Browse our gallery of recent TV deaths — spoiler alert, obviously — and vote for the one(s) that shocked you the most!
As we head into the holiday season and begin reflecting on the year that was, let’s not forget to remember the many loved ones we’ve lost in recent months. I’m talking, of course, about Brian Griffin, Walter White and all the other beloved characters that met their end this television season. So without further ado, HollywoodLife.com has rounded up 10 of the year’s most shocking TV deaths. Join us in remembering, won’t you?
10 Most Shocking TV Deaths This Year
Show: Family Guy
Character: Brian Griffin
Actor: Seth MacFarlane (voice)
Cause of Death: Brian was hit by a car on the show’s Nov. 24 episode, and because Stewie (also Seth MacFarlane) had just destroyed his time machine, he was unable to go back and stop the accident.
Show: Breaking Bad
Character: Walter White
Actor: Bryan Cranston
Cause of Death: After shooting himself in the abdomen during the Sept. 29 series finale, Walter collapsed on the floor of Jack’s meth lab.
Show: The Vampire Diaries
Actor: Paul Wesley
Cause of Death: Silas was killed by his “shadow self” Stefan (also Paul Wesley) on the Nov. 14 episode, left to die in the arms of his true love, Amara (Nina Dobrev).
Show: Sons of Anarchy
Character: Clay Morrow
Actor: Ron Perlman
Cause of Death: Clay was taken down by a bullet, courtesy of his step-son Jax, shortly after escaping his jail cell on the show’s Nov. 19 episode. It was truly the end of an era.
Show: American Horror Story: Coven
Character: Madison Montgomery
Actor: Emma Roberts
Cause of Death: Threatened by Madison potentially becoming the next Supreme, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) slit her pretty little throat Oct. 23 — but that wasn’t the last we saw of her!
Show: Person Of Interest
Character: Joss Carter
Actor: Taraji P. Henson
Cause of Death: Carter’s end came when she was shot by Officer Simmons (Robert John Burke) on the show’s Nov. 19 episode.
Character: Debra Morgan
Actor: Jennifer Carpenter
Cause of Death: After a massive stroke left Deb in a vegetative state on the Sept. 22 series finale, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) took his sister off life support and gave her a burial at sea.
Show: Game Of Thrones
Character: Catelyn & Robb Stark
Actor: Michelle Fairley & Richard Madden
Cause of Death: The Starks learned a difficult lesson on the show’s June 2 episode: Never attend a Red Wedding — especially when you’re the guests of honor!
Show: True Blood
Character: Eric Northman
Actor: Alexander Skarsgard
Cause of Death: Though we’re not entirely sure whether or not Eric met the true death while sun-tanning atop that Swedish mountain, we’re positive that we died the second we saw his penis.
Show: Grey’s Anatomy
Character: Heather Brooks
Actor: Tina Majorino
Cause of Death: After being electrocuted on the Sept. 26 season premiere, Heather lost her life on the operating table due to too much swelling in her brain. (Rest in peace, Mousey.)
Which of these deaths shocked you the most? Cast your vote above, then drop a comment with more of your thoughts below!
— Andy Swift