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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
+ - 14,015 7,722
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

3
+ - 11,313 7,694
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
+ - 13,774 7,570
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
+ - 12,765 7,329
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
+ - 11,386 6,992
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
+ - 10,785 6,819
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
+ - 12,489 6,319
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
+ - 9,959 6,795
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
+ - 8,669 6,485
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
+ - 8,530 5,025
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
+ - 12,363 5,704
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
+ - 15,424 4,972
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
+ - 9,783 4,368
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

15
+ - 10,574 4,522
Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lady Game of Thrones

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16
+ - 8,224 5,660
Spike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

17
+ - 5,624 5,816
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

18
+ - 5,759 5,649
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

19
+ - 4,793 5,974
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 10,570 5,236
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

21
+ - 7,508 5,011
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

22
+ - 5,946 5,227
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

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+ - 4,697 5,625
Ranker Video v

24
+ - 12,169 2,537
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Glenn The Walking Dead

25
+ - 6,896 4,707
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

26
+ - 9,540 4,764
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

27
+ - 8,764 4,103
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

28
+ - 4,641 4,875
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 8,086 5,030
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 7,089 5,697
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

31
+ - 6,979 4,846
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

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+ - 5,192 4,264
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
+ - 5,232 5,147
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

34
+ - 4,105 5,440
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

35
+ - 4,441 4,935
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 7,544 4,164
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
+ - 5,879 4,547
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

38
+ - 5,262 4,274
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

39
+ - 4,605 4,609
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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+ - 5,147 4,442
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

41
+ - 7,184 4,335
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

42
+ - 8,048 4,425
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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+ - 5,862 4,410
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

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+ - 8,706 2,206
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hodor Game of Thrones

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+ - 5,950 4,053
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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+ - 4,879 3,690
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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+ - 3,114 4,339
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,958 2,969
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,829 3,919
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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+ - 4,188 4,803
Jenny Calendar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jenny Calendar Buffy the Vampire Slayer