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2012 TV Character Deaths: Some of You Were Loved (PHOTOS)

Death comes in all forms on the small screen — by plane crash, zombie, disease, 1920s gangster, and any number of other bizarre threats and plot twists. But one thing holds true across all TV passings (unless you’re resurrected as a fanged supernatural being): There’s no coming back from the dead.

Click through for 43 characters (by no means a comprehensive list) who bit it in 2012. As far as we know, only one — The Vampire Diaries’ Elena — is still capable of sexing up absurdly hot guys.

Join us in pouring one out for the dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed.

WARNING: If you're behind on any shows, such as Homeland, The Walking Dead, Dexter, ;or American Horror Story, there are possible spoilers ahead!