Waterloo Road fans 'livid' over shock death

Angela Griffin and James Baxter in Waterloo Road season 11
Waterloo Road's return was rocked by the death of one of the show's most memorable stars. (Image credit: BBC/Wall To Wall/Rope Ladder Fiction/David Gennard)

*This article contains spoilers for the new series of Waterloo Road*

Waterloo Road season 11 finally hit our screens on January 3, though it's safe to say that plenty of fans weren't happy with what happened to one of the returning stars.

Along with Kim Campbell (Angela Griffin), Chlo Charles (Katie Griffiths) and Donte Charles (Emmerdale's Adam Thomas) returned to the rebooted show. Now all grown up, the pair had two kids, Izzy and Tommy, and were preparing to ship their daughter off to secondary school.

However, tragedy struck the school on the very first day. The students had organised a protest at William Beswick School (which is soon rebranded as the new Waterloo Road), which soon descended into uncontrolled chaos. Chlo had gone to the school to pitch a new therapy animal initiative to Headteacher Kim Campbell, but she was knocked over by a car in the chaos.

Chlo received some first aid for a bruised wrist at the school but refused to be taken to hospital for a check-up. Initially, she seemed fine...until she collapsed in her home just after dinner and Donte begged his daughter to call an ambulance. He rushed to the hospital with Izzy and Tommy in tow only to find out that Chlo had passed away, leaving him to look after their two children on his own. 

Chlo (Katie Griffiths) and Donte (Adam Thomas) embrace in Waterloo Road season 11

Chlo and Donte moments before she collapsed. (Image credit: BBC/Wall To Wall/Rope Ladder Fiction)

It's clear that Chlo's early death was a huge shock to the viewers at home, as lots of Waterloo Road fans were devastated that Chlo was killed off so soon into the rebooted show.

One viewer wrote: "Waited nearly 8 years for waterloo road to reboot just to have chlo killed off in the first episode, livid"

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Another wrote: "you're telling me i've waited YEARS for waterloo road to come back just for them to kill chlo in the first episode".

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A third added: "Such a gd first ep to start the new Waterloo road on shame they killed Chlo off though", and there were plenty more fans who felt similar emotions about her brief return.

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When we spoke to Katie Griffiths about her Waterloo Road departure, she said: "I had no idea about how popular the original series was on BBC iPlayer and how it had acquired this new, amazing young audience there. So it was a shock [to discover Chlo would be killed off] but I thought it was a really lovely thing to be able to come back, even just for a short time... and go out with a bang. Quite a big bang!"

Waterloo Road season 11 airs Tuesdays at 8 pm, and the full series is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.