TV Characters Who Deserved Better


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5/25 TV Characters Who Deserved Better:

- Alison Bailey, The Affair

[Spoiler (click to open)]In Season 4, Alison had finally pulled herself out of a depressive funk that started years earlier, when she lost Gabriel in a tragic drowning accident. She had just regained custody of Joanie and started a new career as a grief counselor. Unfortunately, that’s how she met Army veteran Ben and began yet another toxic affair that culminated in her murder. Ben tossed Alison’s body in the ocean — the same body of water that took her son away from her — and made it look like a drowning. The police deemed it a suicide, and her killer was never brought to justice.


- Lane Kim, Gilmore Girls

[Spoiler (click to open)]Poor Lane lost her virginity on the beach, making for such an awful, uncomfortable first time that she thought everyone was lying about how good sex is. To top it off, she got pregnant (with twins!) as soon as she returned from her honeymoon and was saddled with the worst-looking fake pregnancy belly ever. It all kind of felt like a punishment, and Lane definitely never did anything to deserve it.

- Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife

[Spoiler (click to open)]Long before Green Screen-gate marred Archie Panjabi’s Season 6 swan song, the actress’ Emmy-winning role as TV’s coolest private eye began dying a slow, painful death. The narrative gymnastics the CBS drama had to perform in order to (allegedly) keep Panjabi and her onscreen BFF Julianna Margulies from appearing in scenes together pushed Kalinda to the periphery, stranding the once-mighty character in a sea of lost potential.


- Bonnie Bennett, The Vampire Diaries

[Spoiler (click to open)]Has any television character in history had more nose bleeds than Bonnie Sheila Bennett? Kat Graham’s character was constantly pushing her powers beyond their limits in order to save her friends and family, usually at her own expense. Lest you think we’re exaggerating, this poor woman died three times during the show’s eight-season run, and lost even more family members. And while most of her friends received relatively happy endings — either by finding love, starting a family or simply discovering a new purpose — she was left to mourn her dead boyfriend and wander the earth by her lonesome.


- Poussey Washington, Orange Is the New Black

[Spoiler (click to open)]The Black Lives Matter movement — and more specifically, the unjust death of Eric Garner — inspired the horrific demise of this beloved Litchfield inmate, who was pinned down by an untrained prison guard and inadvertently asphyxiated. It’s all the more heartbreaking when you recall that Poussey was locked up for six years for possessing just half an ounce of weed.