Top 10 Saddest TV Show Deaths Leaving Us Heartbroken

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Hannah White

Hannah White

Last updated:  2023-05-10 06:00:05

Have you ever caught yourself with teary eyes while watching the death of some movie or TV character? Yes? Then you know what it means to bond with fictional badass characters, laughing out loud when they crack a joke, worrying over stressful scenes, and being left heartbroken when they die, like Picard in Star Trek. The farewell sets are always so faithfully screened that we can't stand that enormous sadness. Nevertheless, take a look at our top ten list, and remind yourself of some saddest deaths in tv. Also, prepare the tissues - trust us, you'll need them.

10. Wes Gibbins (How To Get Away With Murder)

Dominick Flores killed Wes, following the orders of Jorge Castillo, Wes's girlfriend Laurel, father

The death of Wes Gibbins was the one that we didn't expect to happen as he was presented as one of the main characters in the TV show "How to Get Away With Murder." However, he died in season three's last episode, leaving us all shocked. Wes was a good guy, and the show's plot turned around the strong relationship between him and his law professor - Analise Keating.

Their bond was slowly revealed from the show's beginning, and the viewers could follow Annalise's connection to him since he was a young boy. The saddest part, his death, happened unexpectedly when they found his burned body in Annalise's house. Yet, we later discovered that he was dead sometime before the fire.

9. Finn Collins ("The 100")

If Finn only lived longer, we could be witnesses of another great love story

We could start weeping even by looking at Finn's death scene video, which was so sorrowful and painful to watch. Although his TV show love, Clark, made the right choice by killing him, she presented it as hard to watch. After murdering a few innocent, unarmed villagers, Fin had to be punished and executed. Still, we didn't expect his executioner to be Clark herself.

The killing scene is so difficult to watch since we knew they had romantic feelings for each other from the beginning of the TV show The 100. Furthermore, we were feeling so involved and emotionally broke down while Clark was confessing to Finn her love for him, saying the last goodbye with a kiss while at the same time stabbing him. We need a tissue, please. 

8. Jack Pearson ("This Is Us")

The fans of the TV show "This Is Us" will agree that this show couldn't be watched with dry eyes

Pay attention before watching this video - an emotional hurricane is approaching. Every single moment of every episode of the TV show "This Is Us" is full of sentiments. Pearsons represent the role model for family harmony, love, and care. Jack Pearson, the head of that family, was the perfect husband and loving father who maintained unity in the house. 

His extreme care and desire to help led him straight to his death. He died of smoke inhalation when he tried to rescue his daughter's dog from their house on fire. Therefore, Rebeca's (Jack's wife) finding out about his death left us sick. We could barely see the screen from the tears that welled up.

7. Ned Stark ("Game of Thrones")

Ned Stark was the most honorable man across the whole of Westeros

The most morally correct man in Westeros, Ned Stark, was a favorite character of many people. Of course, things slightly changed at the end of the first season of "Game of Thrones" first season, when he died. This is an extraordinary thing to happen in shows, as it's not common for one of the popular characters to perish that fast.

Ned was an honorable person and a man of his word. He had the respect of almost every ruler across the seven kingdoms. However, his need to do the right things guided him under the executioner's blade. Watching the innocent man lose his life cruelly while his daughters watched was a terrible and sad thing to see.

6. Lagertha ("Vikings")

The famous shieldmaiden, the symbol of female power

The powerful shieldmaiden, a symbol for woman warriors - Lagertha was one of the Vikings' main characters. Even though we knew that she would die at some point, her death made us very sad. According to Seer's prophecy, Lagertha knew that one of her beloved ex-husband, Ragnar's sons, would fulfill that vision and kill her. Yet, from all of Ragnar's sons, we didn't expect it to be Hvitserk, the troubled one.

Nevertheless, the act of delusional Hvitserk viciously killing vulnerable Lagertha was cruel to watch. She was too weak to resist the stabbing, and her death came after she uttered, "Tonight I'll sit with my beloved Ragnar in the halls of the Gods." Another tissue, please.

5. Beth Greene ("The Walking Dead")

We're so sad that Beth's character didn't last long, as she would evolve such a strong personality

Beth Green was an ordinary girl whose character we first met in season two of "The Walking Dead" TV show. She was portraying the half-sister of a more popular character Maggie Greene. Even though not mentally prepared for the post-apocalyptic period in which the TV show takes place, she successfully evolves into a brave survivor. After a short period, she gained strength and courage since she became one of the vital group members. 

Anyhow, Beth started bonding with one of the famous "The Walking Dead" protagonists - Daryl Dixon. After the mysterious group kidnaps Beth, we all thought Daryl and the rest of her people would successfully rescue her. Still, things went wrong, and she accidentally got shot in the head. The scale of emotions we felt was immeasurable. "The Walking Dead" shocked us in different ways, like when its main star exited the show.

4. Hodor ("Game of Thrones")

Not all heroes wear capes, as some just hold the door

Hodor, a giant with a good soul and a warm heart, is the character in the excellent fantasy fiction "Game of Thrones." Even though he didn't say any other word but "Hodor," he firmly got into our memory as a saint who risks his life to save Bran. He died in season six, in the episode "The Door." Due to his gigantic stature, he was effortlessly carrying disabled Bran Stark after they escaped from Theon Greyjoy. 

We couldn't stay immune to the scene of Hodor's death when he was yelling, "Hold the door," while pushing them. He was trying to save Bran Stark's life, who was finding out about Hodor's origin story. It was so brutal and enormously painful to watch.

3. Derek Shepherd ("Grey's Anatomy")

The scene where Meredith agree to unplug Derek from life support was devastating to watch

Doctor Derek Shepherd gained the cute nickname McDreamy, as that is what his girlfriend Meredith Grey used to call him. He was one of the central characters on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy," and his role was attractive to viewers from the show's beginning. Because of that, the episode where he dies has shaken our lives and triggered a roller coaster of emotions. 

He was a good Samaritan with the purest soul who stopped to help people in need after their car crashed, only to be hit by a car shortly after. However, the car crash didn't kill him, but the incompetent doctor at the clinic. Derek's interior monologue was so painful to watch since he knew he would die. Moreover, we were devastated when Meredith unplugged him from life support. OK, we need a whole package of tissues. Seriously!

2. Poussey Washington ("Orange Is the New Black")

It's horrible to believe that exact same scene happened in real life, a few years after this OITNB episode

OITNB is a famous TV show with equally and uniquely represented characters. One is Poussey Washington, who brilliantly portrays a black lesbian prisoner. Her excellent energy vibes and self-confidence attitude slips through in every scene. Hence, watching her character's development while exploring her background and past relationships was a pleasure.

Watching her struggling for breath while officer Bayley suffocated her to death during the peaceful protest in Litchfield's prison was agonizing. We grieved over the death of a fictional character, Poussey Washington, only to be witnesses of the same crime in real-life a few years later. The death of George Floyd, killed in the same way by the officer on the street, affected us even more.

1. Glenn Rhee (“The Walking Dead”)

The amount of shock, anger, and sadness this scene evokes is immeasurable

Attention - by watching this video above, you'll face high-level brutality as you're about to see the scene of Glenn's ruthless murder. Glenn Rhee is the type of character with whom you fall in love instantly. He charmed us with his kind personality from the show's beginning since he successfully rescued the main protagonist Rick Grimes in the second episode of the TV show "The Walking Dead." Anyway, he played the role of a good guy who was always the first to help but was also the tender and loving boyfriend (and then-husband) of Maggie Greene. 

Nevertheless, the show itself was enormously brutal and unpredictable, and so was Glenn's death. Glenn and his group attended the horror show after the show's main villain, Negan, captured them. Negan was viciously killing, first Abraham and then Glenn, with his bloody bat - Lucille. We felt a little heart attack when Negan swung his bat right to Glenn's head. That sound, that horror scene, and those looks on Glenn's friend's faces made it one of the most tragic scenes in the whole show. OK, we're officially out of the tissues.

The scenes of our favorite TV character deaths were always hard to watch. It was so difficult to see them saying goodbye or never getting the chance to do so. Yet, this top ten is our way to honor them.

Nevertheless, which TV deaths were the hardest for you to bear? Please, tell us in the comments below.

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