While 2016 has been the year of unexpected twists and turns in the world of television and outside it, it was also a tumultuous 12 months that found a great number of some of our favorite characters meeting their demise.
The deaths of Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) on "The Walking Dead" continues to be a topic of conversation weeks after the Season 7 premiere, other characters like Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) on "Sleepy Hollow," Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) on "Bates Motel" and Gideon Goddard (Michel Gill) on "Mr. Robot" met their makers -- pushing each story forward into different and exciting territory.
We're entering into the reflective period of the year where we look back on where we've been, before our collective resolutions push us into a hopeful new year. As we revisit the past 12 months, let's pay tribute one final time to those TV heroes and villains we've lost along the way.
10. Vanessa Ives, 'Penny Dreadful'
Vanessa Ives' (Eva Green) dance with death ended in the most satisfyingly poetic way when "Penny Dreadful" came to an end in Season 3. Her sacrifice may have saved the earth from eternal darkness and squashed Dracula's plans for a global takeover of the night creatures -- and brought her own battle with faith and doubt to completion -- but it also left us with tears aplenty. It's possible all the shippers out there are still hoping for another season where Ethan and Vanessa can finally be together. We can dream.
9. Camilla & Mimi, 'Empire'
Camilla (Naomi Campbell) was such a thorn in Lucious's side, pitting Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) against him with the goal of getting the keys to the "Empire" castle. It almost worked, too. But Camilla got sloppy and in her attempt at covering up Mimi's (Marisa Tomei) death -- she poisoned her own wife, you guys! -- as suicide, Lucious came in and turned the tables on the woman. That's one way to eliminate a threat!
8. Poussey Washington, 'Orange is the New Black'
One of the deaths that surprised us the most in 2016 was that of Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) on "Orange is the New Black." It was unexpected -- if timely -- and she didn't deserve it one bit. Nobody ever does. But her death opens up Season 5 to a whole new realm of danger and unrest between the guards and prisoners at Litchfield Penitentiary, and we're looking forward to seeing how the show addresses it... And the payback.
7. Sarah Lynn, 'BoJack Horseman'
After three seasons, it's safe to say BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) is a destructive individual. A prisoner to his own misery, his faults finally caught up with him as a drug-fueled bender with Sarah Lynn (Kristen Schaal) put him on a crash course to destruction. But instead of BoJack meeting his maker, Sarah Lynn's the one who died. How will BoJack deal with the consequences of his behavior in Season 4? We can only guess at this point.
6. Jack, 'This is Us'
At some point in time between the '80s and present day, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) on "This is Us" dies. We know this. What we don't know is how, which may be the biggest mystery of the show. Every minute of every episode, in some way or another, shows how every character is affected by this loss which makes his death even more stunning -- for a show known for its twists, this one was more central than most.
5. Lexa, 'The 100'
If ever there was a TV death to stir up some online controversy, it would be Lexa's (Alycia Debman Carey) demise on "The 100." While we remain concerned with thoughtful representation of LGBT lives on the small screen, and worried as usual about Clarke (Eliza Taylor), her death opens up so many other possibilities regarding who will step up to take her place. The power vacuum, after all, needs to be filled -- and the stakes couldn't be higher.
4. Ramsay Bolton, 'Game of Thrones'
The death of Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) was more cathartic than anything we've seen since Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) finally bought the big one. With the world of pain and torture he put Sansa through, he got exactly what he deserved when his dogs turned on him. A brutal death scene, for sure -- and we wonder how her victory over her captor will change Sansa in the episodes to come.
3. Dr. Robert Ford, 'Westworld'
The mastermind behind every Westworld detail, Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) was consistently at least a step ahead of the Delos board. When he was pushed out of the park, instead of going quietly into the night, he put his ego first and created a new narrative that set the broken hosts free. Just how many board members escaped the murder spree? The jury is still out.
2. Hodor, 'Game of Thrones'
Poor Hodor (Kristian Nairn). If ever there was a character that exuded childlike joy and innocence, it would be him. Not only did we get a peek into his past this year, audiences everywhere got to cheer his valiant efforts to save Bran while sacrificing himself in the process. Hold The Door for lyfe!
1. Sgt. Abraham Ford & Glenn Rhee, 'The Walking Dead'
It's the scene that bred a thousand conversations, reaction videos, outrage and tears. Sgt. Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee became the unfortunate victims to Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) bat, Lucille. The scene was brutal and some even compared the gore to torture porn. But no matter how visceral and rage-inducing, these murders move "The Walking Dead" story into whole new emotional and ethical territory. With Negan breaking Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has been put into a position to rise up -- and become the leader the show deserves.