Top 10 Saddest TV Deaths

Grab your tissues and comfort snacks, because we're about to delve into some heart-wrenching territory - the saddest TV deaths. Those gut-punch moments that bring us to tears and leave us shocked, staring blankly at the screen as we process the unthinkable. We've all experienced them, and if you're here, you're clearly ready to take that emotional plunge once again.

TV series have a unique way of making us form strong bonds with their characters, given the sheer amount of time we spend with them. These aren't movie characters that we spend a mere couple of hours with, no. These are characters we invite into our homes week after week, for multiple seasons, sometimes spanning years. We get to know their quirks, their ambitions, their strengths, and their flaws. We see them grow, fail, and triumph. And when they meet their untimely end, we mourn.

The potency of these moments can stem from various factors. It can be a beloved character meeting an unexpected end, or a drawn-out illness where the inevitable still hits like a punch to the gut. It might be a heroic sacrifice that cements a character's legacy, or a senseless tragedy that underscores the harshness of the world they inhabit.

Whatever the circumstances, these tragic exits often serve as pivotal turning points in the plot, causing other characters to grieve, grow, or seek vengeance. They also mark moments of collective mourning among fans, leading to outpourings of emotion on social media, tributes, and memorials. Such is the power of television and the art of storytelling - even fictional losses can provoke deep, genuine emotion.

So, let's commemorate those poignant departures that have touched our hearts. Vote for the TV deaths that left a lump in your throat, that still linger in the back of your mind, that truly encapsulate the emotional depth television can reach. We've all shared in these moments of sorrow, so let's navigate this touching tribute together. After all, these characters may have left our screens, but they've never truly left us.
The Top Ten
1 Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) - Lost Charlie Pace is a fictional character on ABC's Lost, a television series chronicling the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island.

He was such a great character with so much nobility and good intentions. Unfortunately, you don't think a character like him is supposed to die, but when he does, it's terrible.

I think this should be way higher on the list as his death was not just depressing but emotional and empowering as well.

His death had me crying for six episodes! You knew it was coming but not exactly when, and then it happened, and it was heartbreaking! To me, it was the saddest death on Lost, and that is saying a lot because they had a lot of sad deaths!

2 Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) - Dexter Debra Charlotte Morgan is a fictional character created by Jeff Lindsay for his Dexter book series. She also appears in the television series, based on Lindsay's books, portrayed by Jennifer Carpenter. In Lindsay's novels, she first appeared in Darkly Dreaming Dexter and was featured in every novel... read more
3 Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) - Teen Wolf

It was unexpected and very sad. What got to me while watching her final scene was when Lydia screamed her name and when she died in Scott's arms.

I still cry at the sound of Lydia crying out to Allison.

4 Robb Stark (Richard Madden) - Game of Thrones Robb Stark is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones.

The King in the North. RIP. Nothing is sadder than Robb's death. He lost his father, assumed his brothers were dead, and his enemies had his sisters. On top of that, he gets backstabbed in a marriage where he loses his wife, unborn child, pet direwolf, mother, and some troops in a brutal manner.

The King in the North. RIP. He was our king! He was brave and good, and the Freys (along with the Boltons and Lannisters) murdered him.

5 Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) - The Walking Dead

I've seen the top three deaths on this list. Charlie Pace's death, Rita Bennett's death, and Debra Morgan's death were all really sad, but Merle Dixon's has to be number one. He was the best character in The Walking Dead, brother of the second best character, Daryl Dixon. I cried when this guy died. RIP, Merle.

Merle was my dude. I even liked him at the beginning. He kept it real. I was super upset when the Governor killed him, and that scene with Daryl crying over him was one of the most upsetting things in television history.

6 Hodor (Kristian Nairn) - Game of Thrones
7 Rita Bennett (Julie Benz) - Dexter

This without a doubt has to be number one. I was so sad when she died. The show isn't the same without her.

8 Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) - The Walking Dead
9 Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) - Doctor Who
10 Brian Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) - Family Guy Brian H. Griffin, popularly known without his middle initial as Brian Griffin, is a fictional character from the animated television series Family Guy.

He may have been pretentious, but he had a heart.

The entire world went into shock.

The Newcomers

? Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) - Better Call Saul
The Contenders
11 Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) - Game of Thrones
12 Chef (Isaac Hayes) - South Park

He was such a ladies' man, more than I will ever be.

13 Sophia Peletier (Madison Lintz) - Walking Dead

A little girl tragically murdered by zombies. They searched for her for half a season, and then to top it all off, her mother, Carol Peletier, is screaming and bawling, "SOPHIA! SOPHIA NO!" And then they shoot her.

Great job, Walking Dead. Killing little girls... And don't even get me started on Lizzie and Mika. Oh. My. God.

14 Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer) - Lucifer
15 Jon Snow (Kit Harington) - Game of Thrones
16 Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) - Game of Thrones

I cried my eyes out at this scene. He didn't even get justice, and that goddamn Joffrey is still king!

Of course. Sean Bean dies again.

17 Mike Delfino (James Denton) - Desperate Housewives

I seriously thought that it would just be a plot twist for the new episode and that he would have surgery and be okay. Then I saw the next episode, and he did actually die. Okay.

I watched it fully, then went to get something to eat, and I started crying a lot. I'm a guy, but I don't know. Having him since day one made me feel just like when you lose someone who is really close to you. You don't want to show your feelings publicly, but when you're alone, you fall apart.

I didn't expect that. It was shocking.

18 Jack Shepherd (Matthew Fox) - Lost
19 Albert Blithe (Marc Warren) - Band of Brothers
20 Xena (Lucy Lawless) - Xena: Warrior Princess Xena is a fictional character from Robert Tapert's Xena: Warrior Princess franchise. Co-created by Tapert and John Schulian, she first appeared in the 1995–1999 television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, before going on to appear in Xena: Warrior Princess TV show and subsequent comic book... read more
21 Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Breaking Bad

I don't know what got to me more: the fact that one of the greatest TV shows of all time came to an end, or that Walter White, who had been ready to face death the entire series, finally met his end in the final episode of Breaking Bad.

Looking at his partner Jesse Pinkman during the last few minutes, you could tell that he was sad but ready to die.

22 Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) - 13 Reasons Why
23 Troy Otto (Daniel Sharman) - Fear The Walking Dead
24 Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) - Supernatural

WHY, SUPERNATURAL? Bobby Singer was one of my favorite characters, and his death episode, Death's Door, makes me well up whenever someone mentions it. When he's in a coma and confronting his past memories, both good and bad, it's too sad. He stands up to his abusive father, meets old dead friends, then finally makes it back, utters one last word, and dies.

25 Monty Green (Christopher Larkin) - The 100
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