10 Character Deaths That Ruined A TV Show, According To Reddit

Tales of the Living Dead the release date has already been confirmed and will premiere on August 14. Fans of the universe of The Walking Dead are excited to see old and new characters in standalone story episodes, and hope the show’s writers will be more careful and invest in character deaths after the previous series’ questionable deaths.

From Carl to GlennThe Walking Dead had many deaths that ruined the show for a lot of fans. However, the show isn’t the only one to feature a death that has viewers turning off their screens for good. Losing a character can cause audiences to lose interest, and according to Redditors, these deaths completely ruined the TV show.

Carl Grimes – The Walking Dead

Editor danielcube mentioned “Carl on the walking dead. Mainly because he survives in the comics and they killed him off on the show just so they wouldn’t have to play the actor anymore.” Even fans of the show who haven’t read the comics agree that the show lost value after Carl’s death.

Killing all the main characters from the first seasons is a risky move and almost never works, and The Walking Dead was no exception to the rule. Most viewers felt that Carl’s death was a transition to what felt like a different series with an all-new cast and ruined the show forever.

Poussey Washington – Orange is the new black

Editor geronimokind mentioned “Poussey Washington in Orange Is the New Black” and I hope you like apples added: “I heard a spoiler saying she died and I thought that was so stupid that I lost all desire to continue the show,” which spoke for many viewers whose favorite character was Poussey.

Orange is the new black had one of the best pilot episodes of the last ten years; however, Poussey’s death meant to some that the show was completely ruined and every other good aspect of the show was lost. The death was sad, brutal, and quite shocking due to its plausibility. A lot of people die because of police brutality, and seeing such a beloved character die because of it was too real to bear.

Ragnar Lodbrok – Vikings

Comment-hungry Redditor only pointed out: “Ragnar’s death ruined the Vikings. I know he really is dead, but Travis Fimmel carried this show single-handedly.” vikings isn’t entirely historically accurate, but Ragnar Lodbrok is known to have been a real Viking, and the show tries to follow his story as closely as possible, including his death.

Considering that for four long seasons fans followed the story of the show’s best king, Ragnar, it was almost impossible to continue watching the show after his death. Many fans lost interest, although there were still many interesting characters such as Bjorn, Lagertha, and Ivar. Nonetheless, Ragnar was irreplaceable, and many felt the show was never the same after his departure.

Hank – Breaking Bad

Redditor Swankified_Tristan posted: “Hank’s death has made Breaking Bad one of the saddest shows after rewatches. So yes. It was ruined in a very good way. I just wish Hank could have won.” Many fans may disagree with this perspective and will say that, despite his death, the show was extraordinarily good. Regardless of differing opinions, everyone agrees that this was one of the most unexpected deaths on a TV show.

But, it is not such a rare opinion that the later episodes of the series decreased in quality from the earlier seasons of the series, and one reason behind that was Hank’s death. His murder disappointed many fans, not only because the villains won, but he was the show’s pivotal character.

Beth Greene – The Walking Dead

Redditor unproudboyz said, “Beth on The Walking Dead because it was completely stupid,” and okidokes added, “Beth’s death was where I left off. It was an absurd death.” The character’s passing was shocking and truly disappointing to most.

Many viewers saw a lot of potential for her character’s development and were saddened that she couldn’t offer anything else to the show. With the death of another interesting character, the show was losing steam, and for some, Beth’s death was reason enough to stop watching.

Black Canary – Arrow

User Yako_bu commented “Arrow..spoiler Killing the Black Canary ruined an already declining show,” and user Kriticul150 agreed, “I’m done with Arrow.” For most fans, Black Canary’s death was unnecessary and mostly absurd.

Viewers of the show continually pointed out how ridiculous it was that her character had died three times before (and been resurrected) only to die forever with the most lamentable death of them all. Black Canary was one of Arrows bravest characters, and his demise was so disappointing and senseless that it wasn’t worth continuing to watch the show.

Will Gardner – The Good Wife

Will and Alicia had such good chemistry in The good wife which many people considered to be one of the main reasons to watch the show. That’s why fans like Kellianne mentioned “The Good Wife When Will Gardener Died” as the death that ruined the show.

There was no reason to stay after Will wasn’t on the show. His death was so tragic and sad for most that they saw no sense in ending the series. When a truly beloved character dies, it’s very difficult for TV shows to keep audiences interested, and The good wife did not get the opposite.

Kai Parker – The Vampire Diaries

A deleted Redditor commented, “The Vampire Diaries got a little boring again after Kai Parker’s death.” He was only around for one season, but for a lot of fans he really upped the entertainment value of the show. Viewers were really disappointed not to see his character anymore, which turned out to be one of the best.

Every show needs a good villain, and while they’re hated, it’s often the antagonists that make the stories interesting. They can be really interesting and audiences will always want to see how the protagonists beat them. If the villain is killed off too soon, interest in the show is likely to drop, just as it happened with Parker.


Redditor Big_Aardvark3726 mentioned, “When Dexter dies at the end of New Blood”, and reignited the question of why the show would return nearly a decade later, to kill off its title character. Dexter once fooled the public when he pretended to die after driving through a hurricane, so many people guessed his second death. Unfortunately, his death is final, as confirmed by the showrunner.

One wonders if it was necessary to bring the iconic character back for another season, just for this ending. For some fans, it was such a waste of time that it completely ruined the series and destroyed any possible re-watchability value.

Glenn Rhee – The Walking Dead

Redditor Optimal_Bet9319 commented, “glenn in walking dead”, and met many other fans of the show who couldn’t continue watching the show after the death of their favorite character. Glenn was the most beloved individual on the show, and he was killed off in such a brutal, bloody, and disgusting way that many fans decided to move on to another show.

The Walking Dead has plenty of zombies and gruesome deaths, but most fans will agree that none of the previous deaths were as barbaric and ruthless as Glenn’s. The scene itself is very difficult to watch and causes multiple thrills in anyone who watches it.

Did Stranger Things season 4 hide the death of a pretty big character?

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