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List Rules TV deaths that shocked you the most. Vote up the TV deaths that had you screaming, 'What?! Noooooo!' at the screen.

WARNING: SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS! If you are still catching up on some of your favorite current TV shows, stop scrolling now - you may want to avoid this list, since it includes some of TV's recent shocking deaths - some other good TV lists you may want to check out are the saddest TV deaths, the best characters on TV, the best current TV shows or if you're feeling morbid we have lots of lists about death.

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. 
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Lt. Colonel Henry Blake


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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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Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time
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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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Paul Hennessy


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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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Eddard Stark


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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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Mark Greene


Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time
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Dr. Mark Greene was the only original "ER" character to die. Diagnosed with brain cancer, he underwent multiple treatments and operations before deciding to accept his fate.

He takes a final trip to Hawaii with his daughter, Rachel. They are later joined by his wife, Elizabeth, before he ultimately passes away.

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Edith Bunker


Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time
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One of TV's most famous moms, Archie's loving wife Edith Bunker died of a stroke in the months before the second season premiere of "All in the Family" spin off series, "Archie Bunker's Place."

Edith's death was hard on Archie, who always thought he would die before her.

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Robb Stark


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One of many victims of the infamous Red Wedding, Robb, along with his mother Catelyn Stark, his pregnant wife Talisa Stark, and countless Stark bannermen are ruthlessly murdered in season three of "Games of Thrones."

The massacre is orchestrated by Lord Walder Frey as revenge for Robb's failure to fulfill his marriage pact with House Frey.

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George O'Malley


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On "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. George O'Malley is preparing to leave the hospital to join the army, when he is brought in as "Jon Doe" after a serious bus accident.

O'Malley reveals himself to Meredith, but she and the other doctors are unable to save him.

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