Which TV character's death moved you the most?

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  1. Foxhot

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    Before I open this up to your selections, I'll snag one many of you are likely considering: Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) of NYPD BLUE. When it came to that show, I was more of a Dennis Franz fan. My choice of Simone is not because of his specific character, but because of the excellent five-week arc in the episodes, in the fantastic acting it brought out from his wife and colleagues (Franz in particular), and its moving conclusion in the final week. In many cases, life imitates art. Two years following these episodes, my family experienced two similar events five months apart with similar results to each other, and the show. Even before that, I knew that this would always be NYPD's absolute high point. It still is. And IMO, television's single greatest character sendoff.

    Your personal picks don't necessarily need to be limited to regulars, as long as you were positively moved.:borg:
     
  2. JirinPanthosa

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    Laura Palmer
     
  3. Locutus of Bored

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    In the middle of a silly season of a silly show, True Blood managed to deliver one of the most powerful and moving death scenes I've ever watched with the death of Godric, and it wasn't even of a significant character on the show.

    [yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i2pLSQ3czg[/yt]
     
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    Bill McNeal on NewsRadio.
     
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    The first one that springs to mind is Henry Blake on MASH. I was just a kid and it really took me by surprise. My mom, who was also in tears, used it as a good teaching moment: in wartime, no one is truly safe.

    As I've gotten older, other character deaths moved me: Bobby Singer on Supernatural, Daniel Jackson on SG1 (OK, only the first time; he died and came back a ridiculous number of times), Locke and Jin & Sun on LOST, the fairly realistic death of Sybil on Downton Abbey, etc.
     
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    Jack Shepherd on Lost, although it was amplified by so much else and the fact that it was the finale that perhaps it's not fair of me to list him. Nevertheless, I was sobbing.
     
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    Claire Kincaid on Law & Order.

    Of course, Spock was a TV character. He just didn't die on TV. Plus, he's not really dead, as long as we remember him. ;)
     
  8. Jedi_Master

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    Most of the deaths on Lost (Charlie, Jin and Sun, Locke, etc.)

    Henry Blake on MASH, which works because even the actors were surprised, and thus the scene is amazingly authentic.

    Downtown Abbey's deaths so effected my wife that she will no longer watch that show.
     
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    Jennifer "Pilot" Chase on Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.
    Seriously.

    Kosh on Babylon 5.
     
  10. Ar-Pharazon

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    Not exactly "moving", but Alan Alda as a convicted rapist, being executed in the gas chamber in Kill Me If You Can, was very realistic and disturbing.
     
  11. DonIago

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    Pretty much every significant death in Six Feet Under.

    Is that cheating?
     
  12. Foxhot

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    We need a single winner for that one. I figure it'd be somebody from the final episode. Finales can certainly count in these selections.

    KILL ME IF YOU CAN is a TV film, which also counts. I saw Alda die in another TV film called THE GLASS HOUSE, shot by a prison guard after he tried to escape fellow convict Vic Morrow.

    As for M*A*S*H, Gary Burghoff was undoubtedly the first actor to know Henry Blake had died, since Alda hadn't written this episode. Klinger and Trapper seem to be the most stoic here.
     
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    yes. totally unexpected.
     
  14. CorporalCaptain

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    IIRC, the scene in the OR of Radar revealing Henry's death was actually take two. There was some technical problem that made the first take unusable, if I remember right from a documentary I saw on the show way back when.

    OK, I searched before submitting. Here it is, with further correction and clarification, confirmed at snopes.com, with citations. From Laughing Matters by Larry Gelbart:

     
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    Gary was such a pro, he made playing Radar look easy.
     
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    In 24, the death of David Palmer happened right at the beginning of the floodgates opening when you still felt that there existed characters other than Jack Bauer who were in the protection bubble. Unfortunately later in the series they made characters so expendable they lost all impact, but at that point, it still had an impact.

    For Six Feet Under I'd vote for Nate's wife for the most moving death, just in the way the episode unfolded where she just disappeared and it gradually becomes harder and harder to deny she's dead.

    Battlestar Galactica has a few (Though a few of them later reversed). Ellen Tigh, Starbuck, Laura Roslin.
     
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    As soon as I saw the thread title, this is who came to mind.
     
  18. Sto-Vo-Kory

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    When that episode aired, my girlfriend (who is generally NOT a cryer) weep for about an hour afterward. When he cameoed later that season (or another season, I forget which), she gasped his name as her eyes welled up in preparation to be moved again to tears. For this scene and character to affect her so much, they had to be beautifully shot, written, and performed (which I agree that they were).

    As for the character death that moved me the most, I'd probably have to say Lt. Dan Muldoon in the first season of the Naked City. I loved that character and he dies before the opening title shot in the episode "Bumper." Later in that same episode, his replacement (a super-unlikable A-hole) is paging through his day planner and comes to a memo written for some day in the future that says: "Jimmy's birthday. Needs new gloves." Jimmy Halloran was his young partner and this small notation spoke so much about Muldoon's character that I was moved to tears. Kind of a silly thing to cry over -- a tiny consideration for someone else scrawled into a book -- but the actor John McIntyre played Muldoon with such charm and compassion that losing that character from the show was devastating.
     
  19. Revdkathy

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    It was in a film, though the character began on TV: Spock's death reduced me to a sobbing wreck in the cinema. It still makes me choke up even now when I know there's 4 more films.
     
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    Everyone in the final episode of Six Feed Under

    Ten's regeneration on Doctor Who

    Cordelia Chase, on Angel

    Juliet, Sun and Jin, and Jack's deaths on LOST

    Crixus and Spartacus on Spartacus: War of the Damned

    Catelyn Stark, Rob Stark and his fiancee at the Red Wedding on Game of Thrones

    J.R. Ewing, on Dallas

    Richard Harrow, Boardwalk Empire

    Opie on Sons of Anarchy
     
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