Saddest Deaths In the Walking Dead

WARNING, MASSIVE SPOILER ALERTS. Also this is the show not the game or the books.

The Top Ten

1 Hershel Greene - Season 4 Hershel Greene is a fictional character in The Walking Dead whose role is depicted in the comic book, television series as portrayed by Scott Wilson and the game series.

To me, this wasn't the saddest, but one of the saddest moments. You thought that that Governor would spare him, that they would all become one, but no. Even though I saw Hershel's death coming near the start of the season (I kind of expected he would die during the flu outbreak and everyone else would live - that's just the type of person he was), it still didn't make it any easier. I screamed when his head got chopped off - poor maggie and beth had to witness it! And then he tried to get away but the governor finished him off. Even though I saw it coming, and thought it would have happened earlier, I didn't actually expect it to happen when it did. It was for the best though - with all the running they did after the prison, Hershel wouldn't have made it anyway because of his age and his leg. He would have died in the aftermath of the prison

Honestly, I would've expected Hershel's death to be a lot sadder. I feel that the Walking Dead has been able to drive us through how our emotions react. In season 1, I was really sad whenever someone died. But now, I feel as if the deaths are expected but not as sad. It's still a sad moment and we still FEEL something, but seeing Hershel get chopped at first wasn't as sad until I saw him struggling to get away. Seeing the poor guy trying to crawl away was pretty sad but not as sad as I was expecting. Still though, I'm pretty sure everyone loves Hershel and we'll all miss him.

He was a good man, the Atlanta survivors on his farm and risked his live to help save others during the disease. He was always willing to help others no matter what his risk was. He was a great father and fatherly figure. Seeing him getting his head getting cut of by the governor was by far the worst death in the walking dead.

*Sigh*. I thought for a moment the governor was going to spare him. I bent down to pick up my cat, then looked again at the screen. I saw guns firing and Hershel's head rolling around! I was shocked but when you think about it, the guy was crazy. His humanity was long gone. It wasn't the saddest but most thoughtful, humanity, gut wrenching moments.

2 Beth Greene - Season 5 Beth Greene is a fictional character from the American horror drama television series, The Walking Dead, created by season two showrunner, Glen Mazzara, and portrayed by Emily Kinney.

After I saw Beth died, I cried a little. But it made me want to cry more when I saw Daryl hold Beth's dead body and when Maggie fell to the ground and started to cry really hard and shouted "BETH! ", I started to cry really hard just like Maggie. I really liked her so much! She had a lot of haters, but her death was sad. She was my #1 character on the show. But I'm never going to see her again on the show, unless they bring her back and reveal it was only a nightmare, or at the end of The Walking Dead all the dead characters are bringed back to life, including the bad guys, like Shane, the Governor, Gareth, and Dawn, also including the annoying characters, like Andrea, and Lori. I also liked Lori more than Andrea, because Lori kept Beth away from deciding to commit suicide in Season 2. every time Beth cries, I cry. I'm such a crybaby, you know that.

The saddest part wasn't exactly when she died - that was more shocking because it was so sudden. It was the way Daryl and Maggie reacted. Daryl balled a couple of episodes later, I assumed it to be over beth because he had come to know her and develop a bond with her. But Maggie... She just lost her father. She was about to be reunited with her sister for the first time after her dad died - you could see the excitement on her face... And then she saw beth, and she fell to her knees! That was the saddest part. Maggie and Beth never got to properly mourn their father who everyone loved (which makes me so mad! ).

This was the least expected, and worst feeling death by far. Second Hershel. The horrible ones like Glenn, Merle, Dale, and Lizzy, were all so rough, but by no means has the shock value. You could see them coming from a mile away, or at least in theory knew it was possible. I have only ever cried 3 times from this show. This death was the worst. Hershel, and when I thought Judith was eaten at the prison, and part of that was the already deep amount of bad feeling and emotional hell I had been put through as I watched the episode before and that one in one sitting. In all honest when Carl dies, I think it is the ONLY death that will out-do this one. I am already one episode away from calling it quits on this show. If they do kill Carl, as I expect they will, I will be done for good.

Even though I think her death scene was rather poorly handled, it was still one of the saddest scenes in the show to me. Maggie and Daryl's reactions to it really helped make it more powerful. It gets even worse when you remember that the last time Beth and Maggie saw each other was at the prison shortly after watching the Governor murder their father right in front of their eyes. They never saw each other again immediately after the biggest tragedy they ever had to go through together.

3 Glenn Rhee - Season 6 Glenn Rhee is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Steven Yeun in the AMC television series of the same name.

Glenn was the best character in the show! Its not confirmed that he died and I don't think he did either. The only way I can see AMC killing off Glenn is by him saving some people. And also I don't think they killed him off this earlier because he is the best survivor (in my opinion). And lastly they seriously shouldn't kill of Glenn at any time for a long long long long long long time because think of Glenn not appearing when he did in season 1 episode 1, Rick probably would have died without Glenn's help. And think of the show now without either Glenn or Rick. It would DEFINITELY NOT have as much viewers as it does today.

After seeing Glenn get his head bashed in was like everything in my life just fell apart. He was an amazing character who had a good heart. I actually didn't see his death coming. But we can all blame Daryl for interfering with Negan. He already gave one chance. The tears came when his last words to Maggie is "Maggie, I will find you" Just heartbreaking. I felt like I wanted revenge straight away. How will Maggie cope losing both father and sister and now Glenn. Really sad

Glenn's death was so sad as it could have not happened in that way. Fans of Glenn (like me) were happy that Negan did not pick him and that he did not get his comic book death. We were still recovering from Abe's death and then Glenn also met his fate. What makes it so sad is what his last words to Maggie were and that he was yet to meet Maggie's unborn baby. The picnic scene later on in the episode was so heartbreaking to see what it could have been like if they never met Negan. Glenn had been in the show from series 1 and had developed so much as a character and to see him go like that is so sad.

Season 7 episode 1, Glenn been brutally beaten to death by Negan exactly like the comic (issue 100). Abraham was the first one to die, after Daryl sucker punch Negan. Negan decided to kill one more, and the second victim was Glenn. It was unexpected and left us walking dead fans heartbroken to finally killing Glenn.

4 Dale - Season 2

Dale was my favorite character of all. All he wanted to do was help. He tried to reason with Shane instead of stopping him. He was just generally the nicest and selfless character of all. His death shook my whole house. I don't think it was carls fault. Dale went out alone, in the dark, without a knife.

I am on season three of the Walking Dead, and I believe he was the best character. The sad part about his death was that he was fighting to stay alive, he seemed like he wasn't ready to go. I also believe they could have tried harder to save him, (come on Herschel). I wish he could have stayed on a couple more seasons, because some of the less main characters lived and he didn't. If he could've traded with Herschel (sorry Herschel) I would've been a little sad about his death, but better than Dale.

His death was unexpected and was Carl's fault

I cried so much he was so sweet and wise. To me, I think he was the one person that kept people humane. I loved him. I'm so sad he's gone:(

5 Merle - Season 3

The first time I saw Merle in the show I despised him for being a selfish, racist, dick. When he came back in the third season and as the season progressed, I began to see more of a good side to him. When he died, not only was I shocked, but I was sad to see a character I hated so much go like that. What really makes the scene emotional is the way Daryl just kicks him away when he sees him as a walker.

I found what Merle did right before his death hilarious. How he attracted all the walkers with the car. You could see he was about to become a promising character when he was going to shoot the Governor. The saddest part was when Daryl found him, and he tried to attack Daryl. When Daryl burst into tears. That was the sad part

No question, Merle's death was totally the saddest! His death was one of the only ones I cried on. Even though not many people liked him at first, he's always been my favorite character (besides Daryl), even back when he was a racist ass.

I'm still on season 4, so I'm not sure how valid my opinion is, but to me this was the saddest. It's, like, the only time Daryl has a soul and cries, and I don't even know, man, but it was just depressing.

6 Tyreese - Season 5

Beautiful Episode when he passed... That moment when you thought he would live, and he suddenly says, "Turn it Off", amazing moment... Can't believe this isn't number 1...

I felt as if the vibe from Beth's death the episode before was still there, and that's part of what made this sad. The music made it sad too, and how everyone carried him, trying to save him, how he looked out the window of the car as he died... At the same time as it was sad, it was also such a beautiful moment

This was the saddest death to me. Beth's sweet voice singing while he was dying did it for me. It was sad seeing all the people that had passed away, especially the sisters. It made me realise how long of a journey it had been for the survivors. His death resonates through my memory.

His death was heart wrenching, it showed the death of one of the last people who didn't believe in killing. And in the end, he accepted his death. And all of his loss just resonated throughout the episode.

7 Lori - Season 3

Yes, even though we all hated Lori, I do especially, we all have to admit this was a really emotional scene. She let herself die so Judith could live, and Carl had to put a bullet in her head. Like I said, Lori was a terrible and annoying character, but this one was sad.

I think I speak for everyone when I say Lori was the most useless character in the walking dead. But even so, her death was still emotional and sad. No 8 year old should have to kill his mother, it just shows that they're in a completely different world, with different rules.

After having birth to baby Judith she had to be killed as Carl, Lori's son, was told to shoot her. He rushed out running away from everything.

I thinks loris was the saddest because she did to save her baby and it made it worst when carl had to shoot her! :(

8 Noah - Season 5

Noah's death was by far the most real, shocking, sudden, and brutal death in the series. But above all of this, it was also the scariest death, as in, watching his death occur and the moments leading up to it, made me feel a sensation of real fear towards these walkers we have become so desensitized to, especially after 5 seasons of them. I mean honestly, how many times before this have we seen our heroes swarmed by the undead and manage to slip their way past them to safety. (An example from each season, we got S1: Rick on the horse in Atlanta. S2: Rick, Shane, and Randall in "18 Miles Out". S3: Very first episode where Hershel gets leg cut off and, although not a hero, the Governor kills a whole horde by himself while chasing Andrea. S4: Again, first episode two episodes as Flu victims reanimate and, again, The Governor kills off a few with his bare hands while trapped in a pit. Before Noah death in S5: In the abandoned barn during the violent rain storm.) These are just a few of ...more

This had to be the saddest moment I will ever have for this series, Noah getting torn apart in such a terrible way the images lives on in my head. I cried like a little girl. After seeing so many narrow escapes with Noah he did not deserve to die that way. All he wanted was his family, but we get to see not everything has a good ending. This show has done some crazy and shocking stuff which people either hate or love. Seeing Glen witness that also was disturbing. Glen knowing he could not save him. This by far was the saddest death.

He was such a good guy all he wanted was his family. We saw so much on his personality that it's hard for me to let him go. His death seen in mind was insane the worst death I have ever seen in anything. I cried oh my god I cried so much. His death was so brutal and he suffered the entire time. I watched Everybody Hates Chris as a kid and seeing him die like that had me telling myself it was not real and that Tyler James Williams was alrgiht.

This was the most messed death I have ever seen. I almost CRIED MY EYES OUT he died. The saddest part is when he said "don't let go". He wasn't saying to Glenn "don't let go of me" he was saying "don't let go in your faith in humanity". Farewell Noah, your legacy will live on...

9 Andrea - Season 3

Watching her die tore a hole in my heart because the way she died was awful I loved Andrea but then Milton was murdered and turned to a walker and it was already to late

For me, T.V. show Andrea sremedies like she would be the badass sniper that she became in the comic books, then when she gets captured by the Governor that potential dies. It comes back when she's using the pliers to free herself from the torture chair. The way she died was heartbreaking, especially for fans of the comic books, you see that she will never be Ricks new wife or one of the strongest most popular characters

Andrea was so so so sad she was my favorite girl character but she kept sleeping with the bad guys poor thing never new what was coming if she was still alive she would of killed him herself!

Andrea gets a lot of slack for whatever reason, but I still believe that her death is the saddest to date.

10 T-Dog - Season 3 Theodore "T-Dog" Douglas is a fictional character from the horror drama television series The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC in the United States and is based on the comic book series of the same name.

Most heroic character got his shoulder bitten off by a walker. He jumped later in a pile of walkers to save other part of the gang's life.

He was a nice character he just wanted to survive I wish amc had gave t-dog character development because he was the quiet one in the group he was just a random surviver to me in season 2; he cut his arm he helped digging graves, he helped kill walkers from the barn too. I just wish that I knew him better

Poor guy didn't get enough development or even lines. At least they established him as a man with a true heart of gold before they killed him off, and he received a hero's death, but still, his character deserved to get a lot more before his death.

He sacrificed himself so that Carol could live! Although he never had many lines, he was always a good guy

The Contenders

11 Sofia - Season 2

After about tons of episodes in the search for Sophia, Once Shane got crazy he opened the barn. After many shots were fired last Sophia came out, as a walker as everyone sat in a puddle of tears.

The music was sad. When you saw her shoes it was sad. When Carol ran up and was crying was sad. And she was only 12.

No offense but I didn't think that her death was sad

Just sad, They tried so hard to find her men... just so sad that she had to die early and that she could,t grow up with carl

12 Shane - Season 2

Regardless of the insane, Lori-obsessed monster he developed into, the fact that two men who were once the absolute best of friends change and lead down to this was a tearjerker.

Seeing Rick be forced to kill his former best friend was simply heartbreaking, shouting at him that Shane forced him into doing it. It's especially heartbreaking when you look back at the very first episode of the series.

Shane was really off and on between a good and a bad guy. I think it was inhumane for Hershel to have a barn full of Walkers and to endanger himself and his daughters, so I support Shane on wanting to kill all of the Walkers. I also support Shane for wanting to kill Randall. Randall knew where the farm was located and he also went to school with Maggie, so him and his group posed a prominent threat to Ricks group. Shane was a better leader then Rick, and was a better father to Carl. It was sad to see Shane go, and especially to a monster like Rick.

Although trying to murder Rick, seeing him have to put down his best friend really brought me down and helped me realize how great the duo were.

Absolute best character of the series. So sad to see him go.

13 Abraham Ford - Season 6 Sgt. Abraham Ford is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Michael Cudlitz in the American television series of the same name.

His death was sad and he was an awesome character, but it figures he was the one (other than Glenn) that got beat to death because you could see it in his eyes that he wasn't going to give in to Negan like everyone else did. Negan obviously saw Abraham as a threat. Still, he shouldn't have died.

Abraham's death was very sad as it was unexpected. He shouldn't have been blunged to death, it should have been Sasha because of the things she did in Season 4



14 Lee - Episode 5

This should be ranked Number 1 because I cry EVERY SINGLE TIME when I hear clementine say "Me too..."

It is the saddest I voted for tyreese because I didn't think it's about the video game... Death of lee make me really cry. It's the first time for me.

This is from the Walking Dead game, I know, but it's SO good!

Lee did have the saddest death in The Walking Dead game. He died from getting bitten, had to have his arm chopped off by Christa and he died to save Clementine so she could live.

15 Jim - Season 1

Although Jim is only in the show a for a few episodes, his death was extremely emotional. There have been many more deaths, especially in season 8, that have nearly brought me to tears. Jim's death did not make me cry, but it was still one of the most emotional deaths, largely because it was still the first season and I hadn't seen many others die yet.

He said he wanted to be with his family. Even in heaven or literally as a walker.

Such a beautiful moment, with the tree and the music.

I think Jim should be higher because Jim's death was pretty sad

16 Lizzie Samuels - Season 4 Lizzie is a fictional character from the fourth and fifth season of the AMC television series The Walking Dead portrayed by Brighton Sharbino.

Overall this was probably the hardest scene I've ever watched in any T.V. show.

Saddest mostly in respect to the shooter, Carol.

Having no choice but to execute a young girl that she took in as her own daughter, several months after her own daughter, Sophia was found dead... Or undead. Melissa McBride's performance was outstanding!

Okay. Let's get this straight guys. You keep walkers alive. You try to kill a baby. You kill your sister. That's okay? No, but for some reason I could just feel her pain. She was a perfect example of what a zombie apocalypse does to the world. *sigh*

Look at the flowers

This was sadder than Mika's death, especially because she'd become a daughter figure to carol. It was sad how carol told her to look at the flowers, how both were balling. How Lizzie thought carol was just mad at her, how she kept apologising. At that moment I also knew that Carol would tell Tyresse what really happened to Karen as well. It was still overall sad

17 Mika Samuels - Season 4

Mike actually could still be alive if Lizzie hadn't have stabbed her Lizzie was gonna die we all knew that but Mika we kinda thought a little too I guess but Mika could still be alive.

I didn't see this coming. Mika was so sweet, like a daughter to carol. Killed by her own sister and Carol trying to tell Lizzie she wouldn't put her down - that was horrible :'(

Mika was killed by her sister, Lizzy, because Lizzy wanted her to become a walker... Umm... That's really messed up.

She didn't have a fighting chance her sister was stronger she didn't deserve to die.

18 Carl Grimes - Season 8 Carl Grimes is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Chandler Riggs in the American television series of the same name, which airs on AMC in the United States.

Would've voted for Merle if I hadn't seen Carl so low on the list. Nothing more shocking than seeing what we thought was the future of Alexandria dying because he tried saving some random stranger. Also, he was the reason the war stopped

He should be at he top, especially for the few episodes afterwards making it so much sadder that he had died, Rick did the unthinkable, and it was the end of that episode that showed all of the truth

Right next to Glenn.

Needs to be in top 5!

19 Bob Stookey - Season 5 Bob Stookey is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and the television series of the same name, where he is portrayed by Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.

I didn't so much find this death sad - I knew he would die when his leg got chopped off - it was more funny when you realised he was bit, because he'd been that way for hours and everyone had just eaten him! It was a bit sad when he died though, particularly when tyresse had to put the knife in his head

My mom cried so much

Sad ❤ stay In my heart bobby


20 Axel - Season 3

I really liked Axel and thought he could have been part of the group's family for longer - he seemed like a nice guy if a little dorky and his death was unnecessary and cruel

Did carol and him date or something

I do love Axel cause he's funny but his dead kinda shock me.. not that sad but just shock a moment

New phone who dis

21 Shiva - Season 8

That makes me sad and angry that the tiger had to die. She was so cool and helped Ezekiel and the group on more than one occasion.

Animals death is sure more sad than any other human dying. Especially when it's a bad ass strong heroic tiger that sacrifices itself for its owner

The only one besides Abraham I actually cried for

She and Blue the Velociraptor would have gotten along very well. I can't believe she got killed off.

22 Amy - Season 1

Andrea reactions makes this looks pretty sad and how we know the fact that Amy died at the night before her birthday and also Andrea already prepare Amy's gift after she always missed so many Amy's birthday and when she think she finally attend her sister birthday, she don't

We only saw Amy like two times and she is dead and it is so sad because Andrea was crying while walkers were every where and she was not bite

Amy died season one. She was easily my favorite (besides Darryl). But she died on her birthday. Poor Andrea. Forced to shoot her own sister.

That was sad she was Andreas sister she was the saddest death of the 1st season

23 Sophia - Season 2

This is already on here

This death was very sad because all of season 2, Rick's group is trying to find Sophia, but then when she comes out of the barn as a walker, it is just so sad to see Carol and everyone else shocked and very sad:(

R.i.P Sophia you were a great kid

24 Eastman - Season 6

Okay. So let's put ourselves in his prospective. Your family gets killed my an insane criminal. You starve that criminal. A zombie apocalypse happens. Feel the pain? I thought so.

RIP the coolest character who was in 1 episode.

Eastman was a badass rip and also rip the goat

Just when I thought I was tough, this one made me cry like a baby

25 Tabitha - Season 6

I cared more about this goat living or dying than I have since Judith was born

I miss that poor goat..

Literally the only death I cared about

No poor goat☹

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