We’ll admit this winter was long and hard for us. All we wanted to do was binge on pints of ice cream and catch up with our favourite shows. But channel executive donned their best power suits and deprived us of our fix. Just like that. Now with the arrival of spring and a TV listing full of new seasons and series, we’re swapping ice cream for ice tea and gearing up for Round 2. But before we get there, here’s a remembrance for all the TV characters we left behind in 2015. Take a moment and take stock of the losses. For auld lang syne.
Caution: there might be some spoilers.
Who: Bittu Sharma (Kapil Sharma)
Show: Comedy Nights with Kapil
He’s the guy who tickled India’s funny bone for two years, before giving up his prime time slot on TV. So yes, Kapil Sharma—who made us guffaw, giggle and laugh till we cried—has finally left the building. We sure will miss Bittu Sharma’s quick wit and antics in the year to come.
Who: Don Draper (Jon Hamm)
Show: Mad Men
In our opinion, the series finale of Mad Men was one of the most glorious moments in prime time television history. The genius of it, comparable with The Sopranos finale, will be talked about for years. Few TV characters have been wrought out as evocatively as Don Draper—it’s still not settled whether he was a protagonist or an antagonist. Like him, hate him, or aspire to be him, he’ll sure be missed.
Who: Kabir Sharma (Rajeev Khandelwal)
He played the Alpha Male editor-in-chief on this show. And despite modelling his personality and mannerisms on both Rajdeep Sardesai and Arnab Goswami he won hearts on- and off-screen. Until the show ended six months later. Now RK fangirls will have to wait for his next avatar to get their fix.
Who: Nandini Murthy (Niti Taylor)
Show: Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan
A cliché is a cliché because it works. That’s why this teenage show and its teenage star, with her simple, rustic ways, appealed to every teen and her grandma. Taylor’s enigmatic chemistry with Manik Malhotra also made it that much more fun to watch. We can’t wait for Nandini’s next outing. For sure.
Who: Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)
Show: Grey’s Anatomy
This is an end of an era as we know it. I, like most millennials, grew up debating the many virtues of McDreamy over McSteamy. If we were heartbroken when Shonda Rhimes killed McSteamy, we were crushed when she annihilated McDreamy. Someone go melt Rhimes’ cold heart before she takes off another few TV characters from our TV screens.
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Who: Tyreese Williams (Chad Coleman)
Show: The Walking Dead
Seldom do graphic novels receive an adaptation worthy of following (Arrow, anyone?) but The Walking Dead has us addicted hook, line and sinker. It makes a storyline about post-apocalyptic zombie infestation look cerebral. But Ty’s death has left us devastated. Why do the good guys always die?
Who: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)
Show: Doctor Who
Clara has been a long-time companion of Dr Who on this long-running Brit show, and has inadvertently come into her own. This season, however, she really let her reckless streak get the better of her. So her subsequent death—shocking, nevertheless—was a lesson in humility, for both the Doctor and us.
Who: Akbar (Rajat Tokas)
Show: Jodha Akbar
We knew he had potential when Tokas first hit TV screens as the young Prithviraj Chauhan. So when he made his debut as the emperor Akbar in 2013’s Jodha Akbar, we were pretty floored by his Greek God looks… and muscles. Even though groupies popped up every time he flexed, they weren’t enough to prevent a plummet in ratings and the eventual cancellation of the show.
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