Between Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, modern TV audiences are used to characters being killed off, regardless of anything going on behind the scenes with the actors who play them. But there was a time when the most common reason that a character would be written off of a show was due to an actor’s departure– voluntarily or otherwise.

While the ways that a character can leave a show are numerous, most of them tend to involve something innocuous like them relocating to another city or changing careers. This is often done as a way to give a character an honorable ...

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