15Game of Thrones
Oh, Game of Thrones. When it comes to the TV series that don't shy away from killing off their leads, this one takes the crown. With season 7 right around the corner, we’ve suffered some pretty big losses, but perhaps none as great
as what we saw in season 1. The demise of Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark (portrayed by Sean Bean) was one for the books - literally. If you read the books, you knew what was coming, but if you didn’t, you were probably pretty surprised when they killed off the guy who seemed to be the hero of the story in the very first season.
Even though we were all sad to see Ned go, the truth is, if it wasn’t for his brutally shocking exit, the show wouldn’t be what it is today. It was Ned’s death that launched the Seven Kingdoms into war and brought the Stark kids to the forefront, forcing them to follow in their father’s footsteps and take up their own hero's journey.