Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters

Killing off a main character in a television show is a risky move: You’re upending the show’s world (and putting a coworker out of a job) in the hope that the shake-up will lead to something greater down the line. And guess what? Despite the ministrations of fans, who claim that they will never watch their favorite show without [insert character name here], it often works!

Below, 13 shows that did the same thing The Good Wife did Sunday night, and not only survived, but thrived.


Sean Bean Arrested for Allegedly Harassing His Ex-Wife

Game of Thrones star Sean Bean was arrested Wednesday and questioned on suspicion of sending abusive text messages and making harassing phone calls to his ex-wife Georgina Sutcliffe.

“A 53-year-old man attended a central London police station by appointment yesterday, where he was arrested on suspicion of harassment and bailed until a later date,” a Scotland Yard spokesman tells PEOPLE. According to police, the man was questioned but not charged.

Game of Thrones Actor Stabbed While Defending Woman

Sean Bean gets into plenty of skirmishes on Game of Thrones, but the actor shed some real blood Sunday while defending a Playboy model in a bar against a stranger who reportedly made lewd comments toward her.

Bean, 52, was attacked outside a London bar with what appeared to be broken glass after objecting to comments about April Summers, the Telegraph reports.

Sean Bean Ties Knot in London

Sean Bean married his long-term girlfriend, British actress, Georgina Sutcliffe Tuesday morning.

The civil service took place at 11 a.m. in London, a spokesperson at Westminster’s Register Office confirmed to PEOPLE.

Bean, 48, who starred as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Sutcliffe, 29 have dated “for a long time,” Sutcliffe’s rep, who would not confirm any details about the wedding, told PEOPLE.