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    26 Of The Saddest Character Departures In TV History

    Why must the good ones go?

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they thought was the saddest TV character departure ever. They definitely rose to the occasion and made me very emotional in the process. Here are the best responses.


    1. Alex Karev from Grey's Anatomy

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    "From the first episode to his last, Alex has always been my favorite. No matter what storyline he was involved in, I supported him nonetheless. He was the best character on the show. I really loved Jo and Alex and was a great fan of Meredith and Alex's friendship. It sucks the way he was written out, but I understand Justin Chambers didn't give the writers much time to come up with a full storyline that would make more sense for his departure. But the ending still made me sad. I still miss his character so much."


    2. Grogu from The Mandalorian

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    "I cried my eyes out while watching the season finale and was inconsolable all night and several days after. I don’t know why it hit me so hard, but watching Mando and his goodbye absolutely wrecked me."


    3. Michael Scott from The Office

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    "Michael Scott really made The Office, and I didn't appreciate him enough until he was gone. His goodbye episode always makes me cry."


    4. Wes Gibbons from How to Get Away with Murder

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    "His departure absolutely crushed me. And he had JUST found happiness."


    5. Finn Hudson from Glee

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    "He was the male lead and was so crucial to the glee club. Pretty much the entirety of 'The Quarterback' episode makes me cry. It will be doubly painful on rewatches of the show with Santana/Naya singing 'If I Die Young.'"


    6. Toni Childs from Girlfriends

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    "When she left the show, it was never the same. While I continued to watch until the end, something was always missing. I loved the other three ladies, but they worked so well as a foursome, and the pace of the show reflected that."


    7. Fred Andrews from Riverdale

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    "I don’t watch the show anymore, but Luke Perry seemed like such a lovely person, and Archie’s dad having to die because Luke died made it so much worse. That episode made me cry so much because he was taken away from his children far too soon, and you could just imagine the pain that the actors were feeling while acting."


    8. Adriana La Cerva from The Sopranos

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    "She was by Christopher’s side through everything, and in the end, he chose Tony over her. I cried."


    9. Troy Barnes from Community

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    "His final episode broke me, and seeing Abed lose his closest friend hurt a lot. The episodes following his departure weren’t the same without him!"


    10. Lexie Grey and Mark Sloan from Grey's Anatomy

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    "They were meant to be."


    11. Nairobi from Money Heist

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    "I still can't get over it."


    12. Sammy Lieberman from Dance Academy

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    "It was so unexpected and ripped my heart out. Just watching his friends and especially Abagail find out what happened made me ugly cry through that episode and the next one."


    13. Elliot Stabler from Law and Order: SVU

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    "I need his short temper back! Plus, he and Olivia were the perfect partners."


    14. Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner from Criminal Minds

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    "Hotch not coming back to the BAU after Mr. Scratch was killed made absolutely zero sense and pretty much ruined the show for me. His wife was killed in front of him by a serial killer that was literally hunting him, and he still went back to work."


    15. Jack Pearson from This Is Us

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    "Even though we knew it was going to happen, it still made me so emotional."


    16. Eric Forman from That '70s Show

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    "It got unwatchable after that."


    17. Poussey Washington from Orange is the New Black

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    "I've never had such a visceral reaction to a character's death before, and I've yet to watch the scene again after the first time I watched that season. She had just gotten her head straight and set herself on the right track, and then she's gone. It makes me sad to even think about it."


    18. Castiel from Supernatural

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    "For a show that constantly brought people back, I was so disappointed we didn't get to see him for one more moment. Him sacrificing himself to the Empty after confessing his love to Dean and knowing that in all the other timelines no other Castiel rebelled against Heaven and showed free will made it even harder to lose Cas."


    19. Steve Burns from Blue's Clues

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    "My son didn’t cry but I did."


    20. Issac Lahey form Teen Wolf

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    I loved his character and how much he grew throughout the [show]. He was there and then [he was] gone the next season after Allison dies, with no explanation.


    21. Campbell Saunders from Degrassi: The Next Generation

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    "He was so sweet and was going through so much. They did such a good job showing how anyone can suffer from mental illness, even popular hockey players. It broke my heart how it all went down."


    22. Mike Delfino from Desperate Housewives

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    "His funeral always turns me into a sobbing wreck. It’s so emotional and sad. I can’t watch it again."


    23. Lance Sweets from Bones

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    "I will rewatch every episode but that one. It still hurts."


    24. Allison Argent from Teen Wolf

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    "Her death literally was something I never saw coming, and when she left the show, it was never the same. I mourned the loss of a fictional character for days."


    25. Otis from Chicago Fire

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    "I know all the Chicago shows have killed off a lot of main characters over the years, but Otis' by far hit me the hardest. He was one of my favorite characters on the show from the beginning because he was funny, sweet, and an all-around good guy. His friendship with Cruz was also so pure and IMO one of the best parts of the show. Watching Cruz say goodbye to him at the hospital was absolutely heartbreaking. I still love the show, but it’ll always feel like there’s a piece missing since he died."


    26. And finally, Charlie Pace from Lost

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    "His whole story on the show is one of the best in TV history."


    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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