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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2,982 367
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Game of Thrones

2
2,675 349
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Game of Thrones

3
1,078 154
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Rob Banks added Walder Frey Game of Thrones

4
2,100 481
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Game of Thrones

5
1,705 436
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Game of Thrones

6
1,666 471
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The Walking Dead

7
1,045 360
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Sons of Anarchy

8
1,203 455
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Breaking Bad

9
743 302
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10
706 295
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Supernatural

11
593 255
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George Foyet Criminal Minds

12
502 268
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Steve Newlin True Blood

13
934 577
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The Walking Dead

14
142 30
Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

15
352 196
Principal Snyder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Melissa Willford added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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387 255
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

17
325 234
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The Sopranos

18
282 207
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The Sopranos

19
110 52
Gemma Teller Morrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

20
296 252
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Red John The Mentalist

21
235 209
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Keith Summers Bates Motel

22
248 294
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23
59 45
Apophis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
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24
159 211
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Sam Keating How to Get Away With Murder

25
162 217
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134 217
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Lorne Malvo Fargo

27
21 36
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The Valeyard added 24

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28
110 200
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Lester Nygaard Fargo

29
51 112
Tara Knowles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

30
136 271
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The O.C.

31
96 231
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The Wire

32
62 195
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33
60 202
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DCI Ian Reed Luther

34
82 262
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House of Cards

35
48 193
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Brooke Armstrong Merlose Place

36
67 247
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
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