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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
15,802 8,798
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Game of Thrones

2
16,315 8,986
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
13,084 8,514
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
15,611 8,328
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural

5
14,004 8,150
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
13,109 7,717
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
12,145 7,543
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Game of Thrones

8
13,931 7,001
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Doctor Who

9
11,008 7,518
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10
9,475 7,245
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
9,695 5,601
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
8 Simple Rules

12
14,149 6,310
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sons of Anarchy

13
17,322 5,470
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added The Walking Dead

14
14,707 2,980
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added The Walking Dead

15
11,040 4,933
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Roseanne

16
12,081 4,997
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Game of Thrones

17
9,027 6,296
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
6,363 6,396
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
All in the Family

19
6,375 6,248
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

20
8,648 5,580
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural

21
12,168 5,802
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy

22
5,305 6,580
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

23
6,717 5,781
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural

24
5,282 5,371
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

25
5,189 6,195
Ranker Video

26
10,958 5,257
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy

27
10,113 4,564
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added bones - Bones

28
9,284 5,607
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy

29
7,475 5,209
Hoban Washburne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Firefly

30
7,775 5,393
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dexter

31
7,863 6,282
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
The Walking Dead

32
5,984 4,685
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Sesame Street

33
4,933 5,445
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

34
5,642 5,685
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

35
4,588 5,974
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

36
8,644 4,639
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Game of Thrones

37
6,015 4,801
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural

38
6,660 5,065
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Game of Thrones

39
5,154 5,121
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Downton Abbey

40
9,270 4,840
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy

41
5,833 4,905
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
8,153 4,817
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferBierma-Wallworth added Glee - Glee

43
6,507 4,917
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
The Walking Dead

44
6,823 4,499
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Game of Thrones

45
10,303 2,510
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Game of Thrones

46
5,669 3,402
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added

47
5,652 4,135
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 4,776
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