TV Characters 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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Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

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Ramsay Bolton Game of Thrones

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Rob Banks added Walder Frey Game of Thrones

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1,836 432
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Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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Viserys Targaryen Game of Thrones

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The Governor The Walking Dead

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907 317
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June Stahl Sons of Anarchy

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1,046 405
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Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

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628 270
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Azazel Supernatural

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516 224
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George Foyet Criminal Minds

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832 489
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Shane Walsh The Walking Dead

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443 241
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Steve Newlin True Blood

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277 169
Principal Snyder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Melissa Willford added Principal Snyder Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Warren Mears Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Ralph Cifaretto The Sopranos

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Phil Leotardo The Sopranos

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Red John The Mentalist

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Keith Summers Bates Motel

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Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Clay Morrow Sons of Anarchy

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Gemma Teller Morrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Gemma Teller Morrow Sons of Anarchy

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

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Sam Keating How to Get Away With Murder

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Lorne Malvo Fargo

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The Valeyard added Sherry Palmer 24

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

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Lester Nygaard Fargo

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120 237
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Marissa Cooper The O.C.

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86 201
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Stringer Bell The Wire

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40 121
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Guest_e51d05ce-cf39-48a4-9307-672cde805ebe added Walter White Breaking Bad

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DCI Ian Reed Luther

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Rep. Peter Russo House of Cards

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Brooke Armstrong Merlose Place