Some of these shocking TV deaths you might have thought you saw coming (after all, on "Lost" Desmond did tell Charlie he would die about a thousand times), but they were no less shocking. Others came as a complete surprise, like Dan Conner or Lt. Colonel Henry Blake. Some were written in after the death of actors like Cory Monteith, John Ritter and John Spencer. Many characters were brutally murdered on screen (hello, Red Wedding) while other characters passed away off screen, as in the case of Edith Bunker.
But who's death was the most shocking? If you're all caught up on your favorite shows, check out and vote on this list of the most shocking TV deaths. They happened on some of the best television shows to some of the most beloved (and hated) characters. Deaths on this list cover suicide, murder, illness, and drowning...and all shocked television viewers.
The season three finale of "M.A.S.H." shocked and angered viewers. Lt. Blake had been honorably discharged and was headed home, when news comes in that his helicopter was shot down.The episode caused a great deal of controversy, and producers received thousands of letters from angry fans.
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While in production on the second season of "8 Simple Rules," actor John Ritter was taken to the hospital and ultimately died of an undiagnosed aortic dissection.
Following his death, the show went on hiatus, returning two months later. Ritter's death was written into the series - his character Paul Hennesey collapses, though no exact cause of death is given.
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After the Conner family wins the lottery on "Roseanne," it is revealed that Dan didn't survive his heart-attack after all and, in fact, died at Darlene's wedding.Roseanne reveals that the series (and those lottery winnings) had been a rewriting of her life by Roseanne Conner, who created the false reality as a coping mechanism.
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Sure, King Joffrey promised he would spare Eddard Stark's life if he confessed to treason, but Joffrey is the worst and can't be trusted.
Despite the confession, Joffrey orders Ser Ilyn Payne to go ahead with the beheading. Ned's death set the tone for "Game of Thrones," a show where no character is safe.
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