Rita Morgan – Dexter
Rita’s death was so tragic because it was almost avoided. Dexter knew that she was at risk and told her to leave early for their honeymoon. Dexter finds and kills the Trinity Killer, but later realizes he got to Rita first. Dexter finds poor Rita bleeding out in the bathtub, their son Harrison sitting on the floor of the bathroom, crying in a pool of blood.
Jin and Sun Kwon – Lost
There were many shocking deaths in Lost, but perhaps the most tragically touching was the joint death of Jin and Sun. The couple had just reunited and promised never to leave each other again when Sun becomes stuck in the submarine following an explosion. Jin gives Jack the last tank of oxygen, and Jin stays with Sun even though she begs him to save himself. They drown together holding hands, and we all cried. A lot.
The Red Wedding – Game of Thrones
As a latecomer to the Game of Thrones world, I had been warned about the Red Wedding, but even then, I wasn’t prepared for the bloody massacre that ensued. Poor Robb and Catelyn! The Red Wedding is one of the most shocking and devastating death scenes in TV — daring too because they killed off several major characters in one fell swoop.
Barb Holland – Stranger Things
Barb became an instant icon in her short time in Hawkins, Indiana. Lonely, shy, truly a good girl, she didn’t deserve to die in the Upside Down, but that’s, unfortunately, exactly what happened. Barb lives on, though, as a representative for every girl who didn’t quite fit in in high school. She’s a hero.
Poussey Washington – Orange Is the New Black
Every character on Orange Is the New Black is so nuanced and loved, and they’ve all been dealt a bad hand, so it’s very hard to see them die. When Poussey was restrained and accidentally killed by a corrections officer, it shakes the whole prison (not to mention the people watching the show).