9 Most Shocking TV Character Exits
Over the years, we’ve all been rocked by some pretty dramatic and shocking character exits. These kinds of exits happen for a variety of reasons, but usually, it is because an actor or actress is interested in leaving their hit show. While there have been many character exits that devastated fans, here are the 9 most shocking:
9. Will Gardner (The Good Wife)
Josh Charles’ The Good Wife character Will Gardner was killed abruptly during season five when he was shot in the head in the courtroom by one of his clients. While Will’s death came as a shock to viewers, the character’s death had been in the works since the previous spring when the actor approached the creators Michelle and Robert King about leaving at the end of season four when his contract was up. Julianna Margulies was able to get Charles to stay for another season so that they could use his character’s death as a shocking twist – and it worked!
8. Elena Gilbert – The Vampire Diaries
Fans were heartbroken when Nina Dobrev announced on Instagram that she was leaving The Vampire Diaries back in 2015. She was considered the soul of the show, so naturally, her leaving was going to be hard on fans. Thankfully, Elena Gilbert wasn’t killed but was instead left in a coma, which meant that she could come back for the series finale to give fans closure and that’s exactly what happened. Elena and Damon got their happily ever after.