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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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14,288 7,851
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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2
14,868 8,164
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
11,569 7,774
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
14,057 7,670
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
12,929 7,434
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
11,622 7,081
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
10,981 6,917
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
10,105 6,897
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
12,748 6,398
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

10
8,792 6,579
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
8,695 5,100
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
12,599 5,779
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
15,718 5,032
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
9,991 4,439
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

15
8,340 5,737
Spike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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16
10,792 4,592
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

17
5,852 5,723
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

18
12,531 2,598
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added Glenn The Walking Dead

19
5,736 5,882
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

20
4,877 6,048
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

21
7,677 5,084
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

22
10,761 5,313
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

23
6,071 5,298
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
4,732 4,933
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
4,775 5,695
Ranker Video

26
8,975 4,167
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

27
9,708 4,832
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

28
7,007 4,766
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

29
7,071 4,922
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

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30
8,230 5,101
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

31
7,201 5,765
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,319 4,301
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
5,292 5,216
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

34
4,515 5,001
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

35
4,184 5,502
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

36
7,710 4,226
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
5,368 4,339
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

38
5,987 4,619
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

39
4,682 4,672
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
8,189 4,474
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,274 4,499
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
7,319 4,399
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

43
5,079 3,018
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

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44
5,955 4,473
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

45
8,948 2,239
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

46
4,997 3,745
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

47
4,933 3,967
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

48
6,073 4,113
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

49
3,164 4,389
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

50
4,226 4,858
Jenny Calendar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jenny Calendar Buffy the Vampire Slayer