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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
15,493 8,582
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

2
16,007 8,816
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
12,814 8,354
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
15,326 8,173
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
13,837 7,975
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
12,806 7,571
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
11,909 7,405
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
10,852 7,360
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
13,699 6,871
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

10
9,362 7,084
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
9,498 5,487
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
13,871 6,201
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
17,053 5,366
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
14,285 2,892
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
10,869 4,805
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

16
11,829 4,905
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

17
8,912 6,167
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
6,238 6,281
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

19
6,290 6,128
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

20
8,453 5,461
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

21
5,207 6,472
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

The Best Single Season Canceled Shows

22
11,834 5,700
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

23
6,583 5,677
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
5,158 5,283
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
5,096 6,090
Ranker Video

26
9,904 4,475
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

27
10,663 5,174
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

28
7,402 5,110
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
9,046 5,495
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

30
7,646 5,287
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

31
7,757 6,173
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,863 4,607
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
4,862 5,347
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

34
5,589 5,580
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

35
4,496 5,875
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
8,476 4,539
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
5,881 4,700
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

38
6,522 4,967
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

39
5,043 5,029
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
9,008 4,774
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,716 4,824
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
7,953 4,739
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
6,413 4,821
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

44
6,673 4,423
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

45
5,550 3,323
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

46
10,042 2,451
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

47
5,512 4,056
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

48
5,439 4,278
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

49
3,386 4,704
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

50
6,015 3,708
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
MichellHeintz added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy