Dan Conner – Roseanne
In the very last episode of Roseanne, Roseanne reveals that the whole series was actually a book based on her life and that she’d changed some key details about her family and experiences. Most notably, Roseanne explained that Dan had actually died after having a heart attack in season eight.
The Roseanne reboot is underway, though, with John Goodman returning in his role as Dan, so maybe they’ll just pretend that whole death thing didn’t happen…
Susan Ross – Seinfeld
It’s not common for a straight sitcom to kill off a character and play it for laughs, but that’s exactly what Seinfeld dared to do when they axed George Costanza’s fiancée Susan. She died from toxic glue poisoning after she licked the envelopes for the invitations to her and George’s wedding. And no one, not even George, particularly cares.
It was a bold move for sure and was met with mixed reactions, but there’s no doubt that Susan’s death is one of TV’s most memorable.
Mrs. Landingham – The West Wing
Mrs. Landingham is the fiery, hilarious personal assistant to President Bartlet in The West Wing. In the second season of the show, she is killed by a drunk driver while on her way to the White House to show the president her new car. He asked her to come show him the car, and he’s deeply affected by her death. The show just isn’t the same without her!
Lori Grimes – The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead pulled no punches with its gory, gruesome scenes, and Lori’s tragic death proved that point. She’s in a rough place— about to give birth during the zombie apocalypse in an abandoned prison. Little baby Judith is sliced out of her, but Lori can’t handle the bleeding and pain without the help of anesthesia, and she dies. Carl, Lori’s son, has to shoot her in the head before she turns into a zombie.
And you think your problems are bad!
Lane Pryce – Mad Men
Most of the debauchery and risky business that goes on in Mad Men happens without any real consequence, but that all changed with the death of Lane Pryce, the British partner at the agency. He racks up a huge amount of debt and eventually loses control, forging Don Draper’s signature on a business check. Pryce, who couldn’t see a way out of the mess his life had become, hanged himself in the office at night.