TV Fanatic Round Table: Biggest Shocker of 2013

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Brutal deaths. Unexpected family reunions. And dopplegangers galore.

The 2013 television season was filled with one shocking moment after another, so various members of the TV Fanatic staff have gathered below to debate which was the most shocking of them all.

Scroll down for our responses and then weigh in with your own...

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Miranda Wicker: The final scene of Scandal Season 2! Olivia's "dad?" followed by the fade to black was fantastically shocking. Loved it!

Kate Brooks: I'm going to go with the death of Tommy Merlyn. The Arrow Season 1 finale was crazy, with the Glade nearly destroyed and The Hood unable stop it. The death of Tommy had me in tears, the ugly face kind of sobbing.

Michelle Carlbert: It has to be Hershel (quite literally) losing his head at the hands of the Governor on The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8. It was the moment that drove home the fact that any scrap of humanity the Governor may have gained back was gone. Knowing that any character on the show is liable to die didn't make seeing the Governor hack off Hershel's head any less shocking.

Matt Richenthal: Walt and Hank coming face to face on Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 9. We all knew this confrontation would take place eventually, but we figured it would come on the series finale. Instead, it served as the first stop on the greatest concluding ride in television history.

Hank v. Walt

Carissa Pavlica: I'm going to go with the season (and series) finale of Southland. When John Cooper was shot and left for dead in an alley (not even while on the job!) in the final scene. It was a fitting ending, overall, but shocking nonetheless.

Christine Orlando: Ooh, Carissa. You took one of my top picks with that one. So I'm going to go with the Sons of Anarchy Season 6 finale. I knew going in that there was the possibility that Tara wouldn't survive the episode, but it was the way it happened. Having her head held in a sink of dirty dishwater while being stabbed in the neck with a carving fork by her crazy mother-in-law was as brutal and shocking as anything I've ever seen on TV. It's been weeks and I'm still not over it.

Leigh Raines: Let's throw up onto the board the fact that The Vampire Diaries writers brought a THIRD Petrova Doppleganger into the mix. Three Elenas, one episode, WTF.

Doug Wolfe: I was startled by Brody getting his neck stretched on Homeland. There was the brutality of the act itself: traditionally such hanging executions are done by allowing the body to fall, thereby breaking the neck. I thought for sure after he completed his mission, the CIA and President would find a way to bring him back. To see them throw him under the bus like that was disappointing and about as dark as it gets.

YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: What was your most shocking moment of 2013?


Matthew dieing in Downton Abby, which I am disappointed that wasn't even mentioned at all in the People's Choice.


No Red Wedding ? Shit man.


I was Heartbroken, and still HEARTBROKEN, by the disgusting and vicious hanging of Sgt. Nicholas Brody in Season 3's conclusion of Homeland. Truly, I watched in horror seeing the whole thing unfold like that; seeing Carrie powerless to help. I really wanted to jump into the screen and save him. And even after the fact, I was so wishing to see him resurrected and entering the fold of Carrie's Universe once again; deeming the whole thing as a stunt. Some wishes really don't come true do they :-( And to be honest, I actually liked the idea other posters had mentioned that the finale would involve Carrie getting captured and Nicholas spending the early hours of season 4 trying to save her. I believe that too would have made a feasible story in the action, the drama and the emotion. I mean, how upsetting would it have been if Carrie was captured and under the torture of it all, she lost Baby Brody. What a storyline. So there I say again, that Brody's death was really menacing, dark, infuriating and deeply upsetting. :-( I'm still crying. And yes, I'm a Guy, so what. Guys cry too. lol :P


Carter dying - Person of Interest


Person of Interest is a show that I have enjoyed watching since its pilot. This season, after she almost single-handedly brought down the evil HR, everyone thought the arc had come to an end, and a new one was beginning with a romantic connection between Joss and John. Instead, one of the 'bad' guys comes out of a tunnel, firing, hitting Joss in the heart while she was within arm's length of John. Heartbreaking, shocking, amazing television.


The series and episode that brought someone who seldom cries to tear was the death of Joss Carter on Person of Interest. The show gets deeper and more interesting with each episode. I can't believe you guys did not mention it.


Carter getting killed


Detective Carter getting gunned down in Person of interest.


Hands down... The Red Wedding"

Beverly brooks
@ Kate

I had forgotten about The Red Wedding!


SUPERNATURAL: Kevin Tran is murdered by Gadriel, an evil angel who has taken over Sam's body. He left Dean sobbing on the floor. It was just awful! Love, Robin

@ Robin Vogel

I totally agree the Kevin Tran's death in the mid-season finale of Supernatural was THE shocker of the year for me. And the devastation of Dean Winchester caused by the decisions he had made that led to that death will continue into the new year.

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