And you thought your 2016 was bad.
Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), Sleepy Hollow
On genre shows, the death of a lead character in a dramatic season finale usually just means you have to wait until the following season for a resurrection. But Abbie’s sacrifice wasn’t just a fake-out, and fans were outraged that this rare black female lead was gone.
Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), The Walking Dead
Perhaps the saddest thing about Abraham’s violent death on The Walking Dead is that it was immediately overshadowed by Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) later in the same episode. Abraham was a distraction for what was coming — which didn’t matter much to Abraham since he still got bludgeoned to death with a barbed wire–covered bat.
Angus Mhor (Stephen Walters), Outlander
How do you catch book fans off guard when you adapt their beloved series into a TV show? Kill a different character than expected during a big climactic battle. Sorry, Angus. On the plus side, readers who smugly thought they knew what was going to happen definitely got put in their place.
Astra (Laura Benanti), Supergirl
Yes, Astra was a supervillain, but she was also Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) aunt. And because Supergirl is a series that embraces shades of gray, she was also a sympathetic figure who, it became clear, was trying to do what she thought was right when Alex (Chyler Leigh) took her out.