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Game of Thrones' Ned Stark's Shocking Death

Buzz In: What TV Deaths Have Left You Speechless?

Just when I was starting to settle into a relaxing Summer with lighter TV fare, Game of Thrones went and dropped a bomb on me. I've been voraciously devouring HBO's newest series for the past few months, my fandom growing with each passing episode. Since I haven't read the book series, all of the happenings in Westeros are new to me, and naturally, my jaw hit the floor when leading man Ned Stark literally got the axe last night. Actor Sean Bean has been the face of Game of Thrones since its inception (and he just so happened to be one of my favorite characters to boot). Not only was the scene both poignant and heartbreaking to watch, but I didn't think there was any chance we'd see the show's central character make his exit in the show's first season.

Ned's tragic turn of events got me thinking about other major TV deaths over the years that shook me to my core. Say what you will about Charlie Pace, but I defy any Lost fan to say that his watery end didn't leave you with chills. Just a few months ago I couldn't believe my eyes when Bill Hendrickson lost his life in the final moments of Big Love, and I felt my heart drop when George flatlined on Grey's Anatomy.

Now it's your turn to weigh in! There has been many a shocking TV death over the years, but which character's demise has stuck with you?

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Solaria Solaria 6 years
I am a loyal daily reader of all of your networks blogs, but was VERY annoyed to have this key plot point spoiled before I could watch this episode. There is such a thing as PVRs... (and also *spoiler alert* warnings in blogs) As you know, the element of surprise in the show is one big reason why it is so enthralling... I hope future posts about the show or any other hot topic shows will have the appropriate spoiler alerts in the future.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Rita on Dexter was insanely shocking! That season finale left me so freaking flabbergasted.
isahrangme isahrangme 6 years
please don't put spoilers in the article titles!! i also have buzzsugar on my rss feed, and i can get by w/o reading spoilers by not clicking on tv shows that i haven't yet watched. i only JUST watched G.o.T, but unfortunately, i saw the article title YESTERDAY! -_- please stop doing that. you could put anything else in the title and still be just as informative w/o giving things away other than that, i am still sad! i can't wait for the finale!! PLEASE DON'T SPOIL THE FINALE IMMEDIATELY! i know i won't be able to watch it as it airs... i'll try to stay away from the internet anyway though... radio too probably
bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
Jin and Sun from LOST ... I don't think I've cried for fictional characters as much as I did for them.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
Oh and Keith on One Tree Hill.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
I have to go with Eggs and Gran on True Blood. Okay not so much Gran because I read the book and knew it was coming, but I was rooting for Eggs. Probably because I find Tara annoying and whiny when she doesn't have a boyfriend.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 6 years
I'd have to say pretty much everyone on LOST, since they'd give them the axe without warning (esp. Jin, Sun, and Jack).
rdevay rdevay 6 years
I didn't quite finish that thought; I wouldsee the picture of the person voted off as I was watching the show.
rdevay rdevay 6 years
I agree with pss ... I haven't watched last night's episode yet, and since I have buzzsugar on my RSS feed, it showed up as "Game of Throne's Ned Stark's Shocking Death." Please don't ruin shows for us, and warn with spoiler alerts if you want to encourage discussion. I felt this way about Idol as well since I would be checking my RSS feed and see "did the right person get voted off" with a picture of the person.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 6 years
i've been addicted to the reading the books but omg... george r r martin is FULL of crazy surprises! O.o
ladylove004 ladylove004 6 years
OMG Rita on Dexter totally left me speechless! Most shocking death ever lol
pss pss 6 years
Great spoiler of GoT last episode...I didn't see it yet... Couldn't you choose an oldest death person's pic of some other show, Buzz? :(
Shannon-Vestal Shannon-Vestal 6 years
Obvious one: Boone on Lost. And also Dawson's dad.
Deidre Deidre 6 years
I honestly was more impaced by Locke's death on Lost than Charlie's. I guess that's because we ultimately knew (via Desmond) that fate had it out for ol' Charlie. The other major death for me was Jane on Breaking Bad. I guess with that one, it's not really the exit of that character that was such a big deal, but more the profound impact and consequences it had on the remaining characters.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I'm (not so) secretly addicted to ABC Family and was shocked that Adrianne and Ben's baby didn't make it on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 6 years
I had heard that Ned was going to be killed, but I was hoping it was just a rumor - I love that character, and Sean Bean is always so entertaining! I'm so bummed he's gone. And I agree with you about George - that episode broke my heart!
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