There is a wide array of genres to pick from when it comes to choosing a TV show to be a fan of; however, it seems now more than ever no character is safe on any show, even if they are one of the lead actors. The cliffhanger has always been a pivotal device for shows, yet less and less often does the character who gets shot or injured at the end of one season actually survive into the next, which completely shocks fans. While killing off a main character definitely achieves the shock factor, what is surprising is how many of them continue on after that person has left the show. Whether fans are sticking around to see who else could just suddenly die or to realize that the show is good enough to not rely on one character, many shows have cut ties with an actor and just kept on rolling in with the same success. Check out 11 Shows That Survived After Killing Off a Main Character.
24 was a fast-paced cop drama which promised shootings, death and shocking story lines; however, after season one, fans realized that the shootings and death were not restricted to just the bad guys. The climax of the end of the first season was the very unexpected death of Teri Bauer played by Leslie Hope, the wife of the main character Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). At the time, fans were utterly devastated by the death, but also completely impressed at the show’s willingness to kill off major characters, something that wasn’t as common on TV in the early 2000s as it is now. Even worse for fans, social media was only just beginning, meaning they had to suffer in figurative silence. They could not proclaim their hate for the show to the millions of other show “followers.”