4YE Quick List: 14 Character Deaths We Will Never Get Over

Photos: The CW, Warner Bros.
Credit: The CW, Warner Bros.

Television. We watch it, we feel it. It can make us laugh, it can make us cry. Whether we binge watch a show in two days or we spent years waiting week after week for new episode, we’re building a connection to a different world. We’re getting attached to fictional characters even if we should know better.

Because on TV, good things rarely last. The writing room giveth, and the writing room taketh away. Some character deaths stay with us longer than others. Here are 14 examples we just can’t get over.

Allison Argent – Teen Wolf
For three years we knew Allison as the fearless leading lady of Teen Wolf. We had fallen in love with her bravery and courage, while she had fallen in love with Scott. Never in a million years could we imagine her dying. Still, in the final fight against the Oni in season three, Allison gets fatally injured and eventually dies in Scott arms. In the last minutes of her life the hunter tells Scott that he was her first love, and that she will love him until the end. We were not okay.

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Buffy Summers – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Death was never far from anyone’s mind, BTVS was a show about killing vampires after all. But when Buffy died the first time, we were shocked. However, it is her second demise that took our breath away. In order to save the world, and her little sister, Buffy sacrifices herself. Deep down we knew that this wouldn’t be the end of BTVS and that she had to come back, but it didn’t make watching her jump to her death any easier.

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Denny Duquette – Grey’s Anatomy
With Grey’s Anatomy, you’re in for a wild ride. Every single death, whether minor or major character, will leave you sobbing. Denny Duquette was a heart patient at Seattle Grace Hospital for a long while before he fell in love with Izzy Stevens. The relationship was doomed from the start, but the couple (and we) started hoping again when Denny received a heart transplant. In the season two finale of the show, Denny suffers from a stroke and eventually dies. When Izzy’s friends find her, she breaks. And so do we.

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Finn Hudson – Glee
Never in the history of television have we felt a death more than the death of Finn Hudson. The Glee episode “The Quarterback” is the best Glee episode to date. It is not the nicest or the funniest but it is the most emotional 40 minutes the show has ever produced. Because none of the actors were acting, they were grieving the loss of their friend. And we were right beside them, saying goodbye to Finn Hudson, as well as Cory Monteith.

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Freddie McClair – Skins (UK)
Skins was one of those television shows that made us cry regularly. It dealt with real issues that many teenagers face – complicated friendships, alcohol and drug abuse, depression. Throughout the show’s third fourth series, Effy has been battling depression and eventually tried to commit suicide. Freddie has been with her the whole time and eventually looks into his girlfriend’s therapist and his alternative treatments. The most shocking thing about Freddie’s death is the pure violence of the act. He is beaten to death, as we watch the blood splatter on the closed door. It was a gruesome death that we can’t come to terms with. Ever.

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George O’Malley – Grey’s Anatomy
Things had been going so well for George. He had just joined the army to become a trauma surgeon. Even on his days off he was saving lives, his final noble action was saving a woman by jumping in front of a bus. What was the most shocking aspect of his death is that throughout the episode we had no idea that it was coming, as the patient who was taken to SGH was unrecognizable. He uses his last strength to write 007 on Meredith’s palm. Saying goodbye to one of the originals was hard to take.

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Jen Lindley – Dawson’s Creek
Dawson’s Creek had shaped the lives of many teenagers in the 90s, so when we reached the series finale, we were preparing for the worst. And yet, we never could have prepared for what happened. We had fallen in love with Jen’s free spirit, her strength, and her big heart. When Jen dies with Gram’s by her side after suffering from a fatal heart condition, she leaves behind her infant daughter. Television has never hurt so very bad.

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 Lexa – The 100
The moment that Commander Lexa died could very well be the most discussed and most controversial moment of television this past season. It shocked viewers, it saddened fans and it upset the whole world. While we didn’t particularly like the fact that she died at all, it was the how that truly angered us. Lexa was this force, this warrior, and the fact that she was killed by a stray bullet was an insult to a character that had survived countless bloody battles before. In addition, Lexa and Clarke had just reunited. What a cruel world of entertainment we live in.

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Marissa Cooper – The OC
Similar to Jen, Marissa had been an icon of adolescent television in the early 00s. Whether you hated her, or loved her, everyone agrees that her death hurt. The end of season three had the gang going separate ways and starting over. Marissa would be spending a year in Europe with her father. On the way to the airport Marissa and Ryan get forced off the road by a raging Volchok, the car crashes and Marissa dies in Ryan’s arms. This writer’s 15 year old self is still processing this loss.

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Moira Queen – Arrow
Fans of Arrow know that getting attached to any and all characters is a bad idea. On a show that even killed their protagonist at some point, no one is safe. Oliver and Thea had already lost their father, so when their mother sacrificed herself for her children, we couldn’t help but feet for this poor, dysfunctional family. Moira has made mistakes, many too, but she ultimately always put her children first. Moira’s death was one of the most emotionally draining scenes of the show.

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River Song – Doctor Who
When we first met the quirky River Song we had no idea who she was or what she was about. So her death was sad, but didn’t quite tug at our heartstrings. But like the Doctor, we continually fell in love with her as we learned more about the woman that would one day marry the Doctor. After following their story for several years, going back to that moment in season four in which she sacrificed herself for the man she loved breaks our heart. We will miss you, River.

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Simon Bellamy & Alisha Daniels – Misfits
If you are not familiar with this particular British series, stop reading right now and go watch the first three seasons of heartbreak and mayhem. Simon and Alisha seem like total opposites, but they certainly do to attract. Once she grows closer to his time-traveling self, audiences were won over. Their deaths may not happen at the same time, but to not mention them in correlation would be a shame. When future-Simon dies in Alisha’s arms at the end of season two we felt like that was the worst that Misfits could do to us. Then the season three finale happened. Simon and Alisha’s love story is one we want to fall in love with over and over and over again.

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Ten – Doctor Who
We know, the Doctor can’t really die, he just regenerates. But Ten’s regeneration was the most heartbreaking regeneration to date. There were so many things he hadn’t done, he wasn’t ready to go just yet. And we weren’t quite ready to see David Tennant go either. Watching Tennant say goodbye to this role is heartbreaking. So while this doesn’t classify as a death, it still felt like one.

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Tommy Merlyn – Arrow
Tommy Merlyn. Where do we even begin? We had one full season to fall madly in love with this turned billionaire playboy before he was ripped from us. His death was unfair and we will never accept it, especially not on a show like Arrow where people come back from the dead on a daily basis. Watching Tommy’s death over and over again could be used as a form of torture. (Will we ever stop crying?) He sacrificed himself for the woman he (albeit foolishly) loved. Watching Arrow can cause emotional exhaustion and distress, proceed with caution.

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Do you agree with our list? Which character death have you never been able to get over? Let us know in the comments section so we can cry together.

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