2013's 10 Deadliest TV Series: The Most Shocking And Memorable Character Deaths

By Jesse Carp 2014-01-28 23:50:22 discussion comments
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”Orphan
8. Orphan Black
Okay. This is a bit of a cheeky entry since (most of) the deaths are technically the same person. Well, DNA-speaking, anyway. And besides, any chance to talk about the excellence that is the debut season of BBC America's Orphan Black is worth taking. The clone drama didn't shy away from killing off its main characters, many of them played by the incomparable Tatiana Maslany, but that's not the only reason it was one of the best new shows of 2013. It probably didn't hurt. I mean, look at the death-list, audiences want to see the 'people' they love perish and Orphan Black wisely offs Maslany many times.

Orphan Black opens with an incredibly compelling first few minutes of television, introducing us to our protagonist, Sarah Manning, as she spots another woman who looks exactly like her commit suicide by go train. She doesn't just have to deal with the insanity of seeing her doppelgänger, she also has to deal with said copy killing herself and all within seconds. What does she do? Assume the dead person's identity of course. It's a brilliant set-up and Detective Elizabeth Childs is only the first clone to bite the dust during Season 1. It doesn't take long for Sarah as Beth to witness 'the German,' Katja Obinger, taking a bullet to the head and guess who pulled the trigger? Another clone. Don't worry, Helena, the assassin, also bites the dust before all is said and done, thanks to a bullet from Sarah's (Beth's) gun. Ain't no love amongst clones. Or the mom or monitors of clones.
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