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They come into our lives and become a part of it. We care about them. We cry when they cry. We laugh when they laugh. Then one day, they’re gone and it’s often one of the most painful moments in life. No, not loved ones or pets. TV characters can be hard to let go sometimes. Yes, it is fictional, but it matters to viewers who love a show. Some TV characters are so brilliantly written and incredibly performed, that it’s almost impossible to not become attached to them. It’s almost like they’re family. Viewers become so used to seeing these same characters each week, so when suddenly they’re gone, it’s hard to not miss them. Sometimes, a character leaves for another state or country to pursue work or their dreams. Other times, a part of the character’s life is over and they start a new journey. Then there are the sad and tragic times when a character is killed or dies. The only way to find solace is to buy the whole series on dvd and watch it over and over. Here is a look at 15 TV characters that will be missed forever.
15) Lance Sweets Bones
Bones follows the relationship between Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and F.B.I agent, Seeley Booth, as they struggle with their feelings for each other and solve crimes. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) is a psychologist, who is interested in the relationship between the two. He grew up without parents and spent most of his time in foster homes. He grows very close to both Bones and Booth. He sees Booth as a father figure. In the season 10 premiere, his is shockingly and tragically killed. His last words are: “The World is a lot better than you think it is. It’s…”
14) Ned, Catelyn, Robb and Talisa Stark Game Of Thrones
Game Of Thrones follows the lives of royalty, soldiers and citizens of the continents of Westeros and Essos. The world is magical and full of supernatural beings, dragons and giants. The series is universally critically and commercially acclaimed. Its been praised for the outstanding writing, incredible acting and fantastic directing. Some of the most missed characters all come from the Stark Family. When the series first starts, Ned Stark is the main protagonist. Ned is publicly beheaded in the first season finale, while his young daughter, Arya Stark, is in the crowd. She is horrified to witness his death, but vows vengeance. She is split up from the rest of her family. After much searching, she is finally able to find her mother, Catelyn Stark and brother, Robb Stark. Before she could even speak a word to either of them, they are brutally murdered right in front of her, in the infamous red wedding. Arya has a lot of vengeance to carry out.
13) Michael Scott The Office
The Office revolved around the lives of employees of a small paper company located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The boss was the typical boss, annoying, gets too much credit and abuses his power. He was the type of person that tried too hard. However, he had a huge heart and cared deeply about his employees, who he considered “family”. Michael leaves Scranton to be with the love of his life, Holly, in Colorado. Michael Scott was played by the ever so talented, Steve Carell. He received universal praise for his role. He decided to leave the series after the 7th season, which was his plan from the start. The show continued without him, but it was certainly not the same. Although, if there ever was some type of reunion, Michael Scott will hopefully show up and have a “that’s what she said” line ready.
12) Omar Little The Wire
Gangsters, drug dealers and thieves would run and hide, as the man with the sawed off shotgun walked through the streets. Often, they can be heard shouting, “Omar’s coming yo”. The Wire revolved around police officers, drug dealers, gangsters, politicians and citizens of Baltimore. It was often praised for its writing, cast and directing. Omar was a stick up man who would rob drug dealers. Although, he could be a ruthless and cold hearted killer, he had a strict moral code. He would not hurt innocent bystanders and would also not swear. He goes on a rampage after his boyfriend, Brandon, is brutally murdered. Omar manages to outsmart and outmaneuver his enemies at every turn. However, the character meets a tragic end in the final season, when he is gunned down and killed by a young boy, Kenard. Michael K.Williams received universal praise for his role as the anti-hero, Omar Little.
11) Charlie Harper Two and Half Men
Two and Half Men revolved around Charlie Harper, an alcoholic and womanizer, who lets his brother and nephew move in with him. The series was created by Chuck Lorre and Charlie Harper was played by Charlie Sheen. Charlie Harper was known for his bachelor lifestyle and disregard for the rules. Charlie Sheen has a similar view of life. Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre had a very public falling out that led to the death of Charlie Harper. While on his honeymoon in Paris, Charlie Harper is killed by a train when he falls onto the tracks. Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen in the series. However, Charlie Harper can never be replaced.
10) Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey Friends
Friends revolved around the lives of six best friends living in New York City, as they struggle with love, relationships, careers and each other. The series was a massive success and one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. The series cast members become six of the most beloved characters on TV. Viewers went on the wild and crazy journey with the six best buddies. The series ends with the friends all going in different directions in their lives. There has been rumors of a reunion, but the creators of the show have claimed that they will not do a reunion show.
9) Shane Walsh The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead revolves around a group of survivors struggling to live in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world, full of fleshing eating zombies. The series is known for the fact that absolutely any character can die. Nobody is safe. Many fans miss the character of Hershel Greene and many are still mourning the death of Beth Greene, in the mid-season 5 finale. However, one of the most missed characters is Shane Walsh. Shane was initially Rick Grimes’ best friend. He was a great leader but when Rick joined the group and reunited with his wife, Lori, it was the beginning of Shane’s downfall. Rick had been presumed dead and Shane began a relationship with Lori, which she ended when Rick showed up alive. As the series progressed, it was obvious one of them had to go.
8) Enoch “Nucky” Thompson Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire revolved around corrupt politician, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who was one of the top bootleggers during prohibition of the 20’s/30’s. The series was critically acclaimed. It’s known for its writing, cast and depiction of life during the roaring 20’s and the great depression of the 30’s. Nucky was greedy, powerful and manipulative. He was used to living a very lavish lifestyle, which of course, comes to an end. One of the most shocking deaths of a TV character was of Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt). He was killed in the second season finale by Nucky. Nucky would meet a similar fate in the series finale when Jimmy’s son, Tommy, would kill him. Nucky Thompson was played by Steve Buscemi, who received much universal, critical acclaim. Honorable mention goes to other missed characters from Boardwalk Empire: Albert “Chalky” White, Nelson Van Alden and Richard Harrow.
7) Joffrey Baratheon Game Of Thrones
Joffrey Baratheon was the King. As a king, he was greedy, selfish and a tyrant. He committed several horrible atrocities. He was not even slightly beloved. Basically, he was a typical teenage brat, except he killed lots of people and ruled over The Seven Kingdoms, or at least he tried too. Game of Thrones is a critically and commercially acclaimed series. King Joffrey was possibly one of the most hated characters on Game Of Thrones. He was the type of character viewers loved to hate. As the series progressed, he becomes less and less bearable. Moments before his death, he is at the peak of being a bratty jerk. Many fans both miss him and are glad that King Joffrey died.
6) Edna Krabappel The Simpsons
The Simpsons revolves around the Simpson family and the residents of the Town of Springfield. The animated series is tremendously popular. It is both a critical and commercial success. One of the first breakout stars was the mischievous little boy, Bart Simpson. He was rebellious, didn’t do his homework and talked back to grown-ups. He made the life of his 4th grade teacher, Edna Krabappel, a living nightmare. She did her best to teach Bart. She also had a rocky love life. She dated Principal Skinner and Comic Book Guy, before she finally ended up with Ned Flanders. Marcia Wallace, who voiced Edna, died on October 25, 2013. The character of Edna was then retired from the series.
5) Walter White Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad revolved around a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who finds out he has cancer and begins to cook and sell meth to take care of his family. As the series progresses, Walter goes from being a nice guy to a criminal mastermind. The final image in Breaking Bad is of Walter White slowly dying, presumably. That would lead to the assumption that we’ll never see the modern day Scarface again. However, creator Vince Gilligan is co-creating the spin-off, Better Call Saul. It will revolve around the character of Walter’s lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The series will start six years before Saul meets Walter. It’ll cover events from the past, events during the series and future events. The last time we see Saul Goodman he’s going into hiding. We may get to see some characters we’ve missed, but we might never see Walter White again. Bryan Cranston won the Emmy four times for his role as Walter White.
4) Will Gardner The Good Wife
The Good Wife follows Alicia Florrick, who was a stay at home mother for 13 years, but is now forced to return to work as a lawyer. This is after her husband, a former State Attorney, is jailed because of political corruption and a sex scandal. The series has been both critically and commercially acclaimed. The writing and directing have been praised as outstanding. The cast has also received universal praise, in particular, Julianna Margulies has received a significant amount of praise. The series created a huge buzz when they killed off one of the series original and most beloved characters, Will Gardner (Josh Charles). The character was instantly missed with many hoping there was a way to bring him back. However, the creators state he is dead and gone.
3) Cristina Yang Grey’s Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy revolves around interns and doctors, as they struggle with relationships and their careers. The series is created by Shonda Rhimes and is currently in its 11th season. Many consider the relationship between best friends, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) as the heart and soul of the series. Despite all the relationships they get into, they’re always there for each other. Cristina was ambitious, aggressive and very career focused. She tried to avoid very serious relationships and if she ever got close, her career would take her attention away. Her character was offered and accepted a very prestigious job as Head of hospital in Switzerland. Sandra Oh received universal praise for her role as Cristina. She won the Golden Globe award.
2) Jackson “Jax” Teller Sons Of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy followed Jackson “Jax” Teller, a member of the motorcycle gang the Sons of Anarchy. After discovering journals written by his father, Jax begins to question the direction the gang is taking and struggles with his feelings. He is initially the vice-president but becomes the president. Several characters of the series will be missed, including Jax’s best friend Opie. Also, it may not be because of her actions, but his mother, Gemma Teller Morrow, will be missed. Katey Sagal received universal praise for her role as Gemma. Ultimately, Jax meets the same demise as everyone else. The character was played by Charlie Hunnam to critical acclaim.
1) Tony Soprano The Sopranos
He was kind, gentle, sweet, manipulative, a sociopath and kind of a bad person. The Sopranos followed the life of New Jersey crime boss, Tony Soprano, as he tries to balance his family life and his mob life. He sees a therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, because he suffers from depression, intense anxiety and severe panic attacks. The show was a groundbreaking series that was a critical and commercial success. The iconic, Tony Soprano was played by the legendary James Gandolfini. He won three Emmy Awards for his role as the insane mobster. Despite the fact that Tony was a gangster who was greedy, selfish and constantly cheated on his wife, he was beloved by viewers. The series’ ambiguous series finale left viewers with questions about the fate of Tony. Was he alive or did he die? Some feel he could still be alive, while others think he died. It was hard for fans to let him go. Unfortunately, James Gandolfini died on June 19, 2013.