Best TV Characters The Saddest Television Deaths Ever  

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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.

1
15,772 8,781
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

2
16,282 8,975
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
13,070 8,498
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
15,590 8,315
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
13,986 8,138
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
13,091 7,704
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
12,117 7,535
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
13,912 6,989
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

9
10,989 7,510
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
9,465 7,232
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
9,687 5,589
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
14,133 6,299
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
17,298 5,460
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
14,668 2,971
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added Glenn The Walking Dead

15
11,030 4,925
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

16
12,055 4,992
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

17
9,021 6,285
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
6,357 6,388
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

19
6,370 6,240
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

20
8,635 5,573
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

21
12,146 5,793
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

22
5,296 6,572
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

23
6,707 5,773
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
5,268 5,366
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
5,183 6,186
Ranker Video

26
10,936 5,253
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

27
10,096 4,559
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

28
9,270 5,597
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

29
7,468 5,203
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Hoban Washburne Firefly

30
7,766 5,386
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

31
7,855 6,273
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,975 4,679
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
4,928 5,438
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

34
5,636 5,679
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

35
4,582 5,969
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

36
8,629 4,633
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
6,009 4,793
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

38
6,647 5,058
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

39
5,149 5,117
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
9,253 4,837
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,824 4,899
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
8,134 4,814
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Finn Hudson Glee - Glee

43
6,498 4,907
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

44
6,808 4,495
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

45
5,662 3,395
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

46
10,279 2,506
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

47
5,646 4,125
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

48
5,551 4,345
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

49
3,431 4,771
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

50
6,146 3,779
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
MichellHeintz added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy