Scandal (Season 3, ep. 313 "No Sun on Horizon")
The series provided one of the biggest cliffhangers of the season when Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) was seen pointing a gun and firing, shooting either James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky) or David Rosen (Joshua Malina). The next week we learned it was fan favorite (and Emmy winner) James who took the bullet, and his death was made to look like a carjacking. But it also provided one of the best episodes of the season, telling the complicated love story between James and Cyrus (Jeff Perry) from their first meeting.
Walking Dead (Season 4, ep. 14 "The Grove")
A mercy killing homage to "Of Mice and Men," a young girl who has lost her mind during the zombie apocalypse and killed her baby sister is eventually put down. Although by no means graphic, given
the victim and the fact that she was so young, it was startling.
True Detective (Season 1, ep. 8 "Form and Void")
A serial killer is traced to his lair, where the show's detectives confront him. Much bloodshed ensues before a kill shot that even this guy can't walk way from.
Justified (Season 5, ep. 10 "Weight")
While Ava Crowder was serving time this season, fellow inmate Judith did her best to make Ava's life a living hell, but Ava soon balanced the cosmic scales. A confrontation between the pair in the prison chapel sees Judith hitting Ava with a steel chair and attempting to choke her before receiving a shove in the stomach as payback. If she'd lived, she might've had a lucrative career in the WWE.
House of Cards (Season 2, ep. 1)
There's getting burned by your sources and then there's what happened to Zoe Barnes. Like the wide-eyed horror movie victim who enters a haunted house alone, the ambitious, incessant cub reporter (Kate Mara) should have thought twice about confronting her ex-paramour/favorite government insider near the subway tracks late at night. Them's the breaks, Zoe. Too bad that Metro train didn't have better ones.
Homeland (Season 3, ep. 6 "Still Positive")
Forget Brody's unfortunate demise and the end of season three of "Homeland." At least he died on his own terms. The family of Iranian intelligence officer Majid Javadi (Shaun Toub) weren't so lucky. After casing the joint while relishing his cheeseburger, he bludgeoned his estranged ex-wife with a wine glass and took his son's wife out with a bullet to the head.
Game of Thrones (Season 4, ep. 402 "The Lion and the Rose")
Joffrey Baratheon, the most hated character in Westeros, received a fittingly disturbing send-off. The bloodthirsty boy-king spent his wedding day mocking his uncle, Tyrion, before some well-timed poison left him choking on his own blood in front of his horrified guests. Tyrion got the blame, but the manipulative Petyr Baelish wound up being the true culprit.
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