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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Game of Thrones

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2,385 327
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Game of Thrones

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885 124
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Rob Banks added Walder Frey Game of Thrones

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1,893 451
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Game of Thrones

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1,543 402
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Game of Thrones

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1,520 432
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The Walking Dead

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937 330
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Sons of Anarchy

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1,089 416
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Breaking Bad

9
658 283
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631 275
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Supernatural

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544 234
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George Foyet Criminal Minds

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855 512
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The Walking Dead

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463 248
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Steve Newlin True Blood

14
302 175
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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347 237
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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285 220
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The Sopranos

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249 196
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The Sopranos

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277 234
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Red John The Mentalist

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219 193
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Keith Summers Bates Motel

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49 9
Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

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40 17
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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232 273
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41 31
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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153 197
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147 195
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Sam Keating How to Get Away With Murder

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15 19
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The Valeyard added 24

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21 31
Tara Knowles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

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124 199
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Lorne Malvo Fargo

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98 181
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Lester Nygaard Fargo

30
125 247
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The O.C.

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89 206
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The Wire

32
47 149
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 Breaking Bad

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55 179
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55 188
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DCI Ian Reed Luther

35
74 240
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House of Cards

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45 177
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Brooke Armstrong Merlose Place