Typically, TV writers aren’t prone to kill off beloved lead characters—the exception of course being George R. R. Martin or anyone else writing for HBO’s Game of Thrones. The decision to kill a major character is almost always a major creative undertaking that requires careful consideration before committing to. But, then again, that’s probably only the case when the actor or actress who plays the character in question is willing to continue working on the series. No matter how much it pains fans to see their favorite character go, sometimes actors just can’t go on with the show. Here are 10 TV characters who met untimely on-screen demises because of the people who portrayed them. CAUTION! SPOILERS AHEAD.
10. Mischa Barton – The O.C.
Mischa Barton played the hot mess known as Marissa Cooper on Fox’s teen drama The O.C. But when Barton began getting touted as the new “it girl” in Hollywood, she wanted to leave the series so she could pursue a what she assumed would be a bright movie career. This change of heart prompted producers to write her off the show, resulting in her oh-so-tragic death in Ryan’s arms after a fatal car crash in the season three finale.