9 Most Shocking TV Character Exits

  
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7. Zoe Barnes – House of Cards

Zoe Barnes’ death at the beginning of season two of House of Cards caught viewers completely off guard. Kate Mara knew that Kevin Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, was going to push Zoe into an oncoming subway even before she read for the role, and she was actually excited about it! Her fans, however, were not. “I got so many #wtf tweets. That was the most popular thing that people were saying,” she told MTV. “It was such a crazy thing to start the season off with, and we hoped it would be a big deal.”

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6. Derek Morgan – Criminal Minds

Shemar Moore stunned fans when it was revealed that he was leaving Criminal Minds after 11 seasons on the show. Although fans already suspected that something was amiss when his character, Derek Morgan, announced during the season finale that he was leaving the BAU to focus on his family, they weren’t prepared for his departure from the series. One of the big reasons that Moore left the series was to find some balance in his life: “I need balance in my life. I love what I do for a living, I love it from ‘action’ to ‘cut,’ but I also want to walk my dogs, travel, get married, have kids. I want balance, and it’s hard to do with the schedule that we have.”

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