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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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14,561 8,009
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
15,136 8,286
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
11,905 7,909
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
14,343 7,767
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
13,104 7,540
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
11,903 7,175
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
11,177 7,014
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
12,970 6,493
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
10,254 6,994
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
8,911 6,679
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
8,881 5,174
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
12,931 5,889
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
16,066 5,091
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
10,233 4,500
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

15
8,465 5,814
Spike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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16
11,015 4,669
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

17
5,931 5,804
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

18
12,970 2,655
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added Glenn The Walking Dead

19
5,863 5,949
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

20
4,953 6,122
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

21
7,833 5,166
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

22
10,978 5,384
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

23
6,176 5,365
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
4,827 4,997
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
4,840 5,770
Ranker Video

26
9,220 4,222
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

27
9,913 4,899
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

28
7,106 4,829
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

29
8,411 5,180
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time Celebrities Killed by the Internet

30
7,200 4,990
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

31
7,322 5,844
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,461 4,366
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
5,340 5,284
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

34
4,583 5,064
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

35
4,252 5,565
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

36
7,873 4,289
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
5,472 4,407
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

38
6,099 4,682
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

39
4,769 4,732
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
8,366 4,532
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,382 4,553
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
7,450 4,467
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

43
5,194 3,066
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

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6,063 4,541
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

45
9,199 2,278
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

46
5,096 3,803
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

47
5,065 4,028
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

48
6,193 4,170
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

49
3,197 4,442
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

50
4,276 4,916
Jenny Calendar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jenny Calendar Buffy the Vampire Slayer