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List Rules Vote up which on-screen death made you reach for the tissues the most.

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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14,129 7,775
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

2
14,737 8,094
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
11,426 7,730
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
13,885 7,615
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
11,498 7,028
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

6
12,838 7,372
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
10,859 6,865
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
12,612 6,353
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
10,011 6,839
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
8,604 5,057
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

11
8,721 6,528
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

12
12,463 5,734
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
15,553 4,994
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
9,875 4,403
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

15
10,668 4,557
Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

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16
8,273 5,694
Spike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

17
12,340 2,559
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added Glenn The Walking Dead

18
5,669 5,849
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

19
5,805 5,682
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

20
4,838 6,011
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

21
10,656 5,269
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

22
7,576 5,047
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

23
6,001 5,258
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
4,736 5,658
Ranker Video

25
4,683 4,901
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

26
8,863 4,132
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

27
6,954 4,736
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

28
9,620 4,796
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

29
7,015 4,883
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

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30
8,150 5,059
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

31
7,146 5,727
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,248 4,282
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
5,259 5,178
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

34
4,475 4,965
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

35
4,145 5,470
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

36
7,609 4,195
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
5,929 4,584
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

38
5,313 4,300
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

39
4,642 4,636
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
8,118 4,444
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,207 4,466
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
7,248 4,362
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

43
5,912 4,438
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

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44
8,815 2,225
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

45
5,999 4,087
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

46
4,933 3,716
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

47
5,009 2,991
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

48
3,139 4,364
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

49
5,296 3,378
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
MichellHeintz added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

50
4,877 3,942
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever