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Spoilers everywhere, of course! List of the saddest TV deaths as voted and ranked by fans. TV shows have long been able to penetrate the core of the human spirit, and audiences grow attached to characters they watch week after week and season after season. These TV character deaths are among the saddest, most memorable, and most gut wrenching to ever grace the silver screen - whether they were surprises or a long time coming. The list includes violent deaths, freak accidents, murders, deaths from illness, and a wide range of other sad TV death scenes.

Vote for those saddest TV deaths that impacted you most and watch them move to the top of the list, or click Re-Rank to make your own version of this list.
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Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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2
+ - 13,971 7,700
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

3
+ - 11,271 7,676
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
+ - 13,717 7,553
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
+ - 12,734 7,305
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
+ - 11,333 6,977
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
+ - 10,752 6,801
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
+ - 12,448 6,300
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
+ - 9,933 6,777
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
+ - 8,645 6,467
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
+ - 8,497 5,013
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
+ - 12,327 5,691
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
+ - 15,380 4,960
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
+ - 9,751 4,354
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

15
+ - 10,539 4,511
Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lady Game of Thrones

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16
+ - 8,205 5,645
Spike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

17
+ - 5,610 5,800
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

18
+ - 5,739 5,637
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

19
+ - 4,777 5,962
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 10,534 5,223
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

21
+ - 7,479 5,001
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

22
+ - 5,927 5,213
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

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+ - 4,681 5,615
Ranker Video v

24
+ - 12,102 2,527
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Glenn The Walking Dead

25
+ - 9,509 4,751
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

26
+ - 6,855 4,698
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

27
+ - 8,724 4,096
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

28
+ - 4,622 4,866
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 8,060 5,015
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 7,075 5,684
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

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+ - 6,966 4,835
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

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+ - 5,172 4,257
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
+ - 5,220 5,137
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

34
+ - 4,095 5,429
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,427 4,925
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 7,517 4,152
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
+ - 5,860 4,536
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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+ - 5,244 4,265
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

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+ - 4,593 4,599
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

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+ - 8,028 4,412
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 7,156 4,328
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

42
+ - 5,128 4,432
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

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+ - 5,852 4,397
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

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+ - 8,668 2,198
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hodor Game of Thrones

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+ - 5,930 4,047
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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+ - 4,864 3,683
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

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+ - 4,939 2,959
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 3,105 4,330
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,807 3,909
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,182 4,792
Jenny Calendar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jenny Calendar Buffy the Vampire Slayer