SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "oMens," The Gifted Season 2 finale.
Reed von Strucker just sacrificed his life to stop the Inner Circle and save the ones he loves. In "oMens," The Gifted Season 2 finale, he used his unstable powers to take down Reeva Payge and the Inner Circle's headquarters, but died in the process.
Initially, Reed's children Lauren and Andy planned to use Fenris to destroy the Inner Circle's base of operations, but that fell through after the Frost sisters abducted them and left them in bad shape. Realizing the von Strucker siblings were too important to risk, Marcos and the other Mutant Underground leaders forged ahead on their own. Unfortunately, they were caught off-guard by Reeva's soldiers, leaving Marcos and Lorna unable to reach Reeva on the top floor.
"I should go up alone," Reed told Caitlin. "Reeva makes people lose control of their powers, and I already can't control mine. We can use that. We have to... Since I stopped my medicine, the episodes have become more severe, more frequent. We know from Dr. Risman that the energy eventually is going to tear me apart. I can barely control it right now. If she were to attack me and that power were to be released --"
At this, Caitlin interjected. "It would kill you," she said, to which Reed responded, "And everyone who is up there with me. But it might stop her. You always said to me that things happen for a reason and you were right. Take care of our family. Take care of our kids... It's the only way."
With that, Reed made his way up to Reeva's penthouse and confronted her. As he expected, she turned her power on him, which made him lose control of his destructive abilities. "You wanted the power of the von Struckers? It's all yours," he spat, then unleashed his powers, destroying Reeva and the penthouse around them.
The episode closed with a funeral montage for Reed, as his children and wife memorialized him with a photo, some flowers and his grandfather's music box. Given the circumstances of his death and the time spent on his funeral, it seems his death will stick, unlike Blink's.
"I knew that they were looking for a big death at the end of season 2, so Matt [Nix, The Gifted’s showrunner] and I talked about the possibility of it being me," Reed actor Stephen Moyer told Entertainment Weekly. "It was great for the show because they were able to do something big, and I don’t think people will be expecting me to go... Truthfully it was really about [how] seven months is a long time to be away, and I felt this was a really cool way to bring the character to a satisfying, massive ending."
Fox’s The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Polaris/Lorna Dane, Blair Redford as Thunderbird/John Proudstar, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker and Skyler Samuels as the Frost sisters.