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The Saddest Television Deaths Ever 

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Updated January 17, 2020 2.5M votes 141.7k voters 1.3M views 189 items

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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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Game of Thrones
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Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural
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Lt. Colonel Henry Blake ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake MASH
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Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sons of Anarchy
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Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Game of Thrones
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Lady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Game of Thrones
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Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
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Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Doctor Who
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Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
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Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
8 Simple Rules
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Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural
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Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne
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Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added The Walking Dead
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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added bones
Bones
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Hodor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Game of Thrones
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Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added
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George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy
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Glenn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added The Walking Dead
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Spike is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation
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Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy
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Haley Hotchner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
ashleyjordanm added Haley Hotchner Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds
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Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Game of Thrones