We Still Can't Get Over These Deaths of Our Favorite TV Characters
When you spend hours and hours with a group of TV characters, it can be hard to deal when one of your favorites is killed off. From "Battlestar Galactica's" Dualla to Charlie on "Lost," these are the deaths that still haunt us years after the fact.
Dualla on 'Battlestar Galactica'
"Battlestar" sure knew how to throw out a shocking twist or two, and not always revolving around the question of whether "Character X" is a Cylon. Dualla's unexpected death was made all the more shocking by its abrupt nature. Midway through the show's final season, she just gave up and put a gun to her head.
Sarah Lynn on 'BoJack Horseman'
Many of the main characters in this surprisingly grim animated sitcom are former Hollywood stars dealing with the crushing loneliness that comes after fame has departed. No episode explored that better than the one where BoJack reunites with former costar Sarah Lynn. After a night of drunken debauchery, Sarah Lynn passes away peacefully inside a planetarium, one more victim drawn into BoJack's destructive orbit.
Hank on 'Breaking Bad'
One of the driving questions throughout "Breaking Bad" was whether DEA agent Hank would ever realize his own brother-in-law is the notorious drug kingpin Heisenberg. Hank finally did learn the truth, but not in time to save himself. Hank's murder stands out as one of the most chilling moments in the series, because it signified that Walt was finally beyond all hope of redemption. The end had arrived, and the rest was just details.
Joyce on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Buffy Summers and her allies deal with death and the supernatural on a weekly basis. That's what made the death of her mother Joyce in "The Body" such a gut-punch. This stripped-down episode explored Buffy's inability to deal with death when it occurs as a random, matter-of-fact part of life and not an epic clash between good and evil.
Jadzia Daz on 'Star Trek: Deep Space 9'
The DS9 crew had to deal with plenty of heartache in the final couple seasons of the series. Seeing Worf and Dax finally get married felt like the happy development our heroes deserved. So of course that wedding was shortly followed by Dax's tragic death. The fact that she effectively returned with a new human host (and actress) only rubbed salt in that particular wound.
Dr. Greene on 'ER'
Dr. Greene was generally considered to be the de facto main character of "ER" in its first eight seasons, as he was the only original member of the cast to stick around that whole time. But even that couldn't last, and he was eventually killed off via brain cancer. His death was not only intensely emotional, it signaled the end of an era for this beloved medical drama.
Yancy Fry on 'Futurama'
Considering that viewers had never met Fry's older brother prior to "Luck of the Fryrish," it's pretty amazing that his death managed to elicit such a strong reaction. But that's why this episode is cherished above almost all others. Fry's bitter rivalry with his long-dead brother is instantly transformed when he realized just how much Yancy mourned his absence back in the 21st Century.
George on 'Grey's Anatomy'
We have to cringe whenever it's announced that an actor is leaving "Grey's Anatomy," as this usually means they're about to be written off in gruesome fashion. That was certainly the case with the lovable George O'Malley. In his final episode, George's friends didn't even realize the John Doe patient on their operating table was poor George until it was too late to say goodbye.
Charlie on 'Lost'
Perhaps no character on "Lost" underwent such a dramatic and uplifting character arc asCharlie. That trend contineud right up to the end, as Charlie faced an inevitable death by drowning. In his final moments, rather than struggle to save himself, he passed on one final, vital message to his friends before sacrificing himself.
Ned Stark on 'Game of Thrones'
"Game of Thrones" is a series notorious for killing off anyone and everyone when the mood strikes. Back in Season 1, we weren't fully prepared for that fact. That is, not until kindly, noble Ned Stark had his head lopped off by that little s*** Joffrey. It was a stunning reminder that the usual rules don't apply in this fantasy universe. Unless the rule is, "Sean Bean's character always dies sooner or later."
Adriana on 'The Sopranos'
The body count really swelled in the final season of "The Sopranos," but no death hit quite as hard as Adriana. Her death scene acted as a huge dramatic swerve, with both Adriana and viewers slowly coming to the realization that she was being driven not to visit her husband in the hospital, but to face the ultimate punishment for cooperating with the FBI.