"The Walking Dead," Lori Dies While Giving Birth
As if Shane's death last season didn't seal it, Lori's crushing death -- while trying to stifle screams as her baby was literally cut out of her stomach -- proves it once and for all: No one is safe on "The Walking Dead." Oh, and in a spinoff shocker, her murder left no doubt about one other thing: her son, Carl, who had to put a bullet in her head to keep her from turning into a zombie? That is going to be one seriously tortured adult someday.
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"How I Met Your Mother," Barney Is Marrying … Robin?!
Whuuut?! It was a setup? An elaborate ruse? A page from Barney's playbook, one called "The Robin"?! Well, given that the entire series is one long (and soon, too long) game of trying to figure out who the titular mother is, fans probably shouldn't have been so surprised that Barney actually devised and played out a fake relationship in an effort to win back and propose to Robin. Because we love the Barnacle so much, we'll buy the contrived re-romance, but here's hoping the eventual conclusion to the Ted storyline is less surprising and more satisfying.
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"Fringe," An Observer Kills Etta
Harsh. That's the only possible reaction to the death of Peter and Olivia's daughter, Etta, who, after having her last happy memory of her parents (that day in the park blowing dandelions before she was nabbed) read by an Observer, was shot and killed by Windmark. Her death juiced up the show's final season, in the episode appropriately titled "The Bullet That Saved the World," but coming on the heels of a too-short-lived reunion with her family, it was just … harsh.
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"Dexter," Deb Kills LaGuerta
With Deb finding out Dexter is a serial killer, Dexter finding out his adopted sister is in love with him, Dexter falling in love with fellow serial killer Hannah, and LaGuerta hot on Dexter's trail, it was a pretty safe bet that at least one of those Miamians wasn't going to make it out of Season 7 alive. And while it did seem inevitable that LaGuerta was going to meet an unhappy ending, we still didn't imagine Deb would be the one to off her, even as Dex's sis was standing there in that storage cargo with her gun pointed at her boss.
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