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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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+ - 14,211 7,782
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
+ - 10,943 7,519
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
+ - 13,472 7,388
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
+ - 12,538 7,138
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
+ - 11,046 6,832
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
+ - 10,475 6,638
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
+ - 12,220 6,170
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
+ - 9,787 6,627
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
+ - 8,509 6,318
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
+ - 8,308 4,920
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
+ - 12,037 5,575
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
+ - 15,088 4,867
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
+ - 9,541 4,250
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

15
+ - 10,299 4,405
Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lady Game of Thrones

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+ - 8,090 5,523
Spike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

17
+ - 5,457 5,688
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

18
+ - 5,645 5,529
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,689 5,851
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 7,358 4,878
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

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+ - 10,323 5,107
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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+ - 5,817 5,095
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

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+ - 4,587 5,509
Ranker Video v

24
+ - 11,676 2,454
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Glenn The Walking Dead

25
+ - 6,741 4,613
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

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+ - 9,344 4,658
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 8,509 4,011
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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+ - 4,494 4,774
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 7,939 4,923
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 6,963 5,585
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

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+ - 6,853 4,740
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

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+ - 5,019 4,178
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

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+ - 5,157 5,038
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

34
+ - 4,356 4,836
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,031 5,339
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 7,345 4,065
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

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+ - 4,505 4,507
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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+ - 5,142 4,174
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

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+ - 5,732 4,451
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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+ - 5,009 4,358
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

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+ - 7,894 4,331
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 7,029 4,248
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

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+ - 5,762 4,315
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

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+ - 5,807 3,962
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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+ - 8,395 2,136
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hodor Game of Thrones

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+ - 3,049 4,246
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,777 3,595
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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+ - 4,842 2,872
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,139 4,698
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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+ - 4,687 3,825
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever