14 Tragic TV Deaths That We're Still Not Over
*Spoiler alert: If you haven’t caught up any of the following shows, then you should probably look away now: Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Greys Anatomy, Breaking Bad, Lost, Sons of Anarchy, Skins, The Walking Dead, 24 and Family Guy.
Okay, the article is starting now. You’ve totally been warned.
You may need to keep a box of tissues close by for this one.
It’s a fact of life. Sometimes TV characters just die. Either because their story has come to an end, or because they have gotten on the bad side of the writers, or maybe because the actor has decided to quit. Either way, the fans are usually the ones who end up suffering (usually by ugly-crying into our pillows at night).
Most of the time, it’s best to bury the memory of the TV show altogether and move on with your life, but we prefer to spend our time mourning the losses because who doesn’t love a good cry every now and then? As the saying goes, it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, and boy, did we love these characters.
Poussey Washington – Orange is the New Black
In season four of Orange is the new Black, fan favourite Poussey Washington died when one of the prison guards held her down during a peaceful protest. Whilst dealing with a ruckus caused by Suzanne (Crazy Eyes), he crushed Poussey’s windpipe as he held her down with his knee, thus making it so that she was unable to breathe. Poussey’s death resonated mainly because it was quite symbolic of the racially fuelled killings that were taking place in the USA at the time. Needless to say, her death was definitely a tear-jerker. Why, Netflix, why?
Hodor – Game of Thrones
In season six, as Bran and Meera escaped from the White Walkers, Hodor held the door to help them get away, sacrificing himself in the process. In a meta-time warp, audiences realised that the reason why Hodor could only say the word ‘Hodor‘ is because Bran time-travelled into the past during his escape, and young Hodor just happened to be present. At this exact moment, young Hodor heard Meera screaming ‘Hold the door!’ from the future, and the instruction affected him so much that he had a seizure, repeating the words until they morphed into just one – Hodor. (We’re not crying, you’re crying).
Denny Duquette – Grey’s Anatomy
Every Grey’s Anatomy fan knows that when a season finale comes rolling by, no character is safe (Shonda Rhimes, the executive-producer of the show, must get her kicks from making fans cry). In the finale of season two, Denny Duquette, a transplant patient who had stolen everyone’s hearts (but somehow managed to reject his own), died just one hour after proposing to his doctor, Izzie Stevens. The moment was made even more tragic with the show’s effective use of music, and now Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars has been ruined for us forever. Thanks, Shonda.
Charlie Pace – Lost
In the third season of Lost, Desmond had a vision that Charlie would die by being drowned inside a chamber, and, obviously, he ended up dying in that exact way. What makes his death sad is that he still managed to save Desmond and deliver a message about Penny being safe, because that’s what friends are for.
Thankfully, all our favourite characters were reunited in the end of the series, but that doesn’t make Charlie’s death any less heartbreaking.
Hank Schraeder – Breaking Bad
In what has been hailed as one of the best episodes in all of time, Hank, Walt’s ever-suspicious brother-in-law, is tragically killed. Despite Hank previously arresting Walt, our infamous protagonist still tries his best to beg for his brother-in-law’s life when it eventually is put on the line. “He’s family!” Walt cries, going on to offer 80 million dollars to Jack, the leader of White Supremacist gang, in exchange for Hank’s life. His attempt comes to no avail however, as Jack goes ahead and promptly shoots Hank in the head anyway. #SadtimesBro.
Jimmy Darmody – Boardwalk Empire
In his last moments, Jimmy seemed well aware that his life was coming to an end. When the time came for Nucky to point the gun at him, the former soldier calmly offered some friendly advice about becoming a murderer. Nucky grew frustrated with Jimmy’s calm outlook on the whole situation, and soon enough, shot him to death. Poor Jimmy. We should have known that things wouldn’t end well after he had sex with his mother (yes, you read that correctly). He may have lived a difficult life, but his ending did not need to be that bleak.
Robb Stark – Game of Thrones
The Red Wedding massacre goes down as one of the most horrific death scenes in Game of Thrones – mainly because we got three heartbreaking exits in one. During the wedding feast of Edmure Tully, Robb Stark was betrayed by Lord Walder Frey in the most gruesome manner possible.
Locked inside the feast hall, the killing began when a pregnant Talisa Stark was stabbed in the stomach. Robb Stark was quickly shot by a flock of arrows and Catelyn Stark had her throat slit by Raymund Frey. Oh yes, and all of our hearts were ripped out from our chests as it happened. Did I get everything?
Glenn Rhee – The Walking Dead
TWD fans of have seen their share of blood and guts, but Glenn’s death tops the bar when it comes to all the gory. Glenn’s actual head was smashed to a pulp by Negan, who committed the deed using a baseball bat. Many complained that the scene was too brutal, even for The Walking Dead, but seeing as viewers had previously been fooled into thinking that Glenn was dead before (remember when we all thought that his intestines had been eaten by a mass of zombies?), the producers probably wanted to make sure that we knew that this time it was for real. #StillNotOverItThough.
Brian Griffin – Family Guy
Yeah, yeah – we know what you’re going to say. Brian came back to life, but the point is that he did die, and at the time, it was semi-tragic. Brian was mangled in a car accident right in front of Stewie, and when the Griffin family bid their goodbyes to his corpse, we’re sure that some people shed legit tears. Apparently, Seth McFarlane always knew that he was going to bring Brian back to life, and only killed him in the first place to teach people a taking those you love for granted. Well, um, we definitely got the message, Seth – thanks for that.
Teri Bauer – 24
Teri was shot in the chest by Nina Myers, a federal agent who was later revealed to be a corrupted, information broker. She tied Teri to a chair and shot her before attempting to flee, but the gruesome murder wasn’t discovered until Jack found her (he was too late though, obviously). Shocked by his wife’s sudden death, Jack took Teri from the chair and held her corpse as he wept. The scene was made even sadder by flashbacks of the couple’s life together onscreen, as well as the knowledge that poor Teri was actually pregnant with Jack’s child. Damn you, Nina!
Tara Knowles – Sons of Anarchy
Tara dies in the sixth season, when Gemma basically stabs her in the back of her head with a barbecue fork. The saddest part about Tara’s death is Jax’s reaction to it, which contains some stellar acting on Charlie Hunnam’s behalf. Cradling her bloodied corpse in his arms, Jax silently weeps in disbelief. The worst part is when he lets out a high-pitched scream in the end – a sound that we promise will get you every single time.
Marshall’s Dad – How I Met Your Mother
Oh Marshall. After spending a while trying to tell his father about the news of his wife’s pregnancy, Marshall’s heart is broken when Lilly gets out of a taxi and informs him that his father had a heart attack and died. “My Dad’s dead?” Marshall replies, obviously quite confused and saddened at the same time. His reaction is priceless, and trust us when we say that our hearts broke with his.
Angel – Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Once again, technically, Angel didn’t actually die (his story continued in a spin-off TV show) but his exit from Buffy the Vampire Slayer was devastating, to say the least. Due to his past sins, Angel was cursed to live his life in eternal guilt. If he ever experienced a moment of happiness, the curse would be lifted and he would become an evil version of himself named Angelus. So when Angel fell in love with Buffy, we kind of already that their romance was doomed.
On her seventeenth birthday, the two of them had sex because they couldn’t resist one another, and Angel was so happy in the moment that he took Buffy’s v-card that the curse broke, turning him back into Angelus. Being the Slayer, Buffy was forced to kill him now that he was evil, but the tragic part is that, just before she managed to snuff him out for good, Angel returned to his old self and recognised her. The two of them shared a passionate kiss before she killed him anyway, because girls always get stuff done. You go, Buffy.
Freddie McClair – Skins
Poor Freddie didn’t know what he was up against when he instructed Effy’s psychiatrist to stay away after her breakdown. Dr. John Foster had developed an unhealthy obsession with Effy during their sessions, but Freddie was completely unaware of this. As Freddie turned to leave, he realised that the door was locked, and as he asked Doctor Foster to let him out, the psychiatrist revealed a baseball bat from behind his back. Shortly afterwards, Freddie was beaten to death, and whilst viewers didn’t see the deed, they heard it, which some have said was way worse.
Let us know in the comments if there are any tragic TV deaths that we left out!
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