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The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time 

Alexandra Plesa
Updated August 14, 2019 63.7k votes 11.5k voters 136.7k views 39 items

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 these villains die, 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 many of the major villain deaths in TV history.

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Ramsay Bolton Game of Thrones

Actor: Iwan Rheon

Episode: Dark Wings, Dark Words, The Bear and the Maiden Fair, The Climb, Walk of Punishment, + more

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The Walking Dead

Actor: David Morrissey

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Sons of Anarchy

Actor: Ally Walker

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Breaking Bad

Actor: Giancarlo Esposito

Episode: Mandala, ABQ

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Dexter

Actor: John Lithgow

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Supernatural

Episode: In the Beginning

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Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
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Actor: Ron Perlman

Occupation: Gangster, Soldier, Smuggling, Mechanic

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Criminal Minds

Episode: To Hell...And Back Part 1

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The Walking Dead

Actor: Jon Bernthal

Episode: Made to Suffer

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Steve Newlin True Blood
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Actor: Armin Shimerman

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Occupation: Villain, Scientist

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The Sopranos

Actor: Joe Pantoliano

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The Sopranos
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Red John The Mentalist
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Keith Summers Bates Motel
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DevAcct added Stargate SG-1

Episode: Serpent's Song, Moebius: Part 2

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ER

Actor: Paul McCrane

Occupation: Physician

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