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The 10 Most Shocking TV Deaths of 2012

Featuring ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Homeland,’ ‘True Blood’ and more

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Your television screen is spattered with more blood than ever before, what with all the zombies and vampires, meth fiends and Prohibition gangsters who populate our favorite dramas. From the biker treachery of Sons of Anarchy to the boardroom betrayal of Mad Men, it's one big American horror story. Here are 10 of the most brutal, shocking and delectable deaths from the 2012 TV season.

By Sean T. Collins, Erica Futterman, Halle Keifer, Katy Kroll, Sarene Leeds, Bex Schwartz and James Sullivan

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‘Breaking Bad’: Mike’s Quiet Exit (Season Five, Episode Seven)

In the end, he goes peacefully. Okay, sure, he has to tell his murderer to shut the fuck up in order to make it happen. But still, for Breaking Bad's Mike Ehrmentraut – fixer, enforcer, doting grandfather, cold-blooded killer and ersatz partner to Walter "Heisenberg" White – quietly tipping over into oblivion while sitting in the reeds and watching a river flow past in the sunlight is probably the most tranquility his murderous life has afforded him in a long time. Pity he earned these final moments of rest by getting shot in the gut because he hurt Walter White's feefees.

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‘Mad Men’: Lane Pryce Resigns (Season Five, Episode 12)

When Mad Men returned after a 17-month absence this past March, the show appeared to be suffering from a case of uncharacteristic jollies. Namely, Don Draper, womanizer extraordinaire, was happily married and displaying zero signs of infidelity. Yet the fifth season turned out to be especially dark, with the story line of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's financial officer coming to a bleak end in the penultimate episode. After learning that Lane had embezzled funds from the company to pay back taxes, Don was forced to demand the British expatriate's resignation. Personally and professionally humiliated, Lane hangs himself on the door to his office (following a bungled self-asphyxiation attempt in his brand-new Jaguar), leaving his bereaved colleagues to discover his dead body.

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