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'Spooks', 'The Walking Dead': TV's Most Brutal Moments

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So Game of Thrones sent the internet into a bit of a tizzy this past week - the reaction to latest episode 'The Rains of Castamere' was pretty extreme, with fantasy fans the world over going into meltdown over the brutal events of the Red Wedding...

To 'celebrate' George R R Martin's wanton cruelty, this week's Friday Fiver counts off a quintet of television's darkest, most shocking moments - those scenes that, in true Joey from Friends fashion, left us with a strong desire to place our DVD box-sets in the freezer...

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Spooks - Helen gets deep-fat-fried
The most controversial TV moment of 2002 - attracting 250 viewer complaints - this visceral scene from BBC One's new spy drama saw rookie operative Helen Flynn (Lisa Faulkner) tortured and killed - her head plunged into boiling oil by a vicious thug. Spooks killed off many of its leads in the years that followed, but none quite as brutally as poor Helen.



Breaking Bad - Walter allows Jane to die
AMC's acclaimed drama has seen its fair share of violent death, but perhaps the most disturbing moment was the quiet, tragic demise of Jane (Krysten Ritter) - choking on her own vomit, while Walter (Bryan Cranston) stood by and did nothing to save her. From this point on, the show - and Walt - were headed down a dark path from which there was no turning back...



The Walking Dead - Lori and T-Dog bite the big one
Another show with a high death toll, but season three's 'Killer Within' is the pinnacle of Walking Dead brutality. After supporting character T-Dog (IronE Singleton) fell prey to a pack of walkers, you might've assumed that the show was done, but no - Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) goes into a violent labour in the midst of a zombie siege and is forced to undergo a makeshift Caesarian section, which she does not survive...

What's more, her young son Carl (Chandler Riggs) is forced to shoot his mother's corpse to prevent her rising from the dead. Lori's husband Rick (Andrew Lincoln) collapses to the ground, an emotional wreck, when he learns of her demise - after watching this episode, we felt like doing much the same.



Dexter - Rita in the bathtub
No on-screen violence here - the offending incident occurs off-screen - but Rita's death remains one of Dexter's most chilling moments. Having offed the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow), Dexter (Michael C Hall) returns home, only to find the woman he loves(?) dead in the bathtub - Trinity's final victim - and his infant son Harrison sat in a pool of her blood...



South Park - Scott Tenorman eats Cartman's chilli
A deranged child, pushed to the edge by a bully's taunts, has his persecutor's parents murdered, chops them up and feeds them to their oblivious son. So what if it happened on South Park? The climax to 'Scott Tenorman Must Die' is one of TV's most brutal sequences, right down to "crybaby" Scott getting abused by his favourite band, Radiohead...



What are some of TV's most brutal and shocking scenes? Share your own picks below!

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