Each year brings a raft of deaths and exits of our favorite TV characters, but 2018 saw them come at a dizzying pace. While this year’s list is numbingly long, Deadline looks at some of the most high-profile and memorable characters who left us in 2018.
Some we knew would be exiting, but the question was how, such as Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood in House of Cards and Danny Masterson’s in The Ranch, both of whom had been fired amid sexual misconduct allegations. Of course, there’s Roseanne Barr, whose meteorically successful Roseanne revival was canceled amid her racist Twitter rant against Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama. The question was how she would be written out of the subsequently greenlit The Conners spinoff.
Other memorable character deaths/exits included Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and Lauren Cohan’s Maggie Rhee in The Walking Dead, Clayne Crawford’s Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon, T.J. Miller’s Erlich Bachman in Silicon Valley, Ruth Wilson’s Alison Bailey in The Affair, Frank Dillane’s Nick Clark and Kim Dickens’ Madison Clark in Fear The Walking Dead, Patrick J. Adams’ Mike Ross and Meghan Markle’s Rachel Zane in Suits, and George Eads’ Jack Dalton in MacGyver among many others.
Click on the image above to launch a gallery of TV character departures in 2018.