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3rd Aug '16 2:14:57 AM GreenLady
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* ''Series/TheBill'''s makers decided not to renew Jeff Stewart's contract as Reg Hollis, a move that may have resulted in his attempting suicide on set. Hollis, a highly popular character with more than 20 years in the show, gets written out off-screen with comments that he's resigned due to the death of PC Emma Keane. Not only has Hollis been around for every death in the show's history, he's been directly involved in the discovery that Des Taviner was responsible for the Sun Hill Fire ''and'' the loss of his girlfriend just as he was to propose to her. A move like that is completely out of character for him.



** Fan favourites Bobby and Charlie both eventually got KilledOffForReal in ways that were jarring mainly because their characters had survived so much worse by that point. Bobby dies from a totally non-supernatural bullet wound to the head that could have been fixed easily by any passing angel (if only there'd been one around), while Charlie is chased down and killed off-screen by the demon of the week right after being acknowledged as a fully-fledged hunter who really ought to have been equal to the fight.



** [[spoiler:Axel]] is KilledMidSentence during the Governor's first attack on the prison, again seemingly just to add a MauveShirt to the episode's body count without sacrificing any main characters just yet.



** [[spoiler:Tyreese]] dies in late Season 5 after becoming momentarily distracted and being bitten, while [[spoiler:Noah]] goes out in early Season 6 when another character panics and essentially throws him to the zombie hoard to save himself. While both deaths were given some meaningful context, they were both the result of the actors requesting to be written out so that they could move on to other projects, and so received some criticism for being fairly abrupt and less satisfying than character deaths that were planned in advance.



** ''Series/TheBill'''s makers decided not to renew Jeff Stewart's contract as Reg Hollis, a move that may have resulted in his attempting suicide on set. Hollis, a highly popular character with more than 20 years in the show, gets written out off-screen with comments that he's resigned due to the death of PC Emma Keane. Not only has Hollis been around for every death in the show's history, he's been directly involved in the discovery that Des Taviner was responsible for the Sun Hill Fire ''and'' the loss of his girlfriend just as he was to propose to her. A move like that is completely out of character for him.
3rd Aug '16 1:54:07 AM GreenLady
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* ''Series/Preacher2016'': Season 1 ends with [[spoiler:a methane gas explosion that razes the entire town of Annville to the ground, presumably killing everyone there off-screen. This includes the four main characters who hadn't left yet and can't regenerate - Emily, Donnie, Sheriff Root, and Odin Quincannon. WordOfGod states that they have been KilledOffForReal and that there are no survivors.]]
30th May '16 12:09:35 AM Tyrathius
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** [[spoiler:Grant Ward]] in Season 3's midseason finale is subdued by Coulson who then [[spoiler:[[WhatTheHellHero crushes Ward's rib cage with his robotic hand]]]]. [[spoiler:Brett Dalton]] is not out for the rest of the season though as [[spoiler:the creature on the planet has taken over Ward's body to escape Maveth, thanks to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Coulson providing It with the use of Ward's body]].]]
18th May '16 5:10:53 PM bombadil211
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': [[spoiler: Katelin Todd]] was killed at the end of S2 by a sniper headshot, ostensibly to show how much [[spoiler:Ari]] wanted to make Gibbs suffer, but really because the actress was tired of the grueling schedule of the show and wanted out. Also qualifies as a literal WhamShot, because the entire episode was based around the character protecting Gibbs, and they take a bullet right before the headshot, only to reveal the bulletproof vest.

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[[spoiler: Katelin Caitlin Todd]] was killed at the end of S2 by a sniper headshot, ostensibly to show how much [[spoiler:Ari]] wanted to make Gibbs suffer, but really because the actress was tired of the grueling schedule of the show and wanted out. Also qualifies as a literal WhamShot, because the entire episode was based around the character protecting Gibbs, and they take a bullet right before the headshot, only to reveal the bulletproof vest.vest.
** [[spoiler: Ziva David]] is killed in an off-screen mortar attack ''two'' years after leaving the show, setting up [[spoiler: Tony's]] final story arc. Prior to leaving, [[spoiler: Cote de Pablo]] had dragged out contract negotiations and left mere weeks before production of a new season had to begin and the cast and crew weren't very happy with the abrupt exit and how the first half of that season had to be retooled to accommodate the exit of a major character and the subsequent introduction of a new regular.
10th May '16 7:20:25 AM OccasionalExister
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ros started out as {{The Scrappy}}, a {{Canon Foreigner}} who was only put in the show as a blatant {{Ms Fanservice}} and occasionally {{The Watson}}. But then season 2 saw her {{Rescued From The Scrappy Heap}} and develop an actual storyline of her own. Then after only a couple appearances in season 3, she's abruptly killed offscreen.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Ros started out as {{The Scrappy}}, a {{Canon Foreigner}} who was only put in the show as a blatant {{Ms Fanservice}} and occasionally {{The Watson}}. But then season 2 saw her {{Rescued From The Scrappy Heap}} and develop an actual storyline of her own. Then after only a couple appearances in season 3, she's abruptly killed offscreen.offscreen.
** Roose Bolton, who's been a major character since the second season, and one of the main villains since the [[WhamEpisode penultimate episode]] of the third, surprisingly gets this treatment in the second episode of the sixth season. After all his scheming allows him to become Warden of the North, his bastard son, [[InvincibleVillain Ramsay]], casually stabs him in the heart after a true-born son is born to him. He doesn't get to say or do anything, he just quickly bleeds to death in the middle of his own keep, and afterwards no one who served him seems to [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch care how he died.]]
9th Apr '16 1:46:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': When Jon Polito's character Steve Crosetti was written out of the show [[ExecutiveMeddling at the behest of the network]], who wanted another female character in the show, the producers promised him that they would write the character back in later in the season. Not believing them, Polito went to the newspapers and slagged off the production crew for bending to the network's wishes. As a result, his character committed suicide offscreen - the one thing he had asked the producers not to do. However, he mended his bridges and returned as an afterlife spirit in the ''Homicide'' TV movie that wrapped up the series.
* ''HoratioHornblower'': Lieutenant Bracegirdle in the series. A fairly major character in Series 1, disappears for Series 2 but is reintroduced as an important character for the third series ... only to have the boat he was in get hit with an exploding shell and kill everyone on board.

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* ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': When Jon Polito's character Steve Crosetti was written out of the show [[ExecutiveMeddling at the behest of the network]], who wanted another female character in the show, the producers promised him that they would write the character back in later in the season. Not believing them, Polito went to the newspapers and slagged off the production crew for bending to the network's wishes. As a result, his character committed suicide offscreen - the one thing he had asked the producers not to do. However, he mended his bridges and returned as an afterlife spirit in the ''Homicide'' TV movie that wrapped up the series.
* ''HoratioHornblower'': ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Lieutenant Bracegirdle in the series. A fairly major character in Series 1, disappears for Series 2 but is reintroduced as an important character for the third series ... only to have the boat he was in get hit with an exploding shell and kill everyone on board.



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Poor Lancelot. At first the writers gave him a pretty great death: he [[HeroicSacrifice willingly sacrifices himself]] by stepping into the spirit world in order to save Merlin's life and fulfil his vow to Guinevere to keep Arthur safe from harm. Arthur subsequently has a memorial service in which he is remembered as the best and noblest knight of Camelot. Unfortunately, the writers couldn't leave well enough alone, and Lancelot is resurrected by Morgana in order to stir up trouble between Arthur and Guinevere in the lead-up to their wedding. This Zombie!Lancelot is a slave to Morgana's will who exists only to do her bidding, and after [[MindRape Mind Raping]] Guinevere with an enchanted bracelet, he ensures that Arthur catches them making out, leading to the dissolution of their relationship and Gwen's exile from Camelot. He is then ordered by Morgana to kill himself, and does so in the grimy prison cell into which he's been thrown, to be remembered not as a hero but as a traitor, whose last act on earth was to destroy the life of the woman he adored, and who died not out of love for his friends, but because Morgana told him to. For a man who was characterized as the epitome of honour and self-sacrifice, it's probably the worst imaginable way they could have killed him off.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': Poor Lancelot. At first the writers gave him a pretty great death: he [[HeroicSacrifice willingly sacrifices himself]] by stepping into the spirit world in order to save Merlin's life and fulfil his vow to Guinevere to keep Arthur safe from harm. Arthur subsequently has a memorial service in which he is remembered as the best and noblest knight of Camelot. Unfortunately, the writers couldn't leave well enough alone, and Lancelot is resurrected by Morgana in order to stir up trouble between Arthur and Guinevere in the lead-up to their wedding. This Zombie!Lancelot is a slave to Morgana's will who exists only to do her bidding, and after [[MindRape Mind Raping]] Guinevere with an enchanted bracelet, he ensures that Arthur catches them making out, leading to the dissolution of their relationship and Gwen's exile from Camelot. He is then ordered by Morgana to kill himself, and does so in the grimy prison cell into which he's been thrown, to be remembered not as a hero but as a traitor, whose last act on earth was to destroy the life of the woman he adored, and who died not out of love for his friends, but because Morgana told him to. For a man who was characterized as the epitome of honour and self-sacrifice, it's probably the worst imaginable way they could have killed him off.



* ''{{Neighbours}}'': The three members of the Bishop family were the '''only''' casualties of a crashed plane, which they only boarded at the last minute. Their family and friends took about three days to get over the loss.

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* ''{{Neighbours}}'': ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'': The three members of the Bishop family were the '''only''' casualties of a crashed plane, which they only boarded at the last minute. Their family and friends took about three days to get over the loss.
2nd Apr '16 11:25:39 AM nombretomado
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* ''EastEnders'': Den Watts had a dramatic death in 1989, then came BackFromTheDead in 2003. Amid complaints from fans that his return was unbelievable, the actor was involved in an internet sex scandal, and so Den's estranged wife walloped him over the head with a doorstop, the end.
* ''{{ER}}'': Romano. After getting his lower arm sliced off by the tail rotor of a helicopter in the previous season, the character dies when ''another'' helicopter goes out-of-control, explodes in midair, and lands on him. Ladies and gents, this is overkill at work. Although, it could be a writer's interpretation of karma or an ironic twist. Also somewhat lampshaded by Pratt suggesting that he must've done something awful to a helicopter in a previous life.

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* ''EastEnders'': ''Series/EastEnders'': Den Watts had a dramatic death in 1989, then came BackFromTheDead in 2003. Amid complaints from fans that his return was unbelievable, the actor was involved in an internet sex scandal, and so Den's estranged wife walloped him over the head with a doorstop, the end.
* ''{{ER}}'': ''Series/{{ER}}'': Romano. After getting his lower arm sliced off by the tail rotor of a helicopter in the previous season, the character dies when ''another'' helicopter goes out-of-control, explodes in midair, and lands on him. Ladies and gents, this is overkill at work. Although, it could be a writer's interpretation of karma or an ironic twist. Also somewhat lampshaded by Pratt suggesting that he must've done something awful to a helicopter in a previous life.
24th Mar '16 2:18:39 PM nombretomado
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** A similar stunt was pulled in an earlier season, when Flo is killed off-screen when she gets hit by a truck. Again, this was due to Beverley Callard having to leave the show to return to her role in ''CoronationStreet''.

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** A similar stunt was pulled in an earlier season, when Flo is killed off-screen when she gets hit by a truck. Again, this was due to Beverley Callard having to leave the show to return to her role in ''CoronationStreet''.''Series/CoronationStreet''.
10th Mar '16 1:00:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'': Perhaps the most unpleasant example: in a season opener, we find out that the character Wade Wells has been abducted by ugly alternate-dimension aliens... for breeding purposes.
** Another unpleasant ''Sliders'' example was Professor Arturo; over the course of one episode he had his brains partially sucked out, was then shot dead, and was then left on an Earth which was destroyed by radioactive pulsars. And all this ''after'' the character came down with a terminal disease leaving him with months left to live anyway.

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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'': ''Series/{{Sliders}}'':
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Perhaps the most unpleasant example: in a season opener, we find out that the character Wade Wells has been abducted by ugly alternate-dimension aliens... for breeding purposes.
** Another unpleasant ''Sliders'' example was Professor Arturo; over the course of one episode he had his brains partially sucked out, was then shot dead, and was then left on an Earth which was destroyed by radioactive pulsars. And all this ''after'' the character came down with a terminal disease leaving him with months left to live anyway.
10th Mar '16 1:00:28 PM Morgenthaler
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* NCIS: [[spoiler: Katelin Todd]] was killed at the end of S2 by a sniper headshot, ostensibly to show how much [[spoiler:Ari]] wanted to make Gibbs suffer, but really because the actress was tired of the grueling schedule of the show and wanted out. Also qualifies as a literal WhamShot, because the entire episode was based around the character protecting Gibbs, and they take a bullet right before the headshot, only to reveal the bulletproof vest.

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* NCIS: ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': [[spoiler: Katelin Todd]] was killed at the end of S2 by a sniper headshot, ostensibly to show how much [[spoiler:Ari]] wanted to make Gibbs suffer, but really because the actress was tired of the grueling schedule of the show and wanted out. Also qualifies as a literal WhamShot, because the entire episode was based around the character protecting Gibbs, and they take a bullet right before the headshot, only to reveal the bulletproof vest.



* ''PrisonBreak'': James Wistler, who got killed ''out of nowhere'', just so the PostScriptSeason plot could be extended even further. Granted, it does give some cool impression of AnyoneCanDie, but still...

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* ''PrisonBreak'': ''Series/PrisonBreak'': James Wistler, who got killed ''out of nowhere'', just so the PostScriptSeason plot could be extended even further. Granted, it does give some cool impression of AnyoneCanDie, but still...



* ''{{Reno 911}}'': They play this for laughs. The deputies are riding on the side of a police car that has been converted into a float, but they are late and speeding so they crash into a building. On the next season opener, Deputies Johnson, Garcia, and Kimball apparently died as a result from "burning up in the fire," but none of the other characters have a scratch on them and Dangle can't even remember their names.

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* ''{{Reno ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'': They play this for laughs. The deputies are riding on the side of a police car that has been converted into a float, but they are late and speeding so they crash into a building. On the next season opener, Deputies Johnson, Garcia, and Kimball apparently died as a result from "burning up in the fire," but none of the other characters have a scratch on them and Dangle can't even remember their names.
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