TV’s most meaningful deaths of 2018

As the number of television series continues to grow, so too does the number of television character deaths. After all, what says “strong, emotional” material like asking actors to play grieving friends and loved ones of the newly deceased?

To cap off the year in television, Variety selected the series that provided the most impactful losses of prominent characters and proved that saying goodbye can sometimes just mean the start of a new chapter for those left behind.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse” — Michael Langdon
It shouldn’t be easy to kill the Antichrist, and in all fairness, it didn’t seem to be for the majority of the eighth season of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology drama. Bullets wouldn’t stop him and spells could only slow him down, so in the end, a combination of manpower and magic was needed to do the deed. Mallory (Billie Lourd) traveled back in time to a moment in Michael’s (Cody Fern) life when he hadn’t come into his full powers yet. Suddenly shot up to his teenage years overnight, he was scared by his abilities and recently cast out into the street — literally — by his grandmother. That’s where Mallory found him, hitting him with a Range Rover, but she didn’t stop there. She backed up, hit him again, and then rolled over him one more time for safety, leaving him to bleed out in front of Murder House, ultimately resetting the timeline so the events of the season never occurred at all.

“Fear the Walking Dead” — Madison Clark and Nick Clark
Midway through the fourth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” spinoff it lost two of its original characters and core Clark family members. Nick (Frank Dillane) was the first to go, shot squarely in the chest by a little girl who was working as a mole for the group of hostile survivors (Vultures) who were threatening the new way of life. In many ways it was a surprising end — Nick, after all, had seemed to be immortal with the way he’d slather blood on his face and walk among the undead — but it was also a fitting one, in that it drove home that even with supernatural creatures among them, other humans were still the greatest danger. And just a few episodes later, Nick’s mother Madison (Kim Dickens) came to her own unfortunate end, due in part to those Vultures, who had sent a bunch of zombies in. Seeing her kids trapped in the middle of the walkers, Madison lured a large number of them to the stadium and got trapped inside with them. She chose to burn the place down with her flare, sacrificing herself, as well as part of their new home.

“The Haunting of Hill House” — Nell Crain
Mike Flanagan’s Netflix limited series adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s story featured a lot of dead characters in the forms of “house ghosts,” but it was the loss of the youngest Crain child, Nell (Victoria Pedretti) that provided the biggest emotional punch. Although the action came early in the show’s run, the true understanding of what led to it took a lot longer to unfold, psychologically toying with her family members on-screen and the audience, off. After years of being tormented by visions of the “Bent-Neck Lady,” Nell hanged herself, and that was hard to take by itself. But learning that she, in fact, was the “Bent-Neck Lady,” and what her younger self was seeing were visions of her own fatal future was on a whole other level.

Highest-paid TV stars in 2018
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Highest-paid TV stars in 2018

Pauley Perrette

Net Worth: $22 million
2018 Earnings: $8.5 million
Series: “NCIS”

Pauley Perrette played plucky forensic scientist Abby Sciuto for over 300 episodes and 15 years on the hit drama “NCIS.” Sadly, she exited the long-running program in spring 2018. In May 2018, Vanity Fair published an article that implied she left the show after multiple physical assaults, based on the actress’ tweets. Perrette has also starred in the series “Fantasy Hospital” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

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Claire Danes

Net Worth: $25 million
2018 Earnings: $9 million
Series: “Homeland”

When Claire Danes began “Homeland” in 2011, she had a “meager” salary of $250,000 per episode alongside co-star Damian Lewis. However, after Lewis departed the show, that freed up the production budget for Danes’ salary increase. As one of the highest-paid actresses on TV, she now takes home twice her original amount per episode.

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Andrew Lincoln

Net Worth: $16 million
2018 Earnings: $11 million
Series: “The Walking Dead”

Andrew Lincoln is considered the face of “The Walking Dead,” having played its protagonist, Rick Grimes, since its beginning in 2010. Lincoln’s final episode aired Nov. 4, but he has plans to make future appearances as Grimes via spin-off movies. Before finishing his time on the show, Lincoln was reportedly making $650,000 per “The Walking Dead” episode, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Kerry Washington

Net Worth: $18 million
2018 Earnings: $11 million
Series: “Scandal”

Kerry Washington has led the cast of Shonda Rhimes’ political drama “Scandal” for six years and seven seasons, earning some Emmy and Golden Globe nods along the way for her nuanced portrayal of Olivia Pope. Her future plans include entertaining audiences on Broadway in the play “American Son.” She’s also starred in “Django Unchained,” “Cars 3” and “Peeples.”

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Ty Burrell

Net Worth: $26 million
2018 Earnings: $12 million
Series: “Modern Family”

The “Modern Family” actor’s first credited role was in 2001’s “Evolution,” according to IMDB. Since then, he’s cut a wide swathe of genres including action-adventure and horror before landing his iconic role in the lauded family comedy. “Modern Family” is approaching a decade-long run, and his salary as one of the highest-paid actors reflects the show’s popularity: $500,000 per episode. During his off-time, Burrell works with foster youth interested in filmmaking.

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Melissa Rauch

Net Worth: $8 million
2018 Earnings: $12 million
Series: “The Big Bang Theory”

The “Big Bang Theory” actress has played Bernadette Rostenkowski since 2009. Melissa Rauch’s character eventually married Simon Helberg’s character, Howard Wolowitz, in the show’s fifth season finale. She is slated to star in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Netflix film “The Laundromat”, due for release likely in 2019.

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Mayim Bialik

Net Worth: $25 million
2018 Earnings: $12 million
Series: “The Big Bang Theory”

Mayim Bialik joined the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” in 2010 as neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, a role that has garnered her multiple Emmy nods. She began her acting career in the early 1990s as the titular Blossom Russo in the sitcom “Blossom.” She also has appeared on the big screen in “Beaches” and “The Chicago 8.”

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Julie Bowen

Net Worth: $16 million
2018 Earnings: $12.5 million
Series: “Modern Family”

Before she was Claire Dunphy on “Modern Family,” Julie Bowen starred in a variety of television shows and movies that include “Happy Gilmore,” “An American Werewolf in Paris,” “ER,” “Lost” and “Weeds.” According to CheatSheet, she rakes in about $500,000 per episode.

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Mariska Hargitay

Net Worth: $50 million
2018 Earnings: $13 million
Series: “Law & Order: SVU”

“Law & Order: SVU,” the feel-good police procedural about a specialized investigative unit that combats sex crimes, has been on the air for nearly 20 years now, and Mariska Hargitay, as the blunt-but-caring Detective Olivia Benson, has been on it since the beginning. She was No. 4 in Forbes’ 2018 list of highest-paid TV actresses, commanding $13 million per season.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Net Worth: $20 million
2018 Earnings: $13 million
Series: “Modern Family”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been playing his role as son, brother and father on “Modern Family” for nearly 10 years, like the rest of his castmates. He’s also starred in several TV series including “Do Not Disturb” and “Web Therapy.” In 2016, he lent his voice to the role of Shangri Llama in “Ice Age 3: Collision Course.” His take-home pay per episode on “Modern Family” is — like his “sister” Julie Bowen — $500,000, according to CheatSheet.

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Eric Stonestreet

Net Worth: $23 million
2018 Earnings: $13.5 million
Series: “Modern Family”

Like his on-screen husband and sister- and brother-in-law, Eric Stonestreet takes home about $500,000 per episode for his role as Cameron Tucker. Stonestreet also voiced the character of Duke in “The Secret Life of Pets” in 2016.

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Ed O'Neill

Net Worth: $65 million
2018 Earnings: $14 million
Series: “Modern Family”

Ed O’Neill might not have been the best dad on “Married With Children” as the incorrigible Al Bundy, but he plays a beloved patriarch with his role as Jay Pritchett on “Modern Family.” The sitcom veteran reportedly takes home about $500,000 per episode, according to E! News.

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Mark Harmon

Net Worth: $90 million
2018 Earnings: $19 million
Series: “NCIS”

Mark Harmon has been leading the cast of “NCIS” as Leroy Jethro Gibbs since the show’s beginning in 2003. However, it looks like that could come to an end. Although Harmon agreed to a 16th season, there are rumors that his character might be facing a departure. This could be related to in-cast fighting with Pauley Perrette, who left the show in mid-2018.

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Kunal Nayyar

Net Worth: $45 million
2018 Earnings: $23.5 million
Series: “The Big Bang Theory”

As one of the main characters of “The Big Bang Theory,” Kunal Nayyar has been with the series since the beginning as astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. Although the U.K.-born actor has had recurring appearances on “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory” marks his first time as a series regular. In 2017, Nayyar, along with his fellow core “Big Bang” cast members, agreed to take a pay cut of $100,000 in order to establish equitable pay for fellow co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.

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Simon Helberg

Net Worth: $45 million
2018 Earnings: $23.5 million
Series: “The Big Bang Theory”

Simon Helberg plays aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz in “The Big Bang Theory,” but older TV audiences might recognize him from his roles in “MADtv,” “Arrested Development” and “Reno 911!” Helberg’s most recent major role was in 2016’s “Florence Foster Jenkins,” where he played a pianist, Cosme McMoon, alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

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Ellen Pompeo

Net Worth: $40 million
2018 Earnings: $23.5 million
Series: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Ellen Pompeo plays Dr. Meredith Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy,” a role she’s crafted for more than 10 years. And she has the earnings to show for it: She earns more than $20 million a year, after negotiating a pay raise in late 2017. “When your face and your voice have been part of something that’s generated $3 billion for one of the biggest corporations in the world, you start to feel like, ‘OK, maybe I do deserve a piece of this,'” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Kaley Cuoco

Net Worth: $55 million
2018 Earnings: $24.5 million
Series: “The Big Bang Theory”

Kaley Cuoco is part of the core cast on “The Big Bang Theory,” playing the street-smart, sociable Penny as a foil to the geeky assortment of characters. Like her fellow castmates, Cuoco’s role has garnered several award nods, and in 2013 she won best supporting actress in a comedy series at the Critics Choice Television Awards. In 2017, she, along with her co-stars, agreed to take a pay cut to round-out the unequal salaries among the cast. She still earns a reported $1 million per episode.

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Johnny Galecki

Net Worth: $50 million
2018 Earnings: $25 million
Series: “The Big Bang Theory”

Johnny Galecki plays experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter in “The Big Bang Theory.” Like the rest of the cast, his talents have contributed to the show’s multiple Emmy nominations and even some wins. He also starred in “Roseanne” and made an appearance in its 2018 spin-off “The Conners.”

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Jim Parsons

Net Worth: $70 million
2018 Earnings: $26.5 million
Series: “The Big Bang Theory”

Jim Parsons plays theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory,” and is considered by many to be the show’s breakout character. The success of the character was such that it garnered its own spin-off, “Young Sheldon,” to which Parsons still offers his vocal talents. Despite earning around $1 million per episode, Parsons reportedly walked away from a contract extension that not only would’ve kept the show running, but would’ve earned Parsons $50 million over the course of two years.

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Sofia Vergara

Net Worth: $140 million
2018 Earnings: $42.5 million
Series: “Modern Family”

And at the top of the list of 2018’s highest-paid TV stars is Sofia Vergara, for her ongoing role as Gloria on “Modern Family.” She’s so far been nominated for four Golden Globes and four Emmys. Her earnings aren’t strictly from her role on the show. She also has a slew of endorsements that include SharkNinja Coffee and furniture chain Rooms To Go.

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House of Cards” — Frank Underwood and Doug Stamper
Sure, Frank’s death was off-screen in the wake of sexual assault allegations surfacing against star Kevin Spacey, resulting in him having to be written off the show. But the act still lingered large over the sixth and final season as questions about exactly what befell him rumbled in viewers’ heads. Revealing that his former Chief of Staff Doug (Michael Kelly) was actually the one to take him down was memorable in and of itself for the way it played with his loyalty, but then the show proved fatal for him, too, when Claire (Robin Wright) stabbed him with the very letter opener with which he had been threatening her. Talk about going out with a bang.

New Girl” — Ferguson Bishop
Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) beloved cat met his end just before the show itself wrapped its seven-season run. Ferguson died of natural causes and certainly left a hole in his BBF’s heart. Although Winston was in a stable romantic partnership, Ferguson was certainly his longest relationship. He cared for that cat like he would a child, which was fitting since in the final season he was actually preparing for the birth of his first (human) child. In many ways saying goodbye to Ferguson was a way to close the chapter on the loft members’ less mature lives and fully throw them into their new adventures as grown adults.

Roseanne” — Roseanne Conner
ABC’s revival of the classic 1980s and 1990s sitcom was a proven ratings performer for the broadcaster, but when its star sent a racist Tweet aimed at former political aide Valerie Jarrett, she was fired and killed off. The character, who had developed an opioid addiction in its first revival season, succumbed to it off-screen so when the rebranded “The Conners” launched without her, it could do so with some commentary about an epidemic sweeping the country.

Scandal” — David Rosen
There was only one true, consistent White Hat throughout the seven year run of Shonda Rhimes’ ABC fixer drama — so of course he could not survive. Attorney General David Rosen was poisoned and suffocated by Vice President Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), just a few scenes after Jake (Scott Foley) held a gun on David. When he survived that encounter, some viewers may have left out a sigh of relief, but it proved to just be temporary.

“Star Trek: Discovery” — Dr. Hugh Culber
Watching Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) get his neck snapped on the CBS All Access drama came with a double whammy of emotions. While the action proved that he had been correct about Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) being taken over by a Klingon, it came at the cost of his own life. And it also signified the end of a core couple on the show — notably a same-sex couple, just six months after a study found the “bury your gays” trope had reached an all-time high.

“Supernatural” — Lucifer
Let’s face it, it takes a lot to evoke surprise in viewers who have been watching a show for 14 years, but that is what this long-running CW demon-hunting drama did when it finally killed the devil himself at the end of the 13th season. After years of being taunted by the dark one — and after his portrayer, Mark Pellegrino had just finally been made a series regular — Dean (Jensen Ackles) took him down with a stab of an archangel blade. Despite death being temporary for so many beings on this show, the devil was squashed, and when Season 14 premiered, Pellegrino was back just as the meat suit Lucifer had inhabited for years, a regular ole human named Nick.

This Is Us” — Jack Pearson
It took a season and a half before NBC’s cry-jerker of a family drama spilled all of the beans about how its patriarch passed away. Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) saved his family from a house fire but ran back in for the dog and some cherished family mementos. This caused him to inhale a lot of smoke, which, combined with a preexisting condition, ultimately led to him having a heart attack at the hospital just a short time later. The question of what took down the seemingly perfect family man had been on viewers’ minds literally for months, and once the answers came, the show was able to move onto other tales from other time periods in the man’s life.

The Walking Dead” — Carl Grimes
Young Carl (Chandler Riggs) committed an act of mercy in helping a mysterious loner kill a few walkers, and he received his own death sentence as a reward. Bit during a fight with a member of the undead population, Carl reacted quite well to the news that he was not long for the world, though. Perhaps it was because his life had prepared him for such an end, or perhaps it was because he still had some time to say his goodbyes (in person with his sister and father and through notes to friends), but he seemed wise beyond his years in his final moments. And perhaps most importantly, he got to go out on his own terms, shooting himself in the church before he could turn.

19 TV Shows Ending This Season
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19 TV Shows Ending This Season
MR. ROBOT: USA confirmed to ET on Wednesday that Mr. Robot will end after its fourth season, airing in 2019, though they would not "confirm speculation on episode order." The critically acclaimed series created by Sam Esmail and starring Rami Malek earned multiple awards throughout its run, including the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series, a Peabody Award and an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy win for Malek. 

"Excited to show you guys the final chapter in Elliot's journey. It's going to be sad to say goodbye to Mr. Robot, but it'll be sadder to say goodbye to all the fans," Esmail tweeted on Wednesday. "Thanks for hanging with us throughout the years and cannot wait to share the conclusion with all of you." 

THE BIG BANG THEORY: CBS announced last week that after 12 seasons, The Big Bang Theory would be coming to an "epic" close. According to Entertainment Weekly, star Jim Parsons was "ready to walk away" from the sitcom, and the network just didn't see the show moving forward without him, deciding to pull the plug on the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history.

While Parsons didn't address the report, he did bid farewell to the show in a touching message on Instagram, thanking the show's fans, producers, crew and his co-stars. "I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time," he said. 

The Big Bang Theory will kick off its final season on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, before moving to its regular time period on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Its season finale will air in May 2019. 

GAME OF THRONES: Another critical darling -- and massive popular hit -- Game of Thrones, will be wrapping things up with an eighth and final season in 2019. A year after the season seven finale, HBO President of Programming, Casey Bloys, revealed that the final season will premiere in "the first half" of 2019. A specific premiere date has yet to be revealed. 

"I’m not going to talk about what to expect, although it’s pretty great," Bloys teased, while Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recently told ET that he just wants his character, Jaime Lannister, to make it to the end of the show -- despite rumors that characters making it out alive will be slim. "At this point, now that we’re so close, you just want to make it to the end," he revealed. 

VEEP: The seventh and final season of Veepwill air in spring 2019, HBO announced last month, revealing that filming was just about to start back up again after star Julia Louis-Dreyfus' cancer battle. The actress revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer last September, just weeks after news broke that season seven would be Veep's last. In November, Veep executive producer, Frank Rich, confirmed that the show had halted production while she received treatment. 

Louis-Dreyfus shared her first day back in Selina Meyer's shoes on social media earlier this month. In May, her co-star, Tony Hale, told ET that she was "doing awesome" after completing chemotherapy. "She's getting stronger and stronger," he added. 

HOUSE OF CARDS: House of Cards came crumbling down after allegations of sexual misconduct arose against star Kevin Spacey last fall. On Oct. 30, Netflix revealed that season six would be the series' last. They suspending production shortly after, and by November, the streaming service had fired Spacey and cut ties with him altogether. One month later, it was revealed that the show actually would go on, with Robin Wright at the helm. 

"It's a fitting end. We had always planned for season six to be the final season," Cindy Holland, Netflix's Vice President of Original Series, said at TCA Summer press tour last month. "I'm very proud of what Robin [Wright did]." House of Cards will premiere on Nov. 2. 

HOMELAND: Showtime confirmed it was time to say goodbye to Carrie Mathison in August, months after star Claire Danes shared during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show that it would be wrapping up after season eight. "Yeah, that's it," Danes said when Stern asked about rumors that the show was ending soon. "She's a lot, this Carrie freakin' Mathison. I'll be ready for a reprieve from that."

Production on the show's final 12 episodes will begin early next year, with the show premiering in June 2019, Showtime revealed at TCA, adding that viewers "will be rewarded by the way [showrunner] Alex [Gansa] bring Homeland home." 

JANE THE VIRGIN: After five seasons, Gina Rodriguez and showrunner Jennie Snyder are saying goodbye to The CW's Jane the Virgin. The show, which earned Rodriguez a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2015, was always meant to end after season five, executive producer Brad Silberling said in April.  

"It is a wonderful final season of the show… This will only make real sense when you have seen the content of the fifth season of the show. It is exactly as it was laid out," he teased. "[We’ve] always known when it was going to end. It will be 100 episodes when it’s done and 100 is exactly where Jennie [Snyder Urman, creator and executive producer] always hoped it could end the story. So it’s perfect.”

TRANSPARENT: Like House of Cards, Transparent will also conclude its series without its star. In a Hollywood Reporterinterview in May, creator Jill Soloway said that she sees the show's upcoming season five as its last. Details surrounding how the series will wrap up are still up in the air, as star Jeffrey Tambor officially left the show in February after he was accused of sexual harassment by former assistant Van Barnes and his co-star, Trace Lysette. He has denied the allegations.  

"Finally some closure I hope. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through," Lysette tweeted at the time. "Please show your support for @transparent_tv so we can make season 5 something great. Thank you all for your love and endless support."

THE AFFAIR: Showtime renewed the acclaimed series, The Affair, for a fifth and final season in July, just weeks before the show aired its season four finale. According to Showtime's President of Programming, Gary Levine, the drama, starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, was always expected to meet its end in five seasons. 

"Sarah Treem has always envisioned this as a five-season series," he said of the creator in a press release. "We will be fascinated to see where she takes her talented cast and all of us next year in its climactic season." 

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND: In April, Rachel Bloom revealed that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was wrapping up after its upcoming fourth season, thanking The CW on Twitter for their support of her quirky musical comedy throughout the years. 

Bloom told ET back in August of 2017 that it was always the plan for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to end after a fourth season. "We've always imagined the series as four chapters. It's a finite story and so that deadline is coming to a close," she said. 

"The good thing is we're not a rating bonanza, so I don't think CW is going to be like, 'Please, do eight seasons!'" she explained. "I think we exist to tell a great story, and we exist for the critical acclaim. The critics are why we're still a show. And so I think they trust us to tell the story that we want to tell and it's great. I don't really think any TV show should go past six seasons."

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT: Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) will wrap things up next year after a two-part season four. The first six episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premiered in May, and the last half of the season is set to debut on Jan. 25. The series, created by Tina Fey, was originally set to debut on NBC in 2015, but its move to Netflix turned out to be the right one. 

Even after the show wraps up next year, there's talk of a Kimmy Schmidt movie. "If we're lucky enough to get to do the movie, I think it would be a stand-alone idea," Fey told THR in August. 

GOTHAM: Fox renewed Gotham for a fifth and final season in May. The Batman origin series features an ensemble cast including David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne, Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie Thompkins. 

Gotham's final season will reportedly center on Bruce Wayne's transformation into Batman in a shortened 13-episode season, bringing the series to a total of 100 episodes. 

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS: The upcoming third season of A Series of Unfortunate Events was always intended to be the last. Netflix renewed the dark comedy in April, with the seven-episode third season to adapt the remaining four books int he Lemony Snicket series. In a recent interview with IndieWire, star Neil Patrick Harris said he's happy that the show will wrap up according to plan. 

I just love that [the decision] is from Netflix’s point of view, from [executive producer] Barry [Sonnenfeld's] point of view, from Daniel [Handler, author of the original books], who has no interest in writing more to this story,” he said. “The last book of the series is called ‘The End.’ And it ends appropriately. So I’m glad when it will all be done because it will exist.”

SHADOWHUNTERS: Another book-to-TV adaptation, Shadowhunters, will conclude its journey in spring 2019. Freeform announced in June that the series' remaining 12 episodes will end with a two-episode series finale to "wrap up the tale of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders that fans have loved over the past three seasons."

The decision came when Constantin Film lost its deal with Netflix, making the series too expensive for Freeform to produce on its own. Upset fans feverishly tried to save the series to no avail, and turned their heartache into helping others, channeled their heartache into helping others as they launched a #SaveShadowhunters campaign that is also raising money for The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to youths in the LGBTQ community.

BROAD CITY: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson's Broad City debuted on Comedy Central to critical acclaim in 2014, and four seasons later, the two decided it was time to wrap things up. The half-hour comedy will return for a fifth and final season in early 2019, Comedy Central announced in April. 

Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost ten years, since we started as a web series,” Jacobson and Glazer said in a statement at the time. “It’s been a phenomenal experience, and we’ve put ourselves into it completely. Broad City‘s always had a spontaneous pace and feeling, and ending after Season 5 honors that spirit. We are very excited to bring new voices and points of view to Comedy Central and continue our collaboration together in new ways.”

YOU'RE THE WORST: Season five will also do it for You're the Worst, starring Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue. The show made it through a (semi)network change, moving from FX to its sister network, FXX, for season two in 2015, but in November 2017, the network decided it was time for You're the Worst to take its final bow. 

The show, which has earned praise for its portrayal of clinical depression, returns for its final season in January 2019. 

IZOMBIE: The Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright developed series, adapted from the comic book series of the same name, premiered on The CW in 2015, and like Transparent and House of Cards, faced controversy with sexual assault allegations against one of its stars, Robert Knepper, in 2017. Knepper denied the accusations. After two investigations into his on-set conduct, The CW found that Knepper wasn't guilty of wrongdoing in regards to his work on the series, but said that he would not return for the show's fifth season. 

The CW renewed the series in May, with its final season set to premiere in early 2019. 

EASY: The comedy-drama anthology series was renewed by Netflix for a third and final season in August. An episode count and specific return date has not yet been revealed, but the series is expected to wrap up in 2019. 

Easy, created by Joe Swanberg, was well-received by critics and featured plenty of famous faces, with stars like Zazie Beetz, Kiersey Clemons, Elizabeth Reaser, Dave Franco, Aya Cash and Marc Maron returning for season two. 

KILLJOYS: Killjoys, a Syfy drama centering on interplanetary bounty hunters, will conclude after five seasons. The series, staring Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane, was renewed for a fourth and fifth season -- 10 episodes each -- in September 2017. Season four premiered in July, and season five is expected to debut next year. 

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