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The most shocking TV deaths - in videos

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This week's dark and terribly sad episode of Mad Men bid farewell to one of the show's greatest and most-loved characters. It was a shocking moment and an emotional one, proving that showrunner Matt Weiner's firm belief in a 'no-spoilers policy' is the correct one, because it was that rare TV commodity in the modern age - a surprise.

To celebrate the shocking departure, Tube Talk began getting teary eyed and reminisced over some of the greatest deaths of all time on the small screen. Keep reading for our 9 personal picks:

Ned Stark is given the chop
Yes, anyone who read the books knew that it was coming. But for those who had been drawn into the world of Thrones by the name Sean Bean and his face on the huge promo campaign, his head-chopping death was jaw-dropping. We'll never forgive Joffrey. Ever.



Omar didn't see it coming
Many a man attempted to get rid of Omar Little on The Wire, but in the end it was a young child who did for one of the greatest TV characters of all time. We've never looked in the freezer section of shops in quite the same way since.



Rachel's accident in Cold Feet
Oh Rachel. Oh Adam. Oh Rachel. Just when everything was being wrapped up for a happy finale in Cold Feet, that damn tape deck and that damn truck came along. It also scuppers any hope for a potential reunion. Damn.



JR gets shot!
It's rather got lost in the passing of time because of all the all fuss about "the dream" and the whodunnit storyline, but the shooting of JR Ewing at the hands of a mystery assailant at the end of season two was one of the most incredible moments in television history. OK, so technically he didn't die. But we thought he was a goner.



Don't be dead, Sherlock
Ok, so he may not technically be dead. Ok, once again if you've read the books you may have seen it coming. But for the sheer brilliance of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's script, for the shocking twists (all 367 of them) building up to and post 'the fall' and for the fact we still have absolutely no idea how Sherlock survived it, this 'death' deserves a spot on our list.



Ianto stay with me...
Never has a TV death caused such a passionate response or outcry and it's unlikely it ever will again. There are still many who can't fathom why Russell T Davies opted to end Ianto Jones and Captain Jack Harkness's romance so abruptly. And there are even more who still shed a tear every time they watch those final scenes in Children of Earth.



Locke is Lost
You could have picked any from a handful of deaths in Lost - they were all pretty gut-wrenching - but the exit of the stoic and and mystical John Locke was the hardest to take of them all for us.



Nucky kills Jimmy
Don't believe those claims that Boardwalk Empire is dull and that nothing ever happens. The crescendo of season two and the exit of 'Jimmy' Darmody was one of the most shocking TV moments in recent memory. The whole scene was played out stunningly by Michael Pitt and Steve Buscemi.



Maude Flanders is diddly-diddly dead
The only TV death by T-shirt cannon that we know of to date, Maude Flanders's exit from The Simpsons in 'Alone Again, Natura-Diddily' is by some margin the funniest on our list. Proof that even in death, The Simpsons is bloody funny.



Which TV death did you find the most shocking? Which exit still brings you to tears? Share your verdict below!
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