While Scandal fans eagerly await word on whether Jake Ballard is or isn't dead, we here at TV Fanatic got inspired to take a look back at some of the character deaths that left mouths our agape, eyes wet with tears.
Grab some tissues and take a walk down memory lane. Here are 33 shocking TV deaths we'll never get over.
We didn't just draw from recent TV history for this collaborative effort. We threw it all the way back to M.A.S.H! (What? It IS #throwbackThursday after all...)
Fans of that Vietnam war-based series remember when Lt. Col. Blake died. It was nearly unheard of for main characters to exit a series in that manner, and it certainly wasn't the norm on comedies!
Then there's Joyce Summers. "The Body" goes down in history as one of the most chilling and moving episodes of the entire Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. With vampires, demons, hellspawn, and werewolves, fans were accustomed to seeing death on the show, but we never expected one of our most beloved mortals would succumb to a brain tumor. RIP, Joyce!
We know this list isn't exhaustive of the vast body count on television, so tell us, which TV character's death shocked you most?
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