WE BET YOU DIDN’T SEE THESE ONES COM­ING …

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

Some of our big­gest home­grown and over­seas dra­mas have re­ceived re­cent shock-death shake-ups. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen early eps of sea­son four of Game of Thrones or sea­son two of House of Cards, skip the last two …

DOWN­TON ABBEY

Lady Mary (Michelle Dock­ery) had just given birth and Matthew Craw­ley (Dan Stevens) was rush­ing home to share the news. A wind­ing road and a truck com­ing to­wards him ended his Down­ton jour­ney – and sea­son three.

PACKED TO THE RAFTERS

Rafters’ big­gest rat­ing episode saw Melissa Rafter (Zoe Ven­toura) killed while driv­ing and fid­dling with her mo­bile phone on her way to meet hus­band Ben (Hugh Sheridan) in sea­son three.

OFF­SPRING

Fans re­coiled in shock and anger when Patrick Reid (Matt Le Nevez, above with Asher Ked­die), the leading man in Nina’s life, died af­ter be­ing struck by a car to­wards the end of sea­son four.

HOUSE OF CARDS

Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood left us gob­s­macked – and in no doubt about his mer­ci­less pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions – when he ca­su­ally pushed for­mer lover and jour­nal­ist Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) into the path of a train to open sea­son two.

GAME OF THRONES

The hit fan­tasy phe­nom­e­non leaves reg­u­larly those who haven’t read the books scram­bling. Think the be­head­ing of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in sea­son one, the bloody Red Wed­ding – which took out three key cast mem­bers in a mat­ter of five min­utes to end sea­son three – and the sea­son-four poi­son­ing of evil boy-king Jof­frey (Jack Glee­son) at his own nup­tials.

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