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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
15,797 8,797
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Game of Thrones

2
16,309 8,984
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
13,082 8,511
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
15,607 8,325
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural

5
14,002 8,147
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
13,108 7,714
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
12,142 7,542
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Game of Thrones

8
13,928 6,998
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Doctor Who

9
11,007 7,516
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
9,474 7,242
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
9,694 5,600
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
8 Simple Rules

12
14,149 6,309
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sons of Anarchy

13
17,321 5,469
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added The Walking Dead

14
14,705 2,979
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added The Walking Dead

15
11,039 4,932
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Roseanne

16
12,079 4,996
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Game of Thrones

17
9,027 6,295
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
6,362 6,395
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
All in the Family

19
6,374 6,247
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

20
8,647 5,579
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural

21
12,164 5,802
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy

22
5,304 6,579
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

23
6,714 5,780
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural

24
5,281 5,370
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
5,189 6,194
Ranker Video

26
10,956 5,257
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy

27
10,112 4,563
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added bones - Bones

28
9,282 5,606
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy

29
7,474 5,208
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Firefly

30
7,774 5,392
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dexter

31
7,863 6,280
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
The Walking Dead

32
5,983 4,684
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Sesame Street

33
4,932 5,444
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

34
5,641 5,684
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

35
4,587 5,973
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

36
8,642 4,638
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Game of Thrones

37
6,013 4,800
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural

38
6,660 5,063
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Game of Thrones

39
5,154 5,120
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Downton Abbey

40
9,268 4,840
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy

41
5,833 4,903
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
8,150 4,816
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Glee - Glee

43
6,506 4,914
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
The Walking Dead

44
6,822 4,498
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Game of Thrones

45
10,300 2,509
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Game of Thrones

46
5,667 3,400
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added

47
5,652 4,132
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

48
5,555 4,351
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

49
3,432 4,775
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

50
6,158 3,782
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
MichellHeintz added Sons of Anarchy