Has Jim Passed Away?

fbofwThe Leaf game was breaking my heart, so I pulled out today's Toronto Star and checked out For Better Or For Worse. The Toronto Star runs the Sunday strip on Saturdays, so this strip hasn't appeared online yet. I could be wrong, but I think Jim just passed away.

Jim was just foreshadowing his imminent demise by suggesting this may have been his last Christmas. Then, surrounded by friends and his loving Iris on New Year's Eve, there's this:

Has Jim Passed Away?

For the record, my wife doesn't think Jim passes in this strip. What make me think he's gone is the look Iris gives him in the second last frame. It's her realizing he's gone while the party sings "and who knows when we'll be all together again". Then, the final frame with Jim in the same peaceful pose and Iris giving him a kiss and silent message "Happy New Year, Jim".

This could easily be Jim having fallen asleep during the party, but wouldn't this make for a wonderful death? I'm hoping Lynn has finally let Elly's dad go.

Is Jim dead or just sleeping?

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Jim may have died but the Leafs sure did tonight.

December 29, 2007 @ 9:59 PM

Toronto Mike

Seriously. Jim and TML: RIP

December 29, 2007 @ 10:01 PM

Steve Ungrey

Monday's strip features April going out for New Year's Eve (spoiler for those of you who haven't seen it yet), so it's hard to tell. Guess he just fell asleep.

December 31, 2007 @ 7:04 AM

Toronto Mike

I guess so. Maybe I'm looking to hard. I like Jim, and because I like Jim I want him to peacefully drift away.

December 31, 2007 @ 9:36 AM

Steve Ungrey

Uh oh... I just thought of something. Lynn went backwards in time for the Monday strip (not a flashback), and it's not midnight yet.

I tend to think Jim just fell asleep at the party, but considering how close April was to her grandfather it would make sense for her to get news at a party.

Still, I don't think Jim died yet.

December 31, 2007 @ 1:00 PM

Toronto Mike

In frame two, we see Jim's eyes are open. They're already counting down to midnight.

Frame six is only 30 seconds or so after frame two. Why is Iris looking at Jim that way? Did Jim fall asleep at the stroke of midnight? That's highly unlikely...

Something happened to Jim right at midnight - either he fell asleep or he passed away. I don't buy that Jim fell asleep during that 30 second period.

In retrospect, Lynn doesn't have big stuff like this happen in the long strip - she saves the big stuff for the regular weekday strips.

We'll soon see...

December 31, 2007 @ 1:10 PM

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