Death is an inevitable part of life, and in the modern age, it's becoming an increasingly inevitable part of television too.
Back in the day, fans could tune into their favourite shows safe in the knowledge its most beloved characters will live to see another episode, but that's no longer the case.
In recent years, high death tolls have become cool, so there's no telling who will be ripped apart by Wights or take a barbed wire-covered baseball bat to the head next.
Not all small screen fatalities have the same impact. Some you see coming a mile away and take the necessary steps to prepare for, but others land out of nowhere, and these are typically the ones which pack the biggest gutpunch.
Whether it's a comedy, period drama or fantasy epic series in question, these killer twists have the potential to change the course of a series, spark fan revolts and steal the headlines across the entertainment industry.
From the continent of Westeros to Rick and Daryl's zombie-infested world, here are the TV deaths you never saw coming. Spoilers ahead...