If an episode ever needed to be discussed this is it.
Massive spoilers follow in case you think otherwise.
I have to say that based on the way Moore and Eick described it, I was expecting (or rather hoping) it wasn't going to lead to Kara's death. It would have been more unexpected if she had just retired from flight and lived off Galactica
with Sam. But seeing her Viper explode like that, I think my brain shut down and I'm currently trying not to think about it so I won't shed a tear. Not shocking as I had hoped, but certainly painful. I kept wanting to yell out "Eject! Eject! Why aren't you trying to save yourself?"
However, I have a tiny shread of hope that she is not dead. I mean, what was her destiny outside of getting the Arrow of Apollo and all last season? What did Leoben (or the spectre of Leoben) mean about seeing what lies between life and death? What significance did the mandala she painted as a child have to do with the supernova over the algea planet? She had nothing to do with finding the planet or trying to decipher the temple. It can't just be to point toward her death. Anyone else suspect that she maybe one of the Final Five? If they do that, then I hope they pull if off right so it won't cheapen the signifance of anything. If they do, it'll flip everything on its head.
By the way, please do not adjust Katee Sackhoff's credit. It will be rejected because I am waiting for the next episode to air to do this. Not only will the remvoal of her name be official at that point, but it will reduce spoilers for anyone wandering in.