all of us. Hopefully, the writers have something up their sleeves to keep use viewers watching.


I'm so disappointed that they are killing off Claudia Joy! Her character and Denise have been the core of the show ! I've watched this show since it started and I'm truly disappointed that the majority of the main characters are no longer going to be on the show! Lifetime had a real winner on their hands with this show and I'm sad to say I don't see that now! I will watch the first two episodes to say goodbye to Claudia Joy but I'm not sure I will tune in for the rest! I was really looking forward to this season and now knowing there will be no Claudia Joy, no Roxy and Trevor, no Pamela and limited appearances of Rowland from what I've read I'm just not looking forward to it as I have in the past. Please don't kill off Claudia Joy and bring back Roxy and Pamela!!


I was looking forward to hearing that AW was going to have a 7th season.The majority of the core characters are being demoted to "recurring" status. This, along with the flood of new actors/characters, disappoints me! I will watch the season premiere, since the death of Claudia Joy, is the death of this series for me. It has been an extraordinary 6 seasons; I'm sure all original fans agree. Maybe those who will be watching for the first time, will able to sustain AW into season 8. Knowing what I know now, I'd rather they had cancelled after season 7.


I think the show will be better without Claudia Joy. She was actually too good to be true.. too much she was above everyone else. Denise and the other wives come across real..unlike Claudia Joy. I think it will be a positive change.


I was thrilled to hear "from Brooke Shields on "The View" that Army Wives is coming back. But, I am sick to learn that Kim Delaney won't be on the new season. I love her. She was the main link, just won't be the same with her gone. Very sad.

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Army Wives Quotes

Give me everything you've got, baby doll, or you're gonna be looking at me from the floor.


Michael Holden: Claudia Joy Holden, after 17 years of marriage my heart still skips a beat every time I look at you.
Claudia Joy Holden: Michael James Holden, after 17 years of marriage I can't believe that tired old line of yours still works.

Army Wives Music

  Song Artist
Tangled up Tangled Up Gareth Dunlop iTunes
Song Pulling on a Line The Great Lake Swimmers iTunes
Bright morning stars Bright Morning Stars Abigail Washburn iTunes