15 Deaths That Murdered Good TV Shows

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Killing off TV characters is risky business. 

You run the risk of ruining a good show, and pissing off a lot of fans in the process. 

We've rounded up 15 deaths that completely were essentially the death knell for their respective shows. 

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1. Smurf - Animal Kingdom

Smurf - Animal Kingdom
This one is very recent, but what the heck? Ellen Barkin's Smurf was one of the only reasons to tune into Animal Kingdom. She was quick-witted, badass, and crazy. Those are great traits for a TV character!

2. Rhaegal - Game of Thrones

Rhaegal - Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones spent years saying just how strong the dragons were, so to have Euron wipe Rhaegal out with ease left many fans wondering what the heck the creators were thinking of when they thought it would be a good twist. It was the first major disappointment in what was ultimately a terrible final season for the HBO epic.

3. Tara - True Blood

Tara - True Blood
True Blood turned to crap long before the pitiful series finale, and that was thanks in large part to the death of Tara aka one of the best characters. Tara's relationship with Pam was going to strength to strength when she was killed off in a pretty nonsensical way.

4. Laurel - Arrow

Laurel - Arrow
Just when it seemed like the writers were finally starting to realize that Katie Cassidy's character had a huge fanbase, they killed her off. It was pretty bizarre, and the backlash resulted in them bringing back another iteration of the character that ultimately became known as Laurel.

5. Mike -Desperate Housewives

Mike -Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives managed to remain fresh for most of its eight-season run, but the show will always be remembered for jumping the shark ahead of its finale when it opted to kill off Mike Delfino.

6. Cristal - Dynasty

Cristal - Dynasty
When Dynasty Season 1 ended with Cristal in a burning barn with a gunshot to the abdomen, fans thought the character would make a miraculous recovery for Season 2. However, Nathalie Kelley was written out of the series, and another actress stepped in as a new Cristal. Yikes.

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