Spanning 13 years of the early 20th century, "Downton Abbey" has seen its share of character deaths -- some more deserving than others. Here are all the major losses the show has suffered over six seasons, not counting the two heirs to the Downton estate who perished on the Titanic in the very first episode.
Kicking the series off in high-drama style, weekend guest Kemal Pamuk died of a heart attack while in bed with Lady Mary.
Sweet-natured footman William went off to war, where he valiantly took a bullet for Cousin Matthew, leading to his demise.
Cousin Matthew's meek fiancée fell victim to the Spanish flu, freeing him up to marry Lady Mary.
Mr. Bates' mean old first wife killed herself and made it look like he'd murdered her.
Lord Grantham's youngest daughter succumbed to complications during childbirth, leaving former chauffeur Branson a single father.
Cousin Matthew was surprisingly and unceremoniously dispatched via a random car accident.
The ne'er-do-well was pushed into traffic in Piccadilly Circus shortly after raping Anna Bates.
Kindly Mr. Gregson went to Germany to establish citizenship so that he could get a divorce and then marry Lady Edith, but before he could do that he was killed by a gang of Nazi thugs in Munich.
Isis wasn't the first of Lord Grantham's prized golden retrievers to pass away during the run of the show, but she was the most high-profile. Series creator Julian Fellowes insisted the dog's death had nothing to do with the unfortunate modern connotations of her name.
Charlie, a good friend of Lady Mary's husband Henry, died in a car crash while competing in a race -- which probably only strengthened Lady Mary's dislike for fast driving.