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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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1
15,598 8,663
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

2
16,117 8,882
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
12,919 8,409
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
15,430 8,224
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
13,888 8,042
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
12,909 7,624
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
11,993 7,458
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
10,894 7,422
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
13,783 6,910
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

10
9,392 7,137
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
9,568 5,516
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
13,972 6,238
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
17,146 5,397
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
14,439 2,921
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added Glenn The Walking Dead

Famous People Who Have Been Reported Missing

15
10,936 4,841
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

16
11,910 4,933
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

17
8,952 6,207
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
6,275 6,317
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

19
6,316 6,163
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

20
8,515 5,496
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

21
5,240 6,502
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

8 Celebrities Found Dead In A Bathroom

22
11,947 5,728
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

23
6,622 5,711
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
5,194 5,307
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
5,130 6,121
Ranker Video

26
9,986 4,503
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

27
10,763 5,201
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

28
7,430 5,143
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

11 Classic Film Sets That Actually Killed People

29
9,131 5,533
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

30
7,681 5,322
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

31
7,800 6,208
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,909 4,633
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
4,883 5,379
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

34
5,601 5,612
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

35
4,526 5,907
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

The Most Horrible TV Character Personalities Ever

36
8,535 4,570
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
5,928 4,729
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

38
6,565 5,002
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

39
5,080 5,062
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
9,088 4,796
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,756 4,852
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
8,014 4,767
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

The Rise And Fall Of SpikeTV

43
6,444 4,855
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

44
6,720 4,450
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

45
5,585 3,349
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

46
10,143 2,470
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

47
5,556 4,082
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

48
5,481 4,302
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

49
3,401 4,726
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

50
6,066 3,733
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
MichellHeintz added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy