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A TV breakup can be just as emotionally devastating for viewers as a TV death. You invest a lot of time and emotional energy into fictional relationships. You're there for the first looks and first dates, whether the romance escalates quickly or slowly plods along. Your romantic life may not be thriving, but those two belong together. And sometimes their fights are so dumb! He's trying to protect his significant other from his dangerous destiny. Or she can't bring herself to date a co-worker. Or his immortality means it'll never really last.
Whatever the reason, and even if the breakups were only temporary, these were rough moments to be a romantic and a TV fan.
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Meredith & Derek, Grey's Anatomy
He doesn't pick her, he doesn't choose her! It's emotional devastation coupled with embarrassment. It's like if Tom Cruise said, "You complete me," and Renée Zellweger replied, "I'm already done!"
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Lily & Marshall, How I Met Your Mother
But they're proof that young love can be forever! Yes, the blow is a little less harsh in retrospect, but still.
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Cory & Topanga, Boy Meets World
We're with the studio audience. Gasp of surprise and horror!
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Lorelai & Luke, Gilmore Girls
Luke and Lorelai, the couple an entire town shipped before they even got it together, go through plenty of breakups, but this is by far the worst. You can practically hear the faint sound of Adele singing, "We could have had it all," as Luke frantically explains their potential elopement.
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Ross & Rachel, Friends
Your breakup should never have an audience. Though Ross and Rachel fell that night, it was in service to thousands of real-life couples, who would never, ever again be vague about the rules of a "break."