Sunday 18 March 2018

10 Most Shocking TV Deaths

Jin and Sun Kwon in Lost
Jin and Sun Kwon in Lost
Darren Treacy in Love/Hate
Omar Little in The Wire

Cailtin McBride

With the news that Family Guy has shockingly killed off Brian the dog, we take a look at some of the most shocking TV character deaths of all time.

From light-hearted cartoons like The Simpsons to the eternally grisly Game of Thrones, here are the top 10 most memorable - and jaw dropping - on-screen deaths, which left us in tears and tantrums.


1. Maude Flanders on The Simpsons

In 1999, the cartoon world's most scrupulous housewife died while watching a speedway race. One of television's longest running shows isn't exactly famous for killing off characters and Maude remains one of the most memorable. After Bleeding Gums Murphy, of course.


2. Lori Grimes in The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead might still be on air, but Lori Grimes' death during childbirth in season two was entirely unexpected. The zombie drama is famous for killing off characters at their leisure (Shane, Andrea and any one-episode guest) but Lori had always kept Rick grounded. Which led perfectly into his mild descent into insanity.

Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) - The Walking Dead - Season 3, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

3. Omar Little in The Wire

I've given up a significant amount of time in my life to watching The Wire (more than once), but Omar's death still makes me gasp. He was the closest thing the show had to a good guy, only killing off anyone in 'the game'. It's not a show with very many good guys.


4. The Wedding Massacre on Game of Thrones

Last season's jaw-dropping Red Wedding episodex ended in appropriately dramatic disaster. Nearly everyone in the scene meets a violent end in what is already one of the most gruesome shows around.


5. Joyce Summers in Buffy The Vampire Slayer

For me, as an unashamed Buffy fan, this was my most memorably tv death. Sure, we all knew Joyce had the brain tumour - but it had been cured! The entire episode of 'The Body' will remain one of television's most memorable episodes ever.


6. Jin and Sun Kwon in Lost

During the penultimate season six episode, 'The Candidate' in 2010, I cried when Jin and Sun died. I may have welled up watching that clip back today.

LOST - "The Candidate" - Jack must decide whether or not to trust Locke after he is asked to follow through on a difficult task, on "Lost," TUESDAY, MAY 4 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/MARIO PEREZ) DANIEL DAE KIM, YUNJIN KIM

7. Jen Lindley in Dawson's Creek

I was about 11 when I first watched this, so please forgive me. For fans of the old school teenage drama, the death of bad girl turned good Jen Lindley was entirely unexpected. But, actress Michelle Williams has since become one of the biggest names in it's looking like being axed was destiny.


8. Darren Treacy in Love/Hate

The death of Darren (and the blue hoodie) was considered a national travesty by many. He was a loose end that Nidge needed to cut, but Lizzie ultimately succeeded in the task in what is undoubtedly one of, if not, the most memorable moment in Irish television in the last decade.

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9. George O'Malley in Grey's Anatomy

'George is John Doe!' I'm sorry, I should be more ashamed of my tv taste, but I'm not. In this cliffhanger, we never expected George O'Malley to be the severely burned and disfigured mystery man who jumped in front of a bus to save a complete stranger.

103253_D_377 -- GREY'S ANATOMY - T.R. Knight stars as "George O'Malley" on "Grey's Anatomy" on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/FRANK OCKENFELS)

10. Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey

Personally, actor Dan Stevens, who played Matthew,wanted to leave the show to pursue other options, but on screen, the Crawley family are still piecing together life after Matthew. He was killed in a car accident at the end of season three in an episode which still leaves a sour taste in fans' mouths.

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