Entertainment 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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4,703 504
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Game of Thrones

2
4,199 491
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Game of Thrones

3
2,174 311
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Rob Banks added Walder Frey Game of Thrones

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3,216 691
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Game of Thrones

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2,645 610
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Game of Thrones

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2,515 654
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The Walking Dead

7
1,822 495
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Sons of Anarchy

8
1,780 640
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Breaking Bad

9
1,162 432
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10
705 251
Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

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1,083 449
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Supernatural

12
910 399
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Criminal Minds

13
658 269
Gemma Teller Morrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Casey Nicole added Sons of Anarchy

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787 399
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Steve Newlin True Blood

15
1,393 833
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The Walking Dead

16
631 331
Principal Snyder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Satisfying TV Deaths Of All Time
Melissa Willford added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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600 379
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
470 311
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The Sopranos

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507 354
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The Sopranos

20
470 378
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Red John The Mentalist

21
347 309
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Keith Summers Bates Motel

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183 145
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DevAcct added Stargate SG-1

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375 452
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268 316
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262 335
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