Watching TV these days, it’s hard to go two episodes without a seemingly important character being killed off.
Shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have made a name for themselves by offing main characters in brutal ways, often with little to no warning. It’s led to outcry, threats of boycotting, and hours of hilarious reaction videos on YouTube.
Yet people keep coming back to those shows in droves, with Game of Thrones gaining more viewers year on year, and the majority of the off-season chatter on The Walking Dead being about just who Negan beat to death. While seeing characters we love get murdered every week can be emotionally punishing, there is something exhilarating about knowing that no one is safe. Gone are the days when having your name in the credits guaranteed your survival. No longer is the status quo God.
In today’s landscape, anyone can die at any time, and in any fashion - but these deaths still managed to shock everyone.
And it should go without saying, but spoiler alert.