Death is a natural part of a show's life. Characters both big and small have to be killed every now and again to make way for new storylines and fresh characters, but also to create a sense of realism, threat and excitement.
Unfortunately, not all shows manage to kill off characters at the right time. Whilst many shows have made a fine art out of getting rid of characters just when they need to go (Game of Thrones, maybe, and Doctor Who), there are other critically acclaimed shows that haven't quite mastered killing people off.
Most of the shows on this list are usually very good at this, but have messed up with some decisions. Others made a habit of killing off minor characters with infinite untapped potential, and others seem to have just rid of fan favourites in a cheap and unnecessary bid to shock and appal their audiences. Some get rid of the characters very well, but make the move too early and lessen the moment's impact.
Whatever the case, here are 11 TV show characters whose deaths, whether inevitable or inconceivable, came far too early. MAJOR SPOILERS follow.