For passionate television fans, the death of a beloved character can feel like losing a member of the family. From murders and accidents to natural causes, these dramatic series departures hit us like a ton of bricks.
WARNING: This gallery includes spoilers for 24 television series, including "Game of Thrones," "Dexter," "Downton Abbey," "House of Cards," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Good Wife" and "The Walking Dead."
Keep clicking to see which shocking deaths made the list. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: HBO/Fox/CBS)
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