The thing that distinguishes TV from film has to be character investment. Spend a season or longer following a group of characters—as opposed to two hours—and it's impossible not to get wrapped up in their respective sagas (and if not, the showrunner's doing something wrong). It's that hours upon hours of investment that leads people to lose their shit on social media when a favorite character dies.

Television has pulled the rug out with some pretty shocking deaths over the years, but this isn't about those. No, this list is for the deaths that left you speechless, kept you up at night long after the episode was over, or sent you to message boards and water coolers for group therapy grief counseling. Read on for The 25 Most Devastating Deaths in TV History.

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Written by Frazier Tharpe (@The_SummerMan)