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The Top 30 Most Shocking TV Deaths

The cast of Lost. Photo: ABC
The cast of Lost.
Photo: ABC


Still reeling from the game changing death from The Good Wife, for this week’s top list, I knew I had to write about TV’s most shocking or outlandish deaths, the deaths that stay with you anyway. Whether that be an earned and emotional death of a beloved character, a death used only for shock value (HATE those), killing a character off because an actor quits, or the ones that really just rub you the wrong way (I have a particular example I will share below). Whatever the reason for a character’s demise, these are the deaths I personally find the most shocking:

The Top 30 Shocking TV Deaths (in no particular order):

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What TV Deaths were the most shocking to you? Sound off below…



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By on April 9th, 2014

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely site and works as a YA Librarian.

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3 thoughts on “The Top 30 Most Shocking TV Deaths”

  1. Exactly!? Who decided/thought it a good idea to kill off Marian on Robin Hood… like, really!
    I’ve not seen Will’s on-screen death yet but have read all about it – I’m sure its quite the tearjerker – that has to be one of the “bravest” TV deaths to date.

  2. Yeah, after I finally watched the third season of Robin Hood, I could kind of see why they killed Marian off, but it was still a really weird choice. It kind of ruined several redemption arcs, but lead to great Robin/Guy interactions… but there were other ways to handle it! I didn’t watch the third season for almost four years after. I just wasn’t in a rush to finish the show.

    Also, Ellen and Jo. Oh my gosh, I cried.


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