The fall TV season is in full swing, and even though it's exciting to see the return of our favorite characters, there are some that were killed off too soon. In honor of our deceased small screen pals, we're looking back on some of the most heartbreaking character deaths that brought on the waterworks. Warning: This post contains spoilers. Read at your own risk

1.     Eddard Stark, "Game of Thrones"

For those of us who hadn't read George R. R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" before watching the HBO series, we were stunned to see Eddard Stark (affectingly known as Ned Stark) get the axe. Ned was the show's central character, and the most likable of the lot. His untimely death at the hands of the spoiled brat Joffrey Baratheon was unexpected, unfair, and supremely unjust. Our grief at losing Ned quickly turned to thoughts of revenge; we can't wait to see that little prick Joffrey get his comeuppance.   

Waterworks Rating: 5/5 horrified tears