Death is an interesting component of television storytelling. On the one hand, sudden character deaths are sometimes used as a means of covering up an actor leaving the show. For instance, Matthew Crawley’s sudden death at the end of Downton Abbey’s 3rd season was an event necessitated by actor Dan Steven’s exit from the show, but was so poorly written and paced that it tarnished the show’s reputation as a result. Whatever the reasoning behind it, the death of a character is an momentous occasion for a TV show when handled properly. Viewers invest hours, even years of their life in these characters and their loss can be a source of considerable grief. The following characters wormed their way into our hearts, making their deaths something we’ll probably be mourning forever.
10. Beverly Katz – Hannibal
Considering Hannibal has only aired two full seasons so far, it makes sense that the show doesn’t have as many notable character deaths as other series with multiple seasons under their belts. Still, for a show that features gruesome, visually elaborate murders every week, the surprise death of plucky crime scene investigator Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park) came as a harrowing shock to the system. She was the first major character other than Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to discover Hannibal’s (Mads Mikkelson) secret, which led to her murder by Hannibal’s hand. Killing off Beverly right when she was starting to come into her own as a fleshed-out (pun unintended) character was painful enough, but seeing her body sliced into layers and displayed in glass cases for Will to find was just too horrific to handle.