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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
15,644 8,703
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

2
16,162 8,914
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
12,963 8,436
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
15,485 8,257
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
13,923 8,074
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
12,976 7,643
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
12,025 7,479
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
13,823 6,934
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
10,934 7,448
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
9,422 7,164
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
9,615 5,538
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
14,034 6,253
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
17,197 5,417
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
14,514 2,944
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added Glenn The Walking Dead

The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time

15
10,976 4,866
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

16
11,944 4,952
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

17
8,980 6,232
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
6,304 6,339
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

19
6,337 6,187
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

20
8,565 5,519
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

21
5,253 6,528
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

The Best Single Season Canceled Shows

22
12,010 5,751
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

23
6,657 5,730
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
5,219 5,326
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
5,145 6,144
Ranker Video

26
10,027 4,523
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

27
10,822 5,220
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

28
7,442 5,164
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

29
9,179 5,559
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

30
7,713 5,345
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

31
7,815 6,232
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,934 4,649
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
4,901 5,402
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

34
5,618 5,638
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

35
4,549 5,931
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

31 Times You've Seen The Walking Dead Actors Before

36
8,562 4,589
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
5,960 4,754
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

38
6,588 5,020
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

39
5,098 5,087
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
9,147 4,812
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,780 4,872
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
8,053 4,787
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

43
6,468 4,871
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

44
6,746 4,466
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

45
5,619 3,364
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

46
10,184 2,485
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

47
5,598 4,101
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

48
5,505 4,320
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

49
3,413 4,745
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

50
6,099 3,748
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
MichellHeintz added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy