There was no sense in the production offices that Bareil was a huge favorite with the fans. Ironic, because after the episode aired, the producers received lots of mail from a fan organization they’d never previously heard of or from: The Friends of Vedek Bareil.
“We got letters,” confirms René Echevarria. We got pictures of a bunch of people at a memorial service for Bareil. Very somber. Angry letters.”
— The Deep Space Nine Companion