It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye: Movie And TV Characters We Hated To See Die
Comic book writers have killed Spider Man, Thor and now Archie is on the chopping block. We wouldn’t call ourselves comic book stans, but we all know what it’s like to lose a character we’re close to — and that’s why we’ll never forget these movie moments.
Ricky from “Boyz In The Hood”
We can still hear Cuba Gooding Jr. screaming “Ricky!” If you’re going to watch this clip you might want to have a tissue handy.
Maggie Fitzgerald, “Million Dollar Baby”
Right as Frank gives Maggie the lethal dose, he whispers into her ear and tells her that Mo Chuisle meant “my darling, my blood” all along. Just writing about it is enough to break your heart.
The songs in “Idlewild” were just as deep as the story line. And when Andre 3000 lays Paula Patton out on that table with “She Lives In My Lap Playing”… it’s a cinematic moment that’s impossible to forget.
James Evans, Sr., “Good Times”
We knew they were really never going to have any more good times on “Good Times” when James died and Florida broke down in the kitchen. It was truly one of TV’s saddest moments.
Jimmy Darmody, “Boardwalk Empire”
We still don’t understand why Nucky Thompson couldn’t have spared his adopted son and Protege Jimmy Darmondy. Our emotions took a serious hit and “Boardwalk Empire” was never the same.
John Coffey, “The Green Mile”
“Please boss, don’t put that thing upon my face. Don’t put me in the dark. I’s afraid of the dark.” Here come the water works all over again. R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan.
Everyone at the Red Wedding in “Game of Thrones”
We are still mouth-open shocked. And don’t get us started about Eddard Stark. George R.R. Martin gives zero cares about his audience’s feelings. We never feel safe when we’re watching that show.
Dan Connor, “Roseanne”
We really thought that Dan Connor survived the heart attack and that America’s most loving sitcom couple had a lifetime of memories to make. But “Roseanne” had been making up the last two season’s of happiness in one of TV’s saddest plot twists.
Omar, “The Wire”
We had a feeling that Omar would be one of the casualties on “The Wire.” We just didn’t expect him to go like that. Not Omar Little.
Caine, “Menace II Society”
We all know Caine in a way. Or at least a Caine. This might-as-well-be-true story about violence in the hood hit home for a lot of audiences.
Carolyn Carmichael, “Crooklyn”
This Spike Lee Joint was one of the funniest and saddest. We never saw Alfre Woodard’s character check out, but everything about this coming of age movie dealt with the heartbreak of loss.
Mufasa from “The Lion King”
Not all big movie moments wait for your adult life. Even now, watching Mufasa die and Simba take the blame makes us a little misty. Watching it as a kid was an emotional game changer.
Thomas J., “My Girl”
Speaking of sad childhood movies, the death of Thomas J. in “My Girl” was so unexpected it hit audiences like a ton of bricks.