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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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14,600 8,034
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
15,189 8,308
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
11,959 7,929
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
14,393 7,785
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
13,134 7,560
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
11,949 7,189
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
11,209 7,029
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
13,008 6,512
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
10,281 7,010
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
8,934 6,695
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
8,924 5,183
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
12,975 5,900
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
16,109 5,106
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
10,269 4,514
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

15
8,485 5,827
Spike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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16
11,055 4,680
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

17
5,953 5,816
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

18
13,042 2,666
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added Glenn The Walking Dead

19
5,882 5,961
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

20
4,967 6,134
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

21
7,862 5,179
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

22
11,022 5,396
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

23
6,193 5,379
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
4,849 5,007
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
4,860 5,779
Ranker Video

26
9,258 4,232
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

27
9,957 4,910
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

28
7,130 4,839
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

29
8,451 5,194
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

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30
7,223 5,004
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

31
7,339 5,862
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,488 4,374
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
5,354 5,295
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

34
4,599 5,077
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

35
4,263 5,576
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

36
7,911 4,300
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
5,493 4,420
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

38
6,121 4,694
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

39
4,786 4,741
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
8,402 4,542
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,401 4,564
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
7,473 4,478
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

43
5,212 3,079
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

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44
6,080 4,555
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

45
9,248 2,287
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

46
5,113 3,819
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

47
5,087 4,040
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

48
6,217 4,182
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

49
3,203 4,452
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

50
4,288 4,925
Jenny Calendar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jenny Calendar Buffy the Vampire Slayer