It proved impossible to rank the beloved characters that died on TV this year, so we are respectfully listing them in alphabetical order.
Amy (Emma Bell on "The Walking Dead"): Didn't you scream "Nooooo!" at the TV? We did.
David Hale (Taylor Sheridan on "Sons of Anarchy"): Uh. That came out of nowhere.
Ida (Randee Heller on "Mad Men"): Bert Cooper said it best: "She was born in 1898 in a barn. She died on the 37th floor of a skyscraper. She was an astronaut." No one answered a phone quite like Miss Blankenship.
Jin (Daniel Dae Kim on "Lost"): The most heartbreaking death on "Lost" of the year. Ultimate sacrifice.
Marlene (Phyllis Sommerville on "The Big C"): We were so upset when the show went there, but we understood the move later. Still, we will miss her very much.
Renee (Annie Wersching on "24"): Jack Bauer finally gets to have sex and minutes later his girlfriend is shot by a sniper. Man, it sucks to be Jack.
Sayid (Naveen Andrews on "Lost"): Another self-sacrificing moment but the romantic hero went out in a big way.
Sun (Yunjin Kim on "Lost"): Watching her drown with her husband still brings tears to our eyes.
Talbot (Theo Alexander on "True Blood"): Russell mourning Talbot is almost as sad as watching Talbot die. We liked that sexy vampire very much.
Tom (Tate Donovan on "Damages"): We knew that mess would not end well, but we're sad you're gone.
Honorable mention: He was, unfortunately, not a fictional character but we need to salute Capt. Phil Harris, who died while filming "Deadliest Catch."