If there’s one thing we can count on in America, it’s that people will band together in order to save a cartoon dog from vanishing from the boob tube forever. Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy did the unthinkable during its November 24 episode. The Griffin family’s snarky dog, Brian, was hit by a car, killed, and unceremoniously replaced by a new pup named Vinnie. Since the tragic episode aired, over 115,000 people (and counting) have signed a petition to bring the beloved character back. This year was a particularly distressing year for television audiences as many of their favorite characters bade us adieu forever — including several long-running series favorites. Tip your hats for these notable TV characters who are no longer with us. (And hey, consider this a mass spoiler alert.)
Game of Thrones
It might be easier to talk about who didn’t die in the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Those familiar with George R.R. Martin’s book, A Storm of Swords, were waiting with bated breath for the shocking and tragic “Red Wedding” scene — especially to watch the newbies squeal in disbelief. A feast celebrating the union of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey became a blood bath as Lord Frey ordered the slaughter of Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark, and a very pregnant Talisa Maegyr. What else did you expect from a series unafraid to kill off its hero, Ned Stark, in the first season?