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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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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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+ - 14,201 7,776
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
+ - 10,932 7,517
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
+ - 13,465 7,385
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
+ - 12,532 7,134
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
+ - 11,037 6,827
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
+ - 10,471 6,634
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
+ - 12,216 6,166
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
+ - 9,782 6,623
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
+ - 8,508 6,315
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
+ - 8,299 4,918
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
+ - 12,030 5,572
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
+ - 15,083 4,863
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
+ - 9,532 4,248
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

15
+ - 10,292 4,403
Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lady Game of Thrones

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+ - 8,085 5,520
Spike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

17
+ - 5,453 5,685
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

18
+ - 5,643 5,527
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,688 5,849
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 7,353 4,878
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

21
+ - 10,318 5,105
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 5,815 5,095
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

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+ - 4,584 5,508
Ranker Video v

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+ - 11,665 2,453
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Glenn The Walking Dead

25
+ - 6,740 4,611
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

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+ - 9,336 4,657
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 8,503 4,010
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

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+ - 4,489 4,772
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 7,933 4,922
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 6,959 5,582
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

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+ - 6,848 4,737
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

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+ - 5,015 4,177
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
+ - 5,156 5,035
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

34
+ - 4,355 4,834
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,029 5,338
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 7,340 4,064
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

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+ - 4,501 4,506
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

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+ - 5,140 4,174
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

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+ - 5,728 4,449
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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+ - 5,008 4,356
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

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+ - 7,888 4,329
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 7,025 4,246
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

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+ - 5,760 4,312
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

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+ - 5,803 3,960
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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+ - 8,388 2,135
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hodor Game of Thrones

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+ - 3,048 4,245
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,773 3,594
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

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+ - 4,841 2,871
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,137 4,696
Jenny Calendar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jenny Calendar Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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+ - 4,683 3,823
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever