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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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15,672 8,729
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

2
16,194 8,929
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

3
12,988 8,457
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

4
15,517 8,272
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Bobby Singer Supernatural

5
13,935 8,089
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
13,009 7,658
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

7
12,043 7,499
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Robb Stark Game of Thrones

8
10,949 7,462
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
13,846 6,951
Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tenth Doctor Doctor Who

10
9,432 7,182
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Tara Maclay Buffy the Vampire Slay

11
9,634 5,554
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

12
14,055 6,268
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

13
17,222 5,429
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

14
14,553 2,953
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

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10,987 4,888
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne

16
11,969 4,967
Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Lady Game of Thrones

17
8,989 6,247
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
6,319 6,354
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Edith Bunker All in the Family

19
6,345 6,203
Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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8,589 5,537
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dean Winchester Supernatural

21
12,054 5,765
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

The Best Single Season Canceled Shows

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5,268 6,541
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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6,672 5,745
Jo Harvelle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jo Harvelle Supernatural

24
5,230 5,338
Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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5,159 6,157
Ranker Video

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10,858 5,232
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

27
10,048 4,535
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added Dr Lance Sweets bones - Bones

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7,448 5,176
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

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9,203 5,567
Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Denny Duquette Grey's Anatomy

30
7,726 5,357
Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Rita Morgan Dexter

31
7,820 6,242
Dale Horvath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dale Horvath The Walking Dead

32
5,945 4,656
Mr. Hooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vamp Doll added Mr. Hooper Sesame Street

33
4,909 5,413
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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5,622 5,650
Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Anya Jenkins Buffy the Vampire Slayer

35
4,558 5,941
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

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8,578 4,598
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

37
5,976 4,764
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
John Winchester Supernatural

38
6,599 5,033
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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5,112 5,095
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
LeanneDrake added Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

40
9,174 4,817
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

41
5,792 4,880
Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

42
8,075 4,792
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

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6,472 4,879
Sophia Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sophia Peletier The Walking Dead

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6,758 4,473
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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5,635 3,372
Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
JenniferHardesty added Charlie Bradbury

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10,204 2,491
Hodor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Frederick Hussey added Hodor Game of Thrones

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5,614 4,108
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
IrinaGinger79 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

48
5,514 4,328
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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3,421 4,752
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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6,110 3,754
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
MichellHeintz added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy