Some of the saddest and best death scenes come from the un-expectation of death. Usually when we walk into a film we do not assume that someone is going to die. Then again this assumption depends on what genre of film you are going to see, what little you can gather from the commercials and of course, how the book ended.
An untimely death in a film or television show is almost a rite of passage; the longer the show is on TV, the more expectation there is for a gut-wrenching death scene. Same goes for film; the closer the characters are in the film, the higher the chance that tragedy will strike. Every once in a while, there is a death that comes along that makes you cry like a baby and grieve the loss of some fictional person who never had a soul. Scenes like that; ones that have you crying real tears, unable to stop yourself from talking about it and constantly wasting headspace on finding ways that the beloved character could have gotten out of their tragic demise are the remnants of a broken heart. Some people believe that crying over fictional characters is nonsense, unnecessary even, but they do not understand that this is the affect that a good television show or film is supposed to have on you. Since we are putting it all out there, here is a list of movies and TV shows where deaths made us question our own existence. Be warned, there are plenty of spoilers ahead and some of these spoilers may make you cry.
12. Bobby Singer – Supernatural
Bobby Singer was such a lovable character and the only father figure that Sam and Dean REALLY had. His death hit the audience hard for the simple fact that they had been through worse. Demons, angels, Lucifer, all sorts of crazy monsters and the thing that takes him down is a measly gunshot wound that eventually puts him in a coma. Bobby has made a couple of appearances since then and it is awesome to see him but it sucks because it reminds us that he is dead and we will never hear him answer the phone with a fake company’s name again.
11. Tracy Mosby- How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother kept us on our toes for nine long seasons trying to unsuccessfully piece together who the mother could be, where she and Ted actually met, and who the kids looked like. While we all assumed it would have been Robin, they could never seem to get it right and we would all lose hope, once again. However, when we did meet the mother in the finale it is safe to say we fell in love with how she was; a perfect second half. Then we all died a little when she died of (probably) cancer by the look of the circumstances (#FCANCER), and left us in a pool of our own tears.
10. Jack Dawson – Titanic
Okay, so this one is a bit of a cliche but who can forget this death? If anything it is probably the only thing you remember about this film. No one can deny that it is absolutely gut-wrenching and possibly one of the saddest death scenes in a film. James Cameron builds up this beautiful love story only to tear it away from our hopeful hearts. When Rose is saying Jack’s name, you want to die with them; the fact that she is trying to scream it louder as if the volume of her voice will bring him back to life. Have any of you experienced a love like this?
9. Tara Knowles – Sons of Anarchy
All Tara wanted was a happy home and a loving husband away from the Sons and away from crazy Gemma. Instead, she was drowned, stabbed in the back of the head and left for dead by her coward mother-in-law. A lot of random people die in Sons of Anarchy; most of the deaths are acts of revenge so when something as horrific as this death takes place you have to wonder what cruel alternate universe we are living in. Clearly Tara’s death could have been avoided but at least it made for good television. Did anyone else cry?
8. Beth – The Walking Dead
Poor, sweet, innocent Beth, so soft-spoken and caring; just as she was starting to grow some balls her life is recklessly taken away by a gunshot wound to the head. We have to admit we would not be able to watch her get torn apart by walkers so we are thankful that the writers spared us. However, Beth? Come on; she was so harmless and always willing to help, she sang like an angel and now she is one (corny much?). Beth is irreplaceable and hopefully we never fall in love with another walking dead character like that again, because death is imminent.
7. Rita Morgan – Dexter
After suffering almost an entire lifetime alone, Dexter seems to have found the one girl for him; he has a child of his own, two step-children, he is married, content and still able to murder for fun. It seems like he has finally found the ultimate balance. Unfortunately his clueless, but loveable wife Rita, gets caught in a web that Dexter weaves and loses her life over it. Her death is sad but the actual scene is what really gets you. Dexter finds his son sitting in a pool of Rita’s blood just as he once did as a child. The scene is dramatic and heartbreaking, as we see Dexter lose his version of perfect, and a helpless child set to grow up with a murderous father.
6. Robbie Turner –Atonement
What is it about mid-century British novels that make everyone jealous of tragedy? Robbie Turner has a horribly tragic life due to misinterpretation; some would call it a bold face lie by a pre-teen girl who believes he is a r*pist. Robbie has found love and happiness but the lie turns his life around and he never gets to fully experience what that new found love could have been. The tragedy in this story is a build-up and you experience a sucker-punch in the end as his fate is revealed. Forced to go off to war and leave his love, the book leads you to believe they are re-united, but it is only the spin that the now adult liar has put on the story to ease her conscious.
5. Eddard “Ned” Stark – Game of Thrones
What is more gut-wrenching than admitting to something you did not do, only to save your family from certain death? Ned Stark was a hero and will always be a hero. He embraced his children and wife for who they were; allowing a young Arya to learn how to fight, bravely bringing home John Snow even though he is a bastard and making him a part of the family. Ned was a class act and his beheading was a bit over the top, we can all agree on that one. What makes this scene so gut-wrenching is everything to come. It is nothing but tragedy from then on.
4. Omar Little – The Wire
Our modern day inner city Robin Hood was a hero to all; he helped out children in need of food and money, he even gave a few people their fix because he could not bare to see them in pain. Unfortunately, no moral code could save Omar from death, the same people he tried to help and protect (the children) ultimately turned their backs on him. No grown man could kill Omar but a 13 year-old future drug mule could. Omar’s death signified a great loss for the streets but for the viewers, we mourned as if we lost one of our own. The series changed based off of that one episode.
3. Ellie Fredricksen – Up
Everyone knows the montage in the beginning of Up was filled with laughter, joy and love, but then all of a sudden Ellie dies and it quickly becomes the darkest scene in a Pixar film ever. Everyone dreams of having a love like Ellie and Carl’s, finding your soulmate and being completely content until life kicks in and reminds you that all good things must end. Watching Carl wonder around aimlessly not knowing what to do with himself without Ellie is one of the hardest things to watch. Watching him hold her and foreshadowing it with him sitting by himself in a rocking chair alone in his house is enough to make anyone of any age really understand what loneliness is.
2. Mufasa – The Lion King
Scar is a real a**, taking joy in watching Simba watch his father fall to his death off of that cliff. All little girls feared for their fathers when they watched that scene; they wondered which uncle would be the betrayer. Inherently knowing that Mufasa was a great father is what makes this death so dramatic and touching; who would be there now to teach Simba how to roar, how to navigate the jungle, how to hunt and how to ultimately be king? Thank god for Timon and Pumba, but let’s be real no one can truly replace a parent.
1. Every Main Character of Six Feet Under
Oh my Lord, if you are yet to experience the final six minutes of Six Feet Under, get ready to spring water like a leaky faucet. The writers for some reason thought it was a good idea to show all of the characters’ future lives and deaths, all along playing some of Sia’s early, not to mention super sad music. If you do not cry when you watch this you are cold hearted or not an emotional sap like most of the world. The most gut-wrenching death to watch is Claire’s.