Based on the reactions I was seeing on the streams, I think having at least one character death is a good thing. There were so many "NNOOOOO!!!" and "Bring Molly back or I quit watching!!" reactions, and even a couple of insults thrown Matt Mercer's way, it actually kind of surprised me. I get having beloved or favorite characters, but PC death is sometimes a part of a D&D encounter, and it's good to show it, and good to show players reacting maturely to its occurrence.
I hope that they get to schedule Talesin a personal camera moment at the start of episode 27, so as to say, "I appreciate everyone's concern, I'm a little sad, too, but I'm fine, and it's all part of playing the game" or similar.
Cr has always been more show than game. If you're watching for the show, you might get upset when you fav char gets killed off. And if you're watching for the gameplay, well, you wouldnt be watching CR. You'd be playing.