Jeffrey Combs played a lot of characters on Star Trek, but one stands out on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was deep in the Dominion War, there was a character who commanded the Jem’Hadar yet bowed to every command issued by the Changelings—Weyoun. Played brilliantly by Jeffrey Combs, Weyoun came across as trying to be helpful by working toward a resolution to the war and also smarmy in his dealings with Deep Space Nine. Suffice it to say, he wasn’t liked or trusted by anyone on the station. But the character played a crucial role in enhancing the distrust and hatred between the Changelings and those who weren’t.
Still, in the final episode of Deep Space Nine, “What You Leave Behind,” it comes as no surprise that Weyoun had to die. The war was over, and the series was ending. Most enemies do get killed off as a way of showing that good triumps over evil…at least in fiction. So the Vorta met his end at the hands of a phaser shot by Garak. And, according to Trekculture, Combs hated it.
It wasn’t the why that bothered Jeffrey Combs but the how.
When Garak and Kira made their way into Dominion headquarters, they came face to face with Weyoun and the female Changeling along with a couple of Jem’Hadar which were quickly eliminated. After learning that Damar has been killed, Weyoun began to insult Cardassia, and that’s all it took for Garak to end him.
Combs didn’t think that was the right way to end the character as he wanted there to be a struggle that led to his character’s death instead of being shot in cold blood. But Combs did believe that killing Weyoun like that was totally in Garak’s character. Still, it’s understandable why Combs would have wanted more for his character. To meet his death because he says the wrong thing at the wrong time seems rather bland, especially given all of the atrocities Weyoun had committed.
There were so many other ways for Weyoun to have gone out, especially once you consider how Gul Dukat shuffled off the mortal coil. Many of Deep Space Nine’s enemies met gruesome deaths so one has to wonder why Weyoun met such an uneventful ending.