There have been some pretty incredible deaths on television, but 2013 probably had the best so far.
Even though Family Guy‘s irreverent nature and cartoon format lends this one to a bit of incredulity, it was no less shocking when the famous talking dog took his final bow. Through a series of unfortunate events, Brian the dog was literally thrown under the bus – or, in this case, a passing car – and was abruptly killed off.
Hell on Wheels
Killed by his own brother in Hell on Wheels, his death was particularly gritty considering it was his own kin that pulled the trigger. What’s more, Sean, who was going through a bit of a moral reawakening, was killed all to cover up a crime.
Downton Abbey is often defined by all the twists and turns that plague not only the narrative but the characters, as well. Matthew Crawley, a man who pretty much moved mountains to be with his one true love, was killed off in a freak car accident.
The most tragic thing about the young detective’s death was the circumstances surrounding it. From the very beginning of Luther, Justin Ripley showed himself to be a man of integrity and courage and it was these very virtues that led him to pursue a deranged vigilante and – in the end – his own death.
Debra Morgan, the no-nonsense cop whose half-brother was the notorious serial killer for whom the series was named met a very tragic end. Not wanting to burden her brother after sustaining a gunshot wound, she was admitted into critical care when complications arose. In the end, Dexter’s final kill was a mercy killing for his beloved sister.
The Walking Dead
By the time Lori was ready to leave the hit AMC series, not too many fans were really dreading it. That didn’t make the circumstances surrounding her passing any less shocking. A far cry from her fate in the comic book, Lori died during childbirth and it was up to her son, Carl, to shoot her after the fact – preventing her zombification.
House of Cards
Peter was by no stretch of the imagination a saint – few people are in this show. However, his treacherous murder at the hands of his own employer only left a bitter taste in people’s mouths. Seeing Peter as a serious loose end, Frank Underwood staged his suicide by leaving him in a running car with the garage door closed…after he had finished using up and exploiting the flawed man, of course.
Person of Interest
No one thought Joss Carter, the moral compass of the CBS crime drama, would take a fall. Not only was her death unexpected, it was savage and punitive – gunned down by a man with no remorse.
Game of Thrones
Robb Stark’s death was especially difficult to swallow because of just how underhanded it was. Invited into the welcoming arms of an ally with his bride to be, his mother and the unborn child, he was executed slowly and with extreme prejudice. Shot multiple times in the back by archers, he was stabbed in cold blood by a so-called friend.
It was pretty clear that Walter White wasn’t going to be riding off into the sunset by the end of the series. However, his death managed to accomplish things few series finales ever could – a very real resolution. In his final act, Walt finally did something heroic by saving his old partner in crime, Jesse, and paid for it in blood just before the cops could arrive.