TV Characters We Have Lost This Year
While we have seemingly lost more celebrities than normal, or maybe more high profile celebs, we have also seen a new trend on high profile TV shows. The killing off of important-to-the-show characters as well.
Killing a reasonably important character in a TV show isn't anything new. It just only used to happen on a show that had run for a long time (Maude Flanders on The Simpsons for example, Died in Season 11) or to a minor, one time only character (Hawkeye's friend in MASH in season 3) So when TV shows start killing off people in Season 4, it's an interesting plot device.
Here's a Yahoo TV story "In Memoriam: TV Characters We Lost in 2014" explaining this trend. And remembering.