TV Trivia The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time  

Alexandra Plesa
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List Rules Vote up the times TV characters died onscreen and made your day so, so much brighter.

Warning: spoilers and televised violence abound.

TV deaths used to be sad affairs. Shows would promote them as “very special episodes” and warn viewers in advance to stock up on tissues. Now, not so much. Sure, there are still plenty of shocking TV deaths that break fans' hearts. But with villains and antiheroes becoming the norm in today’s entertainment landscape, satisfying TV character deaths are a more common occurrence.

Fans despise dreadful characters and root for their demise for months or even years. When it finally happens, they can’t help but cheer. Maybe the character was incredibly annoying. Maybe they were a jerk. Or, when it comes to Game of Thrones deaths, maybe they were so vile that seeing them choke on poison or being devoured by dogs seemed perfectly fitting.

Take a walk down memory lane and remember all the times TV characters died and you felt good. Here are the most satisfying character deaths in TV history.

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Game of Thrones

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2,484 332
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Game of Thrones

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956 130
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Rob Banks added Walder Frey Game of Thrones

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1,959 458
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Game of Thrones

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1,602 412
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Game of Thrones

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1,576 442
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The Walking Dead

7
977 337
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Sons of Anarchy

8
1,125 429
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Breaking Bad

9
691 285
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661 280
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Supernatural

11
567 239
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George Foyet Criminal Minds

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889 533
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The Walking Dead

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480 254
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Steve Newlin True Blood

14
325 183
Principal Snyder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Melissa Willford added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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365 245
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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86 13
Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

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301 225
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The Sopranos

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263 200
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The Sopranos

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289 241
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Red John The Mentalist

20
227 200
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Keith Summers Bates Motel

21
66 29
Gemma Teller Morrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

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241 283
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50 37
Apophis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
DevAcct added Stargate SG-1

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160 205
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151 203
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Sam Keating How to Get Away With Murder

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128 206
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Lorne Malvo Fargo

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17 27
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The Valeyard added 24

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32 65
Tara Knowles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

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99 190
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Lester Nygaard Fargo

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132 258
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The O.C.

31
91 216
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The Wire

32
57 188
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54 183
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Guest_e51d05ce-cf39-48a4-9307-672cde805ebe added Breaking Bad

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57 195
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DCI Ian Reed Luther

35
77 249
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House of Cards

36
48 186
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