WARNING: This post includes spoilers for Teen Wolf (and other older shows).
Writing this post was super hard for me. Not only because it brought back sad TV show memories (I’m very sensitive), but also because I haven’t finished Breaking Bad yet (I’m SO close) and so I couldn’t look up anything for fear of spoilers. So, please don’t comment about it or I will cry.
TV show character deaths are, unfortunately, an important part of most dramas. Character deaths make us all feel lots of emotions, which makes us feel more connected to shows – also, they’re big shockers, meaning better ratings and more views. And sometimes, celebrities are killed off because in real life, they can’t be in the show anymore – or in the saddest cases, they really have died.
Inspired by the sad and shocking death on the most recent episode of Teen Wolf, here are 10 TV show character deaths that broke our hearts. Spoilers ahead – you’ve been warned.
Finn from GleeFinn dying in Glee was heartbreaking because Cory Monteith, who played Finn, died from a drug overdose in real life. Although a lot of people weren't thrilled with the way Glee handled the death of Finn, the episode still made everyone cry because it was so real. The show never revealed how Finn died, and people still aren't thrilled about it.
Allison from Teen WolfLast night, Teen Wolf fans were shocked when Allison, one of the main characters, died unexpectedly. No one knew it was going to happen, and everyone was devastated. #RIPAllison has been trending for most of the day! The whole scene was emotional and surprising, and just might turn me onto Teen Wolf. Is that morbid?
Marissa from The O.C.Ugh, so sad. Marissa was a pretty miserable character - she was unhappy, and nothing ever seemed to go her way. Her death was because of a terrible car accident, which was scary because car accidents are scary! It was a really depressing moment, and the show never recovered. It just wasn't the same without her.
Charlie from LostI cried like a baby when I watched Charlie's death scene on Lost. I had convinced myself he wouldn't really die, but he did, and it was sad. That's really saying something, because Lost was a show with a lot of character deaths. Charlie's stuck with us all because he died trying to save everyone. He went into a situation knowing he was going to die, but knowing he didn't have a choice. He was a hero! Poor Charlie.
Denny from Grey's AnatomyNoooooo don't remind me of this traumatizing death scene. Denny came onto Grey's Anatomy and gave the show life because he was so charming and handsome. But of course, Grey's Anatomy couldn't let something so happy go on, so they killed him. And it was awful. I don't know what was more sad: watching Denny die, or watching Izzy break down completely.
J.T. from DegrassiOkay, so I've never watched Degrassi, but from what I hear, people were sad about J.T.'s death. He got stabbed in the back - literally - and died. While some people think it was kind of lame, the saddest part was watching Liberty find him. UGH TV SHOWS.
Jen from Dawson's CreekIt's always extra sad when a main character dies, because we have more of a connection with that character. Dawson's Creek had to make everyone sob over their finale, while we watched Jen die from being sick, and Dawson record a video for her daughter. I guess they just enjoyed torturing viewers.
Chris, Freddie and Grace from SkinsAshley Reese, our Gurl intern, is a huge fan of Skins and couldn't let me write this list without including her two cents: First, Chris suddenly gets ill and dies from a brain disorder. Then Freddie got beat to a pulp with a baseball bat by a screwed up therapist. Oh, and last but not least, Grace went into a coma after a car crash and her parents decided to pull the plug. This show is just full of death and you never quite get over it. It just festers from sad to angering.
Adriana from The SopranosBasically everyone died on The Sopranos, but the death that always stuck with me was Adriana's. Even though Adriana could be infuriating, you couldn't help but feel sorry for her - she was stuck in an abusive relationship, and just wanted a better life for herself. For months, we watched Adriana get physically sick from the stress of having to work with the FBI against Chris. And then, just when we thought things MIGHT get better for her, they went and killed her. I will never forget watching her try to crawl away. Traumatizing.
Joyce from Buffy The Vampire SlayerI can't deal with parent deaths, because it makes me scared, and so even though I've never watched Buffy, just thinking about her mom dying makes me sad. Thinking about Buffy walking into her house to discover her dead mother is just... no. I can't.
Which of these character deaths do you think was the most sad? Which did you not care about? Tell me in the comments.