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TV's Most Shocking Deaths

Buzz In: What TV Deaths Shocked You Most?

We've been hearing rumors (and seeing funeral pics) about the death of a major character on Gossip Girl for a little while now and I think most fans of the show (including myself) can probably guess who it will be. I'm not saying who my guess is but if it comes true it probably won't be much of a surprise to anyone. Time will tell.

This got me thinking about television deaths that did take me by surprise. Lost fans, for example, can probably count several shocking deaths over the show's lifespan that came out of left field (and some that didn't, but were still sad). I still vividly remember the jaw-dropping shock I felt at the death of Teri Bauer on 24. And sometimes a television death may be predictable but still manage to bring about some tears of disbelief, like Denny's sad death on Grey's Anatomy.

When a TV death is genuinely a surprise it can be really disturbing, but at least it's all just make-believe entertainment. Which TV deaths have shocked you?

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stephcorinn stephcorinn 8 years
Oh, and who is supposed to die on Gossip Girl?
stephcorinn stephcorinn 8 years
I would have to say Nate from Six Feet Under. I cried at that and throughout the whole next episode of his funeral. Omar from The Wire. I didn't cry at that one, but it was totally shocking. Amber from House. I cried for so long at that one.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
Dokaes from Dexter Dana from The L Word
harton376 harton376 8 years
Amber on House....
Drewsfan Drewsfan 8 years
I was shocked when Toni died on 90210! I thought she was going to stick around awhile.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Gary's death on Thirtysomething (yeah, I'm dating myself). This was before spoilers, well, spoiled all these "surprise" deaths (see: Jim on Ghost Whisperer, Charlie on Lost, Rex on Desperate Housewives, etc. etc. etc.)
Allytta Allytta 8 years
Remember Her name is Nikita? I was 11 probably and the lovely IT guy teenager was killed, that was my first tv death that I cried over. And then when tella-novella's Fin ends with the main characters death. That's just beautiful. Other deaths on USA TV were not as shocking, as it's so entertaining all together, that if someone actually murdered someone in Hollywood it would not surprise me. I guess I've become jaded.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
OK this is going WAY back, but I was SO MAD and shocked when they killed off the Lone Gunmen on The X-Files!
lovely2190 lovely2190 8 years
umm i would have to say the recent dealth on ghost whisperer (i wont say who incase anyone hasn't seen it) and def. most of the lost characters
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
The Buffy deaths were great! I don't want to mention them for anyone who might want to watch the series on DVD.
MissLuluP MissLuluP 8 years
oh my good, really forgot the death of Clair at Mcleods. That was very sad and haunted me really long.
MissLuluP MissLuluP 8 years
First: Kate on NCIS. Since this i read every spoiler to avoid such a drama. I was so shocked. Second: Vaughn on Alias. But that was less a drama, besides i did know at the time of the airing, the he would come back, because i knew that there were a lots of fan mailing etc.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
Claire on McLeod's Daughters even though I knew it was coming. Other than that Ana Lucia in Lost was a complete surprise to me. And Dennie in Grey's was sooo sad and I don't even follow that show closely, I just happened to catch that epi.
Advah Advah 8 years
What?!? Spike, Wesley and Lamb die?? :o No, damnit!! (as you can see, I'm still behind on a few series) I love Lamb :( Even though he's absolutely awful in season 1. Mine have to be Prue in Charmed (totally killed the show), and Vaughn in Alias. And the bomb guy in Grey's - I really wasn't expecting it so all I could think of was 'eh?'
foxie foxie 8 years
Lisa from Six Feet Under. =( Also, Pam from The Office and Jenny from L Word (wishful thinking).
Read2me Read2me 8 years
In my opinion the saddest death on Lost has been Jin's. I bawled so hard when Sun brought their daughter to his grave in the one episode that I swore I was going to stop watching the show. When they showed how he actually died and the way Sun reacted to it, I totally lost it. This season I had a really hard time dealing with the episode of Heroes when they are in the future and Sylar's son dies- I don't regularly watch the show and that devastated me.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I was balling my eyes out when I thought Charlie had died on Lost, the time when Ethan hung him. Then I was so relieved when Jack saved him. But then...THEY WENT AND KILLED HIM FOR REAL!! And I balled again! It didn't help that my Dad kept saying "Why didn't he just break the window and swim out??". I know he probably could have, and it just made me feel worse that he'd died. :(
digitalbombshell digitalbombshell 8 years
Warrick on CSI.. I miss him.
smileyyy123 smileyyy123 8 years
Mrs. Landingham, the president's executive secretary at the end of the second season The West Wing. It blended so beautifully with the integrity of the show and character development. And I cried like a little girl.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
marissa on the oc, hadnt watched in a while so it shocked me. clark kent's dad in smallville, bomb squad guy, john ritter from 8 simple rules, that was soo sad since it was real. i can't believe the ghost whisperer one, havent watched it in a while since i work on fridays.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I know I'm the only one to say (or probably think) this, but Caleb from The OC. Man, was he the most badass villian. Heart attack into the pool; Julie diving in after him (while "Fix You" swells in the background). I totally just thought he'd be in the hospital, and I was completely nonplussed when Sandy tells Kirstin that her dad died. Glad we have Alan Dale on Lost now, though!
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I FORGOT ABOUT TARA! Yes, that made me cry. And I know Buffy didn't kill spike, I was just shocked that they had to let him die in the end. After everything he'd come through, for THAT to be his end... I was so sad. :(
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
I-like most of you--can't single out one LOST death as the most depressing. Echo was a big one though. And Shannon. She had finally stopped being a spoiled brat! And I completely agree about Terri Bauer. Totally thought that after all that, she'd survive! Oh- and Tony Almeida from 24 as well. He was hott....
shafiii shafiii 8 years
Jin on Lost and Keith on One tree Hill. Sobbed through all of those =[
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