Not every character exit has to be wrought with tears, although some punched through our hearts anyway.
Sometimes, dead isn't even dead. Where we once would have included Jon Snow on this list, we're not even ready to call him a goner any longer. What a strange, strange world we live in now!
So, check out the TV Fanatic staff picks for the most noteworthy adieus of 2015!
Derek Shepherd - Grey's Anatomy
Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy. This is a character death that we'll probably never get over. It was the kind of death that still had us feeling genuinely sad the next day. He was tragically killed off on Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 21 in the most painfully ironic way, but also in a way that let his character shine one last time.
Elena Gilbert - The Vampire Diaries
Nina Dobrev’s exit from The Vampire Diaries gave us an Elena Gilbert-less Season 7 and it proved to be a good move in more ways than one. The show had grown stale with the endless Stelena-Delena arguments, even though Elena had once and for all chosen Damon (and her humanity). Now, the show has forced itself to focus on other characters and the series isn’t *quite* as dedicated to promoting a love triangle as it once was. While we still get mentions of Elena in nearly every episode, we don’t have her physical presence and it’s sort of refreshing.
Charlie - Supernatural
Charlie's death at the end of Supernatural Season 10 still hurts. She was such a fun character and one of the only females on the show so it was especially tragic when she was murdered. We will miss all of the nerdy moments she brought to the show, like when she made the guys watch all of the Harry Potter movies and binge Game of Thrones. Her relationship with Dean was so sweet. Hopefully we will get to see her again. Nobody is ever really dead on Supernatural.
Peter Mills - Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire lost another original cast member when Peter Mills left Firehouse 51 to move with his family. Mills had worked so hard to achieve his goal of returning to squad after an injury, so it was even harder to see him say goodbye when he finally got his spot back. At least they didn't kill him, so there's always potential for him to come back and make a guest appearance some day.
Peter Quinn - Homeland
Peter Quinn spent most of Homeland Season 4 off on his own, attempting to keep Berlin safe from a terrorist attack. Instead, he became their guinea pig for sarin gas, ultimately brain damaged and Carrie (we're 90% certain or else Homeland is going to go off the rails) put him out of his misery after she learned in a letter that he loved her. That's not at all the heroic ending we envisioned for the one the most badass characters on television, and we may not ever forgive the Homeland writers for bringing him to this state, even if he is resurrected.
Jerome Valeska - Gotham
It was a more-than-shocking moment when Theo Galavan shoved that knife into Jerome Valeska’s neck on Gotham Season 2 Episode 3 “The Last Laugh.” It was a cheap and unnecessary death, and one that’s still hard to get over. Jerome had so much potential and to be taken out by one of the worst characters of the show was a stupid move by the writers of the show.