Writing about 'satisfying deaths' in any forum a few decades back was a taboo, because death was always handled in a somber way regardless of how an individual lived his or her life. In previous years, the death of TV characters was not a cause for celebration. In fact, instances in which characters actually died were much fewer and farther between than they are in the 21st century.
TV productions today are going out of their way to compete with the movies in terms of creating heroic characters and psychotic villains. We fall in love with TV series because of just how unique a plot is, the sympathy or love we have for the protagonist, and at times, just how badly we want to see the villains face the law. Although we know that the characters we do not like much are important for our favorite series to continue, that knowledge does little to help us tolerate them.
We find ourselves wishing that the bad guys suffer a terrible fate, owing to their level of brutality, psycho behavior, criminal activity, or just the fact of them standing in the way of our heroes. Our hatred can at times be manifested in how we shout at the screen whenever they interfere with the plot, or how happy we are when they finally meet their death. Here are 15 characters in our favorite TV series whose deaths came as a very welcome and exciting surprise, tempting us to pop that bottle of champagne that we have been saving for a very long time.
15 Steve Newlin: - True Blood
14 Lester Nygaard - Fargo
13 Dr. Robert Romano - ER
12 Keith Summers - Bates Motel
11 The Reaper - Criminal Minds
10 Peter Russo - House of Cards
9 Viserys Targaryen - Game of Thrones
8 Nina Myers - Twenty-Four
7 The Governor: The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead lost two main characters in one season, but we celebrated the death of one of them in joy and jubilation. Finally, the self-appointed governor who was both ruthless and mad, faced his death in the hands of two women; one that he hated stabbed him, and one that he loved shot him. That was a good punishment for being a brutal and insane murderer who constantly came into conflict with everyone.
6 Ian Reed - Luther
5 Red John - The Mentalist
4 Arthur Mitchell (Trinity Killer) - Dexter
3 Gus Fring - Breaking Bad
2 Joffrey Baratheon - Game Of Thrones
1 Lorne Malvo - Fargo
Talking of evil villains in any setting would demand the mention of Fargo's Lorne Malvo. Malvo was either too good for the authorities to get him, or luck was simply always on his side. Although we would have wished for detective Molly Solverson to be the one to take him down, the fact that her husband ended his life was good enough. Having in mind that the series was a reenactment of actual events that took place kept us wishing for Malvo to die very early in the series.
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