12. Will Gardner (Josh Charles), The Good Wife 93%(Photo by CBS)When it came time for Charles to depart the series on which he d starred for five seasons, his character, Will, didn’t just move to another city. He was shot to death by his own client in the courtroom in a legitimately shocking episode made all the more impactful by the fact that news of Charles imminent exit did not leak beforehand.11. Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan), Lost 85%(Photo by ABC)It’s hard to single out one death from Lost since the show was so good at making us attached to every character. In the end, it had to be Charlie sacrificing himself to warn Desmond it was NOT PENNY’S BOAT radioing the Oceanic survivors.10. Wallace (Michael B. Jordan), The Wire 94%(Photo by HBO)Jordan was only 15 when he played a teenage drug dealer on HBO’s landmark series The Wire, making the moment when druglord Stringer Bell (Idris Elba) orders his murder all the more tragic.9. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Game of Thrones 89%(Photo by HBO)The Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains went power mad in the final moments of the series as she ascended to became ruler of Westeros. Ultimately, however, she wasn t even able to sit on the Iron Throne she d dreamed about as a kid; she was betrayed by her lover-nephew, Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen (Kit Harington), who professed his loyalty, then kissed her while stabbing her in the heart mere feet from her father s throne.8. Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), Downton Abbey on Masterpiece 86%(Photo by ITV)Crawley estate heir Matthew was so happy to be a new father that he took his eyes off the road to appreciate nature, causing the fatal accident that shocked viewers. Fans later found out that Stevens wanted off the show to explore other opportunities.7. Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), Prison Break 60%(Photo by Fox)Callies could have made our list as Lori Grimes in The Walking Dead for her death during pregnancy, but on Prison Break her head was in a box! Fans demanded her return, so she came back and even showed up in the Fox reboot for a fifth season. At the time during season 3, her demise sure felt permanent.6. Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland), Buffy the Vampire Slayer 83%(Photo by The WB)Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) herself came back to life twice, but her mother Joyce did not have magic to resurrect her. For all the supernatural demons and monsters on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Buffy spent one very real hour dealing with a loved one’s death.5. Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Grey's Anatomy 84%(Photo by ABC)Denny s death was a real gut punch, because throughout the entire second season of the long-running medical drama, it looked like Izzie (Katherine Heigl) had done everything to save her patient-boyfriend, including violating protocol to get him a heart transplant. The transplant itself took, but Denny still died of a blood clot and stroke. The silver lining is this role made Morgan a star.4. Catelyn, Robb, and pregnant Talisa Stark + direwolf Grey Wind (Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, Oona Chaplin), Game of Thrones 89%While earlier deaths in the HBO hit fantasy series tipped fans off that anyone could go at any time, the episode nicknamed The Red Wedding (season 3, episode 9 The Rains of Castamere ) took Game of Thrones death pools to another level. Half of the surviving Stark family died in the massacre carried out by Lord Walder Frey and his murderous brood: family matriarch Catelyn, King in the North Robb, his wife Talisa, and their unborn child. And while Roose Bolton was thrusting a dagger into Robb, his men outside killed Robb s direwolf, Grey Wind, further stunning an audience that was perhaps hoping the animal might avenge its faithful human companion.3. Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), The Walking Dead 80%On another show where anyone could go at any time, The Walking Dead really psyched people out over the death of main character Glenn. First they made everyone think he died in a walker horde, but then he was somehow safe under a dumpster. Later, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) beat him beyond recognition as, with his last words, he called out to wife Maggie (Lauren Cohan).2. Ned Stark (Sean Bean), Game of Thrones 89%By the end, almost no Game of Thrones death was shocking, but this was the first — and it was the one that told viewers that if the star of the show could die, anyone could. It happened just when things were looking up for Bean, after famously dying in Goldeneye and Lord of the Rings too. For a while, the meme #DontKillSeanBean became a thing.1. Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia), This Is Us 93%After Jack escaped the Pearson family s burning house — saving everyone and the dog — fans all breathed a collective sigh of relief. But he wasn t safe yet. Viewers were gobsmacked when This Is Us delivered the cruelest twist, killing Jack with a massive heart attack related to smoke inhalation. Because of the NBC series unique format, however, this is one character that fans get to spend time with even after he s dead.