Oh, you were a cruel mistress, 2016. Over the past year, TV fans were dealt blow after blow as some of the small screen’s most beloved characters were — and often abruptly — killed off. (May Sweeps alone claimed 54 lives!)
The 25 included in this year-end round-up were particularly difficult losses that shook us to the core. (We’ll be sending you our therapy bills, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Arrow, to call out but a few.) Others weren’t huge, game-changing casualties like most of our Top 10 picks, but we’re still mourning all the dearly departed we loved and lost.
So grab some tissues and click the gallery to the right (or here for direct access) to review our picks, then hit the comments with any soul-stomping deaths you think we missed.
Coming up soon, as TVLine’s Year in Review marches on: Sexiest Scenes, the Most OMG Plot Twists, Best Couples, Quotes of the Year and lots more!