We’ve grown to enjoy violence on TV. Especially since it keeps coming and shows no signs of stopping. We see it on the news, occasionally on commercials, it’s definitely in movies and most likely in TV shows. It even started to worm its way into cartoons, so you better keep an eye out on Nickelodeon next time your kid tunes it. For adults who enjoy the occasional gruesome scene consisting of a highly anticipated fight and ending in someone’s demise, we’ve compiled a list of five most graphic deaths on TV. No need to welcome us.
5. Oberyn from Game of Thrones
As a side note, yes, we could’ve compiled a list of the most graphic deaths only from Game of Thrones. But it would’ve been way too long. Oberyn’s was, by far, the most gruesome of them all. When he confronted The Mountain he wasn’t expecting to get his skull smashed in. But he did, while thousands of viewers sat on the edge of their sofas/ chairs/ armchairs/ beds, murmuring “no no no”. The fight between the Red Viper and Ser Gregor Clegane was as intense and epic as it was gory.
4. Warren Mears from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
If you didn’t like Warren Mears on Buffy the Vampire Slayer then you might’ve been cheering during his torture and death scene. Or just smiled silently? Maybe grinned secretly? On the inside? However you chose to externalize your joy, here’s a recap on what happened to Mears. His mouth was sewn before he was flayed alive. And since this wasn’t spectacular enough, he was then set on fire. After all this, Warren was resurrected (albeit in the weirdest form possible). He was killed once more in the eighth season of the comic book, never to be revived again.
3. Rita from Dexter
We were all a bit sad to see sweet Rita go. And it wasn’t the gruesomest scene of the bunch. We’ll admit we didn’t see it coming. But the twisted element was how it replicated Dexter’s trauma, speaking volumes about the killers’ presumable hours of premeditation. How did the scene look, exactly? Dexter receives a loving text message from her before hearing his son crying in the bathroom. Dexter finds him in a pool of blood, next to the tub in which Rita lies dead in even more blood. With this much blood involved, it’s no wonder the episode got director Steve Shill an Emmy award.
2. Noah from The Walking Dead
We’re used to the gory close ups in The Walking Dead and we’ve watched some well loved characters being consumed by zombies. And yet it always gets to us, even when it’s not a major character who get pecked at. This was Noah’s case. Relatively a new addition on the show, we all thought he’d survive longer. And if it hadn’t been for someone’s cowardice, he might’ve. Getting caught behind the glass of a revolving door, Noah stood no chance in front of the pack of famished walkers. The camera moved from Noah being eaten alive to Glenn’s horrified face as he watched helplessly.
1. Gus Fring from Breaking Bad
We knew Gus had it coming, but now one saw IT coming. Fring’s death might’ve been predictable, but it suited his life and character: it was grand and sly. Tio Salamanca was willing to go down with his worst enemy so he got some help to make his biggest dream come true. Little did Fring know that he would lose half his face in an explosion triggered by a crippled old man. The episode entitled “Face Off” presents the criminal mastermind as never seen before: he is frightened when he suspects the trap, but doesn’t have time to utter a single word. After the explosion he puts on his composed (half) face, without realizing he’s adjusting his tie in vain. He briefly survives the explosion and manages to take a few steps only to collapse dead a few seconds later.