10 TV Characters We Were Sad To See Killed Off
October 7th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
The fall TV season is in full swing, and even though it's exciting to see the return of our favorite characters, there are some that were killed off too soon. In honor of our deceased small screen pals, we're looking back on some of the most heartbreaking character deaths that brought on the waterworks. Warning: This post contains spoilers. Read at your own risk
1. Eddard Stark, "Game of Thrones"
For those of us who hadn't read George R. R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" before watching the HBO series, we were stunned to see Eddard Stark (affectingly known as Ned Stark) get the axe. Ned was the show's central character, and the most likable of the lot. His untimely death at the hands of the spoiled brat Joffrey Baratheon was unexpected, unfair, and supremely unjust. Our grief at losing Ned quickly turned to thoughts of revenge; we can't wait to see that little prick Joffrey get his comeuppance.
Waterworks Rating: 5/5 horrified tears
2. Henry Blake, "M*A*S*H"
Colonel Henry Blake, a mainstay character, was discharged from his tour on the third season finale. While fans were sad to lose a favorite character, it was a pleasant sendoff; Blake was returning home to be with his wife and children. What made his death so heartbreaking was how fans learned about it. After spending the summer in a false bubble believing Blake was home, the public's perception was shattered when, at the beginning of the fourth season, they learned Blake died when his plane was shot down after takeoff.
Waterworks Rating: 5/5 shocked tears
3. Dale, "The Walking Dead"
Death is an essential part of the AMC hit "The Walking Dead," but that simple truth couldn't possibly prepare viewers for the horrific death of their favorite character, Dale. After being mortally wounded by a walker, he is finally euthanized by Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) with a bullet to the head. Dale's death is distressing because it happens when the others need him the most. Dale was the moral compass of the group; losing him will have substantial ramifications for the others. We can't wait to see how it all unfolds next week!
Waterworks Rating: 5/5 dismayed tears
4. Opie, "Sons of Anarchy"
"Sons of Anarchy" has killed its fair share of characters over the seasons, but none of those deaths have had the emotional rawness of Opie's gruesome murder. In what has to be one of the most upsetting scenes from "Sons of Anarchy," Opie, willingly stepped into the fray and was brutally beaten to death via several blows to the head with a steel pipe.
Waterworks Rating: 5/5 incredulous tears
5. Charlie, "Lost"
If you know the true premise of the show, you're probably going to call BS because, in theory, he's already dead. Haunted by his drug addiction, Charlie danced on the hero-villain line for the first few seasons. He was one of those characters we loved, but never quite trusted. He finally solidified his place among the hero camp when he sacrificed himself to help the others get off the island.
Waterworks Rating: 5/5 ugly, sobbing tears
6. Dr. Greene, "ER"
Doctor Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) embodied the heart and soul of the TV show, "ER." Supremely likeable and relatable, we thought it was a narrow-miss when he was first diagnosed with brain cancer. However, once we learn the tumor is back and inoperable, we hunkered down for the water works and "ER" delivered. His ripples of his heartrending death were felt for years to come.
Waterworks Rating: 4/5 discouraged tears
7. Lexie, "Grey's Anatomy"
It figures that shortly after Lexie (Chyler Leigh) finally confessed to Mark (Eric Dane) that she was still in love with him, she died. On the season eight finale, Lexie sustained life-threatening injuries after a plane crash and died knowing that Mark returned her love. Lesson learned – don't get on a plane with your coworkers after telling the man of your dreams you still love him.
Waterworks Rating: 4/5 melodramatic tears
8. Vicki, "The Vampire Diaries"
Because she narrowly escaped death in a few episodes, we never thought Vicki would actually die. She was a vampire after all. Unable to control her newbie vampire hunger, Vicki attacked Elena and met her demise at the hands of Stefan. The most upsetting part about Vicki's death is it was simply a plot devise. As explained by executive producer Kevin Williamson, "I was so sad to see her go, but I wasn't quite sure how to play that story out beyond having her continue on as a vampire. We had to turn our attention to other stories."
Waterworks Rating: 3/5 iniquitous tears
9. Jen Lindley, "Dawson's Creek"
Jen Lindley's (Michelle Williams) death is another unwarranted demise. If the "Dawson's Creek" writers would have gotten out of their own way long enough to look past the tired love triangle among Dawson, Joey, and Pacey, perhaps they would have seen the ripe possibilities of Jen's character. Instead, they killed her off in the final episode of the series, leaving her one-year-old daughter, Amy, behind. We can't help but think Jen's untimely death was fundamentalism-payback for being the first character on the show to have sex.
Waterworks Rating: 3/5 teen-dramady tears
10. Dan Conner, "Roseanne"
We can't help but wonder if Dan's death was part of the story all along as explained in the show's finale, or if the critics' rallying cries over the whole "Roseanne wins the lottery" storyline made the writers pull out a deux a machina to save the show's street cred. No matter the reason, the thought that Dan, the most lovable character on the show, suffered a fatal heart attack at Darlene's wedding is enough to make us misty-eyed.
Waterworks Rating: 2/5 blue collar tears
Which TV characters were you sad to see killed off?
About the Author: Lisa Forester is a self proclaimed TV buff and copywriter for Satellitetv.com.
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