23 most shocking and devastating character deaths in 2023

As 2023 waves us a fond farewell, it's that time again to cozy up with a cup of your beverage of choice and reminisce about the year's cinematic and televisual rollercoasters.
The Last of Us. Photograph by Shane Harvey/HBO.
The Last of Us. Photograph by Shane Harvey/HBO. /
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The Witcher season 3. Image: Netflix. MyAnna Buring as Tissaia de Vries. /

21) Tissaia de Vries from The Witcher

The passing of Tissaia de Vries in The Witcher was a slap in the face wrapped in a velvet glove of sorrow. Tissaia, with her formidable presence and a heart as deep as the ocean, had become much more than just a character to us (or at least, to me and a few friends). She was the stern yet caring mentor, the unwavering pillar in a world swirling with chaos and magic. Her death wasn't just a scene. It truly felt like losing a piece of the soul of the show (and put the nail in the coffin for me — I am done with The Witcher.)

You know, it's one of those moments where you're sitting there, popcorn forgotten, eyes wide, heart thudding in your chest. She takes her own life in order to "make up" for her part in the Thanedd coup as well as "allowing" Vilgefortz to deceive her.

When the episode ends and the screen goes dark, you're left staring, thinking, "No way, she didn't just do that." But she did, and it freaking sucks.

Invincible - Episode 102 - "Here Goes Nothing" -- Pictured: Seth Rogen (Allen the Alien) -- Credit: /

22) Allen from Invincible

Allen from Invincible is a character whose death I did not see coming (I have not read the comics) and it hit me really hard, right in the feels. Allen, the big, muscular alien with one big eye and a heart of gold, always seemed like the unbreakable type. He was the guy who could take on just about anything and come out smiling. But his death? Oh man, it was a gut punch so bad I found myself clenching my fists as the scene played out.

It wasn't just the loss of his strength and bravery that got me — it was the way he connected with everyone. Allen was like that cool, tough uncle who secretly had a soft spot for kittens and sunsets. He was more than just muscle and might. He had this awesome vibe of kindness and loyalty. And when he died, it felt like losing a chunk of the cheer and goodness in the currently pretty bleak Invincible world. It was the kind of moment that made you want to grab a box of tissues and a pint of ice cream, and just let the tears flow.